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BY JTA Staff
August 29, 2013

From wars and elections to scandals and triumphs, a look at some of the more dramatic events of the Jewish year 5773. September 2012 • Islamists throw a homemade grenade into a Jewish supermarket near Paris, injuring one. The incident is part of a major increase in attacks on Jews in France in 2012. October CONTINUE »

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National study shows young Jews more engaged than assumed
BY Meredith Jacobs
August 29, 2013

A bold headline proclaims that young Jews are more likely than their parents’ generation to go to Jewish day schools and camps and yet are less connected to Israel and Judaism. But is that really the case? In a poll of 1,874 Jews conducted by Laszlo Strategies on behalf of Jerusalem U, 45 percent of CONTINUE »

For many American Jews, Hebrew prayers are challenging to follow.
The art and essence of tefila
BY Maayan Jaffe
August 22, 2013

According to the Talmud (Rosh Hashanah 18a), the period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the 10 days of penitence, is the time period when God is considered to be both “found” and “close.” And it’s not uncommon for Jews to feel during the month of Elul and then the High Holiday period an itch CONTINUE »

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Israel beckons, but students wonder if it’s the right choice
BY Justin Hayet
August 22, 2013

In today’s internationally connected world, college students are well aware that in order to be globally competitive, an overseas cultural and academic experience, whether it’s for six weeks, a semester or an entire year, is imperative. For many Jewish students who have visited Israel, whether on a gap year or a 10-day trip, the question CONTINUE »

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UMD Hillel no longer just about the building
BY David Snyder
August 22, 2013

“I ate my meals there.” That phrase, or some version of it, is usually the first thing that comes to mind when past generations of University of Maryland students conjure up memories of their experiences at the school’s Hillel. Still, eating kosher food is not all Hillel provided. For decades, the Jewish campus hub has CONTINUE »