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Could I Stay Orthodox in a Secular College?

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 12:00am
By Andrew Goldstein for Jewcy.com


Despite warnings from friends and rabbis alike, I went to a school with little Orthodox presence.


On Lag B’Omer, the last Wednesday of the semester, I snuck past a challah baking event to say goodbye to the Stony Brook University Chabad Rabbi, Adam Stein. Rabbi Adam and I danced with his children to the music from a livestream of Meron in his backyard. At a pause, I tapped my kippa and tzitzit and said, “I wanted to rub it in. You were wrong; I did stay religious these four years.”

Rabbi Adam responded with a chuckle, “You cheated. You went home every Shabbos.”

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Top Ten Jewish Jokes about Rabbis

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 12:00am
by Jewlarious.com Staff for aish.com


Rabbis teach us. They inspire us. They lead us. So what better way to say thank you than to tell jokes about them. That’s just what Jews do. So without further ado, here are 10 of our favorite jokes about Rabbis.

1. A Rabbi’s Dozen
A Rabbi and his wife were cleaning up the house. The Rabbi came across a box he didn't recognize. His wife told him to leave it alone, it was personal.

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Q&A for Teens: Teens & Respect

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 12:00am
by Lauren Roth for aish.com


Practical advice for parents and teenagers to feel respected by each other.


Dear Lauren,

I'm a mother of two teens, ages 11 and 14, and lately I'm so desperate to join a weekly parenting group, because things constantly come up and I'm always double-guessing if I handled situations the best way possible. For example: I find my kids do almost nothing around the house for chores: do I ignore? Or implement something?

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Remember Us: The Holocaust Bnai Mitzvah Project

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 12:00am
From Remember-us.org


Remember Us: The Holocaust Bnai Mitzvah Project offers an invitation to children preparing for bar/bat mitzvah to connect with the memory of children lost in the Holocaust before they could be called to the Torah.

This is a very simple idea. The Project provides the student and the bar/bat mitzvah teacher with the name of a lost child, information about him/her, and suggestions for simple acts of remembrance:

  • doing mitzvot b’shem (in the name of the child)
  • mentioning the child in a dvar Torah or speech from the bimah
  • taking on the mitzvah of saying Kaddish
  • lighting a yahrzeit candle yearly
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Young Jews Address New Campus Threats at CAMERA’s Annual Student Conference

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 12:00am
From the algemeiner.com


JNS.org – More than 80 students from nearly 70 campuses will be in Boston from July 29 to Aug. 1 for a high-level training conference on how to successfully respond to campus antisemitism and anti-Israel activism.
The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) is hosting the conference. The organization is providing all the students with a free trip to Boston to attend four full days of lectures, discussions and workshops.

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Being Jew-ish

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 12:00am
by Jessica Sawyer for aish.com


Being the only Jew most of my students had ever met forced me to confront my Jewish identity.


“No other religion speaks about themselves with the same lack of commitment as Jews do,” the Birthright speaker, whose name escapes me, said to our group. “You've never heard someone say that they are Catholic-ish or Protestant-ish. They are Catholics. They are Protestants. We are Jews. It's not a derogatory term and we shouldn't be afraid to use it.”

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Jewish Mindfulness in Action

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 12:00am
From BimBam 

This video was produced with the Bar and Bat Mitzvah class at Jvillage Network member, B'nai Jeshurun Congregation, of Pepper Pike, OH. 


Being intentional with our actions is hard work! BimBam and B’nai Jeshurun worked together to create this animation with the synagogue’s 2015 B’nai Mitzvah class. In it we look at mindfulness and how it relates to living life with Jewish values always in front you. Keeping this mindset is important in everything from the botched sacrifices of Nadav and Avihu to everyday decisions like not talking on a cell phone while driving or eating (turkey) bacon and eggs. For more films produced with community, check out these videos.

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Want Free Kosher Food? UCLA Has an App

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 12:00am
BY HANNAH BERNSTEIN for newvoices.org


Jewish students at the University of California Los Angeles recently launched an app to bring awareness to an important issue in their Jewish community – free, kosher food on campus.

When members of UCLA’s Ha’am Jewish Newsmagazine developed an app to increase engagement with their articles, fourth-year computer science student Joey Levin thought of an additional feature they could add to make their app more popular.

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