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Seattle NCSY JUMPS to New Heights

April 2, 2014, by

Seattle NCSY is launching a line of t-shirts, called Insecuri-T’s; gathered hundreds of dollars worth of canned goods, raised more than $2,000 for an NCSYer’s rehabilitation following an accident; and inadvertently saved a Mom-and-Pop movie theater in Seattle. All this, as part of Seattle NCSY’s first year of participation in the Jewish Unity Mentoring Program

Need Purim? Google it.

March 21, 2014, by

The Times of Israel blog has a heartwarming post about how Google helped a dedicated community bring Purim to an ill child. Alon Meltzer writes that his shul, The Hebrew Institute of White Plains, an OU shul in Westchester, had wanted to do something special for Amy, a child battling cancer. While Amy couldn’t attend

NCSY Brings Hope to the Homeless in San Diego

March 17, 2014, by

A joint Shabbaton between San Diego NCSY and Phoenix NCSY ended recently with a special Sunday afternoon activity: NCSYers packed more than 400 lunches for the homeless in conjunction with Project Rescue Party, an organization dedicated to aiding the indigent in San Diego. Adam Simon, San Diego NCSY director, said he chose to work with

Met Through NCSY: The Riesels’ Story

March 13, 2014, by

Finding one’s spouse can be a daunting process, but for the Riesels it was nothing short of miraculous. They had G-d guiding them with NCSY unwittingly acting as their matchmaker. Because Heshy Riesel grew in up in a Hasidic household and Rochelle Cohen grew up in a non-observant home, there weren’t many chances for them to meet. If  anything, they were

A Dream Comes True on an Israeli Ship

March 5, 2014, by

  The Israeli Defense Forces Blog has a story about how the IDF helped make a boy’s dream come true. Roey, a cancer patient at the Rambam Hospital in Haifa, always glimpsed navy vessels sailing on the Mediterranean Sea outside his hospital window. His wish was to command one of those massive ships and when

Brooklyn Shochet is Cut Above the Rest

February 27, 2014, by

Tablet magazine has a fascinating write-up of Rabbi Moshe Yurman, a Brooklyn shochet who is one of the only three ritual knife-makers in America (and they’ve got a witty, if obvious title for it). The knife a shochet uses, called a chalif, is required to be homemade and exceedingly sharp. And given how long a shochet spends with his

What Does Ultra Mean to You?

February 26, 2014, by

What’s so “ultra” about striving to observe Torah law, and make it part of one’s life, as Orthodox Jews do? Rabbi Avi Shafran asks this question in Don’t Call Us ‘Ultra-Orthodox’, an Op-Ed published on The Jewish Daily Forward website. Shafran, director of public affairs for Agudath Israel of America, believes the term “ultra” (Latin for “beyond”), when used

Megillas Lester: The First Purim Movie

February 20, 2014, by

Poor Lester. He may go down as the boy who ruined Purim. Megillas Lester, an animated feature by KolRom Multimedia (the company behind the animated clips at the Siyum HaShas at MetLife Stadium), is the story of Lester, an ordinary yeshiva student, who somehow finds himself back in the time of the Persian empire. He

Keep Smiling: One NCSYer’s Tragedy Reverberates Around the World

February 20, 2014, by

When tragedy struck Orly Ohayon, a member of Southern NCSY’s Jacksonville Chapter (JAX), teens around the world reacted. Her story resonated because of its horrible particulars: as Orly and her mother crossed the street to shul on Yom Kippur evening for the Kol Nidrei service, a car careened into them. Esther, Orly’s mother, was declared