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Into The Mystic

05/02/2003
Staff Writer
The models and movie stars filing past the phalanx of flashbulbs at the New Museum last week had not come to see the latest exhibition of contemporary art or next fall's fashions. They had been invited to the book launch party for "The 72 Names of God: Technology for the Soul," the latest publication from the Kabbalah Centre International.

Saving Vilna’s Jewish Books

11/30/2007
Staff Writer
 White House ceremony earlier this month, President George W. Bush honored several Jewish intellectuals who are authors of prominent books, and one Jewish New Yorker who helped save thousands and thousands of Jewish books.

Israelis Tackle New League

11/09/2007
Staff Writer
How do you say “tackle” in Hebrew? It’s tek’l, the Israeli pronunciation of the English term, and Israeli sports fans will have growing opportunities to say it — the FieldTurf Israel Football League, the country’s first tackle football league, will kick off Nov. 16, when Big Blue Jerusalem hosts Dancing Camel HaSharon at the Kraft Family Stadium in Jerusalem.

A Century Of Scholarship

11/09/2007
Staff Writer
Rabbi Moshe Carmilly of the Upper West Side is celebrating his birthday early and often, and internationally, this year. The first birthday party was thrown last month in Romania by a Jewish studies institute at the University of Babes-Bolyai in Cluj that bears his name. A second event, a festive Kiddush, will be hosted on Saturday at Congregation Shearith Israel, Rabbi Carmilly’s synagogue. Imagine the celebration on his actual birthday, next April 7, when he turns 100.

Funding For The Future

10/12/2007
Staff Writer
The latest edition of a guide issued by and for young Jewish philanthropists offers a look at their vision of the Jewish future, and it is one of interfaith marriages, social justice and Jewish culture.

A Taste of Africa In Israel

10/12/2007
Staff Writer
The names in the news in Israel in recent days are Rambo, Shelly and Tibor. \ No last names. They are, respectively, two giraffes and a white rhinoceros. Rambo and Shelly, 2-year-old giraffes born in Jerusalem’s Biblical Zoo, found a new home last week at the Ramat Gan Safari Park near Tel Aviv. The previous week, Tanda gave birth to Tibor, the first baby rhino born in the safari park in 15 years. Mother and calf were reported in good health.

A Forest Of Symbols In Tel Aviv

09/21/2007
Staff Writer
Tishrei, the time of tzedakah in Israel, took symbolic form in Tel Aviv this week. During the Ten Days of Repentance, when the crucial role of charity assumes a prominent role in the High Holy Days liturgy, when the yom tov expenses of Jewish households rise dramatically, the Latet organization brought the concept to one of Israel’s central gathering places — through cardboard cutouts.

Closer To God, Far from Shul

09/07/2007
Staff Writer
There are people who don’t want to come to a traditional structure because they don’t like tradition,” Rabbi Hoffman says. Hence his abbreviated, participatory service in a decidedly non-synagogue site. “We cater,” he says, “to both a traditional and non-traditional crowd.”

New WJC Exec: Lauder To Head Restitution Effort

08/31/2007
Staff Writer
Schneider, 68, takes over the day-to-day reins of the World Jewish Congress at a time when, he acknowledges, the organization is searching for new causes to champion, and amid questions about its own ability to function effectively after so much internal conflict. But Schneider sought to portray himself in the interview as being above the fray, coming in with a fresh slate to re-energize the organization.

WJC Hot Seat For JDC Vet?

08/17/2007
Staff Writer
In the late 1970s the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the New York-based organization that supports Jewish life in small communities around the world, needed someone to head its office in Tehran.
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