January 2016
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Coming of Age in Cuba’s Jewish Community

Jan 21, 2016

Coming of Age in Cuba’s Jewish Community

Two dozen men from South Palm Beach County traveled abroad last year, just a 45-minute plane ride away from home, but they felt like they had entered another world when they landed in Cuba. » Read more

Livin’ on a Prayer Service

Jan 21, 2016

Livin’ on a Prayer Service

Have you ever attended a sunset Shabbat service on the beach, or connected more deeply to prayer through meditation? Would you rather listen to an upbeat a cappella group instead of the cantor? Do you want to enjoy services with your dog, who can receive a special blessing from the rabbi? Look no further than your local synagogues in South Palm Beach County for the chance to experience one of these unique prayer gatherings, held on Shabbatot throughout the year. » Read more

Super Bowl Champ Tackles Israel Advocacy

Jan 19, 2016

Super Bowl Champ Tackles Israel Advocacy

What do professional athletes do after they retire? Just ask Super Bowl champ Alan Veingrad of Boca Raton. While many players struggle to adjust to life off the field, others launch successful second careers, drawing on the talents they honed as athletes and applying them towards meaningful causes. Veingrad certainly falls into the latter category and now works at AIPAC, the Jewish community’s leading pro-Israel lobbying group. But the road he took to get there was full of surprises at every turn. » Read more

Chesed Day Unites Local Day Schools

Jan 18, 2016

Chesed Day Unites Local Day Schools

More than 600 students from South Palm Beach County’s Jewish day schools came together on January 13 to learn about and engage in hands-on projects for children in need, as part of an annual Chesed Day. They learned about the Jewish value of chesed, the obligation to extend oneself in doing deeds of kindness, and the responsibility to care for those around us and help people in need. » Read more

Volunteer Local Doctors Give Free Doses of Care

Dec 17, 2015

Volunteer Local Doctors Give Free Doses of Care

From treating orphans in Haiti to patients at a free dental clinic in Israel, a sizable group of local Jewish healthcare providers in South Palm Beach County are selflessly providing pro-bono services through a variety of charitable organizations to treat patients both locally and abroad who cannot afford to pay for care. For many, the intrinsic Jewish value of giving back to the community is a strong part of their motivation, and the reward of seeing a patient’s grateful smile is infinitely more valuable than any monetary compensation. » Read more

Students Go Proactive to Counter BDS and Anti-Israel Sentiments on College Campuses

Dec 17, 2015

Students Go Proactive to Counter BDS and Anti-Israel Sentiments on College Campuses

Hateful anti-Israel rhetoric and anti-Semitic incidents are becoming increasingly prevalent at colleges across the country. In August 2014, Students for Justice in Palestine brought a divestment resolution to the student government at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Boca Raton, but the resolution was tabled indefinitely. Since this victory for the campuses’ pro-Israel leaders, their momentum has increased and pro-Israel groups at colleges across the region are similarly taking action to educate and engage their peers in spreading this pro-Israel passion. » Read more

Exclusive Q/A with Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak

Dec 16, 2015

Exclusive Q/A with Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak

During a visit to South Palm Beach County in early December, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak shared his foreign policy insights and political views in an informative and wide-ranging Q/A for ChaiWire. He spoke about the threat of ISIS and other terrorist groups; discussed the Iran deal and its global implications; and gave an insider’s perspective on Israel and how Jewish communities in the Diaspora can help the country during these difficult times. » Read more

PJ Library® Launches New Chapter for Jewish Tweens with PJ Our Way

Dec 14, 2015

PJ Library® Launches New Chapter for Jewish Tweens with PJ Our Way

A free Jewish book of your choice mailed directly to your house every month? Sounds almost too good to be true, but the newly launched PJ Our Way program provides that and more for local children ages 9-11. A natural extension of PJ Library®, which sends free Jewish books and music to children ages 6 months to 8 years, PJ Our Way is a new pilot program in South Palm Beach County which is also being rolled out in select cities nationwide. » Read more

Technology Transforms Local Jewish Education

Nov 18, 2015

Technology Transforms Local Jewish Education

Walk into a local Jewish classroom today, and it’s rare to find a piece of chalk or a traditional blackboard. From personal iPads and Chromebooks to SMART Boards and Apple TVs, technology has become a staple in classrooms at our local congregational schools, day schools and early childhood centers. Though most secular subjects have a pre-determined curriculum, with iBooks and other online tools easily accessible, many Jewish Studies teachers need to create their own materials and work with the limited digital resources available. These educators have stepped up ably to the challenge of finding fresh ways to engage their students. » Read more

“Gift of Life” Brings Jewish Community Together

Nov 17, 2015

“Gift of Life” Brings Jewish Community Together

Gift of Life, a national bone marrow and stem cell foundation headquartered in Boca Raton, is on a mission to expand its registry. While the odds of a Jewish patient finding a match are improving, more help is needed from within the community and beyond to grow and diversify the donor registry. A simple cheek swab can make a world of difference: this year, the volume of donor recruitment drives hosted by Gift of Life has doubled, and local community members have selflessly donated their stem cells and saved the lives of total strangers. » Read more

Summer Sheds New Light on Israel for Teens

Nov 12, 2015

Summer Sheds New Light on Israel for Teens

Dozens of Jewish teens throughout the community were privileged to enjoy unique Israel experiences this summer. A wide array of programs geared toward high school students helped Judaism came alive through educational and meaningful hands-on experiences. In addition to visiting traditional tourist destinations, they had the incredible chance to see a side of Israel they’d never been exposed to before. Whether it was through a historical lens or from a cultural perspective, participants gained a new appreciation for modern-day Israel and explored its rich history. » Read more

French Jews Among Largest Groups Increasing Aliyah in 5775

Nov 12, 2015

French Jews Among Largest Groups Increasing Aliyah in 5775

Though he’s been in Israel for less than a year and is far from his family, Thibault already feels more at home there than he ever did in his native France, especially in light of the horrific terrorist attacks that killed more than 120 people there earlier this month. His story is similar to the experiences of thousands who came from Jewish communities where anti-Semitic incidents are increasing. In the Jewish year 5775, the largest group who made aliyah from a single country came from France, with 7,350 immigrants; this was a 10% increase over the previous year, according to data compiled by The Jewish Agency for Israel and Israel’s Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption. » Read more