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Temple Avodat Shalom

Serving northern New Jersey since 1952.

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Cantor regains his lost voice by composing Jewish music

Posted on March 18th, 2019
By Menachem Wecker for Religion News


WASHINGTON (RNS) — For two decades, Arnold Saltzman loved chanting Saturday and festival services at a prominent synagogue in the nation’s capital, using the commanding voice that high school friends once compared to famed tenor Enrico Caruso.

Then, when his voice failed, he had to learn how to listen.

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Why Forbes chose Israel to host 1st Global Women’s Summit

Posted on March 11th, 2019
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c 

Magazine’s chief content officer tells ISRAEL21c: ‘Israel is a great place to show how we can accelerate the cause of women in leadership.’

For Forbes magazine Chief Content Officer Randall Lane, Israel was a natural choice to host the first-ever Forbes Under 30 Global Women’s Summit, set to take place in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem from March 31 to April 4, 2019 with 600 participants from 50 countries.

It’s not only because participants rated last May’s first-ever Under 30 Global Summit in Israel as Forbes’ top event of the year, Lane tells ISRAEL21c.

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Granddaughters Of A Nazi And A Holocaust Survivor Share A Journey

Posted on March 4th, 2019
From Stories for Society New Voices Project


During WWII, Julie's grandfather was an SS officer known for his brutality.  Before the war, Rachael's grandmother was a Jewish teenager living in Prague.  She was the only member of her family to survive the Holocaust. 

Both women have spent years researching the lives of their grandparents.

Watch this compelling video of these women as they come together to talk about their pasts and tell their stories together.

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Intro to Emancipation and Enlightenment

Posted on February 25th, 2019


Birth of Modern Judaism


If you want to understand how Reform, Conservative and Orthodox Judaism came to be, you need to take a step back to when they first formed. Watch this explainer video to learn some Jewish history about the Enlightenment and Emancipation periods featuring BimBam producer Jeremy Shuback.

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How to Judge Robert Alter's Landmark Translation of the Hebrew Bible

Posted on February 18th, 2019
By Hillel Halkin for Mosaic


Finished after decades of labor, this one-man English translation is a stupendous achievement. How does it hold up against the masterpieces (and follies) that have come before?


However you look at it, Robert Alter’s The Hebrew Bible is a stupendous achievement. The result of decades of work, consisting of over 3,000 pages of translated text and commentary, it includes every one of the 35 books from Genesis to Chronicles that constitute Jewish scripture. One might call it the translator’s equivalent of a solo circumnavigation of the globe were it not that sailing a boat around the globe takes far less time.

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