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Relishing an American tradition in Israel: An ex-pat Thanksgiving
Old habits die hard, though eventually, some new immigrants to Israel from the United States leave Turkey Day behind, noting that this one day of national unity is something Israelis experience year-round.
‘Witness’: A glimpse of Elie Wiesel through the eyes of his protégé
A new book by Wiesel’s longtime assistant (and good friend) Ariel Burger was born of a 25-year bond between student and teacher.
The Hanukkah connection: Sharing the light with far-away family
Today’s far-flung families are increasingly challenged to celebrate the holiday traditions together, but some creativity and the use of modern technology can help.
Menorahs, memories, magic: Hanukkah conjures up some startling senior moments
“We were allowed to eat many latkes and doughnuts with homemade preserves, spin dreidels my brother carved out of wood and play cards way past our bedtime . . . ”
Real Israel: New book brings the ‘aliyah’ experience home
Warning: Don’t be surprised if you find yourself pulling out your suitcase and throwing in your Naot sandals, the family photos and a year’s supply of Ziploc bags. Before you know it, you might even be downloading an aliyah application.
High Holidays 2018
A hop and a happy mess: Sukkot under the stars
A sukkah reinforces the key role such home-based traditions have in Jewish life.
Campus Battles, Part 2
Crisis on campus: A new generation of galvanized young Jews learns how to fight anti-Semitism
Equiping a cadre of students with debating tools, historical information, legal support, trips to Israel and more, so that Israel has a place on the university playing fields.
Receiving, rebuilding, resiliency: Jewish Houston one year after Harvey
A key lesson, says Rabbi Brian Strauss of Congregation Beth Yeshurun, the country’s largest Conservative synagogue, is “that no matter what you are facing, you can always reach out and help someone worse off than you. Many of our congregants who are still struggling to rebuild their lives dig deep to help the next guy.”
Campus Battles, Part 1
Crisis on campus: Anti-Israel forces and the battle for the Jewish future
These days, campuses are increasingly battlefields where chief among the spoils are the hearts, minds and loyalties of the next generation of the Jewish people.
Lesson No. 1: Choose life, say recovering Israeli ‘Brothers’
In the Boston area, students learn life lessons from a group of wounded Israeli soldiers known as “Brothers for Life,” who grapple with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other post-combat challenges.
A sneak peek at ‘The Ideological War Against the West’
A new documentary wrestles with some of today’s toughest issues regarding free speech, the state of democracy, the debate on college campuses and more.
Shavuot across the denominations
Dairy, first fruits and more: Welcoming Shavuot with customs of the season
The holiday most significant to Judaism happens to be one of the least celebrated worldwide.
Feeding body and soul: Terror victims get heaping servings of food (and hope)
One woman’s project becomes another person’s package: of dinner items, blankets, socks, prayer books and more.
The new face of Jewish philanthropy is innovative, younger and decidedly more female
The goal, however, remains the same: to meet human needs, both in traditional ways and in smaller-scale methods that target specific passions by modern-day donors.
Seventy years of sacrifice: A global salute to Israel’s fallen soldiers
Launched in February, “Yizkereim: Honor Israel's Fallen” has already collected more than 21,000 acts of chesed (“kindness”), be it public service, prayer, Torah learning or tzedakah (“charity”) by a Jew somewhere in the world in the memory of the fallen.