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Submit Your Stories

August 17, 2017, by

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Biking from New York to Florida

August 17, 2017, by

Two visitors enter the Brith Sholom Beth Israel Synagogue in Charleston, SC for mincha/maariv. He is wearing a white shirt and black pants, she is modestly dressed in a skirt and sheitel. They look like a typical frum couple in their sixties. He says they’re originally from Chicago but have just arrived from New York,

Hapoel Jerusalem A Ball For Kids With Special Needs

August 17, 2017, by

The Hapoel Jerusalem youth department has begun a unique new program in conjunction with OU-Israel’s Yachad Project for English-speaking kids with special needs whose families have immigrated to Israel from North America. Once a week, Yachad kids participate in English-language basketball training and group practice at the Rene Cassin gym in Jerusalem, under the supervision

To Doxx or Not to Doxx the Neo Nazis

August 17, 2017, by

In the aftermath of the disturbing neo-Nazi and White Supremacist march in Charlottesville, some Twitterati have taken to doxxing the participants. Doxxing (or doxing) refers to revealing the real names and personal information (such as home addresses) of people whose online identities are unknown. While we receive a certain amount of satisfaction seeing these racists

Targeted Stem Cells Might Hold the Key to Eradicating Leukemia

August 14, 2017, by

Israel has the fourth-highest per capita rate of leukemia fatalities worldwide. In the United States, the blood cancer kills more than 24,000 Americans annually. According to the Israel Cancer Research Fund, a majority of leukemia treatments today focus on chemotherapy, steroid drugs and stem-cell transplants. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) scientist Dr. Roi Gazit

Not Reclaiming the Swastika

August 9, 2017, by

An insignificant little video, less than a minute long and almost a month old, really got noticed this past week. In the video, European retailer KA Design introduces the “new swastika.” The video starts by informing us that the swastika is a 5,000-year-old symbol of peace. This is true. The symbol has been used by

“Stories from the Front Lines”

August 3, 2017, by

My family and I live in Charleston, South Carolina. Just saying those words when I visit my family in the Five Towns, where I grew up, elicits stares of shock. At least when we lived in Houston, Texas, where my husband served as an assistant Rabbi before he assumed the pulpit in Charleston, New Yorkers

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