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Rabbi Barbara Partners with the SALTO Project to Offer a Synagogue Home to suffering Venezuelans  Sebastian and Carla are Venezuelans. They are parents of a young daughter, Emma. Sebastian’s family has Jewish ancestry. They are “b’nei anusim,” – descendants of Jews who were forced into conversion during Inquisition times. It is our hope to welcome… Read more »

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The Mitzvot of Purim – March 9 – 10, 2020 Special Activities to Celebrate the Holiday “anche in italiano” 1) Listen to the Megillah – The Story of Esther To relive the miraculous events of Purim, listen to the reading of the megillah (the Scroll of Esther) This can be done on Monday night, March… Read more »

Tu B'Shevat

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The Kabbalah and Tu B’Shevat – What  our mystics say about The Birthday of the Trees Back in the day when many of us went to Sunday School our teachers explained that the festival of Tu B’Shevat celebrates the birthday or the New Year for the trees. But did you know that Tu B’Shevat is… Read more »

jews of the emerald isle

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Does Your Bubbe Come From Ireland? By Rabbi Barbara Aiello Characters:   Narrator – “Lepra-Cohen” Prophet Jerimiah Rebecca – Jane Forstenzer – the Jewish girl from Lisbon – Portuguese Jews – established Ireland’s First Synagogue in 1660 when there were only 350 Jews in all of Ireland Belfastman Chaim Herzog – Sixth President of Israel… Read more »

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How Grandparents Can Share Their Heritage with Secular or Interfaith Jewish Grandchildren “I’m afraid to interfere,” said Magda, grandmother to interfaith twin girls whose Jewish son and Methodist daughter-in-law are raising their daughters in both faiths.  Magda’s friend “Zayde” Nathan shares her concerns. Nathan says, “My grandson is almost ten and I haven’t brought up the… Read more »

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Southern Italian Wedding Customs Based on Ancient Jewish Traditions Thanks to the dogged efforts of Prof. Vincenzo Villella and others, historians now document that following the Expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492 and their escape during Inquisition times to Sicily and Calabria, more than 40 percent of the local population of southern Italy… Read more »

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It was touch and go but Sam survived open heart surgery. Although he had just turned 83, Sam was recovering well and his sons, Jake and Zack, were grateful and relieved. As they left the hospital Zack reminded Sam that they’d have to make a stop. “You only have enough pain pills for three days,”… Read more »

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Is It Me Or Are Restaurants Getting Louder? “No I don’t want to go there. And not there either! How about we forget the restaurant and just eat at home!”  Elaine just looked at her husband and shook her head. “Lenny, what’s wrong. Eating out was something we always enjoyed, Now I need a crowbar… Read more »