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In Boston, Riverway reaches ‘high priority’ Jewish millennial generation

In Boston, Riverway reaches ‘high priority’ Jewish millennial generation

BOSTON — One recent Tuesday evening, a group of about two dozen Jews in their 20s and 30s huddled around wooden tables poring over the text for the week’s Torah portion.

A rabbi prodded them with questions about the petition that Zelophehad’s daughters submitted to Moses to inherit their father’s estate. Why do they petition at this juncture? Why does Moses refer the question to G-d?

Members of the group raised hands, offered theories, debated.

The learning session took place not in a synagogue study hall but at a bustling cafe in Harvard Square.

Welcome to Riverway Cafe, a program of Temple Israel of Boston to reach out to millennial Jews. The program is an outgrowth of the Riverway Project, which brings Jewish events to unconventional settings, like Shabbat services in bars.

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War doesn’t deter new immigrants to Israel

War doesn’t deter new immigrants to IsraelSOME images and experiences in life become indelible. For me, one of those moments was six years ago when I traveled along with the chartered Nefesh B’Nefesh aliyah flight, bringing new immigrants to Israel from the US. Among the hundreds of new immigrants in flight, choosing to make their lives in their homeland of Israel, was a man carrying a Torah scroll. He held it protectively against his chest, with the intimacy and closeness of cradling a sleeping child. This Torah was 300 years old. ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 August 2014 11:21 )

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Still small, and iconic, early Somerville chavurah reshaped American liberal Judaism

Still small, and iconic, early Somerville chavurah reshaped American liberal JudaismSOMERVILLE, Mass. — To certain first-time visitors to Havurat Shalom, the congregation’s prayer room may look remarkably familiar. From the macrame Jewish star adorning the ark and the Middle Eastern-style lamp serving as a ner tamid to the pillows on a bare floor and the sparely decorated walls, the room looks exactly as it does in a photograph from The Jewish Catalog, the do-it-yourself Judaism guidebook published in 1973 that brought the then five-year-old Havurat Shalom a measure of fam...
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Pro-Israel Muslims seek peaceful alternative to radical Islam

Pro-Israel Muslims seek peaceful alternative to radical IslamJEWS around the world were inspired last month when Arab-Israeli teenager Mohammad Zoabi cloaked himself in an Israeli flag and spoke into a bedroom video camera, “I am an Israeli and will remain an Israeli. Israel will remain a Jewish and a democratic country.” What few realized is that within days after the video went viral, Israeli police arrested three men in his own family for plotting to cause him harm in retaliation for the piece. His cousin, Arab Knesset member Hanin Zoabi, called h...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 31 July 2014 14:52 )

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Dutch Christians defend Israel

Dutch Christians defend IsraelAMSTERDAM — Israeli Ambassador to the Netherlands Haim Divon nodded approvingly as he surveyed the small army of 50 men and women fighting for Israel. Around a conference table in an office in the Amsterdam suburb of Buitenveldert, 30 volunteers were writing and collecting pro-Israel materials and transferring them to an editor who posted them on social networks. Nearby, the graphics department churned out glossy logos and catchy memes that compared weather forecasts from London — partly c...
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After Twitter ruling, tech firms increasingly toe Europe’s line on hate speech

Cnaan Liphshiz Facebook and YouTube have taken steps to remove hateful material from their sites — a result, experts say, of Twitter’s defeat in a French court last year. ... [Link]

Canadian Jewish institutions ramping up security following jihadist incidents

Julie Wiener Two soldiers have been killed in attacks, including one on the Parliament in the nation’s capital. ... [Link]

Netanyahu vows to secure Jerusalem against terror, international ‘weakness’

Marcy Oster Attempts to attack Jerusalem residents “will be met with a sharp reaction,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the day after a deadly terror incident in the city. ... [Link]

Arielle Davis brightens smiles of sick kids and their families

Raffi Wineburg The Northern Californian earned the nickname “toothbrush lady” for her work collecting dental hygiene supplies for her local Ronald McDonald House. ... [Link]

U.S.-based Helmsley Trust awards Israeli institutions over $9 million

Marcy Oster The grants were awarded to the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the Weizmann Institute of Science and the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. ... [Link]

Jerusalem hosting challah bake as part of Shabbos Project

Marcy Oster The Great Big Jerusalem Challah Bake will be hosted by celebrity Jewish chef Jamie Geller. ... [Link]

Rivlin heading to new Warsaw Jewish museum aboard Polish president’s plane

Cnaan Liphshiz Israel’s president accepted Bronislaw Komorowski’s offer to provide a ride to the unveiling of the core display of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews. ... [Link]

Arab-Israeli soccer team fined for honoring ex-Knesset lawmaker

Marcy Oster The Bnei Sakhnin club was penalized $4,000 for its tribute to Azmi Bishara, who fled Israel amid accusations of treason and espionage. ... [Link]

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