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Chanukah Interlude

Rabbi Dr. Lior Kaminetsky, a musmach of the Joseph and Gwendolyn Straus Rabbinical Seminary’s Kollel Torat Yosef and a Straus-Amiel emissary in England, has an extra string to his rabbinical bow – literally. An accomplished violinist, Rabbi Kaminetsky brought Chanuka to life in his shul, Birmingham Central Synagogue. מזכרת מקונצרט החנוכה בבירמינגהם, אנגליה Posted by Lior …

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Sanctifying and Celebrating Life

On Friday, November 13th, Rabbi Yaa’cov Litman and his 18-year-old son Netanel were murdered in a terror attack near Hebron.  Five other family members – Litman’s wife, three daughters aged 5, 9, and 11, and a 16-year-old son – suffered minor wounds. The family was driving to the Shabbat Kallah (a bride’s pre-wedding Shabbat celebration) of Sarah Techiya, a …

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Israel. Three. Words

Which three words would you choose to define Israel? Akiba Academy of Dallas’ Middle School students express their connection to and love of Israel — in three words. They made a video of themselves holding placards with the three words they chose, and they are challenging all of us to do the same, in order to encourage others to identify …

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One Beer at a Time

OTS emissaries Shira and Rabbi Chaim Finson serve as the OU-JLIC couple at Cornell University. This week the couple served up a beer-themed program; not the standard drinking-fest made notorious by colleges and universities across the world, but rather an experiential learning tour. “It is important that students have some level of knowledge of what goes into …

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Lodz Jewish Kindergarten

A new school year is always an exciting time, as new students take their first tentative steps into the world of formal education, older children look forward to seeing friends they haven’t seen for a few weeks, and preschoolers mix the laughter of new experiences with the cries of being in strange surroundings for the …

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“O Rei Ta no Campo!”

“O Rei Ta no Campo!” – “The King is in the field!” With this cry, Rabbi Chovav and Aviya Reichner welcomed in the month of Elul, the month that heralds God’s closeness to us and the upcoming Days of Awe. Emissaries of Beren-Amiel and the Claudia Cohen Women Educators Institute respectively, the Reichners are now serving …

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Jewish Identity on the Vistula

Summer in the northern hemisphere means summer camps. Normally, these camps are for children and teens, but not in Poland. A family camp (funded by the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation) attended by 130 people, families with old and young, took place, incorporating learning programs, fun activities and excursion in the local area, particularly alongside the …

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Baking with a Twist

Rabbi David Benchelouche is a graduate of OTS’s Straus Amiel and Maarava programs; his wife, Tirtza, an alumna of the Claudia Cohen Women Educators Institute. A few months ago they took up a position as Rabbinic couple at the Sephardi Hebrew Congregation, Cape Town, South Africa, and since their arrival, communal programming hasn’t stopped! The latest event was a Challah …

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Food for Thought

A letter from Rebbetzen Ilana Epstein The London Jewish community is at times so big, yet everyone seems to know each other. Not a day goes by that someone doesn’t ask me if I know their mother, uncle, sisters-in-law, cousin, etc. that lives in Southgate, the community where Daniel and I are fortunate enough to …

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Score one!

Rabbi Abraham Dahab, our Straus-Amiel emissary in Rio de Janeiro, where the international Copa America soccer tournament is being played. Rabbi Abraham arranged for a subsidized meal and beers at alocal kosher restaurant and screened last night’s Brazil vs. Peru game (2-1 Brazil). During half time, Rabbi Dahab gave a short class titled “Know Him in …

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Celebrating Chanukah in Sofia, Bulgaria

Straus-Amiel emissary Rabbi Aharon Zerbib hosted the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Rosen Plevneliev, for the lighting of the first candle last night in the Sofia Synagogue. Also among the distinguished guests were the mayor of Sofia, Yordanka Fandakova, MI Secretary Svetozar Lazarov, the ambassador of Russia Yuri Isakov, Ambassador of Israel Shaul Khamis …

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