By David Katznelson I learned about how Jews deal with death during the year my father observed his father’s passing. That summer, I would pick my dad up from work and bring him to the minyan at Beth Sholom, where he would say Kaddish for his dad. During our rides, I learned about our death rule book from burial and mourning to remembrance, and how community plays such a significant part to the mourner. I learned how after a year of mourning, … [Read more...] about Introducing Death Over Dinner – Jewish Edition
By Yosef I. Abramowitz There are times when the Jewish world came together to add yet another miracle to our collective story, and most of these examples revolve around Israel under attack and dramatic aliyah. “Given the fractiousness of the Jewish community, the relative unity achieved in the battle for the liberation of Soviet Jews - large swaths of the spectrum, from left to right, religiously and politically, in Israel and in the Diaspora … [Read more...] about The Next Big Thing?
The Orthodox Union has launched the new OU Center for Communal Research. The Center will focus its research on how Jews learn to live Jewish lives, the diverse journeys they take in that process and the ways in which Jewish communal institutions influence behavior and sentiment. Established to collect and analyze data from the Jewish community, the Center will implement sophisticated research and evaluation methods that meet the highest … [Read more...] about Orthodox Union Announces New Center for Communal Research
A new Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI) study, Rising Streams, Reform and Conservative Judaism in Israel, reports that 12-13 percent of Israeli Jews (800,000) self-identify as Reform or Conservative in recent surveys. These numbers illustrate significant growth in the last decade. However, while hundreds of thousands of Israelis identify with the movements they are not active members. These Israelis, according to the report, are mostly … [Read more...] about New JPPI Report: Significant Rise in Identification with Reform and Conservative Judaism in Israel
By Tzipora Reitman
Can Jewish day school education ever be tuition-free?
Leah Aizenman analyzed the question. And then she acted.
Under her leadership as Chabad representative in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, she and her community developed a model for free Jewish education. Now in its third year the program, called Jewish Education Myrtle Beach, is giving 75 percent of the city’s Jewish children a first-rate, tuition-free Jewish … [Read more...] about The Future Is Here:
Tuition-Free Jewish Day School in Myrtle Beach