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Now Americans, Bukharian Jews face new set of challenges

Posted on April 24th, 2017
BY RACHEL DELIA BENAIM for The Times of Israel    

In 30 years, this Jewish enclave in Queens, NY, went from one synagogue to 40; but what will the next generation look like?

The restaurants are packed on Bukharian Broadway, a wide boulevard in Queens, New York.

At Da Mikelle, one of many kosher eateries featuring Bukharian cuisine, families crowd the dining rooms to mark the occasion of a yushvo, the anniversary of a loved one’s death.

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Yom Hashoah–Holocaust Remembrance Day

Posted on April 19th, 2017

An annual venue for remembering the victims


Yom Hashoah falls on April 24.

The full name of the day commemorating the victims of the Holocaust is “Yom Hashoah Ve-Hagevurah“– literally the “Day of (Remembrance of) the Holocaust and the Heroism.” It is marked on the 27th day in the month of Nisan — a week after the seventh day of Passover, and a week before Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day for Israel’s fallen soldiers). When the 27th of Nisan falls on a Friday or Sunday, Yom Hashoah is shifted a day to avoid conflicting with Shabbat. (The Hebrew calendar is fixed so that the 27th never falls on Shabbat itself.)

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Brazil’s Largest Synagogue Welcomes First Female Rabbi

Posted on April 17th, 2017
By Marcy Oster for The Forward

Latin America’s largest synagogue, the 2,000-family Congregacao Israelita Paulista in Brazil, has inaugurated its first female rabbi.

Some 200 people attended the welcome ceremony for Rabbi Fernanda Tomchinsky-Galanternik held last week at the 80-year-old Sao Paulo temple, also known by the acronym CIP. Ordained in December in Argentina, the Brazilian-born psychologist and mother of one also will coordinate the synagogue’s teaching department.

“CIP began to tread a path that is possible only within Judaism and particularly within such a pluralist community. I look forward to working with everyone in many different ways,” the rabbi said.
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Big Data On ‘Who Is A Jew’ Angers Rabbis Here

Posted on April 10th, 2017

Leaders here cite privacy concerns as Israel plans international database for marriages.

Israel’s Chief Rabbinate has already created controversy over its microscopic scrutiny of couples wishing to marry in Israel.

Now, news that the Ministry of Religious Affairs is in the process of creating a database that eventually could include every Jew in the world for purposes of expediting marriage registration in Israel is creating even more controversy, with leading rabbis in New York raising bright red flags.

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Ruth’s Cup: A New Passover Ritual Honoring Jewish Diversity

Posted on April 3rd, 2017

A Ritual Welcome for Converts at Passover

Mitzrayim, the Hebrew word for Egypt, is also interpreted to mean “narrow places.” At Passover, we celebrate being released from the restrictions that limit us and make our lives smaller. We are not fully free as long as we are kept down by attitudes and conditions that are unjust.

Many Jews assume that “real Jews” look a certain way and have one path to Judaism—being born Jewish. When confronted with Jews who don’t fit these stereotypes, even well-meaning Jews may treat them as less Jewish. Jews of color and/or those who have converted to Judaism find that other Jews can act insensitively out of ignorance.

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