Combat Officer’s Passover in the Sands of Kuwait

U.S. Capt. Sanford Cohen counts down the end of his deployment in Kuwait by the number of Shabbats, rather than days. “It’s a lot more manageable,” said Cohen, 38, from Staten...

Jerusalem-Based Group Ships Matzah to Polish Jewish Community

The Jerusalem-based organization Shavei Israel shipped two tons of matzah from Israel this week, consisting of 1,692 boxes of Matzot Aviv, 45 boxes of handmade shmurah (“guarded”) matzah and 90...

A Data-Driven Plan to Solve the Shidduch Crisis

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for In 1943, the MBA program at Harvard Business School was completely suspended.  The reason for this was the need to train U.S. army and...

Findings From Study of Jewish Grandparents Show Depth of Involvement

The first-ever national study of Jewish grandparents — commissioned by the Jewish Grandparents Network (JGN), in partnership with 17 national organizations and Jewish Federations — provides detailed information about...

Haredi Anglo Immigrants Buck the Trend of Voting in Blocs

By Sam Sokol BEIT SHEMESH, Israel (JTA) — On Saturday evening in this quiet Jerusalem suburb, hundreds of black-suited, predominantly American-born haredi Orthodox Jews gathered in a local synagogue. Representatives...

Jewish Agency Shlichim Help Clarify Israeli Election Issues

Bibi or Benny? It’s the question dividing the Israeli people ahead of Israel’s April 9 election. But although there’s no way around the fact that elections are inherently political,...

Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, Poland’s capital, Paired by Jewish Agency

The Jewish Agency for Israel’s Partnership2Gether (P2G) Peoplehood platform has added the Polish capital of Warsaw as the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s third partner region within the program,...

Fundraiser for Gay Orthodox Rabbinical Student Raises $3,000 in First Hour

BY BEN SALES (JTA) — A fundraiser on behalf of Daniel Atwood, the gay rabbinical student who was denied ordination at a liberal Orthodox rabbinical seminary, has raised more than...

Cantor Sherwood Goffin of Manhattan’s Lincoln Square Synagogue Dies

BY MARCY OSTER (JTA) — Cantor Sherwood Goffin, cantor of Lincoln Square Synagogue on Manhattan’s West Side for 50 years, died on Wednesday at the age of 77. Known by many...

Finding of Zachariah Baumel’s Remains Alluded to in Tanach

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for The Zohar (Vol. II 183b) tells us that Matzah is called “michlah d’mehenmusah – food that increases emunah.”  There is also a minhag mentioned...
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Arson Suspected in Mevo Modi’im Blaze

Investigations into the fire which destroyed the Mevo Modi’im community last week have determined that the evidence points to arson. Israel’s National Fire and Rescue...

Fire Department Asks Community to Pause and Remember

A moment of silence on Memorial Day In 2000, Congress enacted the National Moment of Remembrance to further honor American fallen war heroes. All citizens...

Germans Warned of Risks of Wearing Kippah in Public

BERLIN (JTA) – It is dangerous to identify publicly as Jewish in Germany, including wearing a kippah, Germany’s commissioner on antisemitism said. In a wide-ranging...

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