This Shabbat (November 9-10) will mark 80 years since Kristallnacht, the ‘Night of the Broken Glass,’ when the Nazis destroyed hundreds of synagogues and thousands of Jewish businesses. Below are some news reports and videos, including firsthand accounts from survivors: These Jewish Children Were Eyewitnesses to Kristallnacht (Ha’aretz) Kristallnacht survivor Andy Factor warns of rising
From Congregation Tirefeth Beth David Jerualem in Montreal: We undertook a project a few days ago to help pay tribute to the 11 holy victims whose lives were taken in Pittsburgh. A poster with their photos and names was created. It was displayed at our community vigil Monday night, and last night 4-foot tall versions
We are all devastated by the news of the tragic shooting that occurred yesterday in Pittsburgh. The violence and carnage alone is distressing but complicated further by a reminder of the presence of dangerous hatred and prejudice. OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services Trauma Team, led by Dr. Norman Blumenthal, Zachter Family Chair in Trauma
Oy Vey Vegan, a new cookbook by Estee Raviv is a beautiful collection of vegan recipes with a Mediterranean flare. Enjoy a preview with these two recipes – both modern takes on Jewish culinary classics! Click here for more details or to purchase the book Kneidlach / Matzo Ball (20 balls) In the process of
At the OU Impact Accelerator, we are elated for our very own new beginning. On September 4th, we hosted the final selection night to decide on our inaugural OU Impact Accelerator cohort: 4-6 Jewish nonprofit entrepreneurs who will each receive seed funding and a six-month mentorship program. At the final selection night, 12 semi-finalists pitched
We recently had the privilege of speaking with Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb about the deeper meaning of Tisha B’Av. Rabbi Weinreb, a clinical psychotherapist and internationally-renowned Torah scholar, hosts the OU’s annual Tisha B’Av webcast. He is also the translator of the kinot in The Lookstein Edition of the Mesorat HaRav Kinot (co-published with the OU).
This summer more than 1,550 young adults (the largest amount ever) from diverse backgrounds and communities will experience Israel through Israel Free Spirit, an official Birthright Israel trip provider. Before the trip, many participants have never had the opportunity to genuinely connect to their Jewish identity. The climax of every Israel Free Spirit Birthright trip is highlighted
On Chol Hamoed Pesach, April 4th, newly engaged couple Yisroel Levin and Elisheva Kaplan were killed in a fiery car crash on the 878 highway beside Kennedy International airport in New York. How does one cope with such a tragedy when a parent is so excited about their child about to embark on a new