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Bringing Heaven Down to Earth: Yarchei Kallah 2015

December 30, 2015, by

On NCSY’s Yarchei Kallah program, hundreds of public school teenagers give up their winter break to learn Torah. Teens frequently call the experience life-changing. We thought we’d take this opportunity to give you a glimpse of the program.

Family of Ezra Schwartz Visit Site Where He Was Killed

December 29, 2015, by

From the JTA: The parents and four siblings of Ezra Schwartz visited the West Bank spot where the American yeshiva student was killed by a Palestinian terrorist. On Sunday, Ruth and Ari Schwartz of Sharon, Massachusetts, and their children saw the traffic junction in Gush Etzion where the minivan in which Ezra, 18, and several

Yeshiva Student Attacked in Brooklyn

December 29, 2015, by

From the JTA: Less than 24 hours after a 60-year-old Jewish man was beaten and robbed there, a 17-year-old Orthodox boy was attacked in a heavily Jewish Brooklyn neighborhood. The boy was on a residential street of Midwood and walking home from yeshiva at approximately 6:30 p.m. Monday when an African-American man attacked him, Yeshiva

Two Israelis Die in Stabbing Attack by Jaffa Gate

December 23, 2015, by

The JTA has the story: Two Israelis injured in a stabbing attack at the Jaffa Gate to Jerusalem’s Old City died from their wounds. The two died in Jerusalem hospitals Wednesday night, the Times of Israel reported. Their deaths brought to 24 the Israeli death toll in the surge of violence that began in October. One hundred

A Message from the Parents of Ezra Schwartz

December 21, 2015, by

A message from Ari and Ruth Schwartz, parents of Ezra Schwartz: We are deeply grateful for all of the love and support we have received from so many people and organizations, locally and globally.  Every thoughtful note, every consoling visit from near and far, sometimes very far, every bus full of students, every one of Ezra’s friends who

Our Favorite Photos from Chanukah 2015

December 17, 2015, by

Throughout this year’s Festival of Lights, many stories circulated the holiday’s message of service, dedication, and hope. Here are some of our favorite photographs. Lit Chanukah menorahs in the Warsaw Ghetto. 2. Turkey’s Jews celebrated Chanukah publicly for the first time in 92 years 3. Somewhere in Afghanistan, Jewish servicemen find each other 4. The Menorah

Paris Synagogue Goers Poisoned By Irritant on Lock

December 17, 2015, by

From the JTA: Fourteen people were mildly poisoned by a toxic substance that was applied to the keypad of an electronic lock of a synagogue south of Paris. Members of the Jewish community of Bonneuil-sur-Marne on Monday called rescue services to report a sudden strong burning sensation in their eyes and itchy rashes on their skin, Le

Who Was Tibor Rubin?

December 16, 2015, by

Last week, Tibor Rubin died at the age of 86. After being liberated by American soldiers from the Mauthausen concentration camp, Rubin made a promise that he would give back and joined the American army. While serving in the Korean War, his virulently anti-Semitic sergeant repeatedly gave him the most dangerous missions. In once instance,

Elisha Davidson Returns

December 16, 2015, by

Several months ago, we wrote about the new book series, Elisha Davidson and the Letters of Fire, and profiled series author Rhonda Attar. She just released the second installment: Elisha Davidson and the Ispaklaria. Below is  a summary: The strangest summer of Elisha Davidson’s life turns into a reality-shattering adventure when Elisha figures out how to

Don’t Miss These Donuts This Chanukah

December 8, 2015, by

Sweet, savory, glazed, cheesy, deep fried. Which adjective would you pick to describe sufganiyot? All of them. Here are some new twists on a Chanukah classic. And since the Festival of Lights has just begun, there is plenty of time to try out these recipes. Let us know what you think! Please note the following

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