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BY JTA Wire Service
August 21, 2013

Jewish volunteers have finished building a kitchen the size of a basketball court in Uman, Ukraine, where they plan to prepare 105,000 meals to serve to pilgrims next month. The new kitchen, donated by philanthropist and entrepreneur Steve Bogomilsky of Florida, replaced a smaller setup used in previous years by volunteers and employees of Uman’s CONTINUE »

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Religious Jews travel far and wide to visit the gravesite of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov in Ukraine each Rosh Hashanah
BY Marc Shapiro
August 21, 2013

Each Rosh Hashanah, thousands of Jews travel to Uman, a small town in Ukraine, where the plumbing is outdated, the environment is hostile and the main attraction is overcrowded. Many stay in tents in close quarters with one another. But kvetching is kept to a minimum. Why? They’re all there to visit the grave of CONTINUE »

University of Haifa, Ruderman Family Foundation launch new American Jewish Studies program
BY Jeffrey F. Barken and Jacob Kamaras
August 21, 2013

Jay Ruderman has observed for years that when American Jewish leaders visit Israel or when Israeli leaders visit the United States, the conversation is “always about Israel” and how the Jewish state relates to Iran, Syria and the Palestinians, among others. What’s happening in the American Jewish community and how those events impact future support CONTINUE »

Former NCSY executive director establishes first-ever international nonprofit organization combining physical fitness with leadership training to bolster Jewish unity and promote the culture of Jewish philanthropy
BY Abigail Klein Leichman
August 21, 2013

Rabbi Ari Solomont thinks a bike is a perfect vehicle for raising money earmarked to benefit good causes. The Hashmonaim, Israel, resident’s recently launched Cycle for Unity (cycleforunity.org) is in gear to revolutionize Jewish activism and philanthropy. He rolled out this initiative to get young adults and professionals excited about connecting to charities, both Jewish CONTINUE »

Holocaust survivor Israel Gruzin has leaned on, valued his handiness throughout life
BY David Snyder
August 21, 2013

Lithuania native Israel Gruzin stood silently, grimly watching his cabinet-making shop engulfed in flames. It was his first very own business since immigrating to Baltimore in 1955. The year was 1976, and the Pikesville Lumber Yard — adjacent to Gruzin’s workshop — had caught fire. There was nothing he could do as his projects, materials CONTINUE »