Wednesday, September 18, 2019

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Local Day Campers Challenge the Deep End

The week of June 25 meant the beginning of the 2019 camp season and, with it, the infamous deep water test.

The American Red Cross requires that all campers be classified by swimming ability and provided instructional and recreational activities consistent with their abilities. For

Author Amalia Hoffman Visits Camp Shemesh

Author Amalia Hoffman came to Camp Shemesh and held an interactive workshop with the campers about her book “Astro Pea.” “Astro Pea” is about a pea who is tired of living in a pea pod so he jumps out of his pod and goes on an adventure to outer space on a carrot spaceship. All the vegetables turned into stars and planets in

House Condemns BDS Movement

The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution on Tuesday evening opposing efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel, registering strong opposition to the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS) targeting Israel, noting that BDS is counterproductive to any peaceful negotiations

Meet Ethan Donn: A Musical Genius

Meeting Ethan Donn is a wonderful experience. His smile is radiant; his musical accomplishments are extraordinary. Ethan Donn is an 18 year old young man with mild autism. He is not very verbal and, therefore, cannot communicate his words very well, but his smile makes up for a lot. I met Ethan a

With Partnerships Disintegrating, Israel’s Right at Risk in Upcoming Elections

The extreme right-wing Otzma Yehudit party announced on Tuesday that it was dissolving its partnership with the Jewish Home party, potentially threatening the latter’s ability to cross the voting threshold. If that were to happen, the right could end up with fewer seats in the 22nd Knesset than it had in the 21st.

Will My Children Remain Religious?

I thought kids could be raised on a compromising, cultural Judaism. I was wrong. 

Editor’s note: This article was written from the perspective of a member of a “Dati Lite” shomer Shabbat community in Israel. Considerable social media discussion centered on its relevance for some

By the Numbers

Does our community have a teenage substance use problem? And if it does, how big is it? And what should we do about it?

Given how important the answers to these questions are, you’d think we would have a firm grasp on the answers, a clear understanding of the scope of the issue and how best to address

A New Form of Anti-Semitism Through Social Media

The recent surge in technological usage has created a place for hateful statements to be made without repercussion. Celebrities, politicians and other idolized social media personas have taken this opportunity to voice their controversial opinions through their large public platforms. However, these outlets are not the only source of

‘Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles’ Documentary @ JCC

The JCC in Scarsdale was selected as one of the first venues in the U.S. to get the film rights to “Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles.” The film was screened in mid-June, with a more widespread release slated for August, and attests to the high-caliber, cutting-edge arts and programming that

YU to Host Sivan Rahav Meir

Yeshiva University, the Center for Israel Studies and the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought are excited to welcome Sivan Rahav Meir, an Israeli television newscaster, radio personality and Torah teacher to Yeshiva University for the 2019-2020 academic year as a distinguished visiting lecturer and a shaliach

YU to Host Sivan Rahav Meir

Yeshiva University, the Center for Israel Studies and the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought are excited to welcome Sivan Rahav Meir, an Israeli television newscaster, radio personality and Torah teacher to Yeshiva University for the 2019-2020 academic year as a distinguished visiting lecturer and a shaliach

‘Shtisel’ Live: Celebrating a Much-Loved Story of Humanity

The question “What gives a story about haredi Jews in Geula a universal appeal and fervent fan base?” can’t be answered with a one-liner. On June 13, at Temple Emanu-El’s Streicker Center, the show’s cast and producer addressed this query. An audience of over 2,000 attended Shtisel: Screening and Discussion, moderated by

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