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B'nai Mitzvah tunes have changed. Minute-long TikToks and Instagram Reels have captured the catchiest minute of a song, ...
04/01/2022
Today’s B’nai Mitzvah Tunes Take TikTok’s Cues - Jewish Exponent

B'nai Mitzvah tunes have changed. Minute-long TikToks and Instagram Reels have captured the catchiest minute of a song, and that’s the minute kids want to hear.

https://www.jewishexponent.com/2022/03/30/todays-bnai-mitzvah-tunes-take-tiktoks-cues/

When Justin Kodroff had his bar mitzvah party in 2006, Lil Jon’s “Snap Yo Fingers” and Yung Joc’s “It’s Goin’ Down” were as big of hits on the dance floor […]

33 years ago, Viktoriya Torchinsky-Field left Soviet-era Ukraine for the United States. Now she's going back, in spirit,...
04/01/2022
Center City Resident Returns to Her Heritage to Help Ukrainians - Jewish Exponent

33 years ago, Viktoriya Torchinsky-Field left Soviet-era Ukraine for the United States. Now she's going back, in spirit, to her native country to help those impacted by the war.

https://www.jewishexponent.com/2022/03/30/center-city-resident-returns-to-her-heritage-to-help-ukrainians/

Viktoriya Torchinsky-Field grew up in Soviet-era Ukraine — the Ukraine of Jewish quotas at universities, the Ukraine where Jews couldn’t practice in public, the Ukraine where her father felt compelled […]

Congregation Beth Israel, a Reconstructionist synagogue in Media, has focused on social justice in its community activit...
03/31/2022
Beth Israel Focuses on Anti-racism - Jewish Exponent

Congregation Beth Israel, a Reconstructionist synagogue in Media, has focused on social justice in its community activity for years.

But in 2020 after the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the temple clarified its mission to emphasize anti-racism.

https://www.jewishexponent.com/2022/03/30/beth-israel-focuses-on-anti-racism/

Congregation Beth Israel, a Reconstructionist synagogue in Media, has focused on social justice in its community activity for years. But in 2020 after the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, […]

Jewish Federation CEO Michael Balaban and board co-chair Gail Norry visited Poland to distribute diapers, toothpaste and...
03/31/2022
Jewish Federation Leaders Visit Poland, Ukraine Border - Jewish Exponent

Jewish Federation CEO Michael Balaban and board co-chair Gail Norry visited Poland to distribute diapers, toothpaste and other items to refugees from the War in Ukraine.

https://www.jewishexponent.com/2022/03/30/jewish-federation-leaders-visit-poland-ukraine-border/

In the six duffle bags stuffed with the essentials — diapers, toothbrushes, toothpaste and clothing — one would not expect to find several new Barbie dolls. But to Jewish Federation […]

Philadelphia’s InterAct Theatre Co. produces plays that “provoke conversation” about sensitive topics, according to a re...
03/31/2022
New Play Explores Israel-Palestine Conflict - Jewish Exponent

Philadelphia’s InterAct Theatre Co. produces plays that “provoke conversation” about sensitive topics, according to a recent press release.

Beginning on April 1, it will take on perhaps the most difficult conversation in Jewish life: the Israel-Palestine conflict.

https://www.jewishexponent.com/2022/03/30/new-play-explores-israel-palestine-conflict/

Philadelphia’s InterAct Theatre Co. produces plays that “provoke conversation” about sensitive topics, according to a recent press release. Beginning on April 1, it will take on perhaps the most difficult […]

While COVID has changed many health behaviors, making some more fearful of going to the grocery store or getting vaccina...
03/31/2022
Local Community More in Tune with Genetic Testing Because of COVID - Jewish Exponent

While COVID has changed many health behaviors, making some more fearful of going to the grocery store or getting vaccinated, health professionals have noticed it’s opened the minds of young people and prospective parents getting screened for Tay-Sachs, BRCA genes — which increase risk of breast and ovarian cancers — and hundreds of other diseases of which Ashkenazi Jews are at increased risk.

https://www.jewishexponent.com/2022/03/30/local-community-more-in-tune-with-genetic-testing-because-of-covid/

Over the past two years, University of Pennsylvania students have grown accustomed to spitting in tubes. Many line up weekly or twice-weekly for their routine COVID tests, swirling and spitting […]

In our modern capitalist society, Jewish farmers can’t really observe the shmita year. But they can at least follow the ...
03/31/2022
Jewish Farmers Try to Fit Shmita Practices into the Modern World - Jewish Exponent

In our modern capitalist society, Jewish farmers can’t really observe the shmita year. But they can at least follow the spirit of the tradition, they say.

https://www.jewishexponent.com/2022/03/30/jewish-farmers-try-to-fit-shmita-practices-into-the-modern-world/

In our modern capitalist society, Jewish farmers can’t really observe the shmita year — the once every seven years tradition of letting the land lie fallow so farmers can rest […]

Gershon Bloritzky: "For most people, when the images of Russian tanks approaching Ukraine’s border began to be broadcast...
03/27/2022
This Is Real War - Jewish Exponent

Gershon Bloritzky: "For most people, when the images of Russian tanks approaching Ukraine’s border began to be broadcast around the world, it was something looked upon as news from a distant front — horrific, but very far away.

But for me, who lives in Ukraine, this was life, and it was all too real."

https://www.jewishexponent.com/2022/03/24/this-is-real-war/

When the images of Russian tanks approaching Ukraine’s border began to be broadcast around the world, it was something looked upon as news from a distant front.

Yehuda Kurtzer: "After decades of fearing that we would forget the horrors of our recent past, I am starting to fear the...
03/27/2022
Ukraine, Russia and the Unbearable Lightness of ‘Never Again’ - Jewish Exponent

Yehuda Kurtzer: "After decades of fearing that we would forget the horrors of our recent past, I am starting to fear the opposite possibility: that we Jews remember our history all too well but feel powerless to act on its lessons."

https://www.jewishexponent.com/2022/03/24/ukraine-russia-and-the-unbearable-lightness-of-never-again/

We Jews remember our history all too well but feel powerless to act on its lessons.

Mid-Atlantic Media Editorial: "While we see the merit of educating primary and secondary school students on ethnic studi...
03/27/2022
Antisemitism in the Curriculum - Jewish Exponent

Mid-Atlantic Media Editorial: "While we see the merit of educating primary and secondary school students on ethnic studies and minority community issues, we are troubled by the unrelenting efforts of those who seek to manipulate the process to promote antisemitic content, delegitimize Israel and challenge the right of Jews to self-determination."

https://www.jewishexponent.com/2022/03/24/antisemitism-in-the-curriculum/

Over the past several years concerns have been raised over antisemitic and anti-Zionist content being baked into school curricula.

Mid-Atlantic Media Editorial: "Sierra Club now confirms that it is committed to the enjoyment, exploration and protectio...
03/27/2022
Skirmishes Over Israel’s Legitimacy - Jewish Exponent

Mid-Atlantic Media Editorial: "Sierra Club now confirms that it is committed to the enjoyment, exploration and protection of the planet and that it doesn’t take positions on foreign policy matters. We hope that’s true."

https://www.jewishexponent.com/2022/03/24/skirmishes-over-israels-legitimacy/

Last week, a skirmish in the battle to promote Palestinian rights by delegitimizing the state of Israel broke out at the Sierra Club.

Stuart “Stu” Goldman, the former editorial cartoonist and art director/graphics editor for the Jewish Exponent, died on ...
03/25/2022
Jewish Exponent Cartoonist Stuart Goldman Dies at 74 - Jewish Exponent

Stuart “Stu” Goldman, the former editorial cartoonist and art director/graphics editor for the Jewish Exponent, died on March 3 at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was 74.

https://www.jewishexponent.com/2022/03/23/jewish-exponent-cartoonist-stuart-goldman-dies-at-74/

Stuart “Stu” Goldman, the former editorial cartoonist and art director/graphics editor for the Jewish Exponent, died on March 3 at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was 74. Goldman […]

During his brief time in Eastern Europe, Gary Wasserson, with the help of his daughter’s partner Kevin Rowell, a disaste...
03/24/2022
Area Businessman Aids Extraction Efforts in Ukraine - Jewish Exponent

During his brief time in Eastern Europe, Gary Wasserson, with the help of his daughter’s partner Kevin Rowell, a disaster relief specialist, organized a network of volunteers and nonprofit leaders to build “structured grassroots efforts” to help extract hundreds of Ukrainians, both Jews and non-Jews.

https://www.jewishexponent.com/2022/03/23/area-businessman-aids-extraction-efforts-in-ukraine/

Three weeks ago, Gary Wasserson wasn’t aware he had relatives in Ukraine, let alone that he’d be there when they fled the country to Poland. “It seems like a year […]

Temple Emanuel and Congregation M'kor Shalom, both in Cherry Hill, are unifying into one synagogue. And they have a lot ...
03/24/2022
Cherry Hill Synagogues Embrace Unification - Jewish Exponent

Temple Emanuel and Congregation M'kor Shalom, both in Cherry Hill, are unifying into one synagogue. And they have a lot of work to get done before their July 1 unification date.

https://www.jewishexponent.com/2022/03/23/cherry-hill-synagogues-embrace-unification/

Temple Emanuel and Congregation M’kor Shalom members took separate votes on Jan. 24 on whether to unify their Reform synagogues, both based in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. All congregants on […]

Over the past century, Golden Slipper has served the Greater Philadelphia community through programming for older adults...
03/24/2022
Heart and Sole: Golden Slipper Celebrates 100 Years - Jewish Exponent

Over the past century, Golden Slipper has served the Greater Philadelphia community through programming for older adults at two campuses and a summer camp serving 500 kids and providing scholarships and financial aid to those who need it.

https://www.jewishexponent.com/2022/03/23/heart-and-sole-golden-slipper-celebrates-100-years/

Christopher Lawrence doesn’t remember the first Golden Slipper Gems event he attended four years ago, but he does remember the company he kept. “There’s a very coherent group of folks […]

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In naming their babies, modern Jews are opting for names that are either classic or contemporary. https://www.jewishexponent.com/2022/03/30/jewish-baby-names-becoming-classic-modern/
B'nai Mitzvah tunes have changed. Minute-long TikToks and Instagram Reels have captured the catchiest minute of a song, and that’s the minute kids want to hear. https://www.jewishexponent.com/2022/03/30/todays-bnai-mitzvah-tunes-take-tiktoks-cues/
In 2022, the standard big party is back, and it’s back in full. “We’re seeing 200-, 250-person weddings.” https://www.jewishexponent.com/2022/03/30/big-jewish-weddings-are-back-in-2022/
Rabbi Peter Rigler: "This portion grapples not only with the disease known as tzaraat, often mistranslated as leprosy, but also with the societal behaviors in response." https://www.jewishexponent.com/2022/03/30/torah-applies-to-modern-day-circumstances/
Now a 2022 Tribe12 fellow, Zo Baker, who grew up in Queens, New York, hopes to rectify the lack of Jewish-specific spaces in the art world by creating an artist-in-residency program. https://www.jewishexponent.com/2022/03/30/you-should-know-zo-baker/
33 years ago, Viktoriya Torchinsky-Field left Soviet-era Ukraine for the United States. Now she's going back, in spirit, to her native country to help those impacted by the war. https://www.jewishexponent.com/2022/03/30/center-city-resident-returns-to-her-heritage-to-help-ukrainians/
Congregation Beth Israel, a Reconstructionist synagogue in Media, has focused on social justice in its community activity for years. But in 2020 after the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the temple clarified its mission to emphasize anti-racism. https://www.jewishexponent.com/2022/03/30/beth-israel-focuses-on-anti-racism/
Joel Burcat was a lawyer for 38 years. Now he writes environmental legal thrillers. https://www.jewishexponent.com/2022/03/30/last-word-creating-a-protagonist-with-joel-burcat/
Jewish Federation CEO Michael Balaban and board co-chair Gail Norry visited Poland to distribute diapers, toothpaste and other items to refugees from the War in Ukraine. https://www.jewishexponent.com/2022/03/30/jewish-federation-leaders-visit-poland-ukraine-border/
Philadelphia’s InterAct Theatre Co. produces plays that “provoke conversation” about sensitive topics, according to a recent press release. Beginning on April 1, it will take on perhaps the most difficult conversation in Jewish life: the Israel-Palestine conflict. https://www.jewishexponent.com/2022/03/30/new-play-explores-israel-palestine-conflict/
While COVID has changed many health behaviors, making some more fearful of going to the grocery store or getting vaccinated, health professionals have noticed it’s opened the minds of young people and prospective parents getting screened for Tay-Sachs, BRCA genes — which increase risk of breast and ovarian cancers — and hundreds of other diseases of which Ashkenazi Jews are at increased risk. https://www.jewishexponent.com/2022/03/30/local-community-more-in-tune-with-genetic-testing-because-of-covid/
In our modern capitalist society, Jewish farmers can’t really observe the shmita year. But they can at least follow the spirit of the tradition, they say. https://www.jewishexponent.com/2022/03/30/jewish-farmers-try-to-fit-shmita-practices-into-the-modern-world/