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N.J. Schechter School Closes Three Weeks Before Year Starts

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Come August 29, Solomon Schechter in East Brunswick, New Jersey, will not re-open its doors. The decision to close the school came only three weeks before the slated start of school. On August 7, parents received an email from the head of school stating: “Unfortunately, I have to confirm what is, for all of us, […]

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The ‘Vegas’ Bar Mitzva Boy is Giving His Gifts Away

Sam Horowitz, whose bar mitzva entrance video has gone viral on YouTube, has donated thousands of dollars of his gift money to an Israeli youth village. Sam, of Dallas, and his parents asked guests at the bar mitzva to make a contribution to the Ben Yakir Youth Village in central Israel in lieu of gifts, […]

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Anne Frank House Recreated in Argentina

For 20-year old Naomi Szulman, this was her grandparent’s home. A place where the family would meet on weekends. That was before it was donated and renovated. Now it’s a replica of Anne Frank’s hideout in Amsterdam during World War II. “I’m proud of what the house has become. I think it has fulfilled its […]

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Young Couple Making Aliyah from Pittsburgh Wins $10,000

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Nefesh B’Nefesh has announced the winners of their new aliyah contest, the “Wedding Gift Challenge”, awarding 25 newlyweds prizes to help start their new life in Israel. Nefesh B’Nefesh sought to encourage young American couples to discuss aliyah by enticing them to enter a social media-based contest to win prizes including a sum of $10,000. […]

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Jews in Sports: A Fair Fine

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First it was the Israeli Lacrosse women. Now it’s the Israeli Davis Cup men’s turn for the limelight. Throughout the world of organized sports there has come and gone opportunities for organized religion and sports to collide and create a raucous, and rarely this crash doesn’t comply. Last week, the Israel Davis Cup team learned […]

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Floods Threaten Russia’s Jewish Autonomous Region

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As many as 100,000 people may be evacuated from their homes near Russia’s border with China if the region’s biggest floods for 120 years get worse, Russian media reported on Saturday. The floods, caused by a month of unusually heavy rain, are not expected to start receding until early September, the head of Russia’s hydrometeorology […]

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Talks Over Oldest US Synagogue Fail

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Mediation has failed in lawsuits between the oldest US synagogue and the country’s first Jewish congregation over ownership issues. Lawyers for the leaders of New York City’s Congregation Shearith Israel and Touro Synagogue in Rhode Island tell The Associated Press they were unable to agree during mediation overseen by a federal judge. The lawsuits will […]

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Hiddush Advocates for Israeli Tennis Team’s Punishment

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On Thursday, a press release was sent by Hiddush, an organization for religious freedom and equality, to the International Tennis Federation to request that they respect the decision made by the Israel Davis Cup team not to compete on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. The team was scheduled to play against Belgium on Yom […]

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How to Keep Kosher While Backpacking in South America

When we think of traveling on vacation to far distances in today’s day and age, the mere thought of an uncomfortable journey almost seems unfathomable. We are used to the highest level of service and, thanks to technology, the world at our fingertips. From kosher mountaintop resorts to kosher cruises in the Mediterranean, the discerning […]

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Rare Schindler Documents Sell for $122,000 at Auction

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A collection of documents from World War II industrialist Oskar Schindler, including a letter he signed that made the way for the rescue of more than 1,000 Jewish factory workers, has fetched more than $122,000 at an online auction. The letter, dated Aug. 22, 1944, describes permission to move Schindler’s enamelware factory and its workers […]

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You Only Live Twice

Samuel Sandler, an aeronautical engineer and head of the Jewish community in Versailles, France, announced a few weeks ago that he’d had the local synagogue registered as a national landmark. “My feeling is that our congregation will be gone within twenty or thirty years,” he told friends, “and I don’t want the building demolished or, […]

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New Chief Rabbis Sworn in, Commit to Bringing Am Yisrael Together

In the presence of family, friends, rabbis, justices and public officials, the new chief rabbis, David Lau and Yitzhak Yosef, were sworn in on Wednesday. In a ceremony at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem, the rabbis swore allegiance to the State of Israel and committed to provide fair justice in their role as members of […]

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Rabbi Ariel: ‘Banks are the Last Place to Borrow Money From’

If you need a loan, the place to get it is at a gemach, a free loan society, that charges no interest, but may include a “usage fee,” according to Ramat Gan Chief Rabbi Yaakov Ariel. Rabbi Ariel was on the “short list” for Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi, and is considered a scholar of note by […]

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A Machzor They Won’t Just Pretend to Read

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As the average person’s attention continues to thin together with our ever-slimmer smart phones, engaging teens and adults in today’s fast forward world is becoming increasingly more difficult.  And once great crowd pleasers like the songs ‘Oseh Shalom’ and ‘David Melech Yisroel’ –  have become somewhat outdated, leaving many Shluchim baffled with the task of […]

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Holland’s Largest Hebrew Bookstore Shutters Doors

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One of Western Europe’s largest Hebrew bookstores has closed down in Amsterdam as its former owners prepare to immigrate to Israel. Samech, located in southern Amsterdam, has been supplying Hebrew-language books to members of Holland’s Jewish community for nearly 40 years and possessed a stock of 100,000 books, according to the website of the Dutch […]

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17 Yemenite Jews Brought to Israel in Covert Operation

The Jewish Agency on Wednesday night helped a group of 17 Jews to move to Israel from Yemen, in a covert maneuver reminiscent of 1949-50’s Operation Magic Carpet, the first mass aliya after the foundation of the state. Citing heightened security concerns and increasing tensions in Yemen, two sets of parents were brought directly to […]

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Top Rabbi Backs Elon Despite Conviction

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Less a week after he was found guilty of indecent assault by force on a minor, Rabbi Mordechai Elon is receiving significant support from one of the most prominent religious Zionist rabbis. Ynet has learned that Rabbi Chaim Druckman, one of the leaders of the national-religious public, invited the convicted rabbi to deliver his weekly […]

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Avraham Fried, ‘Samaria Jews are Our Heroes’

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Popular hassidic singer Avraham Fried made an appearance in Karnei Shomron in Samaria (Shomron) this week, drawing a crowd of approximately 1,300. “The last time I was here was 17 years ago, a long time,” Fried told his audience. “But thank G-d, I’m here with you this evening in Karnei Shomron, praise G-d!” He expressed […]

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Bris Milah Lawsuit Triggers Aggressive City Response

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The much-watched court case challenging New York City’s regulation of bris milah has entered a new phase of litigation known as Discovery. This process, through which both sides request documents from the other, depositions of witnesses and other evidence relevant to the case, precedes the actual trial. The City’s requests have been so massive and […]

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Young U.S. Jews Feel Closer to Israel, Studies Find

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Young American Jews have closer ties to Israel than ever before, while Israelis who have moved to the United States are raising the Jewish consciousness of all Jews in the New World. Such upbeat conclusions may run counter to more prevalent pessimistic pronouncements, but they are bolstered by three new research studies. Results of these […]

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Nefesh B’ Nefesh Flight Brings 330 more North American Immigrants to Israel

Some 330 North Americans making aliya to Israel arrived at Ben-Gurion Airport on Tuesday morning on a flight chartered by Nefesh B’Nefesh. Among the new arrivals were 125 young people making aliya in order to serve Israel in the IDF. This summer, a total of 2,500 olim were expected to arrive in Israel on Nefesh […]

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Temple Mount Reopened to Jews

Dozens of Jews on visited the Temple Mount on Sunday morning as it was opened to tourists for the first time since the end of the month of Ramadan and the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr last week. Temple activists are accusing the police of closing the Mount unnecessarily throughout most of the month of […]

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Talks Could Collapse over Housing

Middle East peace talks could “collapse” due to continuing Israeli settlement expansion, a senior Palestinian Authority (PA) official warned Tuesday, on the eve of the scheduled resumption of the fragile process.   “Settlement expansion goes against the U.S. administration’s pledges and threatens to cause the negotiations’ collapse,” Yasser Abed Rabbo told AFP.   The comments […]

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Chief Rabbis Pledge Support for Chabad

Chabad representatives met with the newly elected chief rabbis of Israel in their Jerusalem offices. Rabbi Yaakov Gloiberman and Rabbi Levi Edri met with chief Ashkenazic rabbi Dovid Lau and chief Sephardic rabbi Yitzchak Yosef. During the meeting, Rabbi Yosef reminisced of the Talmud Torah he attended as a child, “Yavneh,” where he was taught […]

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Non-Jews Hit by ‘Jewish’ Diseases Fall Through the Cracks of Genetic Screening

For three days in April, about 70 families whose lives have been upended by Tay-Sachs disease gathered in San Diego for the annual National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases conference. The event, which attracted families caring for children with Tay-Sachs as well as those who have lost loved ones to the degenerative disease that claims most […]

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Beit Shemesh Official: Egged Waging ‘Defamation Campaign’ on Haredim

The Egged bus company is complicit in a “defamation campaign against the haredi public,” Beit Shemesh Deputy Mayor Shmuel Greenberg (United Torah Judaism) stated in an interview with the Chadash Beit Shemesh newspaper published on Friday. Greenberg, chairman of the Municipal Transportation Committee, criticized Egged over an incident last month in which a haredi couple […]

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An Undiscovered Internment Camp Housed 700 Jews during WWII

Deep in the woods of Ripples, New Brunswick, some 700 Jews found themselves stepping into an internment camp during the early months of the Second World War. Now almost 70 years later, The Vancouver Sun enfolds the story of a little known camp that saved many Jews from perishing in the Holocaust. During a relief […]

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Book Lists 1,000 Questions to Ask Before Getting Married

Can dating and fun coincide? For many singles, those two words are polar opposites. Many singles get burnt out, jaded and perpetuate an annoyingly unproductive cycle of “failed” dates. Yet one women is pushing the dating scene into a newly formatted direction. The book, 1,000 Questions to ask before getting married, is an inquisitive question series […]

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Is ‘Yeshivish’ a Language, a Dialect Like ‘Ebonics,’ or Something Else Altogether?

When do distinct dialects become so separated they can be considered separate languages? How would the question, which is often raised in connection to the “Black English” found spoken by African Americans, apply to its Judeo-English cousin colloquially known as “Yeshivish”? The form of English commonly spoken in American Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox communities- replete with […]

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New Olim: IDF, Here We Come!

Ben Yablon, 19, of Portland, has been surrounded by aircraft since childhood. His father is a pilot, two of his uncles are pilots, and even his grandmother was a pilot who took a NASA training course and volunteered in an air defense unit. He himself has been practicing since the age of 16 and received […]

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