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Behind the Veil with Kleinfeld’s Modest Bridal Consultant

June 3, 2015, by

When Rochel Leah Katz, a consultant at iconic New York bridal boutique Kleinfeld, was hired for her job nearly 16 years ago, she assumed the position would be temporary. Katz had no formal education in fashion, much less bridal fashion. But in her tight-knit, Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn, she’d always been known by family

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

Ask Aviva: Sister-Inner-Circle-In-Law

May 28, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, My sister-in-law is asking me for marital advice. I guess you could say that we’re closer than most—so much so that she is sharing with me some of their largest issues. She even asked my advice in getting past my brother’s stubbornness, as well as how she can become more involved in their

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

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,

President’s Chief of Staff and Mother of Eleven: Meet Rivka Ravitz

May 27, 2015, by

And you thought you had your hands full. Meet Rivka Ravitz, the chief of staff to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. At 39, aside from her full-time position, she is the mother of 11 children and is currently working towards her Ph.D. in public policy. I24 news profiled this remarkable woman—the first charedi woman to occupy

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

Why Do People Hate Jews and Judaism?

May 22, 2015, by

As Jews around the world prepare to celebrate the holiday of Shavuot commemorating the acceptance of the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai, we are profoundly disturbed by the resurgence of global anti-Semitism. What seems not sufficiently understood is the deep connection between these two, Sinai and anti-Semitism. The link between the two can allow us

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