Monday, October 23, 2017


A Virtual Helping Hand for a Better Future

(Courtesy of AMIT) Israel—Studying for the bagrut exams is a rite of passage for most Israeli teens, as they know it will pave the way for their

Debra Shaffer Seeman Joins Ayeka to Support Day School Initiative Program will be funded by AVI CHAI, Kohelet and Mayberg Foundations.

(Courtesy of Ayeka) Jerusalem—Ayeka: The Center for Soulful Education announced that leading Jewish educator Debra Shaffer Seeman will join Ayeka as an

Good Fences, Good Neighbors

The month of Av got off to an unpleasant start with a petition circulating online to “Protect the Quality of Our Community in Mahwah,” a New Jersey town, barely 15 miles from my home in Bergenfield. The petition calls on the local electric company to “remove all eruvs from our Township and revoke

Headed to Israel for Seminary? Top Tips for Maximizing Growth

Editor’s note: Rabbi Goldwasser offers some important tips for young women as they prepare to study in Israel.


The ‘Why’ of Faith

Reviewing: “Reason to Believe: Rational Explanations of Orthodox Jewish Faith,” by Rabbi Chaim Jachter. Menorah Books, an imprint of Koren Publishers Jerusalem. Hardcover, 249 pages, 2017. ISBN-13: 978-1-940516-71-4.

Troop 613 of White Plains Celebrates Newest Eagle Scout

Almost 100 people attended the Hebrew Institute of White Plains on Sunday, June 25, 2017, to witness the Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Akiva Grimaldi, a resident of New Rochelle and member of the Anshe Sholom synagogue. An Eagle Scout is

Four Podcasts for the Nine Days

Perhaps you are an avid listener, like me, whose podcast app is stockpiled with 16 different channels, constantly updating with new content to grace your ears. Perhaps you’ve only just heard of the fad that is taking the world by storm, as major publications and radio stations shift their

‘Joe’s Violin’: A Bronx Schoolgirl, a Holocaust Survivor and the Music That Brought Them Together

Reviewing: “Joe’s Violin,” directed by Emmy-award winning film­maker Kahane Cooperman, premiering on PBS on Monday, July 24, at 10 p.m., and streaming online for several weeks on 24

‘Shalom Italia’: A Child Survivor Film With Contemporary Themes

Reviewing: “Shalom Italia,” directed and produced by Tamar Tal Anati. Premiering on POV Monday, July 24, 2017 at 10:00 p.m. on PBS.

‘The Grit Guide for Teens’ Helps Kids Learn Resilience

If you’re unfamiliar with the term, “grit” represents the courage we individuals have and the strength of our character. Adults may be more familiar with the concept, due to the movement spearheaded by Angela Duckworth, who wrote on the subject and on the passion, as well as Caroline Adams Miller’s writings on

I Can’t Get Otto Warmbier Out of My Head

Otto Warmbier. I can’t get this tragedy out of my head.

There’s been more than our fair share of the horrific multiple shootings, where mass killings have resulted in unspeakable sadness. It seems like one 24-hour news cycle just hands off another unspeakable incident to the next

On Becoming a ‘Soul Doctor’

One of the towering figures of Jewish education in America remains Samson Benderly, z”l.

Born in Safed, Palestine, in 1876, Benderly emigrated with his family to Baltimore, Maryland, in 1898. By the time he died, in 1944, he had left his indelible imprint on the shaping of the institutions of American Jewish education that we know today.

It almost

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