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Route 17: Season Of Yizkor

The portal opens as quick as a dream.

09/25/2012
Associate Editor

This is the season of memory, of Yizkor. The memorial prayer for loved ones is recited four times in a year, two of them in these days between Yom Kippur and Shemini Atzeret.

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach: Yizkor’s brevity reflects the brief connection between This World and the Next.

MTA Posts Anti-Jihad Ads At 10 Subway Stations

09/25/2012

An advertisement that reads "Support Israel. Defeat Jihad" went on display in 10 New York City subway stations.

The ads, which also read “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man," were posted Monday in accordance with a U.S. District Court ruling in July that ordered the city's Metropolitan Transportation Authority to run the ads. The MTA had argued that the ad violates its policy against demeaning language.

New Year, New Flag

Conservative/Masorti movement puts a pluralistic spin on the Simchat Torah flag.

09/25/2012
Staff Writer

When Rabbi Tzvi Graetz was a little boy in the Israel of the 1970s, he would visit the shuk, or market, with his father every High Holiday season to buy flags to wave during Simchat Torah, which celebrates the end of one year of Torah readings and the beginning of a new one.

The Masorti Movement's updated Simchat Torah flag shows women dancing with the scrolls. Photo courtesy Masorti Olami

UJA-Federation Brings Russians Further Into Fold

Russian-Jewish group first to join Federation's network since 1995.

09/24/2012
Staff Writer

For the first time in almost 20 years, the UJA-Federation of New York brought a new agency into its network on Thursday: COJECO, the Council of Jewish Émigré Community Organizations, which is the central coordinating body of New York’s Russian Jewish community, said Roberta Leiner, senior vice president of agency relations at the Federation.

Families that gathered at a COJECO retreat earlier this summer. Photo Courtesy of COJECO

Greener Day For Jewish Community

Jewish Greening Fellows program seeks ‘cultural change’ on environmental awareness.

09/19/2012
Associate Editor

At his first meeting with other Jewish Greening Fellows, Kenneth Soloway said, “You should know, I’m not a tree hugger.”

Greening Fellows during a field trip to a Staten Island paper recycling plant.

Seeking Teen Activists

09/19/2012
Editorial Intern

At age 13, Zak Kukoff of Thousand Oaks, Calif., would watch his autistic younger cousin sit alone on the playground. “It’s not that students didn’t want to be her friend — they just didn’t know how,” he said. “It hurt me to see.”

Diller Teen Award-winner Daniel Rosenthal of Santa Rosa, Calif., takes his magic shows to hospitals and schools.

Israeli Films, Now Streaming

09/19/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Looking for a little Israeli culture but don’t want to leave your house? Well, how about streaming an award-winning Israeli movie with your choice of snack: popcorn or bamba (Israel’s snack of choice, peanut-butter puffed goodness). Make it the ultimate movie night with one of the Israeli classics like “Sallah Shabati” or even a film in movie theaters right now.

A scene from “Aviva, My Love,” an Israeli film available on new JCC in Manhattan streaming website.

Incubating Summer Fun

From sports to technology and business to ‘wellness,’ Jewish foundation will offer campers new specialty camp experiences for 2014 season.

09/19/2012
Associate Editor

So, your son is too busy with his startup ventures to bother with color war? Your daughter is happier in a science lab than in front of a campfire? The idea of your organics-only child exposed to S’mores and bug juice makes you queasy?

That’s no reason not to send the kids to Jewish overnight camp.

Or at least it won’t be as of June 2014, when four new programs are slated to hatch from the Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC)’s second “specialty camp incubator.”

The URJ's Six Points Academy is one of the most popular of the five specialty camps launched in 2010.

At Or Zarua, New Leader And Membership Push

Rabbi Scott Bolton is serious about Torah, the arts and Jewish learning — and he also likes tossing a Frisbee.

09/11/2012
Staff Writer

During recent late Shabbat afternoons, some members of Congregation Or Zarua on the Upper East Side saw an unexpected sight on the northeast corner of Central Park’s Great Lawn — their rabbi, in sneakers, throwing a Frisbee around with other members of the congregation.

“I’m an outreach kind of person,” says Rabbi Scott Bolton.

Fly Them To The Moon

In holiday sermons, rabbis use the story of the recently departed Neil Armstrong and other news events to start Jewish conversations.

09/11/2012
Staff Writer

‘One small step for man,” one giant metaphor for rabbis.

When it comes to detecting where the cultural and religious winds are blowing in the Jewish community, there’s no better barometer than the Rosh HaShanah sermon, the one time of the year when the faithful (and even the not so faithful) pack the pews and when rabbis try out their purplest prose in a bid for relevance.

Space for him in rabbis’ sermons: Neil Armstrong will be the subject of many High Holy Days pulpit remarks this year. Getty Imag
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