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For Israeli Grad Students, American Jewry 101

08/13/2013
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Will Israeli graduate students really be able to distinguish between the Upper West Side and Great Neck, or tell Philip Roth’s fiction from Allegra Goodman’s?

University of Haifa students will visit the Tenement Museum as part of unique curriculum. Photo via Angelorensanz.com

Coexistence On The Prairie

08/13/2013
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In the heartland city of Omaha, at a meandering stream called Hell Creek, Jews, Christians and Muslims are knocking on heaven’s door.

The interior of Temple Israel’s new building in Omaha.  Photo courtesy Temple Israel

Meet eScapegoat, The Atonement App

08/12/2013
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No matter how knotty debates about privacy on the web get -- ahem, Facebook -- people who want to simultaneously keep their secrets and share them still feel safe on the internet. Take, for example, PostSecret.com, the website that displays artful postcards on which people have written their secrets.

He, or his avatar, will relieve you of the burden of sin. Fotolia

Celebrating The Sounds Of Bukharan Shashmaqom

08/07/2013
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The voices soar, the harmonies arching over the almost percussive line laid down by the long-necked lute. The music is exhilarating, although the setting is a bit unlikely, a somewhat corporate-looking conference room in Forest Hills.

Shashmaqom practitioners Avrom Tolmasov and Roshel Rubinov (on long-necked lute). Photo courtesy Bukharian Times

The ADL Plays Times Square

08/07/2013
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The ginormous billboard jutting out from the side of MTV’s headquarters in Times Square tells a vivid pop culture story every few seconds as spots rotate on what is no doubt some of the world’s choicest ad terrain.

An octogenarian Martin Luther King Jr. is part of ADL’s anti-hate message in Times Square. Michael Datikash

Despite Mideast Turmoil, Israeli Tourism Is Up

07/30/2013
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Uzi Landau, a Knesset veteran of almost three decades and currently minister of tourism, was in New York last week to drum up travel business for Israel, particularly in the Christian communities, including Hispanic ones, here.

Uzi Landau: Trying to engineer more tourism to Israel.

Touch-Screen Sephardic Cooking

07/23/2013
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When a food giant like Manischewitz, the iconic company that first mass-produced Ashkenazi food in the United States, is taken over by Moroccans and starts making couscous, it’s a signal that the cuisine of North African and Middle Eastern Jews is having its moment.

Traditional recipes, modern technology: Sarina Roffe has created an app for Sephardic cuisine. Photo courtesy Sarina Roffe

To Israel With Love

07/23/2013
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Brian Finkel, a 26-year-old management consultant, recalls how it felt to be on New York City’s dating scene knowing he intended to make aliyah while others were generally on a different path.

A good match: Aliyah group, dating service form dating service for singles moving to Israel.

Seeing Through Mahmoud Darwish’s ‘Eyes’

07/17/2013
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Norman Issa is best known as the star of “Arab Labor,” an Israeli TV show about an Arab journalist who toils to become accepted in Israeli society; it is one of the first shows to bring an Arab perspective into mainstream Israeli pop culture.

Norman Issa Wikipedia Commons

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.
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