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Brooklyn soup kitchen opens for seders

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.

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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Wednesday 10/12/2016
5 reasons why Sukkot is great for kids
Posted: October 12, 2016

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are boring. There, I said it. Seriously, what do Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur offer from a child’s perspective?

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Wednesday 09/21/2016
Ugandan Jews build community center
Posted: September 21, 2016

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.

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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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