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    Jewish Self-discovery "Sarah, we need your help in the Ukraine this summer. Can I count on you?" This question changed my life profoundly. I was asked to be a counselor on JOLT, Jewish Oversees Leadership Program, an opportunity to interact with young campers in an impoverished country and positively influence their lives. Little did I realize that this experience would impact mine so greatly. JOLT, an outreach program, runs an annual overnight summer camp in the Ukraine with counselors from

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    Pinchas Tibor Rosenbaum: Holocaust Hero

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    A group of Hungarian police sat drinking and laughing, their uniforms reeking of alcohol. One man spit out the name of a Jewish family that he was going to arrest the next day. After a few hours, all of the officers were passed out on the floor, all but one. He slipped into the night and ran down the city street towards a small house, a shadow amongst the darkness. The next morning the Hungarian police barged into an empty home. The family was nowhere to be seen (Michelson 1). The liberator

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    B’nai Aviv Synagogue: Shabbat Service

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    Established in 1988, the B’nai Aviv Synagogue is one of South Florida’s most prestigious Conservative Jewish structures of worship. According to the article, “Conservative Judaism – Religious Facts,” these synagogues seek to escape the immoderations of Reform and Orthodox Judaism while preserving traditional elements through practical modernization. For example, “Conservative Judaism holds that the laws of the Torah and Talmud are of divine origin, and thus mandates the following of Halacha (Jewish

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    Examples of these items where; parochets, siddurs, goblets, crowns candelabra and Mezzuzzah, which where exceptionally common and considered very valuable. These were extremely important to Jewish culture, but Nazi's took anything and everything and not just from Jews. The famous Room of Amber was

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    The Marriage Metaphor Between God and Israel

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    the dwellings of foreign shepherds (). After reading some of this translation, I believe Song of Songs should be interpreted as an allegory of the beautiful and complex relationship between God and His Bride. Works Cited 1 Siddur Eitz Chaim / The Complete ArtScroll Siddur (Brooklyn, NY; Mesorah Publications, ltd.; 1985) 328, 329.

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    The Customs of Rosh Hashanah Rosh Hashanah falls on the first of Tishri, a Jewish month which falls in September. It is regarded as a high holy day, on which all normal activity ceases. Even those Jews who are not particularly observant will make an effort to attend the synagogue. It is known as Yomim Norain, or day of awe. It is a day on which one should show humility to God and acknowledge that whatever our intentions may be we will descend into sin. On this day one should become particularly

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    but after smiling at me, they walked down a hallway. After following them, I was met by three guys who handed me two pieces of paper – which turned out to be a program and a weekly calendar, a Kippah, and two books, one red, one blue. One is the Siddur,

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    Judaism: Temple Emanu-el

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    When looking at my options for religious sites, I decided to look up temples near my house, since there are four different temples in my neighborhood. I found Temple Emanu-el, Beth Israel Congregation, Shaare Ezra Sephardic Congregation and Temple Beth Shalom. Before this assignment I was unaware that there were different branches of Judaism, and different temples for each of those branches to accommodate to the persons specific belief in Judaism. Before choosing which temple I was going to visit

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    The Success of Judaism

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    Judaism has survived throughout history by being flexible and by admitting foreign influences into its practice. Its success in the 21st century depends on its ability to continue doing this in response to the pressures of modernity. Judaism has endured the challenges imposed upon it, by its ability to preserve deep-rooted traditions of the past. It is through maintaining customs from preceding times that defines the foundations of modern day Jewish practice, be it through observance, prayer or

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    Gabriella

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    Gabriella Sometimes I still say your name, just to hold it in my mouth, to twirl it past the curves of vowels and into the trill of the l, the lilt of the final a. Gabriella, I still see your sharp, strange face, in street crowds and in airports, the flutter of your long hands tracing my belly button. I can’t remember Gabriella’s last name, something quite Russian and excitingly foreign to the five year old self of mine who last saw her. I don't know which part of Russia she lived in

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