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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.
From generation to generation, Jews celebrate the gift of freedom at Passover time
From prisoner to Holocaust survivor to refusenik, recognizing and reliving the roads from bondage.
Stump the seder guests: A mystery for each day of the holiday
This Passover may be different than all other nights in more ways than one.
Pirate? Princess? A ‘Wonder Woman’ Purim? Israelis Party Like It’s 357 BCE!
Purim is a unifying force in Israel. Religious and secular, Ashkenazi and Sephardi, Likud and Labor, rich and poor, young and old come out to party in the streets, march in parades and show off their costumes at school.
Live from Jerusalem: ‘Teacher and preacher’ program bridges chasm between Jew and Christian
“The distance we’re bridging isn’t just the miles; it’s generations of misunderstanding and fear, skepticism and hostility that we’re working to overcome," said Harold Berman, the teacher in the radio show “The Teacher and the Preacher.”
Petri dish for a diverse high-tech Israeli future: Jerusalem’s Hadassah Academic College
Jerusalem's Hadassah Academic College is leading the way in high-tech training for Israel's underserved minority communities.
When immigrating to Israel is a senior moment
For some retirees, it can come down to choosing to spend their golden years overlooking the Mediterranean instead of a golf course in Boca Raton. For others, it’s a matter of following the kids—or more to the point, the grandkids—to Israel, or the fulfillment of a lifelong dream to live in the Jewish state.
When the IDF lone soldier experience becomes a family affair
For many, the IDF lone soldier experience is a family affair. Stacie Stufflebeam of Pittsburgh—whose four sons are a mix of past, current and future lone soldiers—says, “These kids reach a level of maturity that American kids just don’t.” Rabbi Ari Korenblit of New York, a father of three lone soldiers, says, “There is such a powerful sense of fulfillment, and still the reaction of a parent whose child is potentially in harm’s way. What helps me sleep at night is faith.”
By transmitting values, children’s books are the Hanukkah gifts that keep giving
Jerusalem takes center stage at Reform confab as movement opposes US policy shift
Chabad’s massive growth rooted in several key ingredients, yet ‘defies logic’
‘Knowledge is power:’ Gaucher initiative spotlights world of Jewish genetic testing