Communities Around the World

Like in previous years, this Passover our communities all over the world enjoyed the holiday, though perhaps more subdued than usual with the very real situation of war in Israel and 133 hostages remaining in captivity in Gaza. Extra prayers were said and empty seats set...

This has been a difficult year for the entire Jewish world. Contemplating a holiday such as Purim, one typically celebrated with such joy, was incredibly challenging while we are in such pain. Many people adjusted the tenor of their celebration, but for most people it...

The Jewish people are going through an extremely difficult time now. But there are some special moments that bring some necessary light to our lives and the last night of Chanukah we had a huge simcha (joy) when our dear Moshe Samuel got married to...

One of the fun things about working with Jewish communities around the world is the holidays. Getting a peek into the traditions, culture, variety and style in each unique community reminds us how there really is “70 faces to the Torah…” – and to all...

Colombian-born Rabbi Asher Abarbanel, our much-loved representative in Cali, Colombia, and his wife Margalit, had something special to celebrate with the community he serves: the brit milah of his first-born son. Rabbi Asher was thrilled to announce the good news, and the brit was celebrated...

Rav Shimon Yehoshua serves the Bnei Anousim (descendants of the forced Jewish converts of the Spanish Inquisition) communities and conversion candidates in Colombia. Rabbi Shimon was born in Argentina and received his rabbinic ordination in Jerusalem at the Beit Hamidrash Hasefaradí. He is a graduate...

The story of the Katz family characterizes the history of Vissoky Jews and the way in which their community was involved in the lives of the other neighboring Jews in the area. [caption id="attachment_171995" align="alignleft" width="285"] Yevgeny & Svetlana at a Voronezh synagogue [/caption] In the Great Synagogue...

The Bnei Sefarad community in Cuba is an emerging Jewish community that consists of descendants of Sephardic and Portuguese 'Anousim' (those who were forcibly converted in the time of the Inquisition) and have gone through a deep process of reconnecting with the Jewish roots of...

Yom Ha'atzmaut is Israel's national Independence Day commemorating the Israeli Declaration of Independence in 1948. The day is marked by official and unofficial ceremonies and observances throughout Israel and the Jewish world. Yom Hazikaron, the Israeli Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism Remembrance Day is always...

Like in previous years, this Passover our communities all over the world enjoyed the holiday. Eating matza and other special foods, gathering for the seder, taking day trips and having family time.  Now Pesach is over – the matzah is finished, the special Passover dishes put...