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Jerusalem Landlord Seeks Religious Tenant

Jerusalem-based real estate agency Uricka Homes is renting out apartments in the neighborhood of Nachlaot exclusively to observant Jews. An ad posted by the company offers a three-room apartment for rent on Shilo Street in central Jerusalem, stating that the potential lodgers must be “a religious couple or family.” Yitzchak Van Leeuwen, a company agent, […]

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Pearl Lang

I was fortunate to see Pearl Lang dance in her signature piece, “Shirah” (or “Song”), in the late 1960s at Hunter College, which was known then as the place to go for modern dance performances. A famous dance series, “Angry Artists Against Viet Nam,” presented at Hunter in ’67, included Twyla Tharp, Eleo Pomare and […]

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Matza do About Nothing

Behind a small, brown street-level door in New York City, cousins Aron Gross and Aron Yagoda direct Streit’s Matzo factory, a family operation nearly 100 years old. Gross and Yagoda’s office is rather humble, with stacks of loose paper piled high on the desk and black and white portraits of their ancestors hanging from the […]

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300 Woman Attend Chabad’s Jewish Women’s Day in NJ

Two women who exemplify the inner and outer beauty of the Jewish Queen Esther were honored during  Chabad of Western Monmouth County’s 25th annual Jewish Women’s Day program, on Sunday, February 10 at the Freehold Jewish Center, 50 Broad Street. The annual event held in memory of Rebbitzen Chaya Mouska Schneerson OBM, was highlighted by […]

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CAY Marks 2 Years, Permanent Location, New Torah

On the first day of Chanukah Chevra Ahavas Yisroel held a benefit dinner marking two years to the founding of the Shul and their new permanent location. The dinner was preceded by a Siyum and Hachnosas Sefer Torah to the Shul. The festivities began on the first light of Chanukah, Sunday afternoon, with the Sidof […]

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Shluchim to Establish Home Inside New Chabad House

Changes have once again been made to the plan for the Aspen, Colorado Chabad Jewish Community Center, which now includes a 3,500-square-foot home on the Main Street property. The plan once called for a 4,500-square-foot social hall next to a 10,550-square-foot building that will house a synagogue and preschool classrooms. But that has been changed, […]

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Chabad Rabbis Head to Great Outdoors

Chabad Rabbi Zalman Mendelsohn strolled the streets here in one of the West’s most picturesque tourist towns, looking for Jewish travelers. “Shalom! Shalom!” he shouted, approaching a family lingering near Jackson’s town square. “Are you, by any chance, Jewish?” They were. He invited them to attend Friday night services at the synagogue he runs in […]

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NYC Man Pleads Guilty in Haredi Boy’s Dismemberment Death

A man accused in the horrific abduction and dismemberment of an 8-year-old boy from a tight-knit Orthodox Jewish community pleaded guilty yesterday - a deal that will put him behind bars for at least 40 years and avoid a heartrending trial. District Attorney Charles Hynes made the arrangement in consultation with the family of the […]

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Rabbi Yonah Bookstein’s Detroit Roots

I’ve been following Rabbi Yonah Bookstein for several years now. He’s a little more than 6 years my senior and I suppose I’ve looked up to him as a social media guru in the virtual Jewish community of the Web. I knew about his Detroit roots from a blog post he published back in September […]

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Up All Night: A Glimpse of Shavuot Eve in Tel Aviv

It’s 6:30 P.M. on Saturday night, erev Shavuot, and the doors of Fishka on Eilat Street are already open. A young couple is tangoing across the inner courtyard. A cluster is forming around the cheese and wine. Someone is doing a sound check for the microphones being set up in the library.  Raz. Dvah. Tri. […]

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Internet Asifa Organizer Allegedly Beat his Own Yeshiva Students

Failed Messiah has a story about Rabbi Gottlieb, one of the main organizers of the Asifa, being involved in child abuse at a yeshiva he used to work for in Lakewood. While the charges are alleged, I’m sure someone with a sick mind like  the guy behind Failed Messiah will blow it out of proportion […]

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Israeli MKs Arrive in U.S. to Hold Dialogue with Local Jews

The second annual MK delegation of Ruderman Fellows, including Ofir Akunis, (Likud), Ilan Gilon (Meretz), Fainia Kirshenbaum, (Yisrael Beitenu), Raleb Majadele, (Labor), and Lia Shemtov (Yisrael Beitenu) arrived in the United States on Sunday for a week of meetings across the spectrum of the American Jewish community. Sponsored by the Ruderman Family Foundation in partnership […]

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Years After Raid, Postville Poorer and Less Stable

A group of Jewish boys in yarmulkes and winter coats walked past the “Taste of Mexico” restaurant on Lawler Street last week on their way home from school. Minutes later, a Somali man wearing a keffiyeh scarf around his neck passed by, perhaps on his way to the town’s makeshift mosque on Main Street. This […]

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Anne Frank flat to open to public for 1 day

Paying guests are to be given a one-off chance to view the apartment where Jewish diarist Anne Frank lived with her family before they went into hiding from the Nazis during World War II, the housing corporation that owns it said last week. Ymere corporation said in a statement that a maximum of 300 people […]

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New Torah Occupies Wall Street

Only a stone’s throw from Zuccotti Park where protestors clashed with police last Wednesday evening, scores of Wall Street businesspeople and residents took to dancing in the rain at the Museum of Jewish Heritage on Battery Place. The occasion was the dedication of a newly completed Torah Scroll by Chabad of Wall Street. Area residents, […]

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Ben-Ari: Change Name of Rabin Street to Protect His Dignity

A leftist resident of Ashkelon has filed a complaint against MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) for “disrespecting the memory of Yitzchak Rabin.” According to the complaint, filed with Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlin, Ben-Ari sought to change the name of Rabin Street in Ashkelon, renaming it in honor of Moshe Ami, an Ashkelon resident who was […]

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Top 10 Things to do in Tel Aviv, Israel

1.) Hilton Beach The Hilton Beach is located in Tel Aviv, Israel. It was named after the nearby famous Hilton Hotel in the area. Dogs, which are usually not allowed in beaches, are allowed to enjoy the Hilton Beach on the northern part. Many pet lovers prefer bringing their pets to the beach instead of […]

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Firefighters Honored by Congregation Yetev Lev Satmar for Saving Torahs in Synagogue Fire

Brooklyn firefighters received a big thank you from the Conregation Yetev Lev Satmar on Oct. 27, for saving four Torahs from a synagogue just four days earlier. “You are like family to us,” Rabbi Abe Friedman said. “It’s an honor that you came here today.” A fire at the synagogue on South 8th Street in […]

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Hayarkon Park

The Hayarkon Park is located at Rokach Blvd in Tel Aviv, Israel. It is a good and refreshing green venue to spend the weekends with the family and friends. The vast 1,000 acres of green land boasts of its ponds, gardens, trees, sports fields and recreational areas. Visitors can enjoy bike rentals and pony rides […]

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The Luna Park - Tel Aviv

The Luna Park is located in the Ganai HaTaarucha in Tel Aviv, Israel. It is the most famous amusement theme park in all of Israel. It has a wide 12 acres of green soil, palm and eucalyptus trees. The park has a lot of rides in store for all ages and all the members of  […]

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Florida Chabad House Grows with a Torah

Approximately 100 congregants marched the streets by singing, dancing and celebrating Chabad of Pembroke Pines’ first owned Torah. This procession in the streets of Pembroke Pines recently was an emotional celebration for the synagogue’s founder, Rabbi Mordechai Andrusier, as the Torah was dedicated in the memory of his grandmother Chana and nephew Yonatan. “Some people […]

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Devarim - The Importance of Hebrew

As a child, one of my favorite songs was a silly song that taught new Hebrew words using English puns (“Etz a nice tree! How do you say ‘tree’ in Hebrew? Etz!). The refrain is “Ivrit, Ivrit, Ivrit Daber Ivrit” (Hebrew, Hebrew, Speak Hebrew). This song was a staple at Family Camp during my youth […]

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Misaskim volunteers do another sweep at the Aron home on E 2nd

On Tuesday, July 26th, the NYPD was getting ready to wrap up its nearly two-week-long investigation at the Levi Aaron house on East 2nd Street. Before they prepared to return the house to its owners, members of the NYPD reached out to Misaskim’s Disaster and Recovery team to come down to the house  for another […]

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Top 50 things to do in Israel

1.) Western Wailing Wall Western Wailing Wall is situated at the foot of the western side of the temple of mount in the old city of Jerusalem. Considered as the most holiest place for Jews wherein thousands of Jewish worshiper believes that the presence of God’s spirit is always in the holy temple for thousands of years. 2.) Old City of Jerusalem […]

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Antique and Collectors Weekly Market

The Antique and Collectors Weekly Market in Netanya, Israel is a new flea market with colorful, attractive and well-arranged stores. On each store, you can find assorted antiques, souvenirs, collectables, assorted crafts, Judaica and a lot more. The great flea market opens every Thursday from 15:00 until 21:00, tentatively during the summer months. This market […]

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Top 50 things to do in Jerusalem

1.) Church of the Holy Sepulchre The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is also called as the Church of the Resurrection to Eastern Orthodox Christians, located in the Old city of Jerusalem, far famed as the Christians holiest site and has been an significant pilgrimage since the 4th century. A monumental landmark respected as the Golgotha or […]

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Tisch Family Zoological Garden in Jerusalem

The Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem, publicly recognized as the Tisch Family Zoological Gardens was formerly founded in 1928 by the late Prof. Aharon Shuloy, one of the pioneers in the field of zoology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.  It started out as a small children’s zoo located at Harav Kook Street in central Jerusalem. […]

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Tracing Your Jewish Genealogy

Tracing your Jewish genealogy can be a complicated task but it always feels good to know where you came from and to learn about your family’s history. Because of many years of Jewish migration, most Jews nowadays do not know where to begin their search. Start your search within your family. Talk to your parents […]

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Let’s Ham It Up On Hanukkah (Again!)

Let's Ham It Up On Hanukkah (Again!)

Just like the return of the clothing fashion styles of yesteryear, many things on the Web tend to make a comeback too. It seems like every few years the same hoaxes, urban legends, videos, jokes and funny photos get recycled around Cyberspace. I noticed that this is the case with a photo of ham — […]

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Have a Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas!

Hanukkah is celebrated by Jews. Christmas is celebrated by Christians. But what about interfaith families? Combining holiday traditions is a fun way to celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas. This is a good way to unite family members of different religious traditions. Decorate both for Christmas and Hanukkah. Prepare the Hanukkah menorah and light it during the […]

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