Mourning the Loss of Elie Wiesel

Originally published by The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum deeply mourns the passing of Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor, Nobel laureate, and international leader of the Holocaust remembrance movement. In the aftermath of the Holocaust, at a time when the world could not bear to remember, he could not bear to forget. Through his singular moral leadership, intellect, and eloquence, he gave voice to those who had been silenced forever … Continue reading

Jewish Federation of NEPA Brings Film Festival to Scranton

The Jewish Federation of Northeastern Pennsylvania invites NEPA community members to attend its debut Film Festival, scheduled to screen at the Moskovitz Theater in DeNaples Center at The University of Scranton on Sunday, August 28, 2016. The screenings are part of the Jewish Federation of NEPA’s 2016-2017 campaign, designed to introduce the mission of the Jewish Federation, raise funds and expose Jewish-themed contemporary films from around the world to our local film loving audience. The … Continue reading

‘Poisoning’ Accusations are a Palestinian Tradition

Originally Posted on June 24, 2016 by Rafael Medoff/ Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas must be surprised at the international outcry over his accusation this week that Israeli rabbis are plotting to poison Arab wells. After all, Abbas and his colleagues have been making similar allegations for more than 30 years, yet the international community has hardly said a word. The best-known allegation was the declaration by Yasser Arafat’s wife, Suha, at a 1999 press … Continue reading

Shavuot / שבועות

The festival of Shavuot (or Shavuos, in Ashkenazi usage; Shabhuʿoth in Classical and Mizrahi Hebrew “Weeks”) occurs on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan (late May or early June). Shavuot commemorates the anniversary of the day God gave the Torah to the entire Israelite nation assembled at Mount Sinai, although the association between the giving of the Torah (Matan Torah) and Shavuot is not explicit in the Biblical text. The holiday is one … Continue reading

Passover / פסח

Passover (Pesach) commemorates the story of the Exodus, in which the ancient Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt. Passover begins on the 15th day of the month of Nisan in the Jewish calendar, which is in spring in the Northern Hemisphere, and is celebrated for seven or eight days. It is one of the most widely observed Jewish holidays. Passover begins at sundown on Mon, 10 April 2017.   … Continue reading

Purim / פורים

Purim (“lots”, from the word pur, related to Akkadian pūru) commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire from destruction in the wake of a plot by Haman, a story recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther (Megillat Esther). Purim begins at sundown on Sat, 11 March 2017. … Continue reading

Tu BiShvat / טו בשבט

Tu BiShvat or Tu B’Shevat or Tu B’Shvat occurs on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat. It is also called “The New Year of the Trees” or (Rosh HaShanah La’Ilanot‎). Tu BiShvat is one of four “New Years” mentioned in the Mishnah. Tu BiShvat begins at sundown on Fri, 10 February 2017.