A Run of Remembrance—Through Rome

Posted on January 22nd, 2017
By Zoë Miller for Tablet Magazine  

To honor International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Rome will host two races that begin (and end) in the city’s former Jewish ghetto, with participants visiting sites related to the Shoah

During the Holocaust, running could be a means of survival. Now, 74 years after Jews were deported from Rome’s historic ghetto to Auschwitz, two races in the Eternal City will honor the memory of Holocaust victims. On Sunday, Jan. 22, five days before International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Union of Italian Jewish Communities (UCEI) will honor the Holocaust with “Run for Remembrance: Looking Ahead,” a pair of races during which participants will stop at sites related to the Shoah.

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Hanukkah hikers find rare 2nd Temple-era etchings of menorah and cross

Posted on January 16th, 2017
BY ILAN BEN ZION for The Times of Israel

While out exploring during the festival, spelunkers uncover ancient limestone carving of seven-branched menorah, a cross and other etchings dating to late Roman, Byzantine periods

Israeli spelunkers stumbled across a menorah and a cross etched into the limestone walls of an ancient cistern, both of which are believed to date back centuries, the Israel Antiquities Authority said in a statement Tuesday.

A group of Israel Caving Club members were exploring hidden caves in the Judean lowlands over the weekend when they discerned the limestone carvings: a three-footed menorah with seven branches similar to the one that stood in the Jerusalem temple, a cross, and a depiction of an ancient key. Other as yet unidentified carvings were also found, the IAA said.

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How Celine Dion helped save Montreal’s most iconic Jewish deli

Posted on January 9th, 2017
By Gabe Friedman for JTA

Near, far — wherever you are — Schwartz’s is known for being one of Montreal’s oldest and most storied Jewish delis. Its famed smoked meat — a subtly different cousin of pastrami — has attracted scores of customers since it opened in 1928.

Still, for even the most popular delis, the road can be tough and uncertain. The Carnegie Deli, a New York institution since 1937, is set to close on Dec. 31. Los Angeles staples Billy’s and Solley’s both closed last year.

And as Alina Simone notes at Public Radio International, Schwartz’s ran into some ownership trouble of its own four years ago. That’s when the late Montreal restaurateur Paul Nakis helped convince singer Celine Dion, an iconic Quebec native, and her husband, Rene Angelil, to invest in the deli and become part owners.

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Partners In Life, Rivals In Tanach

Posted on January 2nd, 2017

By Steve Lipman in The Jewish Week

He began an intensive study of Jewish scriptures during his childhood in Brooklyn’s chasidic Borough Park neighborhood, supplementing his yeshiva’s traditional emphasis on Talmud with an interest in Genesis-to-Chronicles. She, a native of Edmonton, Canada, found herself at 12 enthralled by the stories present throughout the Torah.

Yair Shahak and Yaelle Frohlich, Yeshiva University alumni who married four years ago, will make history together in Israel.

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The Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute

Posted on December 26th, 2016

Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute offers multi-year training in Hebrew priestessing.  This leadership training is an immersion in the movement and the sisterhood that is Kohenet. Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute, founded in 2005 by Rabbi Jill Hammer and Taya Shere, has trained and ordained women as Kohanot ~ Hebrew Priestesses ~ for the past decade.

The Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute offers a two-tier training program.  The first four retreats, over the course of a year and a half, train women in basic ritual skills based on thirteen archetypes of the ancient Hebrew priestesses: the Weaver, the Maiden, the Midwife, the Prophetess, the Mother, the Wise Woman, the Shrinekeeper, the Queen, the Mourning Woman, the Shamaness, the Seeker, the Lover, and the Fool.  We use these archetypes, in addition to resources of Jewish tradition, to discover ritual roles to play and ritual spaces to build.  

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