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Massive floods damage Melbourne Jewish infrastructure

Massive floods damage Melbourne Jewish infrastructure

Mass flash flooding triggered by Cyclone Yasi caused severe damage to Jewish community buildings in Melbourne.

Wild floods stormed through several suburbs heavily populated by Melbourne’s 50,000-strong Jewish community on the evening of Feb. 4, prompting the closure of the Sephardi Synagogue on Shabbat.

At least two Jewish schools were also flooded, with Bialik College – one of the largest Jewish schools in the country – reportedly closing for two …

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Pillar of Italy Jewish community dies

Pillar of Italy Jewish community dies

Tullia Zevi, a pillar of Italy’s Jewish community and an ardent anti-fascist who spent the war years in exile in Switzerland, France and the US, died Saturday. She was 91.

Zevi, the only female president of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities and the longtime vice president of the European Jewish Congress, died in Rome, current union president Renzo Gattegna said

Condolences poured in from Italy’s president, …

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New Website to Help Jewish Mourners Sit Shiva

New Website to Help Jewish Mourners Sit Shiva

ShivaConnect.com is a complimentary service for Jewish mourners and those wishing to express their condolences at a time of loss.

After a year of intricate web design and programming, a mourner or caring friend can now create a Shiva Registry. It includes memorial service/funeral and shiva details (with interactive directions), mourners’ contact information, food notes, synagogue affiliations, and family charitable requests.  A …

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Managing a Jewish Household

Managing a Jewish Household

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Running a traditional Jewish household is not easy. A number of Jewish traditions have to be observed all throughout the year. Here are some tips on how you can manage a Jewish household.

Decorate your home with Jewish symbols like the mezuzah which is placed at your front door, Kiddush cups, menorah, Shabbat candles and other Jewish artwork.

Your family should own a Torah, the Talmud and other Jewish

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Tzedakah and Jewish Obligation

… a duty that should be performed to give justice to the poor. The government gives some grants for Jewish organizations. There are also grants coming from Jewish communities and Jewish philanthropists.

Giving to the poor is a Jewish obligation – a duty that should never be neglected even by Jews who are in need. In fact, many believe that tzedakah is the most important of all commandments and a person who does not fulfill this commandment is comparable to hypocrite. In Judaism, tzedakah is …

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History timeline of Jewish life in Poland

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… Jews were granted freedom to have their own land in Galicia.

1264

The General Charter of Jewish Liberties known as the Statute of Kalisz was issued by the Duke of Greater Poland Boleslaus the Pious on September 8, 1264 in Kalisz. The statute served as the basis for the legal position of Jews in Poland and led to creation of a Yiddish-speaking autonomous Jewish “nation within a nation”, which lasted until the Third Partition of Poland in 1795. The statute granted exclusive …

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Interfaith Families: Personal Stories of Jewish-Christian Intermarriage

Christmas or Hanukkah? Bris or baptism? Church or synagogue? As the number of Jewish-Christian marriages in America continues to rise, couples find themselves searching for ways to navigate the choppy waters of interfaith families. Here, couples in Jewish-Christian marriages describe their experiences and reveal intimate details of their lives as members of these unique families. Without being prescriptive, this book offers examples of the …

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Celebrating the Jewish Year: The Fall Holidays — Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot

… each holiday and open up to us ways we can add our own expression to these special days. Although synagogue ritual is touched upon, the real focus here is on our personal connections to each holiday and our home observance.

As we move from season to season, Paul Steinberg shares with us a rich collection of readings from many of the Jewish greats — Maimonides, Rashi, Nachmanides, Shlomo Carlebach, Marge Piercy, Elie Wiesel, Martin Buber, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Arthur Green, and others …

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Jewish Holidays: A Brief Introduction for Christians

Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky, Rabbi Daniel Judson

Publisher: Jewish Lights

A window into Judaism’s sacred days—throughout history and today.

Written especially for Christians.

Holy days and holidays provide the peak experiences of Jewish life. These moments speak deeply to the Jewish soul and animate Judaism’s culture. They encourage Jews to participate in their shared historical experience, which reflects their covenantal relationship with God, …

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Celebrating the Jewish Year: The Winter Holidays : Hanukkah, Tu b’shevat, Purim

… each holiday and open up to us ways we can add our own expression to these special days. Although synagogue ritual is touched upon, the real focus here is on our personal connections to each holiday and our home observance.

As we move from season to season, Paul Steinberg shares with us a rich collection of readings from many of the Jewish greats — Maimonides, Rashi, Nachmanides, Shlomo Carlebach, Marge Piercy, Elie Wiesel, Martin Buber, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Arthur Green, and others …

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The Eternal Journey : Meditations of the Jewish Year

In this series of essays organized around the Jewish calendar, Jonathan Wittenberg engages with moral and theological questions — the relationship between God and the Holocaust, humanity’s responsibility for its actions, the transience of life — in language that is both precise and passionate. His meditations on the wonders of the natural world and the impact of intergenerational memory invite readers to consider the religious essence …

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How to Run a Traditional Jewish Household

A Day Full of Mitzvos

… Blu Greenberg’s book is a comprehensive guide to the joys and complexities of running a modern Jewish home. How to Run a Traditional Jewish Household is a modern, comprehensive guide covering virtually every aspect of Jewish home life. It provides practical advice on how to manage a Jewish home in the traditional way and offers fascinating accounts of the history behind the tradition. In a warm, personal style, Blu Greenberg shows that, contrary to popular belief, the home, and not the …

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Imperialism and Jewish Society: 200 B.C.E. to 640 C.E.

… Seth Schwartz

Publisher: Princeton University Press

This provocative new history of Palestinian Jewish society in antiquity marks the first comprehensive effort to gauge the effects of imperial domination on this people. Probing more than eight centuries of Persian, Greek, and Roman rule, Seth Schwartz reaches some startling conclusions–foremost among them that the Christianization of the Roman Empire generated the most fundamental features of medieval and modern Jewish life.

Schwartz …

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Jewish Holiday Cooking: A Food Lovers Treasury of Classics and Improvisations

Jewish Holiday Cooking: A Food Lovers Treasury of Classics and Improvisations

Jayne Cohen

Publisher: Wiley

In Jewish Holiday Cooking, Jayne Cohen shares a wide-ranging collection of traditional Jewish recipes, as well as inventive new creations and contemporary variations on the classic dishes. For home cooks, drawing from the rich traditions of Jewish history when cooking for the holidays can be a daunting task. Jewish Holiday Cooking comes to the rescue with recipes drawn from Jayne Cohen’s first …

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Jewish Continuity in America: Creative Survival in a Free Society

Abraham J. Karp

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

Jewish Continuity in America presents an overview of a life’s work by a preeminent scholar and brings new insight to the challenge of American Jewish continuity.

Jews have historically lived within a paradox of faith and fear: faith that they are an eternal people and fear that their generation may be the last. In the United States, the Jewish community has faced to a heightened degree the …

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Beyond the Synagogue Gallery: Finding a Place for Women in American Judaism

Beyond the Synagogue Gallery: Finding a Place for Women in American Judaism

Karla Goldman

Publisher: Harvard Univ. Press

Beyond the Synagogue Gallery recounts the emergence of new roles for American Jewish women in public worship and synagogue life. Karla Goldman’s study of changing patterns of female religiosity is a story of acculturation, of adjustments made to fit Jewish worship into American society.

Goldman focuses on the nineteenth century. This was an era in which immigrant communities strove for middle-class …

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A Double Thread: Growing Up English and Jewish in London

A Double Thread: Growing Up English and Jewish in London

… culture is also the story of a bookish boy discovering his own path. John Gross is the son of a Jewish doctor who practiced in the East End of London from the 1920s to World War II and beyond. His parents were the children of immigrants, steeped in Eastern European customs, yet outside the home he grew up in a very English world of comics and corner shops, sandbags and bomb sites, battered school desks and addictive, dusty cinemas. Mr. Gross looks back on his childhood with humor and …

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A Circle in the Square: Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Reinvents the Synagogue

A Circle in the Square: Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Reinvents the Synagogue

… In 1964, when twenty-three-year-old Rabbi Steven Riskin became the rabbi of Lincoln Square Synagogue on New York’s Upper West Side, he had no set plan. Nevertheless, he revolutionized Orthodox Judaism by making it attractive and relevant to American Jews.

Within these pages, readers will learn about Rabbi Riskin’s unprecedented approach to adult Jewish education and his steadfast commitment to reaching out to each and every Jew within and beyond the four walls of Lincoln Square …

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Exploring Jewish Tradition: A Transliterated Guide to Everyday Practice and Observance

Exploring Jewish Tradition: A Transliterated Guide to Everyday Practice and Observance

Rabbi Abraham B. Witty

Publisher: Doubleday

If you want to introduce Jewish traditions into your home, would like to learn about the Jewish faith of your neighbor, plan to host a traditional seder, or are just curious about a term or ritual, Exploring Jewish Tradition addresses all your needs. This thorough review of Judaism as it has been practiced by Jewish men, women, and children for thousands of years provides concise directions for observing traditions, …

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The JPS Guide to Jewish Traditions

… Publisher: JPS

How much do you really know about Judaism? After reading The JPS Guide to Jewish Traditions, you may be in for a surprise! Did you know that:

· Dividing the Bible into chapters and verses was a Christian innovation · Although a recital of the Ten Commandments was once part of the daily service at the Temple in Jerusalem, Jews elsewhere were forbidden to recite them · The Kaddish, which now closes every Jewish service, as well as sections within the service, was …

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What You Will See Inside: A Synagogue

What You Will See Inside: A Synagogue

What You Will See Inside a Synagogue will:}}–Satisfy kids’–and adults’–curiosity about what goes on in synagogues attended by their friends, broadening awareness of other faiths at an important age when opinions and prejudices can first form}}- Provide Jewish children with a deeper understanding of the practices of their own religious tradition}}- Give children the opportunity to ask questions, making them more …

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Discovering Jewish Music

Marsha Bryan Edelman

Publisher: JPS

Most of us have experienced “Jewish music,” whether it’s through synagogue attendance, a bar mitzvah celebration, a klezmer concert, or the playing of “Hava Nagila” at a baseball game. The many different kinds of Jewish music are reflected by the multitude of Jewish communities throughout the world, each having its own unique set of experiences and values. This book puts the music into a context of Jewish history, …

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Stars of David: Rock’N'Roll’s Jewish Stories

… the makers of rock music over the past fifty years.

What Grammy-award winning band’s Jewish members recite kiddush before their Friday night concerts? What member of a world-famous band blows the shofar at his synagogue on the High Holy Days? What famous rock musician packed his menorah as well as his drum set when preparing to go on world-wide concert tours? How did Judaism’s historic affinity with music—the Torah was meant to be sung—translate into some of the best-loved …

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Discovering Jewish Music

Discovering Jewish Music

Marsha Bryan Edelman

Publisher: JPS

Most of us have experienced “Jewish music,” whether it’s through synagogue attendance, a Bar Mitzvah celebration, a klezmer concert, or the playing of “Hava Nagila” at a baseball game.

The many different kinds of Jewish music are reflected by the multitude of Jewish communities throughout the world, each having its own unique set of experiences and values This book helps put all of that music into a context of …

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Kehilla Community Synagogue in Piedmont, California

Name:

Kehilla Community Synagogue

Address1:

1300 Grand Avenue

Address2:

City:

Piedmont

Location:

California

Zipcode:

94610

Type:

Jewish Renewal

Tel:

510-547-2424

Fax:

510-547-2442

Services:

Fri Evening Services, Shabbat Morning Services, High Holidays, Tourist Visits

Website:

http://www.KehillaSynagogue.org/

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Cuernavaca Synagogue in Cuernavaca, Mexico

Name:

Cuernavaca Synagogue

Address1:

Madero 404

Address2:

Baja California

City:

Cuernavaca

Location:

Mexico

Zipcode:

Type:

Jewish Renewal

Tel:

Fax:

Services:

Fri Evening Services, Shabbat Morning Services, Tourist Visits

Website:

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Israelitische Cultusgemeinde Zurich in Zurich, Switzerland

Name:

Israelitische Cultusgemeinde Zurich

Address1:

L?wenstrasse 10 (Synagogue)

Address2:

Lavaterstr. 33-37 (Community Center)

City:

Zurich

Location:

Switzerland

Zipcode:

Type:

Orthodox

Tel:

+ 41 44 283 22 22

Fax:

+ 41 44 283 22 23

Services:

Daily Services, Fri Evening Services, Shabbat Morning Services, High Holidays, Tourist Visits

Website:

http://www.icz.org/

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Luxembourg City Synagogue in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Name:

Luxembourg City Synagogue

Address1:

45 Av. Monterey

Address2:

City:

Luxembourg City

Location:

Luxembourg

Zipcode:

L-2163

Type:

Conservative

Tel:

452-914

Fax:

250-430

Services:

Fri Evening Services, Shabbat Morning Services, High Holidays, Tourist Visits

Website:

http://jewish-community.org.lu/

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Harlow Jewish Community in Harlow, England

Name:

Harlow Jewish Community

Address1:

The Synagogue

Address2:

Harberts Road

City:

Harlow

Location:

England

Zipcode:

Type:

Reform

Tel:

01279 432503

Fax:

Services:

Website:

http://www.welcome.to/Harlow.Community

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Eating Jewish: Charoset medley

Charoset medley

Although most, if not all, Jewish holiday meals use certain foods and dishes to symbolize various elements of the celebration, the seder meal does so in a way that is integral to the ritual of the meal itself. From the  maror to the zeroah, each has its place in the structure of the seder. Of all these symbolic foods, charoset is definitely my favorite and I have to agree with Gil Marks when he says in the  …

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