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NEWPORT – In 1763 in Newport, a lovely new building was dedicated to accommodate the growing Jewish congregation. Today, 250 years later, that same building, Touro Synagogue, still stands as the oldest synagogue in America; yet, it is not a … more
NEW YORK (JTA) – In 5773, the religious wars just would not go away. In Israel, elections extending Benjamin Netanyahu’s tenure as prime minister delivered big wins to two anti-Orthodox-establishment upstarts, Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett. … more
In time for the 2013 High Holy Days season, JNS.org has compiled a list of the top five popular songs to put you in the mood for introspection, repentance, and renewal – and a few just to make you smile. more
ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. – After being offered the chance to go to the 2013 Maccabi Games, I was extremely excited and kept an open mind about what to expect. more
ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. – Team Rhode Island had a fabulous time at Maccabi in Orange County. We competed in sports, performed in theatrical and dance numbers, contributed through community service projects, partied and made friendships that will … more
CHICAGO – Memory-sharing can be a fun activity. When I was growing up in Providence during the 1940s, a highlight of the High Holy Days season was the anticipation of attending the Yom Kippur night dance. more
When cinema was still in its youth, Hollywood built a story around the High Holy Days. Its tale was a measure of Jewry’s ties to tradition, but also a gentle sign of its loss. more
Holocaust memoirs and eyewitness testimony record how Jews living under Nazi rule repeatedly took extraordinary risks to mark Yom Kippur in some way. Despite the grave dangers involved, and althou   ” more
The Sukkah City exhibition in September 2010, much like the temporary dwellings that it showcased, came and went. But a new documentary might make its legacy more permanent. Director Jason Hutt’s “Sukkah City” chronicles the event in … more
(JTA) – Susan Esther Barnes had had a rough two years. Her father’s death in April 2011 came as a shock; she hadn’t even known he had been hospitalized. And his widow’s leaving town for a week complicated plans for his funeral and burial. more
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