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If a crowd-funding appeal is successful, the Israeli band G-Nome Project is coming to the United States.
This is not the scientific kind of genome project having to do with decoding DNA, but a musical project launched by four young expatriates — two of them from Teaneck.
It’s also a kind of chesed project. The band’s proposed 10-city “Giving Tour” aims to combine nightly gigs with days of good deeds such as visiting nursing homes and working in a soup kitchen.
This unusual twist was inspired by drummer Chemy Soibelman’s volunteering with Israeli children suffering from cancer.
Good news for the middle class — and for Jewish day school affordability.
The Moriah School in Englewood, which runs from prekindergarten through eighth grade, has announced a new tuition affordability program, which will cut tuition for parents making as much as $360,000 a year.
Full tuition at the school ranges from $12,000 for kindergarten to $15,425 for middle school. (The prekindergarten program is not eligible for the tuition breaks.)
“We’ve been talking, as a board and as a community, about tuition affordability and the tuition crisis for years,” said Evan Sohn, the school’s president. “We decided this was the year we were going to address that issue.”
The English letters that Harriet Fincke of Ridgewood learned when she was young are straightforward symbols that combine to form words, just as they are for everyone else.
But Hebrew letters — ah, they are something else again. “They always seemed kind of solid,” she said. “They seemed more like things,” objects in their own right, opaque. “It’s both the meaning and the look, and the relationship between them,” she said.
Those letters were a foundation part of her childhood — she went all the way through school at the Yeshiva of Flatbush. “I’d always had a kind of richly ambivalent relationship with my religious upbringing, and with the text,” she said.
This year, Yom HaShoah — Holocaust Remembrance Day — is Monday, April 28, and many people mark the Annual Gathering of Remembrance on Sunday, April 27. The days will be commemorated in many local synagogues, community centers, schools, and other institutions, starting this week and continuing into the following weeks.
This is the list of gatherings we have heard about, accurate as of press time. Check with your local institutions for more information.
Shlomi Avni thanks his parents for keeping him on the straight and narrow.
He grew up in Or Akiva, a small city halfway between Haifa and Tel Aviv, just inland from Caesarea. His neighborhood was poor, with many of his peers tempted to drop out of school and turn to crime.
But his parents — his mother from Morocco, his father of Turkish descent — made sure he studied and took school seriously.
In high school in nearby Hadera, he was exposed to wider horizons and broader aspirations — in particular, the desire to be accepted into an elite combat unit in the army.
As someone who loved the sea, his choice was Flotilla 13 — the special forces unit of the Israeli navy — in other words, the Israeli version of the U.S. Navy SEALs.
The West should continue to pursue a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear issue, but that process should be reinforced by a continuous commitment to international sanctions against the Islamic republic, according to Senator Robert Mendendez.
“It is clear to me that only intense punishing economic pressure has influenced Iranian leaders to come to the table,” New Jersey’s senior senator said while addressing the Jerusalem Post’s annual conference in New York on Sunday.
Mr. Menendez, a Democrat, heads the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and is one of the Senate’s prime supporters of sanctions against Iran. On Sunday, he also called for a credible military option to remain on the table in the Iranian negotiations. The threat of U.S. military action can be a force for attaining national security goals, he said, crediting his committee’s authorization of military force in Syria last September for convincing Syrian President Bashar Assad to give up control of his chemical weapons arsenal. The United States must reassure its regional allies that the military option will remain on the table with Iran, he added.
There is not much that anyone can do to comfort colleagues whose son has died of cancer.
Nor is it intuitive to think that if anything could help, it would be a line of rabbis getting their heads shaved.
But that is what 54 Reform rabbis did in Chicago on April 1. The so-called Shave for the Brave was in response to the December death of 8-year-old Samuel Sommers — Superman Sam, as he was called.
Sam’s short but joyous life was chronicled by his mother, Rabbi Phyllis Sommers, who blogged about his struggle; she and Sam’s father, Rabbi Michael Sommers, were the first to have their heads shaved onstage during the Central Conference of American Rabbis’ meeting last week.
You will never see this NCAA Division III tennis player on the court in a miniskirt and tank top.
Galila Shapiro of Englewood, a junior at Stern College for Women at Yeshiva University, wears the regulation sleeved top and longish shorts — minus the optional knee-length skirt — of the Maccabee women’s tennis team.
Though YU’s reputation is based more on learning than on lobbing, Maccabee sports teams at the university have a long tradition. Varsity intercollegiate athletics are available for male undergrads in baseball, basketball, cross country, fencing, soccer, tennis, volleyball, and wrestling; and for women in basketball, cross country, fencing, soccer, tennis, and volleyball, with softball to be added next year.