Remember Us: The Holocaust Bnai Mitzvah Project

Posted on July 23rd, 2018
From Remember-us.org


Remember Us: The Holocaust Bnai Mitzvah Project offers an invitation to children preparing for bar/bat mitzvah to connect with the memory of children lost in the Holocaust before they could be called to the Torah.

This is a very simple idea. The Project provides the student and the bar/bat mitzvah teacher with the name of a lost child, information about him/her, and suggestions for simple acts of remembrance:

  • doing mitzvot b’shem (in the name of the child)
  • mentioning the child in a dvar Torah or speech from the bimah
  • taking on the mitzvah of saying Kaddish
  • lighting a yahrzeit candle yearly
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Young Jews Address New Campus Threats at CAMERA’s Annual Student Conference

Posted on July 16th, 2018
From the algemeiner.com


JNS.org – More than 80 students from nearly 70 campuses will be in Boston from July 29 to Aug. 1 for a high-level training conference on how to successfully respond to campus antisemitism and anti-Israel activism.
The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) is hosting the conference. The organization is providing all the students with a free trip to Boston to attend four full days of lectures, discussions and workshops.

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Being Jew-ish

Posted on July 9th, 2018
by Jessica Sawyer for aish.com


Being the only Jew most of my students had ever met forced me to confront my Jewish identity.


“No other religion speaks about themselves with the same lack of commitment as Jews do,” the Birthright speaker, whose name escapes me, said to our group. “You've never heard someone say that they are Catholic-ish or Protestant-ish. They are Catholics. They are Protestants. We are Jews. It's not a derogatory term and we shouldn't be afraid to use it.”

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Jewish Mindfulness in Action

Posted on July 2nd, 2018
From BimBam 

This video was produced with the Bar and Bat Mitzvah class at Jvillage Network member, B'nai Jeshurun Congregation, of Pepper Pike, OH. 


Being intentional with our actions is hard work! BimBam and B’nai Jeshurun worked together to create this animation with the synagogue’s 2015 B’nai Mitzvah class. In it we look at mindfulness and how it relates to living life with Jewish values always in front you. Keeping this mindset is important in everything from the botched sacrifices of Nadav and Avihu to everyday decisions like not talking on a cell phone while driving or eating (turkey) bacon and eggs. For more films produced with community, check out these videos.

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Want Free Kosher Food? UCLA Has an App

Posted on June 25th, 2018
BY HANNAH BERNSTEIN for newvoices.org


Jewish students at the University of California Los Angeles recently launched an app to bring awareness to an important issue in their Jewish community – free, kosher food on campus.

When members of UCLA’s Ha’am Jewish Newsmagazine developed an app to increase engagement with their articles, fourth-year computer science student Joey Levin thought of an additional feature they could add to make their app more popular.

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