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Leah Goldstein. Source: Facebook.

Jewish Canadian becomes first woman to win ultra-distance Race Across America

A Jewish Canadian cyclist became the first woman to win the overall solo division of Race Across America (RAAM), the ultra-distance cycling competition, reported The Times of Israel. Leah Goldstein, 52, crossed the RAAM finish line...
Jews pray at Meron on the eve of Tisha B'Av, on Aug. 10, 2019. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

OU’s 20th annual Tisha B’Av program to address recent Jewish tragedies

The 20th annual Tisha B’Av program on July 18 sponsored by the Orthodox Union will not only focus on traditional themes surrounding the destruction of the First and Second Temples, as well as other...
Teens visiting Israel at the overlook on Masada. Credit: Courtesy.

Marcus Foundation triples down on teen travel to Israel

The RootOne teen Israel travel initiative announces a $60 million three-year grant from the Marcus Foundation. Launched in September 2020 by the Jewish Education Project, RootOne significantly lowers the cost of teen travel to Israel...
The inscription found in southern Israel on an ancient jug. Credit: Israel Antiquities Authority.

Rare ‘book of Judges’-era inscription found in southern Israel

A rare, 3,100-year-old inscription was discovered during excavations in southern Israel, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced on Monday. The partial inscription, written in ink on a small pottery jug, was recovered in the Shahariya forest...
The One Happy Camper (OHC) program was piloted in 2006 to offer incentive grants up to $1,000 to campers attending Jewish overnight camp for the first time, with the goal to increase the number of young people benefiting from the transformative experience of Jewish summer camp. Credit: Courtesy.

Grants to summer camp boost enrollment and connection to Judaism, say administrators

Besides celebrating the return of summer camp this year, for Jewish communal professionals there’s an additional item to cheer: the 100,000th child attending a Jewish camp, thanks to the One Happy Camper initiative. The program—a...
Israelis attend the annual Hebrew Book Week in Tel Aviv on June 9, 2021. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

Pilot program aims to increase informal Hebrew education at summer camp

The Jewish Agency for Israel has launched a pilot program to increase informal Hebrew education and raise awareness of the language at Jewish camps in the United States and France. As part of the program,...

Israeli President Isaac Herzog carries on a family tradition

Israeli President Isaac Herzog’s path was paved by the generations that came before him. His father, Chaim Herzog, followed in his grandfather Rabbi Yitzhak Halevi Herzog’s footsteps. When the latter heard about the 1949...
Campers gather at Camp Ramah in the Poconos. Source: Camp Ramah/Facebook.

Back at the lake and canteen: Jewish campers express relief just ‘getting to be...

The countdown started weeks ago, and it’s finally time—time for many to return to sleepaway camp after a year of lockdowns, Zoom school, and separation from friends and family amid a worldwide pandemic. “I’m so...
Michal Cotler-Wunsh, head of the new Nefesh B’Nefesh Institute for Aliyah Policy and Strategy, greets arrivals to Israel. Credit: Nefesh B'Nefesh.

Nefesh B’Nefesh launches new institute for aliyah and strategy

It’s been three years since Hanna and Shamshy Schlager traded their home in New York for a new one in Modi’in, Israel. It’s been a good three years, they’ll tell you, a time of growth,...
A prehistoric shark tooth found in Jerusalem’s City of David. Photo by Omri Lernau.

Why were dinosaur-era shark teeth found in Jerusalem dig?

Scientists at Jerusalem’s City of David happened upon an unusual finding recently, when they discovered an ancient cache of 29 shark teeth while excavating the basement of a 2,900-year-old home on the site. Strangely enough, the teeth...