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Death Café

Death Café

To philosophize is nothing else but to prepare for death. — Cicero

On a warm winter afternoon, strangers slowly enter Feldman Mortuary. Led into an adjoining room, they are encouraged to sample fresh coffee, assorted teas and an exquisite cake.

There is no funeral at the mortuary today — but death is not taking a holiday.

In fact, death is on everyone’s mind.

Welcome to the Death Café, a global, grassroots conversation about our mortality that was founded by the UK’s John Underwood in 2010.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 February 2014 14:59 )

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Lower tuition for first-time campers

Lower tuition for first-time campersNEW YORK — Think Expedia or Hotels.com or countless other vacation discount finders online, but instead to connect kids to Jewish camps. The Foundation for Jewish Camp announced this week that it is piloting a new program this summer offering first-time campers from middle- and lower-income families camp sessions at prices that are 40-80% below the camps’ standard rates. Called BunkConnect, the program, in partnership with the Center for Entrepreneurial Jewish Philanthropy, will make avail...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 February 2014 14:30 )

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Russian Jewry’s revival evident at Olympics

Russian Jewry’s revival evident at OlympicsSOCHI, Russia — Soft sand and turquoise beaches make Sochi a lovely holiday destination — also, as the 2014 winter Olympic games opened, a city with five Jewish information centers, three synagogues and 13 rabbis. The Jewish infrastructure in Sochi is aimed not only at serving Jewish visitors but also at advertising what the Chabad-affiliated Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia calls a Jewish revival in the former Soviet Union. Boruch Gorin, a senior Chabad rabbi in Moscow, told JTA...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 February 2014 14:29 )

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Anat Hoffman speaks

Anat Hoffman speaksWomen of the Wall head presents her philosophy and activism Make no mistake: Anat Hoffman is a firebrand. Her extensive resume as an activist backs that up — more than 20 years as the outspoken and seemingly omnipresent leader of Women of the Wall, the group that has fought long and hard for the right of women to pray, in the same ritual manner as men, at Jerusalem’s Western Wall; dozens of arrests for performing precisely those rituals at monthly Rosh Chodesh observances at the Wall; year...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 February 2014 14:39 )

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Can the divine influence a Bronco win?

Can the divine influence a Bronco win?DENVER — Rabbi Daniel Alter expects some added fervency during daily prayer services at the Denver Academy of Torah in the days leading up to the Super Bowl. Alter, the academy’s head of school, recalls that when the Colorado Rockies faced the Boston Red Sox in the 2007 World Series, his students were more focused on prayer than ever before. “That created a conversation on the role of prayer,” Alter said. “It brought up questions: Does G-d care? We probably will be having some of tho...

Last Updated ( Friday, 31 January 2014 04:37 )

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Manhattan’s Ramaz school clarifies advice on concealing kippahs

Uriel Heilman The principal of an Orthodox day school in New York who suggested that students might want to conceal signs of their Jewishness while walking around the neighborhood disagrees — with himself. ... [Link]

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Uriel Heilman The Obama administration and the Israeli government are looking at the same war but seeing things much differently. ... [Link]

Stan Goldberg, superhero of comic-book illustration, dies at 82

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Polish city marks first rabbinic ordination since World War II

Julie Wiener The Polish city of Wroclaw had its first rabbinic ordination since before World War II in its only synagogue to survive the Holocaust. ... [Link]

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