Aspire to Educate

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Looking back at the just-concluded holiday of Shavuot, it’s hard not to remain in awe at the magnitude of the event it commemorates. The giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai is remarkable not just because it embodies a link between the physical and supernal realms. What stands out when contemplating this seminal moment in… Read More

Opening the Tent

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By now, almost everyone who pays attention to Jewish American trends has heard — many times over — about the Pew Research Center’s recent survey on the state of the American Jewish community. The results of the survey, which show soaring levels of intermarriage, declining levels of synagogue affiliation and low birthrates among non-Orthodox Jews… Read More

An Israeli Olympic equestrian?

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YAGUR, Israel — The crowd was sparse and admission was free. Pop music from 10 years ago blared from loudspeakers. A few families sat on bleachers near the athletes, who hopped over a low fence when it was time to compete. The Israeli Equestrian Championships wasn’t the most obvious place to look for an accomplished… Read More

Stevenson University President Reports from Israel

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A major reality check came for Kevin Manning when a young mother who lives on a moshav near the Gaza Strip spoke about what everyday life is like with rockets flying overhead and a constant sense of fear for her family. “When she goes to Jerusalem and tells them they don’t have to be afraid,… Read More

For us, the ‘core’ is tradition

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What would the world be like without standards? Never mind the fact that standards imply so much more than legal dictates and cultural norms, and that because “the way we do things” also encompasses familial customs and passed-down wisdom spanning ages, such a theoretical world would be practically impossible. If we were to philosophize, like… Read More

Jewish Agency Helps Ukranian Olim with Flights to Israel Amid Airport Battles

The Urina family of Donetsk pictured at their hotel in Dnepropetrovsk before their JAFI-facilitated flight to Israel.

The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) facilitated an alternate flight to Israel for six Ukrainians after fighting erupted near the civilian airport in Donetsk between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels following the country’s presidential election on Monday. The group of six, including a couple from Donetsk with twin baby girls and a couple from Mariupol,… Read More

Jewish Trainer’s Horse Wins Preakness

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Long before he trained the horse that won the famed Kentucky Derby earlier this month and Preakness this past weekend, Art Sherman was just another student at Hebrew school in suburban Los Angeles. “It was a little different in that era,” said Sherman, 77, who dropped out before his bar mitzvah after a case of… Read More

In a word, powerful

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As anyone who has ever lost a loved one can attest, dealing with the void created with the departure of a parent, grandparent or, God forbid, a child is never easy. The journey itself has ups and downs, moments of intense pain peppered with fond recollections of a shared smile, an inside joke or a… Read More

Songs from the Heart

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Four singing privates first class of the Israel Defense Forces Naval Ensemble had the audience clapping, singing and even dancing to the spirited and soulful songs they performed for the approximately 400 attendees in Beth El Congregation’s Offit Auditorium. The event, presented by Friends of the IDF and Beth El Congregation, honored Charlie Levine, founder… Read More

Never Too Late

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Middle school students saw the tables turned when they ushered their parents and other adults to their assigned classrooms as part of Chizuk Amuno Congregation’s Luv2Learn Festival on Sunday, May 18. “I think it’s interesting for people who have been out of school so long to come here and get a sense of what it’s… Read More