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BOSTON (JTA) – Shofars, apples and honey, make room for pomegranates, couscous and pumpkins. The new crop of children’s books for the High Holidays opens a world beyond the beloved traditional symbols of the New Year. This year, Rosh … more
NEW YORK (JTA) – A deep spiritual life is hard to find. While opportunities abound for spiritual connections (meditation, retreats and the like), it doesn’t come easy for most of us. The noise, the unfinished to-do lists and the distractions of … more
Nineteen verses tell the story of the Binding of Isaac – read in synagogue each Rosh Hashanah – but there are hundreds, if not thousands, of commentaries on it. more
NEW YORK (JTA) – In 5773, the religious wars just would not go away. In Israel, elections that extended Benjamin Netanyahu’s tenure as prime minister delivered big wins to two anti-Orthodox-establishment upstarts, Yair Lapid and Naftali … more
As the final minutes of Rosh Hashanah ticked away, 13-year-old Leo Goldberger was hiding, along with his parents and three brothers, along the shore of Dragor, a small fishing village south of Copenhagen. The year was 1943, and the Goldbergers, like … more
During the Holocaust years, there was only one march in Washington, D.C., to plead with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to rescue Europe’s Jews. As the 70th anniversary of that remarkable demonstration approaches, the protest is finally … more
PROVIDENCE – When Rabbi Michelle Dardashti moves to Providence this month for her new job as associate chaplain for the Jewish community at Brown University and rabbi of Brown RISD Hillel, she adds another city to a long list of residences. more
PROVIDENCE – Eddie Bruckner, Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island’s vice president for financial resource development, and I experienced Minsk and Israel on a Jewish Federations of North America mission with 96 other lay and professional … more
PROVIDENCE – “Caravan,” a musical band of energetic Israeli scouts brought Israeli culture, music and dance and messages of peace to the greater Rhode Island Jewish community earlier this month. more
(JTA) – The parents of a 13-year-old boy are suing their Massachusetts school district for ignoring verbal and physical attacks on their son by other students for being Jewish. more
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