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Survivor of Suicide Loss Day to hold alternative option for Jewish community

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International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day (Survivor Day, or ISOSLD) is the one day a year when people affected by suicide loss gather in their local communities to find comfort and gain understanding as...
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New digital marketplace makes Jewish education accessible on global scale

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A new digital marketplace aims to make pluralistic and diverse Jewish learning experiences and talented Jewish educators accessible to anyone in the world who has an Internet connection. Known as Truvie, a play on “Lucky Find” in French,...
“Through the Lens of Faith” works to present the experiences of Holocaust victims and survivors, and how faith helped them persevere, June 2019. Photo courtesy of Daniel Libeskind.

World War II letter connects families of Jewish survivors, Polish farmer who hid them

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The descendants of two Holocaust survivors and the farmer who hid them from the Nazis in Poland have connected with the help of a recently discovered post-World War II letter. Karolina Jurzyk, 35, said that...
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National Council of Young Israel replaces entire board to focus on member synagogues

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The National Council of Young Israel (NCYI) has moved to replace its entire board of directors in an apparent shift away from political advocacy and a refocus instead on members synagogues. According to the report...
This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Orthodox Union launches virtual support group for siblings with special needs

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The Orthodox Union’s Yachad organization for individuals with disabilities in the Orthodox Jewish community has launched a support network for siblings of individuals with special needs. The group held its first session and has set...
Staff from JLM Food Rescuers take and use food from the Givat Shaul food market that would otherwise be thrown out. Credit: Courtesy.

Agencies grapple with food security in the Jewish state, as they also cultivate new...

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In early July, Knesset member Tzachi Hanegbi maintained on Israel’s Channel 12 news that those who claim to have reached the point of starvation because of economic struggles during the coronavirus outbreak are speaking “nonsense.” Israel, like...
The Greenfeld family celebrate a brit milah at their home in Beitar Illit, Israel, on April 5, 2020. Photo by Nati Shohat/Flash90.

Masked mitzvot or joy undimmed: Welcoming new life in the era of COVID-19

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“In this time of great darkness, the souls who come down now must be sources of great light.” — Rabbi Doniel Katz, whose youngest child was born this spring There is a tradition among the Jewish...
Entertainers Benny Friedman and Mordechai Shapiro participate in the virtual “Battle of the Singers” concert on June 16, 2020. Credit: Orthodox Union.

Jewish music bigs Benny Friedman and Mordechai Shapiro belt it out for charity

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More than 5,000 people tuned in to the virtual “Battle of the Singers,” featuring well-known Jewish entertainers Benny Friedman and Mordechai Shapiro, and sponsored by the Orthodox Union’s Yachad leading organization for individuals with...
A member of the Jason family from Houston shows off his new protective gear, April 2020. Source: Screenshot.

Jewish family in Texas converts kipahs to face masks for homeless community

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A Jewish family in Houston is turning kipahs into face masks for their town’s homeless population to wear during the coronavirus pandemic. The Jason family has already collected nearly 700 from donations and has dubbed their campaign “Kippahs to...
Israeli Supreme Court justices, in addition to Supreme Court president Esther Hayut, arrive in the courtroom in Jerusalem. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Israeli high court overturns surrogacy law excluding single men, gay couples

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Israel’s High Court of Justice unanimously ruled on Thursday against a law that excludes single men and gay couples from using surrogacy to have children. Current law allows only heterosexual couples or single women who are unable...