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A centuries-old Torah finds its way to Arizona

A Torah created 300 years ago in the Moroccan desert has found its 21st-century home in the deserts of Arizona.

Wednesday 05/24/2017
Phoenix clergy travel to Abu Dhabi for interfaith peace forum
Posted: May 24, 2017

A rabbi, an evangelical pastor and an imam walk into a hotel – it sounds like the start of a joke we’ve heard a thousand times before, but this scenario is no joke.

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Wednesday 05/17/2017
Magdala Stone, known as Jewish-Christian ‘crossroads,’ gets its public debut
Posted: May 17, 2017

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.

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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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