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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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Obama administration calls on Israel to reverse land appropriation

Ron Kampeas The Obama administration formally called on Israel to reverse its appropriation of West Bank land for settlement building, saying it was counterproductive to peace efforts. ... [Link]

Palestinian driver killed attempting to run West Bank checkpoint

Marcy Oster A Palestinian driver was killed as he tried to run over Israeli soldiers at a West Bank checkpoint. ... [Link]

Thousands rally in Frankfurt against anti-Semitism

Marcy Oster Some 3,500 demonstrators rallied in Frankfurt to protest a wave of anti-Semitic incidents in Germany. ... [Link]

Elsewhere: Surfboard Hebrew school, women rabbis on top, hipster ketubahs

Julie Wiener JTA rounds up noteworthy items from the Web. ... [Link]

Olmert retrial in Talansky Affair begins

Marcy Oster Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert went on trial for the second time in the Talansky Affair, the bribery case which led to his resignation in 2008. ... [Link]

Parents, teachers protest division of secular school for haredi girls

Marcy Oster Parents and teachers at a secular public school in Beit Shemesh are protesting the partitioning of half of the building for a haredi Orthodox girls’ school. ... [Link]

Lady Gaga pre-Tel Aviv concert ‘Shalom’ video irks some Arab fans

Marcy Oster Lady Gaga apparently riled some Arab fans with a short video in advance of her Tel Aviv performance featuring a “Shalom” greeting. ... [Link]

Jewish community praises Greek mayor for yellow star protest

Marcy Oster The mayor of the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki wore a yellow Star of David at his inauguration to protest a newly elected city councilman from the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party. ... [Link]

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