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New U.S. Jewish population study paints a picture of stability

New U.S. Jewish population study paints a picture of stability

By Jacob Kamaras/JNS.org New reports from the Pew Research Center and Brandeis University’s Steinhardt Social Research Institute (SSRI) estimate the Jewish population of the United States at 6.7 million and… Read more »

Conversation with Esther Perel

Conversation with Esther Perel

Psychologist asks, ‘What is it about the Jewish Family?’ By Cindy Mindell Psychologist Esther Perel is recognized as one of the world’s most original and insightful voices on couples and sexuality… Read more »

Hartford appoints first Jewish interim assistant fire chief

Hartford appoints first Jewish interim assistant fire chief

By Cindy Mindell HARTFORD – Leigh H. Shapiro was already a path-breaker in his long career as a Hartford firefighter when he was promoted to the second-highest rank in the… Read more »

Destination: Jewish Barbados  A family celebration with the oldest Jewish congregation  in the Western Hemisphere

Destination: Jewish Barbados A family celebration with the oldest Jewish congregation in the Western Hemisphere

By Cindy Mindell BRIDGETOWN – In 2014, Congregation Nidhe Israel in Barbados will turn 360, making it the oldest Jewish community in the Western Hemisphere. The story of Jewish Barbados… Read more »

Down on the farm: Connecticut Rabbi Practices Jewish Agrarianism

Down on the farm: Connecticut Rabbi Practices Jewish Agrarianism

By Cindy Mindell In Scripture, Culture and Agriculture: An Agrarian Reading of the Bible (Cambridge University Press, 2008), author Ellen F. Davis describes the Torah as agrarian literature; a sort… Read more »

Boston-based Ruderman Foundation launches ‘American Jewish Studies’ program in Haifa

Boston-based Ruderman Foundation launches ‘American Jewish Studies’ program in Haifa

By Jeffrey F. Barken and Jacob Kamaras/JNS.org HAIFA – Jay Ruderman has observed for years that when American Jewish leaders visit Israel or when Israeli leaders visit the United States,… Read more »

Hamden Jewish cemetery vandalized before High Holidays

Hamden Jewish cemetery vandalized before High Holidays

By Cindy Mindell HAMDEN – Jimmy Shure makes regular rounds of New Haven-area Jewish cemeteries, stopping at the graves of his own parents in the Beth El Keser Israel (BEKI)… Read more »

On the road in Israel: What Coast Guard cadets did on their summer vacation

On the road in Israel: What Coast Guard cadets did on their summer vacation

page 1 cover W38 page 1 cover W38 page 1 cover W38 By Cindy Mindell NEW LONDON – Many Israel-advocacy programs created in the U.S. today are direct responses to… Read more »

Did Sukkot Help Shape Thanksgiving?

Did Sukkot Help Shape Thanksgiving?

By Robert Gluck/JNS.org According to one of the foremost experts on American Judaism, Dr. Jonathan Sarna, the biblical holiday did not exactly guide the Puritans’ thinking during colonial times, but… Read more »

Conversation with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner — Finding the sacred in the everyday

Conversation with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner — Finding the sacred in the everyday

By Cindy Mindell Rabbi Lawrence Kushner moves through the world noticing and expressing the holy, whether as a rabbi, teacher, writer, or artist. The 2013 Bennett Center for Judaic Studies’… Read more »

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