Tree of Life Revisited By USY Teens Nearly One Year Later

It’s said that you can’t truly understand and empathize with someone until you have walked a mile in their shoes. While that wasn’t possible, 43 staff and teens traveling on one of the USY on Wheels Classic buses this summer got close while revisiting the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which was the target of the worst anti-Semitic mass shooting in U.S. history last October that left 11 members dead ...

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For This Woman of Color, An Early Career Move Led Her to a Life of Judaism

When Genea Moore was a college student in the early 2000s, scouring her local paper for job opportunities, she had no idea her enthusiasm and open mindedness would land her, a Jewish woman of color who converted in 2015, a job at a synagogue that would prove life-changing in so many ways. Now executive director at Midway Jewish Center in Syosset, New York, Genea’s career in Judaism—which ultimately led to her conversion—...

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United as One: Nashville Synagogue Breaks Bread and Builds Bonds with Muslim Community

Members of West End Synagogue and the local Muslim community In light of the devastating attacks directed at Jewish and Muslim communities in recent months, one synagogue saw an opportunity to bring both groups together in a powerful display of peace and unity. In late May, Rabbi Joshua Kullock of West End Synagogue in Nashville, Tennessee, invited the local Muslim community to the synagogue for an iftar, a meal th...

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Restoration of 200-Year-Old Torah Unites Community and Honors Those Lost in Holocaust

A little more than two weeks after lighting the candles for Yom HaShoah on May 1, Temple Israel in Sharon, Massachusetts, will be concluding an incredible Holocaust Memorial Scrolls Trust restoration project that will ensure a valuable piece of Jewish history will be cherished for generations to come. On May 19, the synagogue will officially bring back to life a more than 200-year-old Torah scroll rescued from the Holo...

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American MLB Players’ Journey as “Team Israel” Makes For Life-Changing, Movie-Worthy Moments

For the 28 athletes who represented Team Israel at the 2017 World Baseball Classic, an international 16-team tournament held once every four years, it was never just about the game of baseball. Even when the team, which entered the tournament ranked 41st in the world and were dubbed “MLB wannabes and has-beens”, defeated then-3rd in the world South Korea in the opening game in Seoul, followed by three straight wins agai...

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Catching Up on Oscar-Nominated Films This Month?

Add These 10 Jewish Films from 2018 to Your Queue For movie lovers across the country, the first few weeks in February are traditionally marked by a binge-watch of all the Oscar-nominated films in preparation for the big night—this year, on February 24th. As you plan your weekend viewing, here are some movies to consider adding to your queue. Read on for an article that was recently featured in Tablet magazine about Jewi...

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Two Prophets, One Powerful Connection That Transcends Time

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel’s Legacy Continues to Inspire Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel appear alongside one another in some of the most iconic photographs of the 1960s American civil rights movement. They are together, arm in arm, crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, in 1965, and together again standing outside the Arlington Cemetery in Virg...

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Protecting Our Synagogue Homes Like We Would Our Own

Plus, What You Can Do to Feel Safe and Secure   Whenever something happens—whether it be the most recent shooting at Tree of Life in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, or the one several years back at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Missouri, or even further back at the North Valley Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills, California—safety comes more clearly into focus and sparks many a debate. How do ...

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Stronger than Hate: Two Reflections on Pittsburgh

To Honor Cecil and David As seen in Jewish Journal, by Dr. Ron Wolfson I never met Cecil and David Rosenthal, may their memories always be a blessing, but I knew them. I can see Cecil, described as a “gentle giant” by his family and many, many friends, standing at the front door of the Tree of Life sanctuary, greeting everyone who arrived there with a broad smile and a strong handshake. I can hear him offering ever...

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