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  • Gates of Heaven plans virtual gatherings; invites community to attend

    By Michael Seinberg on April 1, 2020
    SCHENECTADY– Congregation Gates of Heaven has opened its virtual doors to the community. Rabbi Matt Cutler explains, “The Hebrew term for what we are is a Kehilla Kenosha, a sacred community. Torah uses that word “kehilla” as a verb too— to gather, assemble or a convocation. In this unprecedented time— may our gatherings continue using the wise heart (Chacham Lev) […]
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  • J.W.V. Post 105 notes efforts of Bill Schaaf with Four Chaplains’ Brotherhood Award

    By Michael Seinberg on March 25, 2020
    Members of the Jewish War Veterans (J.W.V.) joined with the First Reformed Church of Schenectady and more than 120 attendees in the church’s Clark Poling Chapel to honor Bill Schaaf of the Patriot Guard Riders as the 55th recipient of the Four Chaplains Brotherhood Award on Sunday, Feb. 23. “Albany Post 105 of the Jewish War Veterans has led the […]
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  • Jewish Family Services of Northeastern NY lists response to community needs

    By Michael Seinberg on March 18, 2020
    By MONICA TAN, JFS Director of Marketing Jewish Family Services (JFS) of Northeastern NY announced late last year that in the coming year, it was going to do more, for more individuals. It is now realizing its vision for 2020— digging deeper into the support, services and resources it provides to respond to the region’s growing needs. Project 5. Area […]
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  • Protect yourself: Keep away from other people

    By Michael Seinberg on March 16, 2020
    We need testing to know how many are at risk Covid-19 Risks and Risk Management in New York’s Capital Area By Robert A. Michaels, PhD, CEP[1] 15 March 2020 – In our brave new pandemic world, risks of Covid-19 virus infection have skyrocketed.  We missed the opportunity to limit U.S. cases mainly via isolating travelers from China and other hotbeds […]
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  • Will you be shicker on Purim or just drunk with happiness?

    By Michael Seinberg on March 4, 2020
    By MARILYN SHAPIRO Purim is around the corner, and not far behind are costumes and dancing and Purim shpiels and groggers and hamantashen. And, for some, alcohol.  According to the Talmud, it is one’s duty, to “make oneself fragrant [with wine] on Purim until one cannot tell the difference between Haman and Mordecai.”(Babylonian Talmud, Megillah 7b).  On this one holiday, […]
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  • Nurturing Israel’s pluralism with the Reform Movement to be a theme for Kislanski in area visit

    By Michael Seinberg on February 26, 2020
    Anna Kislanski, deputy director general and chief operating officer at the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ) will visit the area March 6 through 8 and will join Congregations Beth Emeth in Albany and Gates of Heaven in Schenectady primarily to discuss the Reform Movement in Israel and how the Reform Movement in the United States can play […]
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  • Israeli Folk Dancing

    By Michael Seinberg on February 12, 2020
    SARATOGA SPRINGS– Sharona Wachs will lead and teach new and old expressions of Israeli folk dance during the Saratoga Jewish Community Arts (SJCA) Israeli Folk Dancing program on Sunday, Feb. 16. The 7 p.m. program will be at the Falstaff building on the Skidmore Campus in Saratoga Springs. According to organizers, Jews have a long dance history. The Bible and […]
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  • Tu B’Shevat: Time to plant a tree or two!

    By Michael Seinberg on February 5, 2020
    By MARILYN SHAPIRO “See to it that you do not spoil and destroy My world; for if you do, there will be no one else to repair it” (Midrash Kohelet Rabbah, 1 on Ecclesiastes 7:13) Would you like to celebrate Tu B’Shevat( Feb.9-10) in a meaningful way? Plant a tree—or two—or be part of the Trillion Tree Campaign. No matter […]
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  • Hebrew Academy students show variety of talents at school talent show

    By Michael Seinberg on January 29, 2020
    ALBANY– Students at the Hebrew Academy of the Capital District (HACD) recently got a chance in the spotlight at the school’s third annual talent show. Twenty students, from first-graders to eighth-graders, took part, showcasing their talents to their families, friends, and fellow students. Event organizer and HACD parent Martha Moscowitz got the afternoon started by leading the crowd in the […]
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  • The lovingkindness of Fred Rogers: Can it help us with tikkun olam? Going forward with hope

    By Michael Seinberg on January 16, 2020
    By MARILYN SHAPIRO The murder of 11 Jews while they were observing Shabbat occurred in the heart of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. The Rev. Fred Rogers and his wife Joanne owned a home and raised their two sons in Squirrel Hill, just two blocks from the Tree of Life Synagogue, the scene of the Oct. 27, 2018, massacre. Who Was Mr. […]
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