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Every Vote Counts in Local Elections

May 23, 2016, by

Just how important is it to vote in local elections? Maury Litwack, Director of State Political Affairs for OU Advocacy, explains in The Five Towns Jewish Times: There’s nothing like a Presidential election to boost our patriotism and dedication to the political process. But when it comes to improving our daily lives, there’s nothing like

I Accidentally Hired an Orthodox Rabbi for My Father’s Funeral

May 11, 2016, by

Adele Levin writes for The Washington Post about how she accidentally hired an Orthodox rabbi for her father’s funeral. Levin only realizes after meeting Rabbi Eli Fink that she’s called the wrong rabbi and the mix-up has the makings of a screwball comedy: “We gathered in the funeral home: my sister, my Swiss mother with

Massive Flooding Damages Houston Jewish Communities

April 20, 2016, by

From the JTA: Massive flooding has caused serious damage to the Jewish community of Houston for the second time in less than a year and just days before Passover. Dozens of homes in the Jewish neighborhoods of Meyerland and Willow Meadows reported significant flood damage as of Tuesday morning from the extremely heavy rainfall in

Two 16-year-old Chabad girls reported missing near Orlando found unharmed

April 12, 2016, by

From the JTA: Two 16-year-old girls from the Chabad-Lubavitch community who went missing during a Shabbat afternoon walk while on a class trip in Orlando, Florida, were found in a nearby area of densely wooded swampland. It took rescue teams more than an hour on Sunday morning to reach the girls, identified as Rivka Moshe and Brocha Katz,

North of Paris, a Beleaguered Jewish Community Dares to Seder

April 7, 2016, by

From the JTA: After three firebombs hit the synagogue of this poor and heavily Muslim suburb of Paris, municipal authorities advised the local Jewish community to lower its profile. Like dozens of attacks on French synagogues since 2000, the January 2009 incident at the Chabad House of Saint-Denis, which did not result in any injuries, was

Purim extravaganza nixed, haredi rockers give Belgian Jews private show

March 25, 2016, by

From the JTA: When they boarded a plane for Belgium on Monday, the Haredi pop stars Gil and Aryeh Gat were on a mission to bring extra cheer to one of the world’s happiest Jewish events: Purim in Antwerp. The brothers from Eilat, who became unlikely celebrities in Jewish circles worldwide following their 2013 appearance in

Preventing Alzheimer’s By Learning Gemara

March 22, 2016, by

This article is published in a partnership with Supporting Jewish Baby Boomers (STAJE). It is estimated that 1 in 8 Americans over the age of 65 develop some form of dementia. There is still no cure. However, while doctors have not yet succeeded in preventing dementia, it is possible to delay the onset for up to a

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