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A Roaring Good Read

June 3, 2015, by

Forget building a buzz around his new book, Rabbi Natan Slifkin is getting a roar. Rabbi Slifkin, author of The Torah Encyclopedia of the Animal Kingdom—Volume One: Chayot/Wild Animals, recently visited Akwaaba Lodge in South Africa to film scenes for his upcoming documentary on the animal kingdom in Jewish thought. The first volume of The Torah

A Water Logged Blog

June 2, 2015, by

Rabbi Aaron Levitt is the Judaic Principal at Robert M. Beren Academy of Houston. He described his family’s experience with the recent flooding on his blog, The Rodeo Rabbi. It’s hard to put into words what it’s like to see your house and cars under water. We woke up at 3 a.m. hearing dripping noises

New Brooklyn Holocaust Museum to Cater to Charedi Population

June 2, 2015, by

A new Brooklyn Holocaust museum aims to take a different approach to remembering the Holocaust. As Cathryn J. Prince explains in the Times of Israel: “Not only is the Kleinman center Brooklyn’s first Holocaust museum, it is the first in the US to portray the Shoah from an Orthodox Jewish perspective. The museum aims to

Jewish Guys with Nazi Guns

June 1, 2015, by

In this first person Op-Ed, Tom Tugend of the Jewish Telegraph Agency describes his experience as a foreign volunteer during Israel’s War of Independence: In May 1948, I was walking down Market Street in San Francisco when I passed a small movie theater with a marquee that announced “The Jews Fight for Their State.” For the

Israeli Recognition, At Last, For Jews Who Fought the Nazis

May 29, 2015, by

As a proud patriot, Brooklyn-born Dan Nadel enlisted in the US army right after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. But there was another force driving him to battle — his Jewish faith. “What Hitler was doing to the Jews, I knew he had to be killed and stopped,” the 95-year-old decorated veteran said from

How to Solve the Jewish Day School ‘Tuition Crisis’

May 28, 2015, by

Everyone asks us, what can be done about the cost of a day school education? Week after week, the tuition crisis comes to our attention, front and center. Rabbis, couples and concerned members of the community call us, email us, and approach us after davening regarding the financial pressures threatening our schools and squeezing our

Turkey’s Jews Say Goodbye — But Where Are They Going?

May 28, 2015, by

The New York Times reports that Turkey’s Jewish population is on the way out. In the last ten years, the community, which is Sephardic, has shrunk from 19,500 to 17,000. The community cites a list of reasons including lack of opportunities and the rising tide of anti-Semitism—from city mayors praising Hitler to anti-Semitic crossword puzzles

What You Need to Know About New York’s Proposed Education Tax Credit

May 27, 2015, by

When Rhode Island adopted an education tax credit program a few years back, it resulted in a windfall for the state’s two Jewish day schools. Between them, their students received some $400,000 in scholarship money in the program’s first year. In Florida, tax credit legislation has resulted in nearly $10 million annually for scholarships for Jewish

Be a Part of Unity Day

May 27, 2015, by

In the summer of 2014, Eyal Ifrach, Gil-ad Shaer and Naftali Fraenkel were kidnapped by terrorists on their way home from school. Jews from around the world came together to search, pray and offer support. The sense of unity reached its peak as the three Israeli boys were found and buried together. A year later,

NCSY Alum Rings NASDAQ Closing Bell

May 27, 2015, by

Barry Berkowitz, a proud alumnus of NCSY and Camp Sports, helped ring the NASDAQ Closing Bell last month with the head of YouTube and this year’s top YouTube Stars. Berkowitz is a member of Google’s Investor Relations team and grew up in East Meadow. He attended his first NCSY Shabbaton in sixth grade and was