Hillel Academy will hold a “Passover Craftover” on Sunday, March 23,
from 10 am-noon, at the Jewish Community Center, 500 Clubhouse Rd.,
Vestal. The event will be free and open to children from
pre-kindergarten-fifth grade. Children will have the opportunity to make
Kiddush cups, seder plates and other items for Passover. The crafts and
supplies will be provided at no cost.
Hillel at Binghamton University celebrated the unity of nearly 250
students representing 19 student organizations with the first ever
BUnity Shabbat Dinner, on February 21, in the Mandela Room of the
NAIROBI, Kenya (JTA) – Bags of seeds from the Israeli seed company
Hazera Genetics line the shelves of one warehouse. Another houses rolls
of plastic from StePac, an Israeli firm whose bags can keep vegetables
fresher for longer. In a third warehouse are rows of coiled hoses, each
pricked with holes engineered by Netafim, the Israeli company that
pioneered drip irrigation.
The warehouses containing the latest in
Israeli agricultural technology are located not on a farm in the Jewish
state, but 3,500 miles away on an expansive campus outside Nairobi, the
booming capital of Kenya. From there they will be shipped to farmers
across East Africa.
NAIROBI, Kenya (JTA) – When they first arrived in northern Kenya in
2011 at the height of a massive drought, the Israeli refugee aid
organization IsraAid planned to offer food and other core necessities to
the 100,000 residents of the Kakuma refugee camp.
drought subsided a year later, IsraAid’s directors saw that this sort of
assistance was becoming less crucial. Much larger organizations were
providing food, clothing and medicine.
But rather than leave,
IsraAid shifted its focus from short-term aid to long-term support
through something Israelis do best: post-trauma counseling.
BOCA RATON, FL (JTA) – Stroll past the kosher section of most large
supermarkets in America and you could be forgiven for thinking that
Jewish diets consist mainly of jarred gefilte fish, unsalted matzahs and
Tam-Tam crackers. Not so at the Winn-Dixie supermarket in this affluent
South Florida suburb.
In the middle of the 20th century, when Jews sought to assimilate into
American culture, many of them adopted ideas found in the secular
cultural sphere. However, one can debate whether a purely secular
American culture has ever existed. Many scholars believe American
culture at that time was largely a religious one shaped predominately by
Protestant ideals. This Protestant ethic of American liberation focused
on the idea of individual freedom and the necessary separation between
our public and private selves. In “Theatrical Liberalism: Jews and
Popular Entertainment in America” (New York University Press), Andrea
Most looks at how Jews combined Jewish culture and American liberalism
to create a distinctive theatrical tradition. She also explores how this
tradition has developed and changed from the 1930s to contemporary
Hopeful: This is the word I would use to describe my primary Jewish
community. Many might wonder how a liberal Conservative rabbi could use
such a positive word given that the recent Pew study that many have read
as predicting the demise of liberal forms of Judaism (especially the
Conservative movement). To those people, I would say, “Yes, your
concerns are valid. But I am a rabbi fortunate enough to be the head of
an incredible summer camp, Ramah Outdoor Adventure – a community that
comes together physically for nine weeks a year and remains intact
through various networks for the remaining 43 weeks. In this community,
Jewish learning and living are not only surviving, they are thriving.
Young people embrace their Jewish identity and look for opportunities to
While we normally assume human nature has remained the same throughout
the centuries, this assumption is not accurate: people in the past often
had very different ideas about morality. This makes looking at legal
material from a prior time period difficult, since we believe the
expectations about behavior and beliefs at the time should have been the
same as ours are now. Differing ideas can even be found in Jewish texts
of the past. While I understand how Judaism has changed throughout
time, these differences can create problems when studying with someone
who is not familiar with the evolution of our religious tradition.
We all recognize that poppy seed or jam taste when we bite into
hamentashen on Purim every year. But given the right filling, or dough,
the traditional pastry has a lot more to offer.
recipes, edited by JNS.org, were recommended by best-selling cookbook
author Jamie Geller and have appeared on JoyofKosher.com and in Joy of
Kosher with Jamie Geller magazine.