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Posts Tagged ‘Hebrew’

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“From Baghdad to Brooklyn”

Carol Dworkin special to the Jewish News Film and stage actress, singer, yoga instructor, dancer, storyteller, Hebrew speaker, a rabbi’s wife and mother. Yes, you could describe Michelle Azar as a woman of many talents and dimensions. “From Baghdad to Brooklyn,” written and performed by Azar, was a sell-out success on Broadway in September 2017.…

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Ze’ev Vladimir Jabotinsky

Ze’ev Vladimir Jabotinsky Is Born

October 17, 1880 Ze’ev Vladimir Jabotinsky is born in Odessa. Mostly known for his revisionist attitudes towards Zionism, which influenced some to take a more militaristic role in helping to bring about a Jewish state. Jabotinsky is also an exemplar of communal social action in areas of self-defense, youth, immigration and fundraising. In 1903 after pogroms…

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Rahel Bluwstein

Rachel Bluwstein Is Born

September 20, 1890 Rahel Bluwstein is born in Russia. At age 15, she began writing poetry and made aliyah in 1909, settling first in Rehovot and then at the training farm at Kinneret. After studying agriculture in France, she settled at the Kibbutz Degania in 1919. Bluwstein is considered the “founding mother” of modern Hebrew…

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Saralee Shrell-Fox, Rabbi Reuven Stamov and Gila Katz with the 1st-Time Torah Readers

Camp Ramah Yachad: Jewish life flourishing in the Ukraine

By Saralee Shrell-Fox Camp Ramah Yachad in Ukraine makes history with counselors and campers reading Torah for the very first time. Israeli musician and “Ba’alat Tefila” Saralee Shrell-Fox brought her talent to this unique camp, which provides an opportunity for teenagers to encounter a nurturing, joyous Jewish community environment in a beautiful country setting. This…

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An aerial view of Moshav Nahalal

Moshav Nahalal Is Founded

Center for Israel Education September 11, 1921 Moshav Nahalal, the first moshav ha’ovdim (workers settlement), is founded in the northwest Jezreel valley about halfway between Haifa and Afula. The moshav was founded by 80 families who had come to the Land of Israel during the second aliyah (1904-1914) and who had lived and worked in…

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Rabbi Matthew Zerwekh

Coming Home

Martin Kohn Special to the Jewish News Temple Emanu-El welcomes native son as new rabbi. If there is any truth to the old Yiddish saying about how we make plans and God laughs, then the Almighty has had at least a couple of good chuckles with Rabbi Matthew Zerwekh. One occurred “pretty close to the…

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Tim Kalkhof in The Cakemaker (2017)

Religion, Sex and Pastries

Tom Tugend Jewish Journal of Greater L.A. The Israeli-German film The Cakemaker — an indie festival favorite — has it all. The Cakemaker should satisfy the most finicky pastry lover, but the Israeli-German co-production has also elicited both ecstatic praise and sneering dismissal from film critics. Variety gushes over the “tender, tactile” atmosphere of the…

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Descendants of Judith and Jacob Chicorel at the 100th anniversary gala. Photo credit: Brian Masserman

Preserving Culture – Keter Torah

Keter Torah marks 100 years of the Sephardic community in Detroit. The distinction between Ashkenazi and Sephardic Judaism is evident the moment one walks into the building that houses the Keter Torah congregation at the corner of Orchard Lake and Walnut Lake roads. The mezuzah is hung vertically, just as they were on the doorposts…

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Makar-Limanov

Ann Arbor 11th-Grader Wins Bronfman Fellowship

Ellie Makar-Limanov of Ann Arbor, a Huron High School student, is one of 26 students nationwide to be chosen for a Bronfman Fellowship. The group of 11th-graders will participate in a transformative five-week program of study and travel in Israel, followed by a rigorous year of programming centered around pluralism, social responsibility and Jewish texts.…

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WANTS and NEEDS written on luggage tags on blue background. Business concept. Top view.

Weekly Torah Portion – Wants Vs. Needs

Parshat Bachaalotekha: Numbers 8:1-12:16; Zachariah 2:14-4:7 Think back to your childhood, and I’m sure you can remember a time you received a birthday or Chanukah gift that you did not like. Possibly the giver of the gift perceived your explicit or implicit disappointment. Now, jump ahead to adulthood, and you realize that a polite “thank…

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