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The Great Animal Orchestra

‘The Great Animal Orchestra,’ on Exhibit Now, Showcases the Symphony of Nature

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On display Nov. 20-May 22 at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass., the exhibit presents specific soundscapes and associated spectrograms (graphic visualizations of what is heard)
Frankel Jewish Academy runner Merrick Michaelson finishes his solo journey on the cross country course at Michigan International Speedway at the state meet.

Frankel Jewish Academy Cross Country Runner Merrick Michaelson Runs Alone at State Meet

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Running solo is something that had never been done in the nearly 100-year history of the cross country state meet.
From the William Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History

Looking Back: Our Favorite Holiday

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The holiday is mentioned on about 12,000 pages in the William Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History. Chanukah is cited 9,000 times; Hanukah nearly 3,000 times.

Opinion: Why Is Iran Returning to the Negotiating Table?

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The answer is simple: The 2015 nuclear deal is good for Iran. But negotiations or no, Israel must prepare for the possibility it will have to defend itself.
Drs. Harris and Phoebe Mainster (Left). Dr. Charles Greenberg (Right).

ZOA Gala to Honor Local Leaders

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ZOA-Michigan is delighted to announce its honorees for the 2021 Virtual Gala.
Happy Thanksgiving

Yiddish Limerick: Thanksgiving

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Rachel Kapen provides a Yiddish Limerick for Thanksgiving 2021.

Review: ‘Hadestown’ Brings a Message of Love and Hope to the Darkest of Places

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The musical centers on two intertwining love stories loosely adapted from Greek mythology.
Family spending time for Chanukah

Chanukah Traditions: JN Readers Share Their Holiday Stories

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The Jewish News asked readers to share their holiday stories — and they delivered.
The author at the demonstration for Ethiopian Jewry.

Essay: You Really Should Have Been There

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After 20 years of false hope for those awaiting aliyah in Ethiopia; we must make their cause our cause, stop standing on ceremony and bring them home.
Birthday Candles

Chanukah: The Multiplier Effect — The Power of the Jewish People

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Eternal optimism in the face of hopeless odds — faith in the power of the few — is an idea that goes right to the heart of Chanukah
Dr. Eliyana Adler's book, "Survival on the Margins: Polish Jewish Refugees in the Wartime Soviet Union," was published in 2020.

Essay: I Declined the Pilecki Prize to Support Brave Polish Historians Under Threat

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The institute hews to a government with a policy of Holocaust distortion that pushes the paradigm of Polish non-Jews as rescuers of Polish Jews.
Use organic oil to make your latkes this year.

Nine Creative Ways to Have a More Sustainable Chanukah

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Make the holiday more earth-friendly this year.
Torah

Torah Portion: The Vacuum

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Parshat Vayeshev: Genesis 37:1-40:23; Amos 2:6-3:8.
Chanukah

2021 JN Chanukah Coloring Contest Winners and Gallery

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Emily Miller’s submission stood out, not only because it’s beautifully drawn (which it is!) but because of the feeling of family and warmth her drawing evoked.
Birmingham Commissioner Clinton Baller

ADL Accuses Birmingham Commissioner of Sending anti-Semitic Email

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Some say controversial email sent by Birmingham commissioner may have antisemitic themes; some say it’s “only political.”
In 1789, Cantor Gershom Mendes Seixas of New York's Congregation Shearith Israel gave what is widely believed to be the first-ever Jewish sermon about Thanksgiving.

How Thanksgiving Helped Jews Carve Out a Piece of the American Story

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Rabbi Yael Buechler recounts a 19-century Turkey Day dustup in Philadelphia that showed Jews weren't going to accept second-class citizenship.