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New Hope For Schechter

07/17/2013
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With almost $2 million in new funding and an incoming executive director who is a rising star in the movement, North America’s network of Conservative day schools is looking to pull itself out of a decade-long slump.

Jon Mitzmacher, a rising star in Jewish education, will take the helm of The Schechter Day School Network.

N.Y. Ties To First Cuba Maccabiah Team

07/10/2013
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In Cuba for the first time on an educational mission a few months ago, businessman-philanthropist Steven Tisch told his guide he wanted to visit some of the Jewish sites in Havana’s small Jewish community.

N.Y. Giants co-owner Steve Tisch, right, with Cuban Jewish leader Adele Dworkin, center.

Teen Literally Brightens Kenyan Lives

07/10/2013
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Since he was 15, Ben Hirschfeld has been spreading light in Kenya. He founded an organization called Lit! Solar to replace dangerous kerosene lamps, which many poor families rely on in their homes, with safe solar lanterns.

Light unto the nations: Ben Hirschfeld’s solar lanterns project netted him a $36,000 tikkun olam prize.

At CBST, A Hero’s Welcome for Edith Windsor

07/03/2013
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At 5 p.m. last Friday, a line of visibly excited people — many decked out in rainbow regalia — gathered on the sidewalk outside Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, the gay and lesbian synagogue in Manhattan.

Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, right, welcomed congregant Edith Windsor at Beit Simchat Torah, following the Supreme Court’s DOMA rulin

Challah Twist And Shout

07/03/2013
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Next time your preschooler is playing on the phone or iPad, have him or her do something useful: like making challah.

A new app called “Let’s Bake Challah!” won’t produce anything you can actually eat, but it will teach your children how the traditional Shabbat loaf is prepared, while exposing them to the relevant blessings recited over it.

Who kneads this: On the “Let’s Bake Challah!” app, you can virtually make the twisted Shabbat loaf.

Alpine Hike Marks Perilous Survivor Trek

06/25/2013
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The first time Yaakov Schwartz traveled the mountainous path beside Austria’s Krimml Waterfall, he was 6 years old and riding on his father’s shoulders.

An annual Austrian hike publicizes the plight of refugees past and present.

Chief Rabbi Hopeful Fires Back At Critics

06/25/2013
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Even people familiar with the nastiness of political campaigns in Israel have been shocked at the conduct in the current race for the state’s Chief Rabbinate.

Rabbi David Stav

Miss Israel On The Fundraising Circuit

06/19/2013
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Bar Rafaeli has some competition.

On a windy Tuesday night on a rooftop overlooking Lower Manhattan, Yityish Aynaw, the first black woman to hold the title “Miss Israel,” dazzled a crowd of chic 20-, 30-, and 40-somethings who turned out to meet her at the penthouse apartment of Manhattan Internet entrepreneur Ari Ackerman.

Ethiopian-born Miss Israel, Yityish Aynaw, promotes dream of community center in Netanya for at-risk youth. Daniel Estrin

Holy Smokes!

06/19/2013
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Caterer Ari White has generated some buzz lately by launching a pop-up business to bring his kosher, Texas-style barbecue to street festivals here and as far away as Philadelphia.

The name of caterer Ari White’s smoker is Hakadosh BBQ. Dani Klein

The Name Game, Jewish Institutional-Style

06/11/2013
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When the Jewish Education Service of North America (JESNA) announced last week that it would end operations next month, the news signified the end of an era not just for the Jewish ed infrastructure, but for the great American Jewish acronymized organizational name.

Labs and Projects are in, while acronyms are out.
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