Presents from the Holy Land have resonance for both the recipient and for Israel, whose economy could use a little boost from American consumers.
The Ohr Dessa Project was established 11 years ago by Rabbi Shlomo Bakst to rebuild Kiev's Great Choral Synagogue, completed in 1997. During reconstruction, Bakst became aware of numerous homeless Jewish orphans in Odessa. The Tikva Children's Home was created in 1996 as a spin-off of the Ohr Dessa Project.
I'm sitting in Gina's Pizza, the local hotspot for members of UC Irvine's Greeks.
Human voices converge on the same note, echoing a haunting harmony -- arousing complicated emotions.
This has been the buzz surrounding an award-winning Jewish a cappella group, Shir Appeal, a group of college students from Massachusetts, who will bring their hypnotizing harmonies to Orange County's Temple Bat Yahm (TBY) for Shabbat evening service, Jan. 16. The group was named after Tufts University's mascot -- Jumbo the Elephant. The Hebrew phrase shir hapeal means "song of the elephant."