American Jews vs. American Muslims: How do they compare?

NEW YORK— Since it came out in 2013, the “Pew Study”—a landmark survey of American Jewish demographics, beliefs and practices—has been at the center of American Jewish scrutiny and hand-wringing. Now it’s American Muslims’ turn. The Pew Research Center released a survey of American Muslims focusing not only on numbers and their way of life, but also on how the […]

South Jersey athletes return with medals and more from Maccabiah

Although Israel dominated the medal count at the 20th Maccabiah Games played on its home turf, local participants returned from the Holy Land feeling elated from the event that is about so much more than a sports competition. “It was really amazing to be part of something so big and it really gave me a sense of pride to represent the […]

For Camp Aaron director, JCC Camps is a family affair


FAMILY: Parents Larry and Barbara Brown; Wife Stacey; Children Morgan, 22, Andrew, 20, and Daniel, 18; Siblings Michael (and Alana) Brown and Douglas (and Randi) Brown. HOMETOWN: Moorestown FAVORITE CAMP FOOD: Challah and potato bourekas FAVORITE CAMP ACTIVITY: Apache Relay When Larry Helfman started as a Hilltop camper in the early 1970s, the Jewish Community Center’s campsite in Medford was […]

A JCC visit—4,340 miles away


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M’kor Shalom’s new cantor discovered calling at age 7

Extended an invitation from her cantor to sing on the bimah, Elaya Jenkins-Adelberg was seven years old when she discovered her love and passion for Jewish music and liturgy. “She heard my loud, booming voice in the front row and invited me to join the junior choir,” recalled Cong. M’kor Shalom’s new cantor. From that fateful moment on, the California […]


In the listing of the leaders of area synagogues and organizations in the July 19 issue of the Voice, Shera Goldstein (pictured), president of Nafshenu, was inadvertently omitted. The Voice regrets the error.

West Bank wines have Israelis toasting the settlements

PSAGOT, West Bank—Psagot Winery calls its Sinai wine an “unassuming but distinctive blend” of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Like all its wines, the bottle is stamped with the image of a coin dating to the first century C.E. found in a chalky cave near its namesake West Bank settlement and inscribed in Hebrew with the words “For the freedom of […]

Netanyahu eyeing way to shut down Al Jazeera in Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would seek to pass a law to shut down the Jerusalem bureau of Al Jazeera if law enforcement will not do so after his multiple requests. “The Al Jazeera network does not stop inciting to violence on the Temple Mount issue,” Netanyahu posted in Hebrew on his Facebook page, referring to the Qatar-based […]