Articles written by Michele Alperin
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How many Jewish new years?
Time, in its essence, is an unceasing flow on which human beings have imposed meaning with arbitrary divisions and markers — years, months, weeks, days, minutes, and seconds. These units of time serve as measures for human activity in education,...
How Rosh Hashanah became New Year's Day
The effort to strike a balance between a particularistic loyalty to Jewish religion and nationhood and a more universalistic commitment to the human community played itself out in the struggle to set a date for the beginning of the Jewish calendar...
Garden State and Jewish state share a table on food innovation
Food innovation is the next course in the storied U.S.-Israel partnership. Rutgers University's Food Innovation Center and Tel-Hai College in Israel's northern Galilee region recently announced the Ne... Full story
Museum ready to illuminate millennium-long Jewish history of Poland
Given that half of the 6 million Jews who died in the Holocaust came from Poland, many descendants of Polish Jews may be surprised to learn about the current hospitable environment for the Jewish popu... Full story
Turner Classic Movies showcases the Jewish experience on film
Since 2006, the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) cable and satellite TV network has hosted “The Projected Image,” a month-long showcase examining how different cultural and ethnic groups have been portrayed on the big screen. At last, after... Full story
Orthodox Jewish women ordained as first class of a 'different kind of leader'
On the surface, last Sunday’s ordination ceremony for the first three graduates of Bronx, N.Y.-based Yeshivat Maharat—the first institution to train Orthodox women as spiritual leaders and... Full story
Orthodox women share tricks of the entrepreneurial trade at inaugural conference
Chaya Appel-Fishman hatched the idea for a network of Jewish businesswomen at age 16, when she rented a college campus and created a conglomerate of creative arts programs with 120 participants and a... Full story