Day School Crunch

When Scheck Community Day School in South Florida opened its new state-of-the-art stadium last fall, people took notice. The 1,070-student school’s stadium is just one of many multimillion-dollar projects underway at day schools across the country aimed at revamping sports complexes. Some hazarded the construction could signal a trend among Jewish private schools to pour… Read More

Acts of Kindness

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More than 600 volunteers turned out at the Park Heights JCC on Dec. 25 for Jewish Volunteer Connection’s annual Mitzvah Day celebration. Hands-on projects for charity dominated the event and kept all the participants happily engaged.   Photos by David Stuck  

Power Push

Racheli Ibenboim is urging women to boycott haredi parties in March's Knesset elections unless they 
include female candidates.

TEL AVIV — Racheli Ibenboim acts as if she’s in a rush, repeatedly checking her phone before hurrying off to her next appointment exactly 30 minutes after the current one begins. The way Ibenboim tells it, she’s not just trying to keep up with a tight schedule but with a rapidly changing world. Two years… Read More

Paris Kosher Supermarket Standoff Over

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All hostage takers are dead, and their hostages are being freed after simultaneous raids on the two sites in Paris, one a kosher supermarket,  attacked  by terrorists today. It is not clear how many casualties there are, but at least two people in addition to the hostage takers are reported dead. The hostage situation began… Read More

BREAKING NEWS: Two Reported Killed, Hostages Taken at Paris Kosher Market

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Several people are being held hostage at a kosher supermarket in Paris. and two are reported dead. The hostage situation began shortly after noon at a kosher supermarket near Porte de Vincennes in Paris’ 12th arrondissement, according to Chlomik Zenouda, vice president of the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism. “Ten people are being held hostage and one… Read More

A Budget Problem

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With an approaching budget deficit in the $600 million range, both experts and state political figures predict 2015 to be the year of the budget. “Unless the estimates are wildly off and the state’s able to generate a lot more revenue than they expect, I think the budget is going to be the first, the… Read More

‘A Real State’

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When Britain’s Parliament voted in favor of recognizing Palestine in October, Elie Barnavi, a former Israeli ambassador to France, dismissed the motion as mere symbolism. Reflecting many Israelis’ view of the string of nonbinding motions on Palestinian statehood adopted by European parliaments in recent weeks, Barnavi said the vote should be seen as a gesture… Read More

Helping Hands

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In keeping with Sam Seliger’s sentiment that “ helping people is really important to me,”  he invited his bar mitzvah guests to participate in a service project as part of his celebration. The prosthetic hands Seliger and his friends assembled will be sent to help land-mine victims and others in countries around the world. On… Read More

Going to Pot

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As Americans across the country watched the ball drop in New York’s Times Square last week, some, especially in states such as Washington and Colorado where recreational marijuana use was legalized last year, likely celebrated the passing of 2014 by lighting up a joint in lieu of, or in addition to, pouring a glass of… Read More