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MDA offers First 7 Minutes training

PHOTOS: Magen David Adom offers First 7 Minutes terrorism and emergency response training for civilians in Milwaukee. This pilot program will now be rolled out and offered to communities across the United States. For more information about how to schedule First 7 Minutes training in your community, contact First7Minutes@afmda.org. Following recent armed attacks against religious…

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Reflecting on hatred as Av approaches

PHOTO: Rabbi Susan Silverman, center, with Women of the Wall in Jerusalem. Av begins Aug. 2, 2019. Photo by Hila Shiloni By Rabbi Susan Silverman As Av approaches, and with it the Nine Days, we are drawn to the Kotel — in our souls, with our bodies or, for some,  both. We recall destruction that…

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A dozen gift ideas for dad

When a man becomes a father, he also becomes his son’s first hero and his daughter’s first love. He’s also the one who gives advice (although not always wanted) and tells those great dad jokes (also not always wanted). What do you get this guy for Father’s Day? Before you give up and grab a…

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Photo: Center of the Sun Necklace by artist Britta Ambauen. Moms may be some of the hardest people on the planet to buy for. If you ask them what they want for Mother’s Day, their response will usually be, “just your love.” If you are looking for something to complement the love (or flowers) you…

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Did you take notice?

Jodi Bromberg, CEO of InterFaith Family shared this poignant message after Saturday’s tragedy in Poway. I struggled with writing this note to you. Another synagogue, another shooting, another person dead and more wounded. First Pittsburgh, then New Zealand and Sri Lanka, and now, Poway, a short distance away from San Diego. Ma nishtana? What’s different?…

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Federation Notes: Share a Seder

April marks the end of nearly two months of Violins of Hope programming. I am proud that federation supported this important project spearheaded by two amazing leaders and supporters of Federation, Julee Landau Shahon and Rachel Hoffer. I continue to be deeply moved by the collaborative spirit of the 30 organizations, both Jewish and non-Jewish,…

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Schmattees apparel line combines Jewish pride & humor

Hipster or Hasidic? There’s no need to chose sides when you wear a shirt from Schmattees, a new apparel line whose designs combine a little bit of cheekiness and a whole lot of chutzpah.The 10-piece line of humorous t-shirts and sweatshirts combine Jewish culture and rituals, Yiddish expressions, eye-catching graphic design with current meme-linguistics. Slogans such as “If You Can’t Say Anything Nice…Say It In Yiddish”, “Happy…

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