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Holidays

  • What does ‘Maccabee’ really mean?

    By jwadmin on December 4, 2018
    Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple has shared with The Jewish World his answer to this question. Apple served for 32 years as the chief minister of the Great Synagogue, Sydney, Australia’s oldest congregation. He is now retired and lives in Jerusalem. Apple blogs at http://www.oztorah.com. The answer:  The name does not come from the Talmud or Midrash. It derives from the Apocrypha, […]
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  • “Just a little bit of light…”

    By jwadmin on December 4, 2018
    By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB There is so much to say about Chanukah. One hardly knows where to begin. First of all, there is the history. It is recorded in the Talmud, but the historical details contained there are scant: a persecution, a military campaign, a victory, a miracle. Much more is recorded in the extra-biblical texts known as the Books […]
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  • CBEYG holds annual Apple Overnight fund-raiser

    By jwadmin on November 28, 2018
    The Congregation Beth Emeth Youth Group (CBEYG) gathered at the Albany synagogue for its annual Apple Overnight on Saturday, Oct. 27. About 100 apple pies were baked that evening by the youth and then were sold the next morning during religious school as a fund-raiser. CBEYGers began the night with a pizza party at 6:30 p.m. and then were assigned […]
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  • Chanukah guide for the perplexed, 2018

    By jwadmin on November 26, 2018
    Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger, “Second Thought: US-Israel Initiative” Based on ancient Jewish sages, https://bit.ly/2KxtSRi More on Chanukah and Jewish other holidays: http://bit.ly/137Er6J 1. The miracle of Chanukah. According to ancient Jewish sages, Chanukah highlights a critical, non-conventional interpretation of the term “miracle,” which is a derivative of – and not superior to – reality.   Thus, the Hebrew translation of “miracle” […]
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  • Beth Emeth’s Mitzvah Menorah project set to benefit local groups

    By jwadmin on November 21, 2018
    ALBANY–Congregation Beth Emeth has announced that it will again collect seasonal gifts for families in need in the region. Individuals interested in purchasing a gift on someone’s ‘wish list’ from the congregation’s Mitzvah Menorah are invited to visit the Beth Emeth lobby at 100 Academy Rd., Albany from Nov. 23 through Dec. 15. Unwrapped gifts may be brought to the […]
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  • Who was this man who saved Jews?

    By jwadmin on November 8, 2018
    Feng Shan Ho was born in poverty 1901 and raised by his mother, an illiterate widow. He improved his situation by excelling at school. He attended Yale-in-China (Yali) College in Changsha in Hunan province, which had been established by Americans at the end of the Qing dynasty, and became fluent in English, German and Spanish. Eventually after relocating during a […]
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  • Interfaith commemoration of Kristallnacht to feature showing of film ‘Above the Drowing Sea’

    By jwadmin on November 8, 2018
    Friendships across cultures: Marion Gerber with Chinese playmates. Zhang Yongpel and his Jewish friend Freddie. Memories of life in Shanghai are revisited in “Above the Drowning Sea,” a documentary slated for the Kristallnacht Commemoration on Nov. 14. The Holocaust Survivors and Friends Education Center and the Jewish Federation of NENY will note the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht with a community […]
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  • Celebrating with the Torah at B’nai Sholom

    By jwadmin on October 17, 2018
    B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation in Albany celebrated Simchat Torah by unrolling the entire scroll around the synagogue Sunday, Sept. 30. The annual event, a 30-year tradition, enabled congregants to hold the Torah and see all of its 5,845 sentences at once. Rabbi Don Cashman, B’nai Sholom’s spiritual leader since 1985, identified and described each portion that was held.”The rabbi, at center, describes […]
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  • A Sukkot message from The Jewish National Fund

    By jwadmin on September 26, 2018
    By ROBERT GANZ, Capital Region JNF board president – Sukkot celebrates agriculture and one of Judaism’s three pilgrimage holidays. It is intrinsically tied to our people’s cultivation of the land of the Israel. That is no easy task in the rugged terrain, which is our homeland, especially in ages past. Today, Israel is a booming country and Northern Israel is witnessing […]
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  • Had enough sweet stuff at the new year? Here’s a savory meal for Sukkot.

    By jwadmin on September 26, 2018
    By MEGAN WOLF NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – So much at the Jewish New Year is sweet — first fruits, honey, honey cake. By the time Sukkot rolls around, we’re often looking for something savory to offset all the sweet. this is a meal easy to make and eat in the sukkah too. Regardless of the time of year, we have […]
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