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Magdala Stone, known as Jewish-Christian ‘crossroads,’ gets its public debut

Described as one of the most significant archaeological finds in modern Israel, the Magdala Stone, unearthed in 2009 near the shores of the Sea of Galilee, has been unveiled to the public for first time as part of a joint exhibition on the history of the menorah from May 15 to July 23 between the Vatican Museums and the Jewish Museum of Rome.

Wednesday 05/03/2017
Providing a Jewish connection in Taiwan
Posted: May 03, 2017

When you’re the only full-time rabbi in a relatively small and isolated Jewish community – like that found on the Asian island of Taiwan – you’re expected to do much more than lead religious services.

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Wednesday 04/26/2017
Beth Israel teens host Islamic teens
Posted: April 26, 2017

In today’s climate, now is the time to reach out to other communities to share our cultures and learn about different beliefs. A little over a month ago, my mom and I were invited to an interfaith dinner at a local mosque, where we were introduced to the Islamic faith, food and what a service looked like. They had a speaker there who instead of talking about differences, talked about the similarities between the Abrahamic religions. It was a very eye-opening experience and I wanted to share it with my youth group, BITY.

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7 incredible new things the world can thank Israel for
Posted: April 26, 2017

To build a Jewish state in the Middle East, Israelis had to be innovators.

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Wednesday 04/19/2017
Brooklyn soup kitchen opens for seders
Posted: April 19, 2017

It’s not easy making Passover seder. There’s the cleaning, the cooking, the logistical and emotional challenges of hosting guests. Then there’s the cost.

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Tuesday 12/27/2016
Jewish community formed in Madagascar
Posted: December 27, 2016

Though there is no synagogue, mikvah or Jewish school in Madagascar, visitors to the African island nation can enjoy a strictly kosher meal, Shabbat services and weekly learning programs.

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Wednesday 12/21/2016
How I learned to give up Christmas
Posted: December 21, 2016

When people find out I’m a Jew by Choice (otherwise known as a convert), one of the first questions I get is, “Was it hard to give up Christmas?”

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Wednesday 11/16/2016
A Shabbat for end-of-life conversation
Posted: November 16, 2016

Talking about death makes some people uncomfortable. Of course, we think we should talk about it. Ninety percent of Americans surveyed said it’s really important that we talk with our loved ones about our wishes for the kind of care we would like at end of life. Yet fewer than 30 percent of us have actually had these conversations.

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Wednesday 11/09/2016
How a 12-year-old preserved history
Posted: November 09, 2016

With the passing of Shimon Peres, Israel lost a piece of its history. As the last of the living founding fathers of the State of Israel, many people – not just Israelis – feel like it is the end of an era. Peres’s living testimony of the establishment of the State of Israel, fraught both with enormous challenges and miracles, provided hope and inspiration to many people.

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Wednesday 10/26/2016
Professionals study to become rabbis
Posted: October 26, 2016

A group of local Jewish professionals and their guiding rabbi, Rabbi Sholom Skolnik, have been convening to examine the Shulchan Aruch (Code of Jewish Law) as part of a new study group at the Phoenix Community Kollel. If the group members pass a rigorous final exam, they will receive smicha (ordination) as rabbis.

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