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Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker is being held hostage along with reportedly three congregants inside Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, Jan. 15, 2022.

‘Quite Simply a Mensch’: Meet Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker, Freed After Hostage Crisis at His...

Cytron-Walker is the only full-time rabbi that Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, has ever had.
SWAT team members deploy near the Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, Jan. 15, 2022.

Synagogue Hostages Safe; Local Rabbis Praise Texas Rabbi  

Because of his Michigan ties, Cytron-Walker has connections with many rabbis in Metro Detroit and Lansing.  
Texas Christian University professor Adam McKinney, upper left, organized an online vigil in support of Congregation Beth Israel of Colleyville, Texas, where an attacker took several congregants hostage, Jan. 15, 2022.

As Colleyville Synagogue Hostage Crisis Unfolds, Jews Turn to Prayers Designed for Moments of...

“What is the right prayer for people in peril?” one person asked on Twitter. Many responses were offered up Saturday night.
Mark Schlissel

University of Michigan Removes Schlissel as School President for Inappropriate Relationship with Employee

Former University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman has been appointed interim president.
SWAT team members deploy near the Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, Jan. 15, 2022.

All Texas Synagogue Hostages ‘Out Alive and Safe’ After Harrowing 12-Hour Standoff, Suspect is...

The hostage-taker was reportedly seeking the release of a Pakistani woman serving 86 years for an attack on American military personnel.

Yiddish Limerick: Tu b’Shevat

Rachel Kapen provides a Yiddish Limerick for Tu b'Shevat.
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Opinion: Should We Be Concerned About Our Democracy?

Jewish thought leaders respond to the question.
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A Look at Israel: 2022

Israel’s Energy Minister Karine Elharrar has announced that 2022 will be the year of renewable energy. 
Temple Israel’s Brotherhood and Sisterhood members

Faces & Places: Temple Israel Feeds the Homeless

Throughout the week, volunteers of all ages came together to prepare and package more than 900 meals for the South Oakland Shelter.
At Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley, California, congregants can sit inside the sanctuary, in an adjacent outdoor space, or attend virtually on Zoom.

Synagogues Face Tough COVID Questions (Again) as Omicron Surges

Congregations that had returned to in-person services have taken a range of approaches to the spiking case counts, and decreased severity, of the omicron variant.
Irv Bluestone (left) and Doug Fraser, UAW President, c. 1979.

Looking Back: A Legendary Labor Leader

Irv Bluestone was a mensch of the highest order, greatly respected and well-liked by rank-and-file union members as well as by corporation leaders.
Parting the Sea

A Word of Torah: The Power of Ruach

Just as ruach, a physical wind, can part waters and expose land beneath, so ruach, the human spirit, can expose, beneath the surface of a story, a deeper meaning beneath. 

Torah Portion: Lessons In Trust

Parshat Beshallach: Exodus 13:17-17:16; Judges 4:4-5:31.
Susan Fishman Hoffman’s In the Beginning There Was Only Water II, acrylic and mixed media work on paper, 5 by 5 feet (left). Tracey Easthope’s The Solar Cell is part of a larger series titled The Climate Orders and the Couture Parade, featuring eight different digital costume images (right).

‘Environmentally Speaking’ Opens at the Janice Charach Gallery in the JCC

"Environmentally Speaking" is intended to deliver an empowering and hopeful approach to the challenging topic of climate change.
Helping out in the community

The Jewish Fund Announces Grants and New Board Members

The board awarded nearly $1 million in new and continuation grants.
Chicken Soup

Metro Detroit Delis Serve Up a Variety of Chicken Soups for Colder Months

COVID-19 has accelerated soup sales even further, say local delis.