June 2019 Get the Folk Out

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What a great month to get out and celebrate, friends. June means we’re officially starting summer, complete with Shavuot and Pride! We’ve got tons of good times coming for both, as well as for the days where you just need a l’il somethin’ extra in your social life. So join us and GTFO! “J-HAP Community […]

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Inside The Israeli High Holidays

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JERUSALEM – It was surreal; the elderly French man reminded me of my grandfather. Bald and small, with the kind and worn face of a beardless Polish Jew, as if from a sentimental photo of Warsaw. Slightly hunched over, but not deformed. Quick-witted and intelligent, hard of hearing, and humorous even as he told of […]

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An Open Letter to My Mom

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To Mom It May Concern, Well, well, well. Another year has gone by, and again, I find myself incredibly irritated. I write this letter to convey my complete and utter disappointment with the service rendered up to this point. I will expand upon the above in the following letter, and hope that the powers that […]

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Game of Thrones: This Time, It’s Biblical

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It never ceases to amaze me how invested we all get in fictional worlds like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, heck – even Hunger Games has a cult-like following. I myself am a deep follower of all things nerd, and certainly enjoy diving down into the minutiae of my favorite worlds. However, NOTHING has […]

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New Small-Giving Platform Embraces Jewish Roots

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I want to tell you all about is a person who went out and just “did it.” It took her and her family a few years to get off their collective tuchus, but after they did, success has followed. I’ve known Amy Bennaroch for over seven years now (wow, I’m getting old). She is a […]

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Evaluating Our Own Pharaohs

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Today on the train, there was a homeless man. He stepped onto the train and announced his name and made a brief speech asking anyone had any food, water, or money. At first, everyone was polite but didn’t offer anything besides a small “sorry” or “nothing on me”. Eventually, he started circling the train car […]

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Matzah Vs. Jellybeans

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I grew up in a traditional conservative Jewish home. Both my parents are Jewish. I was raised Jewish. I observed all the Jewish holidays, went to Sunday School and Hebrew school and went to my grandparents for all the traditional Jewish holidays like Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Hanukkah, and Passover. My family attended services regularly […]

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