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 By Ben Sales    Features    May 26, 2017 

Five ways to celebrate Shavuot without (necessarily) studying Torah

NEW YORK (JTA)—Shavuot is the “Rodney Dangerfield of Jewish holidays,” says Rabbi Shira Stutman of Washington, D.C.’s Sixth and I synagogue. Meaning: It gets no respect. Considered by Jewish tradition to be on par with the fall and spring...

 

Birthright's biggest season

NEW YORK & JERUSALEM—Birthright Israel, the world’s largest provider of free cultural experience trips, today announces that a record 33,000 participants will arrive in Israel this summer. The program currently has a waiting list due to...

 
 By Dani Shipley    Features    May 26, 2017 

March of the Living... My journal from Poland

Dani Shipley, granddaughter of Jim and Rachel Shipley and daughter of Tom and Pam Corey Shipley, went on the March of the Living. The following is her diary of her first week in Poland. April 24,...

 
 By Eliana Rudee    Features    May 26, 2017 

Fifty Jerusalem facts for 50th anniversary of reunification

Israelis celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem's reunification May 23-24. Leading up to the holy city's semi-centennial milestone, here are 50 facts highlighting the rich tapestry of Israel's...

 
 By Tatyana Leonova    Features    May 26, 2017 

Genealogy Success Story: How great it is to have a rare last name

How great are those who invented the Internet and Facebook! I was born in Leningrad, USSR (now St. Petersburg, Russia) and lived there until moving to the U.S. in 1990. Before World War II, the...

 

Giving is receiving!

How often do you "give" to another person without expecting anything in return? And, how do you feel when you give freely and with an open heart?   When you give... You receive! It's quite simple....

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    May 26, 2017 

Scene Around

Here we go again... The following are two sayings sent to me by the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA). As disturbing as they are, we have to be aware of the hate: "Wherever you see an Israeli,...

 
 By Shannon Sarna    Features    May 26, 2017 

Israeli couscous mac and cheese

(The Nosher via JTA)-Mac and cheese is one of those comfort food dishes that is sure to bring a smile to anyone's face. So when my co-workers suggested I try a mac and cheese made with Israeli...

 

Gluten-free brownie cheesecake is heavenly dessert for Shavuot

It is customary to eat dairy food on Shavuot (May 30-June 1, 2017) for a number of reasons. One reason is that Shavuot is linked to the Exodus from Egypt into the Promised Land, and it is written “From the misery of Egypt to a country flowing with...

 
 By Sean Savage    Features    May 26, 2017 

Magdala Stone, known as Jewish-Christian 'crossroads,' gets its public debut

Described as one of the most significant archaeological finds in modern Israel, the Magdala Stone, unearthed in 2009 near the shores of the Sea of Galilee, has been unveiled to the public for first...

 
 By Blanca Taylor    Features    May 26, 2017 

Honoring our heroes on Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, we honor the soldiers and service members who have given their lives for our nation. Social Security respects the heroism and courage of our military service members, and we remember those who have given their lives in defense of...

 
 By Curt Schleier    Features    May 26, 2017 

Carl Reiner, 95, dishes his secrets to longevity

(JTA)-The first thing Carl Reiner does every morning is pick up the paper and read the obituary section to check if he's named there. "If I'm not, I'll have my breakfast"-or so he says in the charming...

 
 By Andrew Tobin    Features    May 26, 2017 

Israeli startups are driving the car technology revolution. Here's how.

TEL AVIV (JTA)-Israeli startups are revving their engines ahead of the country's largest-ever "smart transportation" event. Over 200 local companies working in transportation technology will be at the...

 

Did you know that May is Jewish American Heritage Month?

(JTA)-Only one religious group in the U.S. has a federally proclaimed month celebrating their history: the Jews. In 2006, President George W. Bush officially declared May as Jewish American Heritage...

 
 By Andrew Tobin    Features    May 19, 2017

Israeli paratroopers re-create photo on 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War

JERUSALEM (JTA)-David Rubinger's iconic photograph of three paratroopers at the Western Wall is the defining image of the 1967 Six-Day War. The men in the photo-Dr. Yitzhak Yifat, Tzion Karasenti...

 

Lake Brantley alum is 'winningest' tennis coach in Cleveland

Former Heritage editor, Mike Etzkin, is a proud uncle. His nephew, Brian Etzkin, is the "winningest" head coach of the men's and women's tennis teams in history at Cleveland State University. Etzkin's...

 
 By June Glazer    Features    May 19, 2017

A son's recollection of his father's heroism at Ammunition Hill

Over the course of three days, beginning June 5, more than 182 Israeli soldiers fell along the Jerusalem front fighting against Jordanian forces in what is ingrained in Israel's collective memory as...

 
 By Gloria Green    Features    May 19, 2017

Genealogy Success Story: Wrestling one's way out of the Holocaust

About two years ago, I flew to Israel for the annual conference of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, held that year in Jerusalem. While in Jerusalem, I toured Yad...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    May 19, 2017

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I never knew of this true hero... Tuvia Bielski (May 8, 1906-June 12, 1987) was the leader of the Bielski group, Jewish partisans who set up a camp for Jews fleeing the Holocaust during World War...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    May 19, 2017

How the Six-Day War changed American Jews

NEW YORK (JTA)-On the morning of June 5, 1967, as Arab armies and Israel clashed following weeks of tension, Rabbi Irving "Yitz" Greenberg sat anxious amid his congregants at daily prayers-fearful...

 
 By Ronnie Fein    Features    May 19, 2017

How to make cold borscht

(The Nosher via JTA)-I can't eat borscht that comes from a jar that's been sitting on a supermarket shelf for who knows how long. So sue me. Tell me I'm a snob. I just can't. It's the wrong color,...

 

Zachary Engel-he's a rising star!

Kudos go out to Chef Zachary Engel for winning the James Beard Award for Rising Star Chef of the Year. Engel is the chef de cuisine at Shaya restaurant in New Orleans, and was one of 11 New Orleans...

 

Tasman joins the USA Maccabi water polo team

There is another local water polo player who will be playing on the Maccabi Water Polo team this summer. Ory Tasman, four-time All-American and Winter Park resident, was selected to the 2017 Maccabi...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    May 12, 2017

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A future without cancer?... I received this letter from Tel Aviv University and will share it in part: "Imagine a future without cancer... a world where remedies exist for all breast cancers... where...

 
 By Andrew Tobin    Features    May 12, 2017

These American immigrants are winning back millions for victims of massive fraud in Israel

TEL AVIV (JTA)-They were part of the problem. Now they are spearheading a solution. A Tel Aviv-based startup run by young American Jewish immigrants to Israel, or olim, has taken on the largely...

 

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