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Diego Melamed tells of the marked growth of Latin America's Jewish communities. Nearly wherever one looks, Jewish life is growing in Latin America, which is now home to an estimated 500,000 Jews. The growth comes as the region continues to transform economically as part of a social evolution following the end of military dictatorships that ruled many countries into the 1980s.
Updated: Oct. 14, 2012
Amy Katz, Executive Director of the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education, writes that if we believe day schools are valuable community assets that contribute to thriving, robust Jewish communities of meaning, we must be able to measure their value for the Jewish community. She suggests a few ways to measure the worth of Jewish day schools—not just for an individual student or school, but for Jewish society as a whole.
Updated: Aug. 28, 2012
Teaching the Legacy #28 – e-Newsletter for Holocaust Educators – Jewish Solidarity - The Individual and the Community
The 28th issue of Teaching the Legacy, e-newsletter for Holocaust Educators has just been released. This e-newsletter focuses on Jewish solidarity during the Holocaust. The fact that any Jewish solidarity remained during the Holocaust – the fact that there were individuals who continued to work for the good of their communities, in a variety of ways – is nothing short of miraculous.
Updated: Aug. 28, 2012
This issue of Sh’ma is devoted to examining what happens at a Jewish table - what we eat, who is invited to sit with us, and what we learn. The word tisch, the Yiddish word for table, is closely associated with a rebbe’s Shabbat gathering. The following essays explore aspects of that gathering: the hierarchical nature of a rebbe’s tisch, the ways in which contemporary Jews might reclaim ecstatic religious passion in an egalitarian setting, the role of the rebbe as charismatic leader, the foods at a Shabbat table, and the women who sustain it.
Updated: Mar. 29, 2012
MazelTot provides parents-to-be and families with children under age five with information and three big discounts on hundreds of activities offered by dozens of organizations in greater Denver and Boulder. It’s a new way for young families to connect Jewishly. The website launched in late-2009 with a grant from Rose Community Foundation, which supports projects that build and enhance Jewish life in the greater Denver area. There are now 32 Jewish institutions listed on the MazelTot site, collectively offering hundreds of programs and events for tots and young families. More than a thousand families from throughout the Denver and Boulder areas have registered on the site. The site gets an average 1,700 visitors per month.
Updated: May. 03, 2011
This project has been undertaken by The National Havurah Committee as a way of supporting both existing independent havurahs and minyans, and as a way to offer guidance and support to those people who are just starting to think about starting a new community or are in the first stages of starting a new community. The links on this website represent places on the web that either feature or were recommended by members of the NHC community.
Updated: Feb. 01, 2010