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The Shabbat Project: Step Inside

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As we slowly navigate our way out of the coronavirus pandemic, there is an inspiring vision that can animate our journey. It’s a vision of kindness and compassion, comfort and connection, joy and relief....
Businessman Elisha Wiesel, the son of Holocaust survivor, human-rights activist and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, speaking at the Washington National Cathedral on Oct. 12, 2021 Source: Screenshot.

Honoring his father’s story, Elisha Wiesel sees fighting anti-Semitism inextricably linked to Zionism

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The late Holocaust survivor, human-rights activist and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel became the first modern Jew to have a bust of his face sculpted into the stonework of the Washington National Cathedral’s Human Rights...
Challah-baking in Sydney, Australia, with the Shabbat Project in 2014. Credit: The Shabbat Project.

Shabbat Project returns in-person globally with new energy, opportunities

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After nearly two years of being apart, participants of the international Shabbat Project in more than 1,500 cities and 109 countries worldwide will return to the annual initiative’s in-person Shabbat experiences from Oct. 22-23. Following last year’s...
The “Luzzatto High Holiday Mahzor” was purchased at auction by an anonymous American collector on Oct. 19, 2021. Credit: Sotheby's.

Ancient Jewish prayer book sells for record-breaking $8.3 million

A medieval Jewish prayer book sold for $8.3 million at the Sotheby’s auction house on Tuesday, fetching the highest price ever paid for a Hebrew manuscript. Known as the Luzzatto High Holiday Mahzor, the rare book is named...

In a World Turned Upside Down, The Shabbat Project is Back with New Energy

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After nearly two years of being kept apart, participants of the international Shabbat Project in more than 1,500 cities and 109 countries worldwide will return to the annual initiative’s well-known in-person Shabbat experiences from...
The tombstone of Max Friedlaender, a Jewish musicologist who later converted to protestanism. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Neo-Nazi’s ashes buried in Jewish musician’s plot in Germany

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German neo-Nazi and Holocaust-denier Henry Hafenmayer’s remains were recently buried in a plot that once held the remains of Jewish musicologist Max Friedlaender and which still features his gravestone. Hafenmayer was convicted for incitement after...

The search for Ron Arad: Leaving no soldier behind

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With the recent disclosure that the Mossad carried out a courageous mission to discover what happened to Israeli Air Force Lt. Col. Ron Arad, whose plane went down over Lebanon in Oct. 1986, it...
Students of Darkaynu, the Ohr Torah Stone Year-In-Israel program for students with special needs, arrive in Israel.

Special Needs Students Arrive for One-of-a-Kind Year in Israel Experience

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Twenty teens and young adults arrived this week from the United States, Canada and England to participate in the Elaine and Norm Brodsky Darkaynu Program, designed to allow students with special needs to benefit...
Blue and White Party Knesset member Michal Cotler-Wunsh. Credit: Courtesy.

Michal Cotler-Wunsh: Jewish Agency can shift relationship paradigm with everyone at table

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As a former Knesset member and now head of the Nefesh B’Nefesh Institute for Aliyah Policy and Strategy, as well as a senior consultant to the Jewish Federations of North America, Michal Cotler-Wunsh is...
The arrival of French Jews who made aliyah, at Ben Gurion International Airport on July 10, 2017. Photo by Nati Shohat/Flash90

‘Feeling part of the story’: Having made the move, ‘olim’ and Israel mark Aliyah...

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By the time newly minted Israeli Shira Denise Kilemnic Mac and her husband, Abraham, along with their two youngsters, stepped off the plane in Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion International Airport on July 22, her reputation...