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The Jewish year in review: #MeToo, the embassy move, and a growing gap between Israel and the Diaspora

(JTA)-For North American Jews, the Jewish year 5778 began with tensions between Israel and the Diaspora over egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall and ended with more tension over a controversial...

 
 By Ben Harris    Features    June 29, 2018

How day schools are making Jewish learning fun

The first time Rabbi Raphael Karlin gave his sixth-grade students a Talmud game, it didn't turn out quite the way he expected. The challenge was to take a passage of Talmud cut up into six parts and...

 
 By Ben Harris    Features    May 11, 2018

These Jewish day schools are breaking the mold to teach fluent Hebrew

Teaching students Hebrew is a top priority for the Chicago-area day school Hillel Torah. So to ensure it has a ready supply of native Hebrew speakers on its faculty, the school goes straight to the so...

 
 By Ben Harris    Features    May 4, 2018

A Montreal pilgrimage in the footsteps of Leonard Cohen

MONTREAL (JTA)-Just inside the gate of the Shaar Hashomayim synagogue off Boulevard du Mont Royal, a gravestone bears an unusual Star of David, the sharp angles of its two opposing triangles-one...

 

For student with unique circumstances, new Jewish two-year college program is a godsend

NEW YORK-Yechiel Malik was born and raised an hour's drive from New York City, but until age 10 he spoke only Yiddish. He grew up in an all-Hasidic village in New York's Hudson Valley, and for most...

 

Winter camping and fighting addiction at America's first Jewish wilderness therapy program

When Jory Hanselman was a high school student, she found herself struggling on multiple fronts. A family member was wrestling with addiction and mental illness. And two friends died suddenly, one...

 

Looking back at 5776

(JTA)-A stabbing and car-ramming epidemic in Israel that some called a third intifada was among the most dominant Jewish stories of the past year. But 5776 was also notable for the release of spy...

 
 By Ben Harris    News    December 18, 2015

Itzhak Perlman named winner of 2016 Genesis Prize

(JTA)-Itzhak Perlman, the Israeli-born violin virtuoso, was named the third winner of the Genesis Prize. Perlman was named the winner on Monday of the annual $1 million prize that has been dubbed the...

 
 By Ben Harris    News    April 17, 2015

U.S. and Israel escalate war of words over Iran

By (JTA)-Israel and the Obama administration have stepped up their war of words over the framework agreement that aims to limit Iran's nuclear activities in exchange for a gradual rollback of...

 
 By Ben Harris    Features    July 11, 2014

Zalman Schachter-Shalomi brought old world gravitas to New Age Judaism

(JTA) - Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi was one of the world's most innovative and influential Jewish spiritual leaders. To his followers, he was their Hasidic rebbe. But what other rebbe had dropped...

 
 By Ben Harris    Features    May 17, 2013

Philanthropist Taube wants Polish Jewry remembered for life, not death

By Ben Harris NEW YORK (JTA)—When the Museum of the History of the Polish Jews opened its doors to the public recently after years of delays and tens of millions of dollars in spending, it was in...

 
 By Ben Harris    News    April 26, 2013

Deception deals blow to reputation of prominent Orthodox rabbi, Michael Broyde

NEW YORK (JTA)—Until [two weeks ago], Michael Broyde was considered one of the most respected Orthodox rabbis in America. A professor of law at Emory University, the author of dozens of books and articles, and a leading authority on the...

 

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