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Brazilian-Jewish pioneers to New York celebrated in Rio Carnival parade

News-in-the-Jewish-World - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 12:00am
By Marcus M. Gilban for JTA


RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — The saga of the European Jewish refugees who established the first synagogue in the New World and eventually also North America’s first congregation was celebrated in Rio’s Carnival parade.

A group of 80 Jewish community members joined more than 3,000 of Portela samba school performers on Monday night as they paraded along the half-mile street telling the bold story of the Jews expelled from Portugal, their temporary religious freedom and prosperity in a Dutch-ruled Brazilian region, and their second expulsion leading them to found the Shearith Israel synagogue in New York.

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TETZAVEH - SHABBAT ZACHOR

Weekly-Torah-Portion - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 12:00am

Exodus 27:20 - 30:10; Maftir:  Deuteronomy 25:17-19 


BY:  RABBI ANA BONNHEIM for ReformJudaism.org


Each of Us Can Kindle the Light Within


There’s something incredibly powerful about the ner tamid, usually translated as the “eternal light.” Most often, it hangs elegantly in a synagogue just before the ark, right at the front of the sanctuary. (As an interesting aside, the ner tamid was historically placed on the western wall of the synagogue as a reminder that the Holy of Holies was to its west.1) The constancy of the ner tamid was a source of great interest to me as a child. I don’t think I am unique in remembering sitting through services, gazing at the lamp, and wondering whether it really burned all the time, when was it lit for the first time, and who made sure it didn’t go out.

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A STEPPING STONE TO INDEPENDENT, HEALTHY, ADULTHOOD

Young-Adults - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 12:00am
bamidbartherapy.org


BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy is a wilderness-based recovery and treatment program for Jewish young adults.


Mission

BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy guides Jewish young adults on individualized journeys of self-discovery and healing.  Through nature-based therapy, BaMidbar is a stepping stone to independent, healthy, adulthood.

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Creating Spaces for Queer, Jewish Families

LGBTQ - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 12:00am
BY JAIME BRODY for myjewishlearning.com 


Reflections from Keshet's families with young children coordinator.


Nearly a year and a half ago, my family of four attended a local Jewish community Rosh Hashanah event. There were other young families there, and my 3-year-old had a blast petting chickens, sampling different flavors of honey, and forgetting about her pesky newborn brother for a few minutes. As is often the case at events like this, my wife and I could clearly see we were the only queer family in attendance.

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THE ART OF JEWISH SONG Yiddish and Hebrew Part 1

Jewish-Arts-and-Media - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 12:00am
From The Milken Archive of Jewish Music


A New Virtual Exhibit


The meaning and impact of a good song depends upon the delicate interdependence of music and words. Melody and musical "accompaniment" carry and nuance a text’s meaning, and words can influence how we hear the music to which they are paired. The Milken Archive’s Volume 9, The Art of Yiddish Song: Yiddish and Hebrew Lieder, presents a collection of evocative Yiddish and Hebrew poems set for voice and piano that follow in the tradition of lieder, or art songs.

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Israeli chefs take hamantaschen to a whole new level

Jewish-Food - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 12:00am
By Andrew Tobin for JTA


Cheesecake, amaretto or goat cheese and onion jam?

Those are just some of the new hamantaschen options this year at Roladin, a popular Israeli bakery chain. On Tuesday, the Dizengoff Center branch in Tel Aviv, one of dozens around the country, was bustling in advance of the Purim holiday, which starts next Wednesday evening.

 

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Want more information on Purim? Check out Jvillage Network's Purim Guide. 

 

What is Purim?

Children-and-Familes - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 12:00am
From bimbam.com


From the parties to the reading of the Megillah to the piles and piles of Hamentashen, Purim is easily the most fun holiday in the Jewish calendar. This series of videos talks about all of the great traditions, the basics, the story, the graggers (including a video on making your own). Check them out!

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Want more information on Purim? Check out Jvillage Network's Purim Guide. 

Jewish Books to Look Forward to in 2018

Jewish-Books - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 12:00am
From Jewish Book Council


It's time to compile our reading lists for the year ahead. There are so many amazing Jewish-interest books coming out in 2018...We have a lot of reading to do! Here's just a small selection of forthcoming releases that we're particularly excited about.


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Saving lives in the ICU through artificial intelligence

Israeli-News - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 12:00am

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By Brian Blum for Israel21c


An Israeli venture capitalist’s personal tragedy brought him to a startup seeking to provide immediate health updates for fragile patients.

 

Two years ago, Gal Salomon’s mother developed sepsis during a stay in the hospital. “It was a big hospital with a lot of patients and no one saw or understood it was happening,” Salomon recalls bitterly. “We lost her after two days.”

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How is “Interfaith Purim” Different From All Other Purims? It Isn’t.

Interfaith - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 12:00am
BY SUSAN KATZ MILLER from On Being Both


Purim begins the evening of February 28

 

For interfaith families sharing Judaism and Christianity, spring is busy with holidays. From Christianity, we have Mardi Gras, Lent, Easter. From Judaism, we have Purim, Passover and Shavuot. When I tell folks we are celebrating any of these holidays with our independent interfaith community, I often get questions like, “How is interfaith Purim different from regular (Jewish) Purim?”

And the answer is: it isn’t, at least not in terms of the celebration, the rituals, the liturgy. The point of our interfaith community is not to change the traditions, or merge them, or create a third religion. Rather, the intent is to give our children the deepest experience of these rituals we possibly can, while remaining radically inclusive of who gets to participate, and how.

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Want more? Check out Jvillage Network's Purim Board on Pinterest. 

Want even more information on Purim? Check out Jvillage Network's Purim Guide. 

 

 

Looking Beyond Purim and the Megilla

Celebrating-Judaism - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 12:00am
By Peretz Goldstein for JPULSE in JewishBoston.com


Purim Begins the Evening of February 28, 2018


Have you ever wondered why Purim comes before Pesach?

 


Exactly 30 days after Purim, we celebrate the holiday of Pesach. Our Sages tell us that this is no coincidence. The juxtaposition of these two holidays is the theme of redemption; being saved. “Masmich geula le’geula” – connecting salvation to salvation.

The comparison of Pesach and Purim is clear. What we celebrate at Pesach time is another instance in Jewish history where the Jews were under extreme persecution, threatened to be wiped out, and were saved at the end of the day (that’s why we have a party and drink some le’chaims at the Seder night too!).

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Want more information on Purim? Check out Jvillage Network's Purim Guide. 

Is man-made pollution making storms more severe?

Going-Green-Jewishly - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 12:00am
by Jaime Bender for FromtheGrapevine


Research shows that even the smallest of man-made particles can intensify thunderstorms, which can lead to soil erosion, runoff and damaged crops.


In case you're still wondering what kind of impact something as commonplace as your car's exhaust is having on the environment ... wonder no more.

A new study from an international team of researchers – including Dr. Jiwen Fan at the U.S. Department of Energy and Professor Daniel Rosenfeld of the Institute of Earth Sciences at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel – found that even the smallest particles from man-made emissions can fuel severe storms and influence weather. That, in turn, can wreak serious havoc on crops and agriculture.

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He Fought Polar Bears And Nazis And Was Called ‘The Most Unique Jew Alive’

Feature-Article - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 12:00am
Talya Zax for The Forward

 


On December 20, 1934, the New York Jewish Daily Bulletin’s Michel Kraike published an article about one Peter Freuchen: “Eight feet tall, weighing close to 330 pounds, with a head like a grizzly bear’s and a thick, square red beard.”

Born in Denmark, Freuchen held a series of professions that, to modern ears, might sound unlikely: He was an Arctic explorer who traded goods with the Eskimos, a novelist who accidentally starred in a Hollywood adaptation of his book “Eskimo,” an amateur-surgeon-by-necessity — suffering from frostbite during his time with the Eskimos, he amputated several of his own toes before eventually having his leg amputated — and a onetime governor of a Greenland colony.

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SACRED PROTECTORS: Crossing Boundaries of Time and Faith, These Muslims Safeguard Morocco’s Holy Jewish Sites

News-in-the-Jewish-World - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 12:00am
BY AOMAR BOUM for the JewishJournal.com


It’s a hot summer day when I arrive at Khmis Arazan, a small rural town in southern Morocco, about 170 miles south of Marrakesh. It’s Thursday, market day, and a group of local children spots me. Before I say a word, they know where I’m headed. There’s only one reason why outsiders find their way to this remote community: to visit the synagogue.

It has been four decades since the last of the Jews left Khmis Arazan, whose 8,000-some residents are nearly all Muslims. But it’s clear from the well-trodden path that more than a few tourists have made their way down these unpaved streets to the now crumbling Jewish neighborhood.

Arriving at the synagogue — an adobe structure dating from the late 19th century and recently renovated — I am greeted by Hmad Harim, a Muslim man in his late 60s who has spent much of his life working as caretaker for this relic of Morocco’s rich Jewish past.

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Terumah

Weekly-Torah-Portion - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 12:00am

Exodus 25:1 - 27:19 


D'VAR TORAH BY:  RABBI ANA BONNHEIM for ReformJudaism.org


Giving Gifts of Free Will


As the Torah continues the Israelites’ dramatic, people-building saga, Parashat T’rumah approaches the story from a new angle. Instead of developing the literary adventures of a no-longer-nascent people or focusing on the striking events at Mt. Sinai, this week’s Torah portion is about the details. And these details are not the specifics of community-building or daily life. Rather, they concern, in painstaking minutiae, the construction of the Tabernacle. This is a parashah about holiness, and in the case of Parashat T’rumah, the holiness is in the details.

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Turning ideas into action at our first ambassador retreat

Young-Adults - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 12:00am
By Nicky Blackburn for Israel21c


Student ambassadors from all over the United States descended on Chicago to take part in an ISRAEL21c hackathon.


At a conference room at theWit hotel in downtown Chicago, the ideas were coming in thick and fast. At five different tables, 25 students from colleges across the United States were sharing thoughts and suggestions about how to take ISRAEL21c content and turn it into innovative social-media campaigns.


Outside it was snowing, the temperature hovering around minus 6 degrees Celsius in true wintertime Chicago fashion, but inside was a hive of warmth and activity, the room abuzz with original and creative proposals.


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5 Steps for Creating LGBTQ-Friendly Hillels

LGBTQ - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 12:00am
EMILY STRAUSS for newvoices.org


I saw women and men sitting across from each other at tables and sat on the ground in between to make my presence visible. It was awkward for all of us. Apparently the irony of a heteronormative speed dating event taking place next door to a gay bar was lost on my Hillel.


But the event was more than awkward. It was hurtful, at least for me. My Hillel’s speed dating was only open to heterosexual, gender binary conforming students. It was clear to me that it had been planned with no thought of my presence, LGBTQ Jews in our community. It sent a message about what kind of couples and families are wanted in the Jewish communal future. It made me realize Hillel needs guidance on inclusion for queer students, so here is my advice:

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Fact-Checking The Frisco Kid: A Historian’s Take on a Jewish Classic

Jewish-Arts-and-Media - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 12:00am
Shari Rabin for Jewish Book Council


While writing my book about Jews in the era of westward expansion, I found myself getting asked (a lot) about the Gene Wilder comedic western The Frisco Kid. Although there are countless cinematic depictions—and historical accounts—of Jewish life on the Lower East Side, apparently the rest of the country has to resign itself to this 1979 box office flop, which tells the story of a Polish rabbi traveling westward to San Francisco in 1850. Recently, some twenty years after I last saw it, I sat down to confront my subject’s most famous treatment.


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A Purim Treat That’s Fit for a Queen

Jewish-Food - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 12:00am
By Joan Nathan for Tablet Magazine  


Purim begins the evening of February 28

 

Every year at Purim we look forward to eating sweet triangular pastries called hamantaschen, but the first recipe I could find for cookies we might recognize as hamantaschen—filled with poppy seeds—appeared in Aunt Babette’s Cookbook of 1889. So what did American Jews eat on Purim before then? Purim fritters, also known as Queen Esther’s toast.

A recipe for Purim fritters appears in Jennie June’s Cookbook of 1866, and it was copied as Queen Esther’s toast in the National Cookery Book 10 years later, celebrating the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. It was made from the inside of a stale roll or loaf of bread, with the crust removed, soaked in eggs and milk; it was then fried in butter and served with cinnamon, a sugar syrup, honey, or “hundreds and thousands”—essentially, jimmies or sprinkles.

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Want more information on Purim? Check out Jvillage Network's Purim Guide. 

How to Make Savory Hamantaschen, Six Ways

Children-and-Familes - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 12:00am
BY SAMANTHA FERRARO for The Nosher for myjewishlearning.com 


Purim Begins the Evening of February 28, 2018


Purim is all about the party, the fun and the celebrating. Get in the spirit this year and host a build-your-own hamantaschen party! Not everyone wants sweet treats these days, so why not make them savory?

 

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Want more information on Purim? Check out Jvillage Network's Purim Guide. 

 

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