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  • My Moroccan Passover traditions

    By jwadmin on March 28, 2018
    By NATASHA COOPER-BENISTY (My Jewish Learning via JTA) The seders of my adult life are quite different than those I experienced in my youth. The main reason for this is that I am married to a Moroccan Israeli who has rich traditions from which to draw. Early in our marriage, my husband experienced his first Ashkenazic seders at my parents’ […]
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  • Haggadahs and other Passover supplements are available  to modernize your seder

    By jwadmin on March 27, 2018
    By GABE FRIEDMAN NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – Although Jews have celebrated Passover by reading from the Haggadah in one form or another for 2,000 years, Jewish organizations and publishers strive each year to connect the holiday to modern times with fresh Haggadahs as well as supplements. If you’re looking to give your seder a distinct 2018 flavor, consider these options — they […]
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  • Jewish/Catholic dialogue, Beth Emeth’s history topics of upcoming Lunch and Learn

    By jwadmin on March 21, 2018
    Rabbi Scott Shpeen will lead the Beth Emeth Lunch and Learn series in March and April. The first session will be a Jewish/Catholic dialogue at the Academy Road synagogue between the rabbi and  Bishop Scharfenberger from Noon to 1:30 p.m. on March 21 to discuss their recent joint trip to East Europe. The following four lunch and learn sessions will […]
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  • Niskayuna deputy police chief discusses security and police/community relations at Temple Gates

    By jwadmin on March 14, 2018
    By BOB MICHAELS SCHENECTADY–Security and community relations were topics addressed by Niskayuna Deputy Police Chief Michael A. Stevens at the Temple Gates Brotherhood Breakfast-and-A-Speaker program on Sunday, March 4.  Stevens, born and raised in Niskayuna (Nisky), is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.  He has been with the Niskayuna Police Department since 2002, and deputy chief since 2015. Police And School […]
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  • Pirate? princess? A ‘Wonder Woman’ Purim? Israelis party like it’s 357 BCE!

    By jwadmin on February 28, 2018
    By DEBORAH FINEBLUM (JNS) – Queen Esther and Uncle Mordechai, King Ahasuerus and that wicked Haman. All of them (and even poor deposed Queen Vashti) would be flummoxed by the sheer volume of lunatic finery donned by Israelis on the holiday that tells their tale. On it, we mark a somewhat serious chapter in Jewish history, when Haman’s villainy was a […]
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  • Who made the hamantashen? A modern tale of fortuitous interaction

    By jwadmin on February 28, 2018
    By MARILYN SHAPIRO In May 2016, my husband Larry and I purchased tickets for a Flores de Mayo celebration sponsored by our community’s Filipino Club. I had met several of its members through my cardio ballroom dancing class, and they had hyped up the event for several weeks. “Lots of fun! Great music,” one of the organizers told me. “Just […]
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  • Capital Region JCC Maccabi Games Memory Wall?

    By jwadmin on February 21, 2018
    Adam Chaskin, executive director of the Sidney Albert Albany Jewish Community Center, has announced that organizers of the Capital Region JCC Maccabi Games, held last August, have announced a project to create a memory wall and invite community members to contribute photos from the games. Pictures of local kids, pictures of visiting kids and or pictures of local volunteers enjoying the […]
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  • These Jewish women say celebrating Purim in #MeToo time brings to fore negative aspects of the story

    By jwadmin on February 21, 2018
    By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – When Meredith Jacobs was taught the Purim story as a little girl in the 1970s and ’80s, Esther was made out to be its heroine, while Queen Vashti was its “evil queen.” According to the Book of Esther, Vashti was banished by her husband, the Persian King Ahasuerus, for refusing his order […]
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  • Retirement companionship/support group to start March 8 at JFS

    By jwadmin on February 21, 2018
    “Shalom Retirement!,” a spiritual companionship group for those making their way into a new phase of life, will meet for four sessions on Thursdays, March 8, April 5, May 3 and May 31 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at  Jewish Family Services (JFS), 877 Madison Ave., Albany. The program was designed by, and will be facilitated by Audrey Seidman. “Retirement […]
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  • Hadassah Shabbat to feature service, luncheon at Ohav Shalom Synagogue

    By jwadmin on February 14, 2018
    Hadassah Capital District has announced that it will hold its annual Hadassah Shabbat service at Ohav Shalom synagogue, 113 New Krumkill Rd., Albany, on Saturday, Feb. 24, beginning at 9 a.m. Margery Zucker and Phyllis Hecker, co-chairpersons, said that Hadassah members and Hadassah associates from all parts of the Capital District will participate in leading the services. Following the service […]
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