L’Shanah Tovah

Hug a chicken and 4 other twists on traditional rituals

NEW YORK— Picture services for the High Holidays: A roomful of congregants sitting with heavy books in their laps listening to a rabbi sermonize or a cantor chant is what likely comes to mind. Baking pizza? Embracing a chicken under a tree? Not so much. But those are some of the things that Jewish clergy, educators and activists want Jews […]

A look inside an Israeli shofar factory

GIVAT YOAV, Golan Heights— Shimon Keinan has a business to run. He doesn’t have time to teach you how to blow the shofar. But if you come all the way to his Kol Shofar factory here, Keinan is going to make sure you walk away with the horn that’s right for you. “What should I do?” he explained to JTA. “If […]

Jay Roberts Jewelers is in the business of making people happy


Business partners for nearly 30 years, Jake Spigelman and Jay Golde don’t mind if customers sometimes confuse one for the other. With such similar values and visions, which have led to Jay Roberts Jewelers’ longtime success, it is something of a badge of honor for the two men—who tend to finish each other’s sentences in conversation anyway—to be seen as […]

JCC Social Singles see noted collection


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Shabbat candlelighting

Kellman Brown to host the ‘real Beverly Goldberg’

A few years ago, Adam Goldberg, creator, writer and executive producer of ABC’s hit show “The Goldbergs,” called his mom Beverly about getting some old VHS tapes she had been hanging onto at their Ventnor house along with clothes and toys. He told her at the time that he was going to get them transferred to DVD for free. When […]

Cong. Beth Tikvah celebrates its LIFE & LEGACY success

The LIFE & LEGACY initiative of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation has been promoting the importance of legacy giving in the Southern New Jersey Jewish community since 2014. Spearheaded locally by the Jewish Community Foundation, Inc., LIFE & LEGACY has enabled 20 Jewish organizations throughout SNJ to gain new legacy gifts to benefit the future of their organizations. Over 800 legacy […]

Why more Israelis are moving to the US: and what Israel is doing about it

NEW YORK—Six years ago, the Israeli government released a series of controversial ads to show its expatriates that they would never feel at home in the United States. But last year, Israeli Cabinet members lined up to address a Washington, D.C., conference celebrating Israeli-American identity. The ad campaign, which was pulled following a backlash from Israelis and Jews abroad, represented […]