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I’m A Jewish Teenager. Anti-Semitism Has Infiltrated My Hometown.

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 12:00am
Ephraim Light for The Forward 

 

The truth is, when I opened my Snapchat to an image of teenagers from a local high school throwing up a Hitler salute around a swastika made out of red-solo-cups, I wasn’t even surprised. See, it wasn’t the first time anti-Semitism infiltrated my community.

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Cooking Up a Diverse Community

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 12:00am
By Jennifer Richler for Tablet Magazine
 

A new group called Kugel brings together the ‘multicultural bubble’ of New York’s Jewish scene

It all started with a broken engagement.

It was April 2018, and Simone Weichselbaum was newly single. One of the reasons she and her fiancé had split was her anxiety about moving to his homogeneous Jewish community outside Manhattan.

Weichselbaum, now 37, grew up modern Orthodox in what she calls the “multicultural bubble of the New York City Jewish scene,” filled with people from diverse backgrounds, like her. (She’s half Jamaican, half German-Jewish.)

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On the Search for Kosher Haggis

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 12:00am
by Kayla Steinberg for newvoices.org

 

Kosher haggis was everything I hoped it would be — oaty, savory, and smooth. I scooped spoonfuls alongside fellow UK Jewish students at the Edinburgh Jewish Society’s annual Burns Ball. The night was a fusion of Scottish and Jewish cultures, and the kosher food — delivered from Glasgow — was well worth the wait.

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History of Israel's National Anthem: Does HaTikvah Mean Hope for All?

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 12:00am

 

This video is part of a series on Israeli History from Jerusalem U. Catch the entire series on YouTube. 

 

On this week's History of Israel Explained, we’re looking at one of the most Israeli things out there - HaTikvah, or The Hope - Israel’s stirring, meaningful and, some might say, controversial national anthem.

Unlike other anthems that speak of triumph and victory, the Israeli anthem is a mash up between a Romanian folk-melody, a 16th-century Italian song, and the lyrical thoughts of a drunk romantic poet. Not exactly the stuff of nationalistic dreams, but like the State of Israel itself, Hatikvah is both a symbol of Jewish hope and identity and the anthem for a multicultural and multi-ethnic state dedicated to equality.

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It’s Time to Teach Our Tweens Some Super-Basic Phone Manners

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 12:00am
By Zibby Owens for Kveller 
 
 
 

I think the iPhone should come with an instruction manual that’s required reading. It isn’t enough to know how to connect to Wifi or how to Facetime five people at once — it’s equally important to understand how to communicate with other humans in a decent, which isn’t intuitive to new users (i.e., tweens). 

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From The Bima To Carnegie Hall

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 12:00am
By Abigail Yadegar, Fresh Ink for Teens, in the Jewish Week

Even in challenging moments, my love for singing has never wavered

When I was younger, I never considered myself a singer. I attended weekly lessons in Shotokan at Karate Kids and would often crack open my art suitcase to doodle on colored construction paper with scented Mr. Sketch markers. It was not until my parents joined the congregation at Wilshire Boulevard Temple and enrolled me in religious school that I truly fell in love with the art of singing.

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Bring ADL to Your School or Community

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:00am
From the ADL Website 

 

Anti-Semitic incidents are on the rise in high schools and on college campuses. Have your children been a target? Will they, or you, know what to do if it happens to them?

 

Rely on ADL’s expertise

 

Do you want to make your school and community more respectful? ADL is on your side and here to help. You can request through this website or through your regional ADL office that we bring any number of programs to support and deepen your efforts. For example, we educate teachers and students against bullying and bias. And we work with community leaders and train law enforcement personnel to understand hate crimes and discrimination—how to spot them and how to work together to combat them.

 

Find out how you can bring ADL education programs to your child's school.
 

Together, Grandparents and Grandkids Make Magic

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 12:00am
By Hilary Danailova for Hadassah Magazine 

 

Judah Maccabee Marcus hardly lacks what his grandmother, Carol Marcus, calls “Jewish reinforcement.” The Basking Ridge, N.J., sixth-grader has a rabbi grandfather and attends Orthodox day school.

Even so, “I’m the one who knows all the family stories,” said Carol Marcus, 76, of Bloomingdale, N.J. “That’s what I can provide.”

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