Rabbi Avi and Mushky Feldman hope to ignite a Jewish fire under the Northern Lights By Dovid Margolin You can kayak from New York to Iceland in 1,317 hours. Or fly Icelandair in five. At least that’s the tagline Iceland’s main airline plastered all over the Big Apple a few years ago as part of an ad campaign to attract New Yorkers to the land of the Northern Lights (it would be 1,417 or six, respectively, from Washington, D.C.) Along with … [Read more...] about Reykjavik, Iceland: The Last European Capital Without a Rabbi Gets One
What might happen if instead of seeing any particular political stance, affiliation or agenda, we saw a Jew? A person? A soul? By Yocheved Sidof Pluralism. The latest, arguably most prominent, It concept in Jewish community. A value any self-respecting Jew espouses to. Of course we respect all kinds. Of course we make space for different practices and beliefs. Of course every person, regardless of background, affiliation, … [Read more...] about Pluralism: Why It Just Doesn’t Do It For Me
In small towns with scarce resources, parents ask, “If it’s so hard, why am I doing it?” By Chava Leiba Witkes Portland, Oregon, is known for its microbreweries and bike lanes, not its Jewish life. “I get so many weird questions,” said Rachel Hall, a life-coach who sends her kids to the area’s Chabad-affiliated Gan Preschool. “In most of my social circles, I’m everyone’s only Jewish friend. I basically have to educate everyone around … [Read more...] about It Takes A (Jewish) Village
By Eric Berger Digital artist Nitzan Bartov will demonstrate this Chanukah that augmented reality goes far beyond Pokémon GO, the location-based augmented reality game downloaded 750 million times that took smartphone users by storm in the summer of 2016. She explains that she has created an app through which people can look at a menorah and enter a “Chanukah-related solar system.” The 31-year-old Israeli, who now lives in New York … [Read more...] about Augmented Reality Menorah Transports Chanukah into a New Dimension
Some 5,600 Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries and communal leaders from 100 countries, hailing from as far away as Bangkok and the Congo, gathered Sunday night for the banquet of the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries (Kinus Hashluchim). The annual event, the largest Jewish gathering in North America, is aimed at reviving Jewish awareness and practice around the world. The event highlighted Chabad's global impact as it opens … [Read more...] about 5,600 Rabbis from 100 Countries and 50 States Convened in Bayonne, N.J.