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After 32 years, leaving the ADL is bittersweet

– One of the most important Jewish values that Marji Lipshez-Shapiro recalls learning from her parents was the belief in fairness and justice. “I’ve just heard about fairness and justice all my life,” says Lipshez-Shapiro, deputy director of ADL Connecticut. “I was a huge fan of Bo…

Cleaning the beach becomes a new Rosh Hashanah tradition

About 20 members of Temple Emanuel in Greater New Haven congregation gathered at the Altshculer in West Haven, Connecticut recently to put a twist on the Rosh Hashanah tradition known as Tashlich, which takes place on the first day of the Jewish new year. During that ceremony, Jews symbolica…

Beth Israel rethinks tradition

 Is it okay to slash the Shabbat Morning service? Rabbi Bruce Alpert says yes. As spiritual leader of Beth Israel Synagogue, the independent, Conservative-influenced historic congregation in Wallingford, Rabbi Alpert’s goal is to create services that are more in sync with the realities of…

On the road in Israel and Italy

This past summer, Zoe Schulman went on a teen trip to Israel and Italy, organized by the National Council of Synagogue Youth (NCSY). Zoe’s summer adventure was funded in part by a generous scholarship she received from the Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven. She wrote to Shalom New Hav…

A reader’s Chanukah feast!

So many Chanukah book to read for children of all ages…how do you choose from among them? It isn’t easy, but the folks at PJ Library are ready to help with “The Ultimate List of Children’s Books About Chanukah.” Here are a eight of the books culled from their long list. 

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