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Melanie Birger-Bray visits Kinneret

American Students Attend College in Israel for Myriad Reasons

Melanie Birger-Bray wanted to study the Middle East, so she thought, What better place to learn than in the region itself? She’s one of a...
Laurie Frankel, Jessica Tayler, Koach Baruch Frazier and Moriah Levin sitting in chairs

Panelists Discuss Being Trans in the Jewish Community

“How do I know?” Moriah Levin said on Nov. 19 during a panel about being transgender in the Jewish community. “It’s because I felt...
A Shaare Shamayim sign

Shaare Shamayim Faces Challenge Over Longstanding Signs

Heading down Verree Road, cars pass by the Congregations of Shaare Shamayim every day. For people unfamiliar with the synagogue or the area, it’s impossible...
view of Manhattan bridge from Brooklyn

After Attacks in New York, Locals Share Their Thoughts

On Nov. 20, a man walking to synagogue in Monsey, New York, was attacked by at least one other man, who jumped out of...
woman meditating

Distress Tolerance Skills Useful for Crises

Everyone has times in their life when it seems difficult or impossible to change or manage a situation. What is considered a crisis to...
Fred Behrend, Campbell Schwarz and Hazzan Alisa Pomerantz-Boro

Holocaust Survivor Relives Bar Mitzvah 80 Years Later

Fred Behrend’s bar mitzvah was held under less-than-ideal circumstances. The 93-year-old became a man in a Cuban schoolhouse after fleeing Nazi Germany in 1939. The...
Dovrat Hadad and Richard Schmidt practice shooting in a Shot Tec firearm simulation

Local Chapter of Young Jewish Conservatives Launches

Update (11/25/2019): This article has been updated to correct a quote and to clarify Effy Gittler's role in the organization. What does it mean to...
Nitan Shanas speaking about the sleepout at Rutgers-Camden

Student Organizes ‘Sleepout’ to Raise Money for Homelessness

Nitan Shanas had to do a lot of convincing to get his recent project off the ground. He had to lobby campus authorities at Rutgers...
mahjong tiles

Playing Mahjong With the Granddaughters

Last Thanksgiving, during a visit back to Austin, Texas, where my family lives, my mother excitedly presented me with her latest acquisition. It was a...
Presenters at Israel-Delaware Valley Cybersecurity Expo

Cybersecurity Expo Connects Israeli, American Businesses

Cybersecurity may sound like something esoteric and inaccessible, but it’s an increasingly important concern for governments, businesses and everyday people. And for that reason, innovation...