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Ugandan Jews build community center

When there was no more space in the synagogue in Nabagoye, Uganda, congregants would go outside, gathering under trees. But the branches weren’t enough to shield them from the rain during the East African country’s wet seasons, which last about half the year.

Wednesday 09/14/2016
Hardy emissaries bring Chabad to Africa
Posted: September 14, 2016

Rabbi Shmuel Notik was on his way to blow the shofar on a Friday evening in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi when six men armed with knives intercepted him on a dark street.

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Wednesday 09/07/2016
‘Prayer at times can be a laboratory’
Posted: September 07, 2016

Jewish spiritual technology is like a freeze-dried wafer. This, according to students of Rabbi Zalman Shachter-Shalomi, was one of his most important teachings.

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Wednesday 08/24/2016
How to use your Judaism to lose weight
Posted: August 24, 2016

Cholent on Shabbat day. Brisket on Rosh Hashanah. Matzah balls and challah – lots of challah. Jews love food, and much of Jewish culture centers on sitting around the holiday table together, sharing stories and a meal.

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Wednesday 08/03/2016
Observe a fast, provide a feast
Posted: August 03, 2016

Next weekend is Tisha B’Av, which is considered the saddest day of the Jewish year. The communal day of mourning marks a number of calamities, including the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem.

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Wednesday 07/27/2016
Teammates pitch in on Shabbat
Posted: July 27, 2016

Jacob Steinmetz delivers the game’s final pitch on a heavenly Tuesday night, producing a neatly turned double play to wrap up a 10-0 victory for the Brooklyn Bluestorm team of 12-year-olds.

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Wednesday 07/13/2016
Children belong in the synagogue
Posted: July 13, 2016

It finally happened. My son is almost 9 months old, and this week, for the first time, a stranger came up to me and asked me to “take him somewhere else.” Even worse, it happened at synagogue.

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Tuesday 07/12/2016
How one Tulsa synagogue is baking its way to a better world
Posted: July 12, 2016

TULSA, Okla. — Walk into Congregation B’nai Emunah on any Tuesday afternoon and you’ll barely get through the massive, light-filled foyer before it hits you: an aromatic wave of warm oatmeal and raisins, or perhaps a sweet surge of rich, melting chocolate chips.

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Wednesday 07/06/2016
Flagstaff synagogue redefining itself
Posted: July 06, 2016

For the first time since it was founded in 1973, Flagstaff’s Heichal Baoranim has a full-time rabbi who lives in Flagstaff.

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Wednesday 06/15/2016
Emanuel students bring back wimpel
Posted: June 15, 2016

Temple Emanuel of Tempe recently revived the ancient custom of the wimpel, a piece of cloth meant to be used at multiple lifecycle events throughout an individual’s life.

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