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For the UA Jewish community, spring is a time of holy tradition, community and storytelling with the annual celebration of Passover. Rachel Ungar, a UA Junior and president of the Hillel Jewish Student Association, said that she believes that the story behind Passover is significant because of its underlying message of unity and how it emphasizes the importance of acknowledging...
My kids could care less that they're Jewish. They associate it with having to go to Hebrew School, which, let's face it, I didn't like either when I was a kid. But eventually, their attitude started to become concerning. They are growing up with a lack of tradition, faith and pride in who they are and where they come from. We...
Frederick Nietzsche believed that the Egyptians were blond. My apologies; I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s start from the beginning: Despite what people sometimes claim, Frederick Nietzsche wasn’t an anti-Semite. To the contrary, he was strongly against the anti-Semitism that raged in Germany in his lifetime. He even said in his private correspondence that anti-Semites, his racist sister included, “should be...
JCRC has been extra busy these first few months of 2017 advocating on behalf of our community both here and in Israel. We hosted an extraordinarily well-attended and impactful Jewish Community Forum with support from our local Federations and the Jewish Community High School of the Bay. We also launched a "Bear a Torch" campaign to shine a light...
President Donald Trump did not attend the annual White House Passover Seder held on Monday night, a spokeswoman confirms to PEOPLE. His daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, who are both Jewish, also skipped the event, a tradition started under former President Barack Obama in 2009. “The event was really for the staff who were unable to get home to spend the...

The Plague of Darkness continues

Pesach is known as the Festival of Freedom. For Jews who live in the Diaspora, this means freeing themselves from living in foreign lands amidst the gentiles and coming home to the Land of the Jews, as it says in the beginning of the Haggadah, “This year we are here in the Diaspora; in the coming year in the...
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has released a congratulatory message to Turkey’s Jewish community and Jews all over the world who are marking the Passover religious festival this week. In a statement released on Tuesday, Erdoğan described Passover as one of the most important religious feasts of the Jewish people. Erdoğan also said Turkey’s Jews had been an integral part of the...
Israel’s Sephardi chief rabbi ruled that it is permitted to smoke cigarettes that are not certified as kosher for Passover during the holiday. Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef said in a satellite television broadcast that cigarettes do not need to be certified as leaven-free for Passover, though some cigarettes manufactured in Israel or abroad are certified as kosher for Passover. He appeared to...
The Maccabeats, originally formed in 2007 as Yeshiva University’s student vocal group, have entertained and inspired hundreds of audiences worldwide, from Alabama to (New) Zealand and everywhere in between. Until now, they have been using nothing more than the unadulterated human voice, a clean-cut presentation, and a little Jewish humor, With the release of their latest music video for Passover, the...
WIZO and KEN JEWISH COMMUNITY Cordially invite you to join us for a Community Commemoration of  Yom Hashoah in remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust and Yom Hazikaron in honor of Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Act of Terror. Screening of the movie: The Final Victory: The Story of Felix Zandman Sponsors:  Isidoro and Carolina Behar & Jack and Doris Winer Wednesday, May 4,...

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