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  • Schenectady Center slates Community Service Awards Gala

    By jwadmin on November 27, 2019
    SCHENECTADY–On Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m., the Schenectady JCC (SJCC) will host the 9th Annual Robert J. Ludwig Community Service Awards Gala at the Robert and Dorothy Ludwig Schenectady JCC on the Golub Family Campus, 2565 Balltown Rd., Schenectady. For the past eight years, Center has recognized outstanding individuals, organizations and businesses for  service in the community of Niskayuna […]
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  • The attitude of gratitude: Jewish connections to share at the Thanksgiving table

    By jwadmin on November 20, 2019
    By DEBORAH FINEBLUM (JNS) – Thanksgiving. They got it from us. The evidence: Things they don’t teach you in school, like the Pilgrims modeling their autumn thanksgiving holiday after the Jewish harvest holiday of Sukkot, celebrated just a few weeks earlier. This is actually not surprising considering that the Pilgrims—goofy hats and all—modeled their society after the ancient Hebrews. To […]
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  • Hebrew Academy families take part in ‘Share A Sukkah’ program

    By jwadmin on November 20, 2019
    ALBANY– Fifty people recently joined together for meals during the Hebrew Academy of the Capital District’s (HACD) annual “Share Your Sukkah” meal program. The program, now in its third year, matches up school families to enjoy a meal together in a host family’s sukkah. This year, eight different meals were held during the holiday. The “Share Your Sukkah” event reflects […]
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  • 200 help with tikkun olam on COGH’s  22nd annual mitzvah day

    By jwadmin on November 13, 2019
    SCHENECTADY– Congregation Gates of Heaven (CGOH) recently held its 22nd annual mitzvah day. Two hundred members of the congregation volunteered at agencies throughout the area and helped out at the temple.  The day began with a blessing from Rabbi Matt Cutler, followed by a lunch at the temple. After lunch, the volunteer teams headed off to their assigned agencies. Congregants […]
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  • Congregation Ohav Shalom to honor Dorothy, Rob Ganz and Sheila, Ira Lobel with Shomrei Habayit Award at Nov. 17 brunch

    By jwadmin on November 13, 2019
    ALBANY– Congregation Ohav Shalom will honor Dorothy and Rob Ganz and Sheila and Ira Lobel at its annual Shomrei Habayit Gala Brunch on Sunday, Nov. 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the synagogue, 113 New Krumkill Rd., Albany. “We are fortunate to have such dedicated volunteers at Ohav Shalom,” said Judy Avner, president of the Ohav Shalom Board […]
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  • Ohav Shalom lists adult education classes

    By jwadmin on October 30, 2019
    Steven Stark-Riemer and Audrey Seidman to be featured guest lecturers ALBANY– Congregation Ohav Shalom is again offering classes, open to members and non-members, as part of its Lifelong Learning Series. This fall, Ohav will feature The Diversity of Ancient Israel: A Retrospective of Archaeology, History, and Religion, which will be taught by Steven Stark-Riemer. Diversity — of community, of thought, […]
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  • Obituary: Marlene Honig

    By jwadmin on October 28, 2019
    Marlene Honig of Boynton Beach, a longtime member of Agudat Achim and member of Sisterhood, passed away on October 21st after a long battle with heart disease.  Marlene was part of the first adult Bat Mitzvah class at the synagogue. In addition, she served as a member of the catering committee for many years. She was active in Hadassah, B’nai […]
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  • Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) guide for the perplexed, 2019

    By jwadmin on October 10, 2019
    By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger, “Second Thought: a US-Israel initiative” Based on ancient Jewish sages, October 10, 2019, https://bit.ly/2OBJ3Nw More on Sukkot and other Jewish holidays: http://bit.ly/137Er6J 1. US-Israel special ties are highlighted by Columbus Day (October 14, 2019), which is always celebrated around Sukkot (October 13-20, 2019). According to “Columbus Then and Now” (Miles Davidson, 1997, p. 268), Columbus […]
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  • Six tips on eating before the Yom Kippur fast

    By jwadmin on October 3, 2019
    BY SHANNON SARNA (The Nosher via JTA)  – Yom Kippur is one of the most important days on the Jewish calendar. For many Jews, fasting and being in synagogue is the focus of the day. Fasting is not easy, nor is it for everyone — some people cannot fast because they are pregnant, breastfeeding or have a medical condition. Or […]
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  • The working parents’ collective apology on Yom Kippur

    By jwadmin on October 3, 2019
    By SHIRA ZEMEL (Kveller via JTA) – Like so many of you, I’m a working person trying to juggle it all — my kid, my job and, you know, my life. For the High Holidays, I was inspired to write a working parents’ version of the Ashamnu, an alphabetic acrostic of our collective transgressions, which is part of the public […]
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