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Jewish Education Pioneer Alvin Schiff Dies

From JTA on 7/9/2013 at 10:46 AM

Categories: History, Education

Jewish Education Pioneer Alvin Schiff Dies

Alvin Schiff, a pioneer in Jewish education and a prolific author, has died. Schiff died of unknown causes, Yeshiva University announced Monday. He was in his mid-80s. At Yeshiva University, he established and directed the Graduate School of Jewish Education in 1959, which was later renamed the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration. He authored more than a dozen books, as well as several hundred articles and research papers on the status of Jewish education. Schiff was a founder of …More

Yeshiva University Launches Resource on Jewish Genetic Diseases

From JTA on 5/31/2013 at 5:05 PM

Categories: Israel, Health

Yeshiva University Launches Resource on Jewish Genetic Diseases

Yeshiva University’s school of medicine launched a website to educate Jews about the risks of genetic diseases. GeneSights, a project of the university’s Program for Jewish Genetic Health and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, was launched earlier this month. The site provides lessons on topics related to Jewish genetic health conditions, including specific diseases, treatment technologies and bioethical issues. The site is free to registered members, who are granted access to seminars by …More

Jewish Academic Institutions Launch Fellowship to Promote Use of Educational Technology

From JNS.org on 5/15/2013 at 12:43 PM

Categories: Science & Technology, Education

Jewish Academic Institutions Launch Fellowship to Promote Use of Educational Technology

Several major Jewish academic institutions have launched an inter-institutional eLearning Faculty Fellowship to promote creative ideas on the use of educational technology in Jewish higher education. On May 7, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), and Yeshiva University (YU) started the first of five live sessions focusing on tools and strategies to improve Jewish student engagement and education. The workshops are all led by the Columbia Center for …More

Jimmy Carter to be Honored by Yeshiva University’s Law School Amid Alumni Opposition

From JNS.org on 4/9/2013 at 11:54 AM

Categories: Politics, History, Education

Jimmy Carter to be Honored by Yeshiva University’s Law School Amid Alumni Opposition

Alumni and pro-Israel supporters of Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law have launched a campaign to prevent to the university from awarding former President Jimmy Carter with the school’s “International Advocate for Peace Award.” The award is being presented by the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution. In reaction to the award, a group of leading alumni and pro-Israel supporters calling itself “The Coalition of Concerned Cardozo Alumni” has established a …More

  • Former President Jimmy Carter. Credit: Department of Defense

Yeshiva College: Beginnings of an Iconic University

By Jspace Staff on 3/28/2013 at 7:43 PM

Categories: Education, United States

Yeshiva College: Beginnings of an Iconic University

Yeshiva University is as synonymous with Jewish education as NASA is to space exploration. The famous school, however, originally began under a different name. On March 29, 1928, Yeshiva College opened its doors in New York City. It was the first liberal arts and sciences college under Jewish authority, a sign of the American Jewish community’s want to apply themselves to new ways of learning. The school started small. It was organized by a group of Orthodox rabbis concerned that young adults in the New …More

Rabbi Herschel Schacter, Former Presidents Conference Chair, Dies at 95

From JTA on 3/22/2013 at 4:51 PM

Categories: History, Organization

Rabbi Herschel Schacter, Former Presidents Conference Chair, Dies at 95

Rabbi Herschel Schacter, a former chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, has died. Schacter, the first US Army chaplain to enter and participate in the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp, died Thursday. He was 95. Along with serving as chairman of the Presidents Conference from 1967 to 1969, he was president of the Mizrachi-Hapoel Hamizrachi, founding chairman of the American Jewish Conference on Soviet Jewry and chairman of the Chaplaincy Commission of the …More

Is Quinoa, ‘Mother of All Grains,’ Kosher for Passover?

From JTA on 3/12/2013 at 2:03 PM

Categories: Food, Judaism

Is Quinoa, ‘Mother of All Grains,’ Kosher for Passover?

On any given day, a wind might blow through the farmlands of South America, pick up an errant grain of barley and deposit it nearby among the vast rows of cultivated quinoa. If that barley manages to make its way into a sifted batch of quinoa, and avoid detection during repackaging, it could wind up gracing your seder table on Passover night. However dubious it might seem, the scenario is among the reasons that the world's largest kosher certification agency is refusing to sanction quinoa for Passover …More

02/15/13 Round Up AM Edition

By Jspace Staff on 2/15/2013 at 9:37 AM

Categories: Round Up, Israel, United States

02/15/13 Round Up AM Edition

An Australian Jewish school faces accusations of abuse. [JPost] Is Montreal a virtual Jewish museum? [Tablet] France is set to return stolen art to Jewish owners. [Arutz Sheva] A Jewish cemetery in Romania is vandalized. [Arutz Sheva] A Jewish MP asks the UK's Liberal Democrats to condemn anti-Semitic members. [Jewish Press] The Burgas report may give the US and Israel leverage to make Hezbollah a terror group in Europe. [Forward] Yeshiva University beats Columbia in the Harlem Shake. [Tablet] …More

12/14/12 Round Up PM Edition

By Jspace Staff on 12/13/2012 at 6:10 PM

Categories: Politics, United States, Round Up

12/14/12 Round Up PM Edition

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman says he will not resign right now, despite facing charges for breach of trust and fraud. He will only reevaluate his position for now and decide before elections. [Times of Israel] Expand you culinary prowess by exploring the latke possibilities. [Times of Israel] Conan O’brien’s late night television show featured a “Human Centipede” menorah and R2D2 dreidel. [Algemeiner] The players of the Houston Rockets were videoed trying to sing the lyrics …More

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  • Potato Latke Variations
  • Gabby Douglas Flirts With Judaism
  • Joe Lieberman Says Goodbye To Senate
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  • Conan Hosts Hanukkah

Hanukkah: The Festival Of Videos (VIDEO)

By Jspace Staff on 12/7/2012 at 10:23 AM

Categories: Gossip, Entertainment, Judaism

Ever since the Yeshiva University Maccabeats released its now famous “Candlelight” video in 2010, Jewish a cappella has never been more popular. Trying to ride the wave, other Jewish singers, comedians, and directors have been releasing Hanukkah videos of their own. So far this year there are already four different videos gaining traction with more surely on the way. The starters of it all, the Maccabeats, have released a new video celebrating Hanukkah and toting a plug for the Gift of Life bone …More

Eli Zborowski, Founder of American Society for Yad Vashem, Dies

From JTA on 9/11/2012 at 3:17 PM

Categories: United States, Organization

Eli Zborowski, Founder of American Society for Yad Vashem, Dies

Eli Zborowski, a Holocaust survivor who founded and served as the chairman of the American Society for Yad Vashem, has died. Zborowski, who founded the society in 1981and served as its chairman until his death, died Monday in New York. He was 87. Zborowski was born in Zarki, Poland. He was able to leave the town's ghetto after the outbreak of World War II and serve as its liaison with the non-Jewish underground. His father was murdered by local Poles, but he, his mother, brother and sister survived the war. The …More

In the New Orleans Area, a Synagogue Dedication, Community Rejuvenation and Orthodox-Reform Bonds

From JTA on 8/27/2012 at 2:42 PM

Categories: United States, Judaism, Organization

In the New Orleans Area, a Synagogue Dedication, Community Rejuvenation and Orthodox-Reform Bonds

Seven years ago an iconic picture for many Jews of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina was of men waist deep in a flooded synagogue carrying Torahs to safety. On Sunday, in a celebration of physical and spiritual unity, the Torahs of that congregation were carried into their new home next to the Reform congregation that offered space to the Modern Orthodox synagogue and now shares with it a new playground. “Our congregation is a remarkable story in the way the Jewish community leaned on itself and …More

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  • Beth Israel Groundbreaking
  • Beth Israel after Katrina interior
  • Beth Israel after Katrina exterior