A fancy Israeli-type dreydl from the collection of Sheri Levin. Note the letter pey instead of shin. Photo by Susan Ellman.
From humble beginnings, the traditional four-sided Chanukah top has gone on to become so much more: a precious family heirloom, a beautiful work of art, a valuable collector’s item, a religious symbol imbued with mystical significance, the focus of international tournaments, a tool for teaching kindergarteners at Jewish day schools reading readiness and probability, or a beloved part of many happy childhood memories.
During the cold and dark winter months, I often long for spring and the beginning of the return of more natural light. Especially when reading the next several weeks of Torah portions concluding the book of Breishit (Genesis) and beginning the book of Shemot (Exodus).
The events behind the festival of Chanukah constitute one of the best stories in all of Jewish history. But one aspect of that story usually gets left out of most accounts of the holiday’s origin.
European Jews are feeling more vulnerable, more afraid for their safety, and are looking into leaving for the U.S., Canada or Israel. And they are not wrong to be thinking about whether there is a future for European Jews.
My friends and I had a goal and we were not going to let meddling grownups mess it up for their own purposes.
After an Israel trip in high school followed by a semester abroad in Jerusalem a few years later, I knew that Israel would always be a big part of my life and it would be important for me to pass this love for the Jewish state on to my children.
One means, "I am listening." The other means, "I am ready to do."
The inaugural conference Nov. 7-9 of the Israeli American Council was much like other Jewish gatherings — except the Jews were Israelis and a lot of what characterizes Jewish America remains alien to them.
Part pep rally, part training and part family reunion, the annual General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America on Nov. 9-11 drew some 3,000 people to a conference center outside Washington.
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Israel's Knesset voted unanimously to dissolve the government and set new elections.
Wisconsin Jewish individuals and the work of many of the Jewish community’s service provider agencies, such as Jewish Social Services and Jewish Family Services, will be affected directly by many of the policy items being pursued this legislative session.
New York City-based businessman Matthew Bronfman, 55, likes to work with values — and not just business values.
Andrea Schneider is a professor at Marquette University Law School specializing in dispute resolution and negotiation. She has published numerous books and articles and provides training to law firms, court systems and corporations around the country.
Though born in Israel, Oren Giladi spent most of his childhood and adolescence in Switzerland. And even though immersed in that culture — “I gained politeness and the love of chocolate” — he still felt alienated.
In mid-November, Milwaukee received the final list of athletic competitions it was awarded as host community for the 2015 JCC Maccabi Games.
Nancy Spielberg is a slight, friendly and warm blonde, who called herself “Steven’s baby sister” at the Wisconsin Israel Bonds (Development Corporation for Israel) celebration of investors on Nov. 3.
In regard to modern medicine, it is easy to “despise the lore that has come from distant years.” Nevertheless, that lore often does seem to contain at least clues about medical knowledge that can still be useful.