Chaplains star at JFNA’s GA

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When Jewish Federation’s of North America wound up the final plenary of this year’s General Assembly on Veterans Day, they did so by recognizing the work of JWB Jewish Chaplains Council and the men and women who carry out its mission. Four JWB chaplains, each representing a branch of the United States armed forces, and […]

Holiday treats for troops

Capt. Irving Elson, a chaplain with I Marine Expeditionary Force, returns the shamash, or "attendant" candle to the menorah after its use aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Dec. 2. The shamash was used to light the other candles as one of the many holiday traditions in Hanukkah.

If you are stationed in Kabul, how do you get Hanukkah gelt? Finding kosher-for-Passover chocolate or matzah ball soup mix is not easy when you are in Japan or aboard a ship for Passover. Having hamentaschen at Purim may not be possible if you are in Kuwait. Yet receiving a holiday care package brings small […]

A trip to bear witness

Marching from Auschwitz to Birkenau

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. — George Santayana The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. — Edmund Burke Twenty-seven years ago, a few people including my father, Gene Greenzweig z”l, had a vision — that Jewish youth from around the […]

Six Second Hebrew: Miracle, Candle, Winter

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Help bring light into the world at the darkest part of the year with the Hebrew words for miracle, candle and winter. Six-Second Hebrew can help you get ready for the Hanukkah season!

One for each night

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As a Hanukkah gift to you, we wanted to share something you could enjoy, not once, but again and again. So we’ve offered you eight different recipes for the holiday, one for each night, courtesy of foodnetwork.com. Some are fried — as the holiday tradition would have it — and some not. What they all […]

Pedaling toward a world of good

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  On the sixth day of Hanukkah, JCCs across the continent can take part in Cycle for Good. This group cycling program, which takes place on Sunday, Dec. 21, is in its third year, and this year raises funds for Etgarim, an Israeli organization, founded by former members of the Israel Defense Force, that serves […]

Parashat Vayeitzei (Genesis 28:10-32:3)

“And if I return safe to my father’s house—the Lord shall be my God.” (Genesis 28:21) Parashat Vayetzei describes Jacob’s flight from Canaan to his uncle Lavan in Haran. Following his epiphany at Beth El (the dream scene with the ladder and angels) he enters a situation new for him, but familiar to us, and […]

Parashat Toldot (Genesis 25:19-28:8)

“When her time to give birth was at hand, there were twins in her womb.” (Genesis 25:24) Parashat Toldot tells a familiar tale of familial conflict. Rebecca gives birth to Esau and Jacob, boys with very different personalities. Isaac favors Esau; Rebecca prefers Jacob. The sibling rivalry comes to a climax when Jacob, at Rebecca’s […]

Jerusalem Today

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Earlier today, as Israel was getting ready for a new day, one filled with sunshine after two rainy ones, terrorists attacked again in the most inhuman, cold-blooded way. Two terrorists infiltrated a synagogue in one of Jerusalem’s quietest neighborhoods. The terrorists knew that 7 a.m. is the busiest hour in any synagogue’s day. They knew […]

Parashat Chayei Sarah (Genesis 23:1-25:18)

“And Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac.” (Genesis 25:5) Parashat Chayei Sarah declares “And Abraham was old, and come into days, and God blessed Abraham bakol, in all.” (Gen. 24:1) It’s a little surprising to read because the first Jewish family is a mess: Isaac and Abraham have not spoken since returning from […]

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