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President Endorses Gay Synagogues


President Baruch O. Bauma, head of The White House Synagogue (commonly known as The White Shul) in downtown Washington, D.C., announced today that he was in favor of gays and lesbians in his congregation being granted the same rights currently enjoyed by all other members.

Brooklyn Named Holiest Jewish City


BROOKLYN—For the first time in recent history, the borough of Brooklyn, New York, has surpassed Jerusalem, Israel, as “The Holiest Jewish City on Earth,” according to the World Jewish Federation.

Bring On The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Videos

Tweens do have a story all their own.

Israel Correspondent

We’re in the final weeks of preparing for our twin sons’ bar mitzvah, and one of the things on our never-ending To Do list is a simple video. Our goal is to chronicle our boys’ development from cute newborns to precocious teens without boring our guests in the process.

The author’s bar mitzvah boys. The family is in the final week of preparations for the event.

When Homeland Becomes Home

Israel through the eyes of senior immigrants.


Like other Jews his age, Gerry Wine remembers the day Israel was born — May 14, 1948 — and the United Nations vote the previous November that opened the door to a Jewish state. He was 8 years old.

Hank Greenberg’s Sacrifice

New book pitches World War II as lasting part of the Jewish slugger’s legacy.


Baseball fans might most vividly remember Hank Greenberg for his chase of Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record in 1938 and his other impressive exploits on the field. The smaller universe of Jewish baseball fans may remember him for sitting out a crucial game on Yom Kippur decades before Sandy Koufax would do the same. But author John Klima wants readers of any background to know the unsung story of Greenberg’s World War II service.

The cover of “The Game Must Go On,” John Klima’s new book that spotlights Hank Greenberg’s World War II service.  Thomas Dunne

‘Every Meal Brings Life Today’

Kosher Meals on Wheels programs empower seniors and volunteers alike.


Beth sits patiently at her dining room table, waiting for her Kosher Meals on Wheels (MOW) volunteer to arrive. A visit from a volunteer means dinner, which Beth receives five days a week from the kosher MOW program, run by the Torah Learning Center in Over-land Park, Kan. It also means some much-needed socializing.

A delivery by the kosher Meals on Wheels program in Minneapolis. Courtesy of JFCS of Minneapolis

A Mecca For American Olim

Center for English-speaking immigrants is lifeline for senior volunteers.

Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — On a summer morning the Library for the Visually Impaired housed at the Association for Americans and Canadians in Israel (AACI) was packed with volunteers sorting and cataloging.

At the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel. Michele Chabin/JW

Volunteers Of A Certain Age

From teaching English to helping asylum seekers, program focuses on the over-50 active set.

Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — Summer vacation in Israel began July 1, but the after-school homework help program at the Mercaz Kagan community center in Katamon Tet, a poor neighborhood in Jerusalem, was still buzzing with activity a week later thanks in part to the Skilled Volunteers for Israel program.

Ellen Frenc teaches English to children at a Jerusalem community center as part of the Skilled Volunteers for Israel program.

The Good Life July 2015

American olim cultivating the volunteer spirit. Kosher Meals on Wheels empowers seniors, volunteers. Remembering Hank Greenberg’s sacrifice.

The Good Life July 2015

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Your Event at Carnegie Hall

Matching the artistry and grandeur of the world’s most iconic music hall, the event spaces at Carnegie Hall lend elegance and style to a variety of events—from corporate dinners and conferences to non-profit galas, festive weddings, and intimate private celebrations. Just two blocks south of Central Park, the historic landmark building is conveniently situated in the heart of Manhattan.

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