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Aboard the Asperger’s bus, a quirky ‘mishpocha’
January 4, 2013

Members of a Birthright group talk about the joys of seeing the country with people just like themselves More than 20,000 Birthright participants will have spent 10 days in Israel by the end of the 2012-2013 winter season, including 20 participants with Asperger’s Syndrome, now known as the… Read more...

Kashrut and health food prove an increasingly popular recipe
November 30, 2012

Annual convention shows the kosher and calorie-minded food industries are each taking a page from the other’s cookbook SECAUCUS, N.J. – When Scott Gantwerker and Wayne Silverman were roommates 40 years ago at Michigan State University, they regularly made granola. “Then came… Read more...

Field of Zionist Dreams
September 11, 2012

Though baseball is a ‘Jewish sport,’ its roots in Israel are still taking hold. Team Israel is taking to the baseball diamond this week in South Florida in a bid to participate in the March 2013 World Baseball Classic. How did the blue and white players get there, and what are their… Read more...

Serving a look at Israel’s next tennis ace
August 29, 2012

Despite a first-round loss at the US Open, up-and-comer Julia Glushko says she’s proud to represent her adopted country — and looks forward to better results in the future For many of the women in the main draw of the US Open, the path to the two-week tournament was straightforward…. Read more...

Matisyahu: I ‘loosened the knots’ of my Judaism
July 17, 2012

As his new album debuts, the renegade religious rapper tells The Times of Israel why he drastically changed his lifestyle Sitting backstage at Matisyahu’s concert in Stamford, Connecticut five days before the July 17 release of his new album, “Spark Seeker,” his father Bob… Read more...

A musical salvage, rescue and revitalization operation
July 10, 2012

Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music, running in Amherst, focuses on klezmer tradition — and innovation Woodstock 1969, meet Yidstock 2012. Back in the day, the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair in Bethel, New York, may have featured such acts as Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane and the… Read more...

For Arab-Israeli tennis ace, coexistence is more than just mixed doubles
June 26, 2012

Nadine Fahoum, a Muslim from Haifa, has become Israel’s unofficial ambassador off the court, and a phenom for Duke on it For Nadine Fahoum, serving as an ambassador for Israeli tennis and the State of Israel is a pleasure — though anything but straightforward. The 22-year-old Muslim… Read more...

Why Jews Should Love Bruce Springsteen
April 5, 2012

Walking out of the Bruce Springsteen concert in Philadelphia last week, I heard a yalmuke-wearing teenager exclaim, “If Bruce Springsteen was a rabbi, I’d go to his shul [synagogue]!” The 62-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee had just delivered a three-hour… Read more...

Flat Stanley, Meet Chayim Yerushalayim!
March 26, 2012

Flat Stanley is the beloved “flat” character from the 1964 children’s book of the same title, written by Jeff Brown and illustrated by Tomi Ungerer. Every teacher and parent of young children know the story of Stanley Lambchop, who gets “flattened” in his sleep when a… Read more...

Casspi not cavalier about role as ‘Israeli ambassador’ in US
March 1, 2012

Omri Casspi on meeting up with Gilad Shalit, what it’s like to wear number 36, and life as the only Israeli playing in the NBA NEW YORK — Basketball player Omri Casspi achieved overnight rock star status in 2009 when he was drafted 23rd overall in the first round by the NBA’s… Read more...

People of the Books
February 20, 2012

“What’s the frummest book you sell here?” the customer asks Adam, the gregarious bookseller. “Do you sell Judaism for Dummies? asks a man, not appreciating the irony–he was asking hovering over books, just under the sign indicating he was in the “Scholarly… Read more...

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