One of the most powerful books I read as a preteen was Chernowitz by Fran Arrick. A young adult novel about bullying and anti-Semitism, I recently revisited it as I read it aloud to my own kids. [Read more…]
Whenever there is a new community initiative, it can seem as though the leaders who rise up to organize, strategize and execute the plans tend to simply know what is expected and exactly how to complete the task.
Those on the inside know differently. [Read more…]
A Backpack, A Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka: A Memoir
By Lev Golinkin
Lev Golinkin’s father is an engineer whose job takes him to the farthest flung outposts of the old Soviet Union. Back home in Kharkov, he tells his son magical stories about “frost-shackled mining towns in the tundra where temperatures plunged to minus forty and birds froze to the ground like little feathered ice lumps.” In the morning, kindly workers chip away the ice and tuck the birds under their arms. By the time they reach the refinery gates, the birds thaw out and fly away, free at last.
This affecting image, seemingly lifted straight out of a Russian folktale, begins A Backpack, A Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka, Golinkin’s account of his Jewish family’s flight from the Soviet Union in 1989. [Read more…]
Limited mobility is a common reason people rule out exercise. But, if you move less to avoid weakness, pain or other physical limitations, your overall physical condition slowly deteriorates. It’s important to remain as active as possible throughout life, even if that means modifying your exercise routine. A practical solution for many people is to exercise while seated. [Read more…]
While each of Ottawa’s Jewish day schools is proud of its academic standards, all stress the need to increase enrolment and broaden community support to ensure the future of day school education in the city. Louise Rachlis reports.
Fourteen high school students from Ottawa were among the thousands of Jewish teenagers from around the world to participate in the 2015 March of the Living in April. Participant Elizabeth Greenberg reflects on the experience.
JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Israeli government should consult with the Chief Rabbinate on every proposed bill, the Ashkenazi chief rabbi said. [Read more…]
(JTA) – The Palestinian Football Association rejected an Israeli proposal to address its grievances and will move forward with a motion to expel Israel from international soccer play. [Read more…]
The Glebe Shul, JET’s program for young adults, will transition to new leadership this summer when Rabbi Michael and Stacy Goldstein leave the program to assume new positions at Congregation Machzikei Hadas. [Read more…]
Volunteerism, work, and family: Howard Fremeth, the recipient of the 2015 Freiman Family Young Leadership Award, knows how to connect all three to make a life meaningful. [Read more…]