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The Israeli Election You Get a Vote In

March 19, 2015, by

While Americans were largely on the sidelines in Israel’s latest election, there is one Israeli election that American Jews can participate in and it’s a really important one. It’s the election for the World Zionist Congress (WZC) and the outcome will likely have a hand in determining the course of Israel’s future. Below is a

Seeing Israel

March 19, 2015, by

The first thing that struck me was the cold. Israel is a country of contradictions, and freezing temperatures in a Middle-Eastern country located in a desert may have been the biggest contradiction of all. But Israel is also a country of miracles, and the very fact that I was there, huddling for warmth in a

Ask Aviva: Nervous with Neat

March 19, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, I am getting the pre-Pesach jitters, but not for the reason that you think. We actually go away for the entire yom tov, so I don’t need to worry about cleaning. What I am worried about is what will happen when we go away. We will be staying in my parents’ house for

Special Education Beyond the Big Apple

March 18, 2015, by

In the halls of Phoenix Hebrew Academy you may meet a young man with cerebral palsy. The 13-year old relies on a walker and wears a soft helmet on his head in case he falls, but he is perhaps best recognized by the peers around him, who offer to carry his books and assist him

NAIM 2015: Reaching Beyond, Impacting More

March 18, 2015, by

With 25,000 members of the broad Jewish community across the United States and Canada engaged within more than 100 programs in honor of North American Inclusion Month (NAIM), the initiative to springboard and inspire awareness and sensitivity for individuals with special needs has made an impact. Acknowledged five years ago by the United States Congress,

The Social Event of the Spring

March 12, 2015, by

The OU Jewish Communities Fair is just around the corner, but those interested in learning more about participating communities don’t have to wait until Sunday, April 26 to establish a connection. Featuring 45 American communities, along with Nefesh B’Nefesh to help with interests of those considering aliyah, each community has utilized social media to educate

The Battle For the “Soul” of Israel: Zionism is Not Enough

March 12, 2015, by

A few months ago, a group of soldiers from Unit 8200, one of the IDF’s most elite intelligence units, sent a letter to their commanding officer refusing to be involved in the airstrikes on Gaza. The soldiers claimed that that the tactic was immoral and unethical. The letter, as shocking as it was, reminded me

When the Guest You Invite Over is Itzhak Perlman

March 11, 2015, by

Somewhat tongue-in-cheek, I have referred to seeing Billy Joel in concert at Madison Square Garden as a spiritual experience. His performance this week was no exception. How else can you explain what it feels like to belt out your favorite song with 20,000 strangers who feel the same way? A lover of many genres of

“Peace Ring” in Oslo Brings Hope…and a Powerful Lesson

March 3, 2015, by

This article originally appeared on Inspireconversation.com, a blog inspiring conversation between parents and their children. Inspireconversation.com Editor’s Note: When we first read about this story in the press, we were very impressed and really happy to read it. We drafted an article about it so that parents and teens could discuss this very special event.

Hamantaschen: New Twists on a Holiday Classic – Part Two

February 25, 2015, by

Due to popular demand, we present more unique twists on our Purim classics by popular kosher bloggers…because there are just too many exciting options to fit into one page! Please note the following is a collection of meat, dairy and pareve hamantaschen and in observance with Jewish dietary laws the meat and dairy hamantaschen should