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  • Jim Joseph Foundation gives $3 million grant to rabbinical school

    The Jim Joseph Foundation made a $3 million challenge grant to the Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School — the 5-year-old foundation’s first direct grant to a rabbinical school.

  • After Santa Monica bombing, shuls ponder openness vs. security

    The arrest of a Jewish transient in suburban Cleveland on charges of setting off a bomb next to a California Chabad synagogue raises the question of how Jewish institutions should balance openness with security.

  • Virtual seder, real kids

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  • Tips for non-Jews at their first Seder has posted a host of resources for non-Jews attending – or hosting – their first Passover Seder.   Learn why the holiday is so important to Jews (it’s all about family, the site suggests) and get insight into the Jewish concept of time (it’s holy).   The romantic implications are also explored in…

  • ‘Google Exodus’ tells the Passover tale via tweets, Facebook

    What would the Exodus have looked like online? A new video tells the story using Facebook, Google, Twitter, Skype and other Internet-era social media.

  • From oranges to artichokes, chocolate and olives, using seder plate as a call to action

    The seder plate increasingly is being pressed into service for all kinds of causes, from rotting lettuce marking urban “food deserts,” coffee beans symbolizing fair trade practices and olives suggesting Israeli-Palestinian peace. You can add oranges, artichokes and chocolate, too.

  • What rocks your Seder plate?

    Like matzoh best? Or are the Four Cups more to your taste? Four items from the Seder plate duke it out in this Seder Plate Champion contest on

  • Women take the lead in this Passover quiz

    Who in the Passover story has "two mommies?"   A)  Miriam B)  Pharaoh  C)  Moses D)  Xena, Warrior Princess   To find the answer and for seven more questions that challege gender stereotypes, try this Passover Gender Quiz sponsored by Moving Traditions, an organization that helps teenagers engage more deeply in their Judaism.   

  • Conservatives taking kashrut challenge up a notch

    This summer’s planned rollout of the Conservative-backed seal of ethical kosher production coincides with an increase in the number of Conservative rabbis acting as kosher supervisors.

  • Fire destroys Chabad preschool in Brooklyn

    The cause of a fire that destroyed a Chabad preschool in Brooklyn is under investigation.