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Holidays

  • Four hundred –year old megillah may be viewed on-line

    By jwadmin on March 8, 2017
    Israel Hayom/exclusive to JNS.org – As the Purim holiday approaches, the National Library of Israel has put a 400-year-old hand-illustrated copy of the Book of Esther on display. The scroll, dating back to the 1600s in Italy, will soon be uploaded to the national library’s website. The curator of the library’s Judaica collection, Dr. Yoel Finkelman, said the illustrations on the […]
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  • Feminism and Purim: Reflections of female religious leaders of four denominations

    By jwadmin on March 8, 2017
    By ALINA DAIN SHARON/JNS.org In the Book of Esther’s Chapter 4, verse 14, Mordechai encourages his niece, Queen Esther, to use her influence with King Ahasuerus. “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have […]
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  • Israel’s first Chanukah candle factory notes 77-year history

    By jwadmin on December 21, 2016
    By JUDY LASH BALINT/JNS.org SDEROT – The Menorah Candle Company, manufacturer and exporter of millions of Chanukah candles worldwide, is one of the oldest businesses in the industrial zone of Sderot, the Negev city known as a frequent target for Hamas rockets rather than for its commerce. Holiday Component Menorah produces the small bright-blue box filled with 44 multicolored candles and printed […]
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  • I bet you didn’t know —Chanukah trivia

    By jwadmin on December 21, 2016
    By JULIE WIENER (MyJewishLearning via JTA) – Chanukah, which starts at sundown on Dec. 24 — Christmas eve — is among the most widely celebrated Jewish holidays in the United States. But that doesn’t mean there is nothing new to learn about this eight-day festival. From the mysterious origins of gelt to an apocryphal beheading to Marilyn Monroe, we’ve compiled […]
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  • In the Window Between Two Worlds: Chanukah in Public and Private Space

    By jwadmin on December 16, 2016
    Dani Segal shares his thoughts with us. Rabbinic Holiday Webinar Chanukah 5777 Dec. 14, 2016 Jerusalem, Israel
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  • Congregation Shaara Tfille to celebrate Chanukah

    By jwadmin on December 14, 2016
    SARATOGA SPRINGS–Congregation Shaara Tfille and The Jewish Community Center of Saratoga Springs, located at 84 Weibel Ave., Saratoga Springs, will have a Chanukah celebration on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 11 a.m.  Entertainment will feature Sylvia Fletcher, professional ventriloquist, comedian and actress in a performance entitled  “Sylvia Fletcher and her Magic Trunk.”   The festivities will include a dairy luncheon featuring […]
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  • Clifton Park Chabad lists three Chanukah  programs

    By jwadmin on December 7, 2016
    CLIFTON PARK–The Clifton Park Chabad has announced three upcoming Chanukah-related programs. The organization’s Jewish Women’s Circle  will get into the mood early with the ‘Gift the Gelt,’ an afternoon at Mocha Lisa’s Caffé, 22 Clifton Country Rd., Clifton Park Center on Sunday, Dec. 11, 3-5 p.m. The family Chanukah celebration, “Glow the Dark Menorah” has been arranged for Sunday, Dec. 27, […]
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  • Serving up shalom at a post-election Thanksgiving

    By jwadmin on November 16, 2016
    By EDMON J. RODMAN LOS ANGELES (JTA) – It was just a few weeks ago, on the night of Nov. 8, that my family had all anxiously exchanged text messages as we watched the election results trickle in. State by state, my Hillary-loving family saw our hopes slipping away — and now, too soon, we are going to have to gather around […]
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  • Need To find a sukkah?

    By jwadmin on October 19, 2016
    A  directory has been designed for Jews to locate a sukkah near to them, so that they can go there to eat. The idea of this service is not to list every sukkah, but to try and have a sukkah listed for every area in which Jewish people may find themselves during Sukkot. The main focus of this service is […]
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  • Zimtsterne: Star Cookies for Yom Kippur Break-Fast

    By jwadmin on October 6, 2016
    By RONNIE FEIN (The Nosher via JTA) – When people deny themselves food for an extended period of time, they’re usually ravenously hungry and find themselves thinking about consuming huge amounts. But it’s not a good idea to pack it in too quickly; it’s too hard on your digestive system. So when Yom Kippur comes to a close, I make it easier for […]
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