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The top 10 moments that mattered to Jews in 5777

NEW YORK (JTA)—This Jewish year was not a quiet one, to say the least. From the tumultuous first eight months of Donald Trump’s presidency, to a wave of bomb threats against Jewish community centers, to a neo-Nazi protest in Charlottesville that...

 

The awesome/awful power of words

(JTA)—For nearly 50 years, my father had a best friend named Al. They grew up in the same neighborhood in Brooklyn, and after returning from the service in World War II, they each married and moved to the same Long Island town and opened related...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    September 22, 2017 

Hug a chicken and 4 other twists on traditional High Holidays rituals

NEW YORK (JTA)-Picture services for the High Holidays: A roomful of congregants sitting with heavy books in their laps listening to a rabbi sermonize or a cantor chant is what likely comes to mind....

 

This factory makes thousands of shofars each year

GIVAT YOAV, Golan Heights (JTA)-Shimon Keinan has a business to run. He doesn't have time to teach you how to blow the shofar. But if you come all the way to his Kol Shofar factory here, Keinan is...

 

Harry Lowenstein-mensch of a man

This year, for the first time in 60 years, Harry Lowenstein will be celebrating Rosh Hashanah without his beloved wife Carol. It will be a bittersweet occasion, only a few short weeks after what...

 

Scene Around

Before I even start this column, I want to say that I am writing it well in advance of Hurricane Irma and I hope all of you (and your pets) came through safe and sound. A saying that caught my eye......

 

Eleven inspiring Jews who died in 5777

NEW YORK (JTA)—It’s always difficult to whittle down the list of influential Jews who died in a given year, but this year the task seemed to be especially tough. The number of Jews who left historic marks on their fields—and, more broadly, on J...

 

How I keep my bubbe's memory alive during the High Holidays

(Kveller via JTA)-As a kid, I didn't live a particularly Jewish life. We were sent to Hebrew school on Tuesdays and Thursdays and got dropped off at Sunday school. We fidgeted through services...

 

Spending Rosh Hashanah in Europe

As we are in the midst of the Jewish High Holidays, I can't help but remember where my husband and I were last year at this time. We had embarked on a Gate 1 Travel guided tour of Central and Eastern...

 

Repair the World to observe 'A Different Kind of Service'

Repair the World, the largest Jewish service organization, invited young adults to Act Now for a Different Kind of Service with the 2017 Jewish High Holidays chapter of its service and education campaign. Repair the World also announced that the...

 

Scene Around

I am so proud... I really am very proud of all the strides in medicine made by scientists at Ben-Gurion University (BGU) of the Negev Center of Medical Innovation. That's why I write about it so often...

 

'Submission'-A book that is shaking public opinion in Europe

Few books in the last decade have aroused the controversy and public debate, at least in Europe, as Michel Houellebecq's "Submission." Still at the top of the charts in France, the novel,...

 

Five new kids' books for the High Holidays

(JTA)-A challah-baking Jewish giant, a young baseball champ and an endearing boy in a pumpkin patch are among the stars of five delightful new books for kids published just in time for the High Holida...

 

Apple and honey pie pops

Like most Jewish holidays, Rosh Hashanah brings to mind certain traditional food customs-the most well-known being the dipping of apples in honey. And while a classic apple pie or cake is a lovely...

 

How to make Shakshuka for a crowd

By Shannon Sarna (The Nosher via JTA)-I think we can all agree that shakshuka is probably one of the greatest dishes ever created. It's easy, simple and you can usually make it from stuff you already...

 

2017 Community Year in Review

October 2016 The new year started off late (according to our Gregorian calendar). Tishrei 1, 5777 was on Oct. 3, 2016. New enterprises began, such as Zayde’s Kosher Catering, an extension of Zayde’s Kosher Kitchen, which was already established...

 

Manhattan's only vineyard is run by this 89-year-old Iraqi Jew

NEW YORK (JTA)-Latif Jiji looks over this year's crop at Chateau Latif with an expression of satisfaction. If you've never heard of Chateau Latif, you're not alone. In fact, your favorite sommelier...

 

A Sephardic seder, of sorts, for Rosh Hashanah

LOS ANGELES (JTA)-For Rosh Hashanah, many of us eat an apple dipped in honey as an auspicious sign for a sweet new year. The symbolism is clear, and the ritual as easy to pull off as squeezing a...

 

Telling the Jewish story in a museum's halls and its school without walls

By Debra Kamin TEL AVIV (JTA)—Rabbi Talia Avnon-Benvinste grew up secular. Her family felt deeply and culturally Jewish, but beyond the regular Israeli rhythms of holidays and shared history, didn’t observe religious customs. But when, in the...

 

The quest for annual Chanukah stamps

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippor are just a few weeks away and Chanukah is fast approaching. There will not be a new Chanukah stamp this year. This means local post offices will not be getting Chanukah...

 

Ten reasons to go to Chabad on Campus

College years go by fast. Once it's all said and done, the only thing we leave campus with is a degree in hand and the memories we made. With Chabad, it can be more than that. You will be able to...

 

Worldwide Sukkah Directory enters 24th year of operation

A worldwide registry of Sukkahs has been set up, and is listed online at www.localsukkah.org. The directory has been designed for Jews to locate a Sukkah near to them, so that they can go there to eat. The idea of this service is not to list every Su...

 

120 Herzls gather in Herzliya to celebrate Zionist Congress anniversary

(JTA)-Ahead of the 120th anniversary of the First Zionist Congress that Theodor Herzl organized in Switzerland, 120 men and women named for him gathered in Herzliya to celebrate his legacy. On Aug....

 

Scene Around

Something to think about... I read this on Facebook. It was posted by our own ALAN ROCK: This was a line from the mouth of Thomas Jefferson: "When the speech condemns a free press, you are hearing...

 

When American Jews fought Nazis-in New Jersey

(JTA)-The Nazi punching debate (is it OK to punch a Nazi?) went viral in January after a liberal protester slugged white supremacist Richard Spencer in the face during President Donald Trump's...

 

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