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Tu B’Shevat Recipes

January 29, 2015, by

Eretz cheetah, u’seorah, gefen, u’te’enah, rimon v’eretz zeit shemen u’devash min hatemarim. Eretz Yisrael is a land of seven species: Wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olive oil and sweet dates. Here are some recipes to make your Chag La’Illanot a festive one. Chava Dumas’ Favorite Tu B’shevat Recipes: Olive Salad 4 cups of olives, the

Lessons from a Father of a Special Needs Child

January 29, 2015, by

R3CA videos are a new format for teaching Torah and discussing important issues in the Jewish community. On June 30, 2014, at the annual Rabbinical Council of America Conference, 10 rabbis gave high quality TED-like presentations and were professionally recorded before a live audience. The short length (under 18 minutes) and entertaining quality of these

Jewish Community says Mayor’s Universal Pre-K Leaves them Out

January 29, 2015, by

Take action: Tell Mayor de Blasio to make New York City’s universal Pre-K program, truly universal. Morris Tabush spent $11,000 on pre-K for his daughter Valerie last year. He expects to shell out about the same for his son Alan next year. They are out-of-pocket expenses that the Brooklyn father says could be greatly reduced

NYC Pre-K Should Include Time for Religion

January 28, 2015, by

Advocates for the city’s Jewish community are blasting Mayor de Blasio with a series of ads over a prekindergarten policy they say costs Jewish families $50 million a year. Orthodox Union political director Maury Litwack said few Orthodox Jewish kids are taking advantage of de Blasio’s universal pre-K because its full-day schedule leaves no time

Orthodox Jewish All Stars

January 15, 2015, by

Last month, Jew in the City selected their annual Orthodox Jewish All-Stars. From running a fashion company to being a Disney animator discover the surpriing indivudlas who, incredibly, are able to balance being an Orthodox Jew with a demanding, high-profile career. See more at Jew in the City.

When The Terror Hits Home

January 15, 2015, by

Last Saturday night, a day after the terror attacks in Paris, my father called to say that my uncle, Philippe Braham, was killed as he was checking out at the Hyper Cache kosher supermarket, just before Shabbos. He was murdered in a neighborhood I know well, Porte de Vincennes, a few minutes away from my

The Fate of French Jewry

January 14, 2015, by

The attacks last week on the offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and on a kosher supermarket in Paris shocked the world with their brutality and complete disregard for innocent human lives. Unfortunately anti-Semitic incidents against French Jews are nothing new. In recent months they have been growing in intensity and frequency, including an anti-Israel