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  • Vatican art exhibit features Torah theme

    For its first pavilion at the prestigious Venice Biennale international art festival, the Vatican is presenting an exhibit inspired by the first book of the Torah, rather than by a New Testament theme. More ▸

  • Biblical reference misplaced

    To the Editor: The reliance on the Rebecca-Isaac story as told in Genesis chapter 24, verses 15 and 62-67, as a biblical example of initial attraction of Jews for those outside the family and vice versa is misplaced. It is clear from the text that Rebecca is part of Abraham’s (and therefore Isaac’s) extended family…. More ▸

  • Limmud FSU building roots in New York:

    In early August, I spent a day of my vacation at The Hampton Synagogue in Westhampton, N.Y., where Limmud FSU had assembled more than 300 young Russian-speaking Jews for a day of informal Jewish learning. The goal for bringing the FSU conference stateside last month, according to Sandy Cahn, the philanthropist who helped found Limmud… More ▸

  • Russian philanthropists make another big grant

    The Genesis Philanthropy Group, which was started by four Jewish Russian billionaires, has given yet another big grant to help the Russian speaking North American community. The group has given $2.7 million to the Wexner Foundation to create two Wexner Heritage classes with the UJA Federation of New York that would be comprised of Russian speaking… More ▸