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  • How Orthodox synagogues are trying to appeal to millennials

    This story is sponsored by the Orthodox Union. NEW YORK — Like so many happy accidents, it started with Purim. Riva Preil, a physical therapist in her early 30s living in Manhattan, was recording a skit for her Orthodox synagogue’s Purim spiel when the head of the events committee asked if she’d like to get more involved. The…

  • Hollywood bar mitzvah marks turning point for gay ex-Mormon Jewish comedian

    This story is sponsored by the Schusterman Foundation. When H. Alan Scott looked up through the mikvah waters, he says he saw the shadows of his past and present lives undulating above him: Poor Mormon kid. Gay man. Comedian. Cancer survivor. Then his head broke the surface for the third time, and he felt that at last he…

  • Here’s how these Jewish day schools are navigating the perilous political divide

    This story is sponsored by the Avi Chai Foundation. When head of school Avi Baran Munro went to work the morning after last year’s presidential election, she wasn’t sure exactly how students at her Pittsburgh Jewish day school would handle the news – and their own political divisions. Many eighth-graders whose families voted Democratic showed up at the Community…