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Posts Tagged ‘Judaism’

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New Course Invites Community To ‘Wrestle With Faith’

This October, Rabbi Levi Dubov of the Chabad Jewish Center of Bloomfield Hills will offer “Wrestling with Faith,” a new six-session course by the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) that openly addresses common challenges people have in their relationship with God and Judaism. “Just about everyone has some degree of skepticism when it comes to…

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Amalie Materna, Emil Scaria and Hermann Winkelmann (right) in the 1882 premiere production of Parsifal in Bayreuth, 1882

My Parsifal Conductor

Alice Burdick Schweiger Special to the Jewish News Heading to NYC this fall? Check out this play written by a Jew, based on an opera by an anti-Semite that was conducted by his close friend, a Jew. Above: Amalie Materna, Emil Scaria and Hermann Winkelmann (right) in the 1882 premiere production of Parsifal in Bayreuth, 1882…

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Letters – October 4, 2018

Girls Have the Right to Say No My family and I read with great sadness the story of Ethan Bean’s too-short life (Sept. 13, page 10). We are immeasurably thankful to his family for sharing his story and his struggle with the community, and I am certain that their bravery will help others and save…

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4 Reasons Why A Celebrity’s Jewishness Is Meaningful to Us

Lately I’ve been thinking more and more about what I feel is a universally Jewish experience. Do you ever watch a television show or movie, a sports game, a musical or something else and wonder if a specific celebrity is Jewish? The same can go for authors of books and news articles, philanthropists, wealthy personalities,…

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Hebrew Collegiate Institute 2018/2019 At The WJCC

Hebrew Collegiate Institute (HCI) is open to teenagers in grades 9 through 12 who are interested in learning about a variety of Jewish/Israeli history, current events and culture, including the importance of Israel in 2018. Opening program is October 3rd and closing program is May 29th. Classes run every Wednesday from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30…

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Brandon Klein leads a meditation class.

Jewish Paths

Meditation is a way to connect with yourself, others this season. Approaching the High Holiday season, most would not think to bring any meditation or mindfulness skills they learned on a yoga mat or a meditation workshop along to High Holiday services. But Brandon Klein, who left a doctoral program in psychology at Hofstra University…

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Rabbi Simone Schicker signing her contract with Joan Hawxhurst, immediate past president of Temple B’nai Israel

Kalamazoo’s Temple B’nai Israel Welcomes New Rabbi

Continuing growth in membership at Kalamazoo’s Reform Jewish congregation has allowed it to hire its second consecutive full-time rabbi, following a period of part-time leadership from 1969-2014. On July 1, Rabbi Simone Schicker began her tenure as the religious leader of Temple B’nai Israel, Kalamazoo’s Reform Jewish congregation. She takes over the position from Rabbi…

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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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Guest Column: Rosh Hashanah Greetings

The High Holidays are my favorite time of year because they are a time of coming together as a community. In fact, many Jewish laws and traditions focus upon not being alone and upon coming together. In prayer, birth, marriage, even after death as our body awaits burial, Jewish life compels us to be in the…

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4 Simple Ways For Jewish Students To Actually Enjoy College

Before high school, I always heard high school would be the best four years of my life. Before college, I was told the exact same thing. While my college years weren’t always the best, I picked up on some valuable tips that I would’ve liked to have known beforehand. 1. Utilize your college Hillel. For…

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