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Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

A silent crowd of thousands

Yom Hazikaron in Israel By CARMEN GARRIGOS My time spent at URJ Heller High in Israel was a semester filled with new and exciting experiences. There was always an adventure to be had, whether I was in class or climbing up a mountain with 60 of my closest friends. Every day was new and filled […]

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

American Jews vs. the Israeli government

American Jews really care about pluralism, but it’s not just about pluralism By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL (JTA) — The Great Jewish Revolt of 2017. The Bar Kotel Rebellion. The Diaspora Strikes Back. Whatever you call it, last week’s clash between American Jewish leaders and the Netanyahu government felt louder, angrier and more significant than previous clashes […]

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

A propaganda film shot in Westerbork

In Holland, the Nazis built a luxury camp to lull the Jews before murdering them By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ WESTERBORK, Netherlands (JTA) — Nothing about the footage that Rudolf Breslauer filmed here on May 30, 1944, suggests that it was taken inside one of Europe’s largest Nazi concentration camps. In the film by Breslauer, a German-Jewish […]

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

Al Franken learned about justice from his childhood rabbi

Minnesota’s junior senator credits Temple Israel’s Rabbi Max Shapiro for a lifelong love of justice By CURT SCHLEIER (JTA) — In February 2015, Sen. Jim Inhofe carried a snowball on to the floor of the Senate to prove global warming did not exist. Everyone knows “it is very, very cold outside,” the Oklahoma Republican said. […]

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Yomi: A good dog’s good life

Raising Yomi the Canaan dog By CATHERINE ORKIN OSKOW Yomi was born in our home November 29, 2003. Her mother Nafti was our daughter’s special dog; her father Barak, an Israel-born Canaan dog, champion in four countries. Right before the Israel Canaan Dog Club of America (ICDCA) National Show, Nafti’s ultrasound showed no pups. Barak […]

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

She heard Hitler speak

Remembering Hungarian Shoah survivor Eva W. Wiesenberg by MAX SAPRBER Eva W. Wiesenberg’s recent obituary, published in the June 16 issue of American Jewish World, contained a chilling pair of sentences: “Eva was a high-spirited, Jewish teenager visiting relatives in Vienna when Hitler and the Nazis annexed Austria. Eva actually heard Hitler speak and witnessed […]

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Exploring Judaism at Macalester

Jews from across the country find a community at Macalester College in St. Paul By MAXWELL KENT Alana Schreiber, a native New Yorker, found that assimilating to life at Macalester College involved questions of identity and ethnicity in a city with a much smaller Jewish population than her hometown. “Being from New York, no one […]

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Alma: For ‘Jew-ish’ millennial women

New website will blend secular and Jewish content that addresses a young woman’s life By GABE FRIEDMAN (JTA) — If you’re a young Jewish woman — or if you just happen to love Broad City or wacky recollections of Jewish summer camp — there’s a new website for you. Alma, which was launched Tuesday by 70 […]

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

A new twist on tabbouleh

By The Nosher (The Nosher via JTA) — Tabbouleh is a classic Middle Eastern salad made with bulgur, tomatoes and a high ratio of chopped fresh herbs. It’s easy to make, fresh, delicious and healthy, making it a much-beloved side dish around the world. Instead of classic bulgur, we wanted to try a version made […]

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Talmud by the Lake

A summertime Jewish learning series will focus on texts connected to “The Lake.” No previous experience in Talmud necessary. All sessions are free and open to the public. The first session is tonight: Rabbi Esther Adler will lead a discussion on “Will There be Carob Trees?” It begins 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 21 at Mount […]