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24-Hour Fundraiser Nets 80K to Keep Heart to Heart Beating Strong

February 25, 2016, by

Last week, the Jewish campus outreach movement Heart to Heart, part of the Orthodox Union’s NextGen Division, tried to raise $60,000 in 24 hours. In the end, they didn’t raise the $60,000. They raised $80,000! Heart to Heart began as a simple idea. While studying bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania in 2008, Hart Levine

NCSYers Make a Difference in Flood-Ravaged Texas

February 25, 2016, by

Ten student leaders from the New York Region of NCSY flew to Texas over Presidents’ Day Weekend to volunteer in a city still recovering from flooding. The disaster relief mission to Taylor, Texas was part of a new leadership program developed by NCSY’s New York Region to meet the needs of students looking to build

The Death of an Icon

February 25, 2016, by

Natan Sharansky is going to be at Beth Tfiloh on March 14.  At the beginning of his book “Fear No Evil,” he recalls a memory from his childhood, the day that Joseph Stalin died.  Solemn music filled the streets form loudspeakers.  Everyone wore black arm bands.  Enormous portraits of Stalin were everywhere.  Sharansky was 5

Dear Mordechai

February 25, 2016, by

The following is a letter Alan sent to a client: Dear Mordechai, (name is changed) It’s been just about year years since we met each other. You came into my weight loss program for a very good reason. At 157 kilograms (346 lbs) and a BMI of 42, it was definitely time for you, at

I Don’t Believe in That God Either

February 22, 2016, by

Last month marked thirty years since the tragic explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger. Seven crew members died after the shuttle broke apart 73 seconds after takeoff. As I’m sure is the case with many of you, I vividly remember exactly where I was when this catastrophic event occurred. Along with many American children, my

A Recap From India

February 18, 2016, by

We would like to thank OU Israel Center for organizing our “halachic adventure” to India. We have not usually shared our adventures but felt that this was something so exceptional that the story had to felt and seen by more than the two of us. Experiencing some these historical events like the restoration of the

Women Take Center Stage at ‘She’s Got Talent’ Grand Finale

February 18, 2016, by

When Karni Abell’s family made aliyah to Ra’anana last year, the 15-year-old left behind her friends and her childhood home in Chicago, but one thing came with her: her music. Although she’s thrilled to be living in Israel, Karni credits music for helping her through the initial rocky transition of moving to a new country.

Are You Tracking?

February 18, 2016, by

There is never a shortage of fitness “crazes.” Every year, there is some exercise more “in” than the year before. The same is certainly true of diets. In our pursuit of the quick fix, we go out and buy the latest diet book because we figure this time is will really “work.” Many times, it’s

Looking for the Grave of a Tzaddik? There’s an App for That

February 17, 2016, by

Imagine this: you’re traveling through a foreign country and you wonder which holy teachers and spiritual leaders are buried in the area. A notification pops up on your phone: the yartzheit of a legendary rabbi is today and your phone gives you GPS directions to his grave. Enter Raphael Maman, a 19-year-old French app developer

Israeli Boy, 11, Stabbed in the Back

February 9, 2016, by

From the JTA: An 11-year-old boy was stabbed several times in the back with scissors in the central Israeli city of Ramle. The boy told police the attacker in the Monday afternoon incident was an Arab man. He was taken to a nearby hospital in moderate condition, police said. The attacker fled the scene. A

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