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Mezuzah: A Response to Anti-Semitism

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A few weeks ago, I was part of a small group of rabbis and students went to stand in solidarity with the Jews of Paris. The attack on the Super Casher is just one of a string of anti-semitic attacks on world Jewry. I noted that the Jews in Paris vacillated between displaying their Judaism proudly and hiding their Jewish...

Beyond Exodus: On the Multi-Dimensional Character of the Israelites

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From the text of Parshat Bo: 10: And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians were marching after them; and they were very afraid; and the children of Israel cried out unto the Lord. 11: And they said unto Moses: “Were there no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us, to bring us forth out of Egypt? 12 Is this not what we said to you in Egypt, saying: Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it is better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.”

Full disclosure: I have not seen the latest huge Hollywood bible epic, Ridley...

New WIJS Program at Young Israel of New Rochelle

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New Rochelle—Women’s Initiative for Jewish Studies (WIJS) is a new program with the mission of introducing outstanding women Jewish studies scholars to the Westchester (and beyond) community.  This ongoing program will feature speakers from both the United States and Israel through a series of weeknight lectures held throughout the year at Young Israel of New Rochelle, 1149 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY.  All lectures are free of charge and open to both women and men.

WIJS proudly presents Dr. Yael Ziegler, from Israel, who will speak on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 @ 7:45 p.m.  Dr. Ziegler, lecturer in Tanakh at Herzog College in Alon Shvut, Gush Etzion and at MATAN, the...

Ferkauf Graduate School Wins Innovative Training Award

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New York–Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology’s Older Adult Program has received the 2014 Innovative Training Award from the Council of Professional Geropsychology Training Programs. The national award, created in 2011, is given to one program each year that demonstrates excellence and creativity in geropsychology training and is meant to encourage innovative training in the field.

Directed by Dr. Richard Zweig, associate professor at Ferkauf and the Council’s past chair, the program is a collaborative effort between the faculty of Ferkauf, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Jacobi Hospital Medical Center. Ferkauf is the only site in the New York...

YI Scarsdale: Please Save the Date for Tikkun Olam

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Scarsdale—Teens and adults who would like to do some Tikkun Olam by caring for the homeless are asked to save Saturday evening, February 28 so they can participate in  MIDNIGHT RUNS--one for teens and one for adults

Midnight Run is a Westchester organization that, for 20 years, has been organizing trips into New York City for volunteers who offer food, clothing and toiletries to homeless people. In preparation for the run YIS will be holding a clothing and toiletries drive in the shul in the weeks before the event.

Volunteers are asked to arrive at YIS at on the 28th at 7:30 p.m. to help prepare and deliver packages for the homeless. All are invited. Participation in the actual run...

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