1- The world is random. No amount of holiness or payer can save a pious man from random evil. Rabbi Moshe Twersky was a teacher of American students in Israel. His grandfather, had ordained 2,000 rabbis. His father, Rabbi Isadore Twersky, was a prominent American-Jewish leader,...
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Carmel U. Chiswick is Research Professor of Economics at George Washington University. A founding member of the Association for the Study of Religion, Economics, and Culture and a former officer of the Association for the Social-Scientific Study of Jewry, she has written...
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On October 29, Erica Brown published an editorial titled, “We Need Jewish Micro-Giving” in the New York Jewish Week. In it, she argues that people who cannot afford to give large amounts should still be approached for donations, because otherwise, they will feel “invisible” and...
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“A NIGHT OF ECLECTIC SOUND”
Musicians come together to rock your soul during the Beit T’Shuvah Sisterhood concert. Performers include Craig Taubman, singer-songwriter James Fuchs, funk ensemble The Bobby Hunt Trio, folk-rocker Danny Peck, student Cantor Rachel...
May 6, 2012 | 1:30 am
I spent the past week in Sejny, a small town in the far northeast of Poland near the Lithuanian border—and coincidentally just ran across a very good video about the synagogues and Jewish quarters in Sejny and several other towns in eastern/northeastern Poland. It’s worth watching.
April 18, 2012 | 3:16 am
I’ve written a lot about the Jewish scene in Krakow over the years— the “virtually Jewish” side of both homage to and nostalgic exploitation of the past—but also the new Jewish life. (See, for example, my long piece in Moment Magazine where I view the city, the scene, and the changes...
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The past few weeks I have seen a revolution. On a lecture tour that took me to Sydney, Australia and Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa, I hardly found a major mainstream synagogue without a Chabad Rabbi. Shules that once swore they would not invite in Chabad are now attracting...
November 1, 2010 | 1:11 pm
Agents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are in Chicago to beef up security at Jewish institutions.
They arrived Sunday and are working through the Chicago Jewish federation, according to Paul Goldenberg, national director of the Secure Community Network (SCN), a...
September 8, 2009 | 5:30 pm
Synagogue movements from across the denominational spectrum are jointly calling on American Jews to “make Iran a matter of the highest priority.”
Organizations representing the Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist movements made their pronouncement in a joint...
March 13, 2009 | 2:17 pm
NEW YORK (JTA)—The newsletter sent out last month by Temple Israel of New Rochelle contained the usual sort of announcements, including a reminder about the synagogue’s upcoming Purim carnival, mazal tovs and condolences, and information about a social event at a local...
November 13, 2008 | 12:05 amAmerican Jews and Muslims, reaching beyond the Middle East conflict, are joining hands to battle prejudices within and against their communities.
Consider some of the signs:
- Starting next week, 50 synagogues and 50 mosques throughout the United States and Canada will get together...
August 4, 2008 | 6:30 pm
BEIJING (JTA)—Dror Poleg, an Israeli who has lived in Beijing for three years, says being Jewish is “easier in China than in Israel.”
“In Israel there is lots of politics, what school you go to, what yarmulke you wear,” Poleg says. “Here you can just be you.”
Beijing has had an...
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May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pmCIA: Syria Could Have Made Two Nukes
Israel destroyed a Syrian nuclear reactor that was nearly ready to produce two bombs, the CIA chief said.
Michael Hayden said Monday that the secret, unfinished reactor that the United States believes Israel bombed Sept. 6 in northeastern Syria...
December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pmLeaders of Reform synagogues don't quite get their members, according to a new study by the movement.
The study shows a marked disconnect between what the leaders think their members are looking for and what the members say they actually want.
In general, the synagogue leaders seem...
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I have twins who are almost 5 years old. One of the things that my wife and I are trying to teach them is the power of words, both for the positive and the negative.
They are learning that words can inspire, motivate and excite a situation, as they discover new and innovative ways...
July 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm
City officials have vowed to aid a Persian congregation in Tarzana whose new synagogue was vandalized last Friday by an arson attack and anti-Semitic graffiti. Two days before the scheduled July 9 ceremonial moving of Beith David Education Center's Torahs to its new facility,...
April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm
A 15-member women's amateur folk dance group composed of Jews from Iran performed in Russia this month and, perhaps most notably, they insisted that there is a Jewish future in Iran.
The trip was a rare group visit abroad by Iranian Jews, who live in an Islamic community whose...
January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm
Moscow's five functioning synagogues have been repeated targets:
- Dec. 30, 1993 -- The old wooden building of the Marina Roscha Synagogue burned to the ground in what was considered an arson attack.
- 1994 -- A hand grenade was thrown at the window of the Bolshaya Bronnaya...
January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm
A Jewish adult education program is bearing fruit, according to a recent survey.
And now Me'ah -- an intensive, two-year Jewish adult-education program marking its 10th year -- is spreading from Boston across the country.
The name of the program, which means 100 in Hebrew, refers...
November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm
After spending the week visiting his family in Phoenix, 73-year-old Benjamin Boxerbaum stood at the airport ticket counter awaiting his flight home, when he suddenly collapsed. The paramedics were called, but Boxerbaum died soon after their arrival.
"Even though there's a fire...
October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm
As a student at Cal State Northridge more than 30 years ago, Aron Hasson wrote a paper about the Sephardic synagogues of his ancestral homeland, the Greek island of Rhodes. His professor was so taken with Hasson's research that it ended up in a history journal.
Hasson paid his first...