Monthly Archives: July 2018

The Shanghai Jewish Refugee Museum

 

Entrance to the Refugee Museum

Contributed by Sid Goldstein

 

During our trip to Shanghai, Lorna and I visited the Shanghai Jewish Refugee Center. It was a very moving experience. The Center encompasses the old Ohel Moishe (Tent of… Continue reading

20 Years a Jew: One Convert’s Observations in Seven Installments

Contributed by Athena Derasmo

Installment #1 The decision to convert: Simple, right?

In 1998, I attended Rosh Hashanah services at Sof Ma’arav with a friend. The next week, I returned for Yom Kippur services on my own. After that, I… Continue reading

Tzedakah and Tikkun Olam

Contributed by Kay Lorraine

It has been my understanding that the root of tzedakah means justice or righteousness. Therefore, acts of tzedakah can be used to generate a more just world. Sometimes, one performs tzedakah as much to heal themselves… Continue reading

A Talk on “Kvetch” – A Memoir of Music and Survival

Journalist and author Greta Beigel will present a book talk on July 24th at UH Manoa regarding “Kvetch: One Bitch of a Life,” her memoir about growing up an Orthodox Jew and a concert pianist in South Africa during the… Continue reading

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  • A Conversation with Rabbi Ariel Burger
    Wednesday, May 28th at 1pm EST We invite all Organic Torah members to join us live for this interactive web event. We’ll engage in a conversation with Rabbi Ariel Burger, author of Witness: Lessons from Eli Wiesel’s Classroom. You’ll have a chance to hear from Rabbi Burger and ask your own questions. We’ll post the […]