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Jerusalem U

Jerusalem U creates and distributes innovative and stimulating feature films and film-based educational programs with the goal of making young Jews feel proud of being Jewish and emotionally connected to Israel.

The Most Influentual Jews in History?

Yet again, a "water cooler" debate becomes a JU blog, because we want your input! Its an easy question...who do you think were the most influential Jews who ever lived?

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Sound The Shofar - Top Tips To Throw The Awesomest Jewish New Year Party!

Sound the shofar - the Jewish New Year is coming!  While much of the holiday is spent in the synagogue and around the family table, of COURSE you can’t let a New Year’s celebration pass by without a rocking party with friends!  You can hook it all up faster than you can say “Apples and Honey”.

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Apples on Rosh Hashana: Some Great Ways to Add Sweetness to Your New Year.

Most of us know about the custom of dipping an apple in honey on Rosh Hashana as a symbol for a sweet new year. We probably use apples rather than other fruits because of the verse above, and because they are available just about everywhere Jews have lived over the centuries, and they ripen around this time.

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Jewish Women Who Are Killin' it !

These ladies of the tribe are leaving the rest behind as leaders and role models in their professions. Some are household names, others you may not have heard of, but all are hugely influential people.

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English Words You Didn't Know Were Really Hebrew

Everyone knows English is a language cobbled together from French, German and Old English, but did you know that Hebrew has also played its part in the development of English? Here are some words you might not know have Hebrew roots:

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Repairing The World - Israel's 60 years of Remarkable Humanitarian Efforts

Friday August 19th 2016 is the UN's World Humanitarian Day, established to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to mobilize people to advocate for a more humane world. This is a cause that Israel has shown, by half a century of incredible actions, that it strongly supports:

There are only 8 million Israelis, living in a tiny country ranking around 190th in land size, yet Israel leads the world in humanitarian efforts and disaster relief, often first on the ground when natural disasters strike.

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Things People Say That Drive Jews Crazy !

Being Jewish carries it burdens - we have to deal with Jewish moms, wedding sized parties at 13, and decisions like which Birthright provider to use for our a free trip to Israel...as if that isn't enough there's the stuff non-Jews say to us that make us cringe!!

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Top Ten Jewish Brands Owning Today's Global Marketplace

Just a bit of fun, and in no way a comprehensive list, but here's a list of a few chosen companies run by Members of the Tribe, and yes there quite a few food and beverage brands on the list... what can I say, we Jews like our food ! 

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Shavuot - Five Ideas For Making It a Meaningful Experience.

I've always felt a little sorry for Shavuot -  Succot and Pesach (Shavuot's partner festivals) are each a week long and full of cool stuff that Jews are commanded to either do (like eating Matzah, shaking a Lulav & Etrog, building and eating in a Succah and holding a Seder).

Poor old Shavuot is just one day (two outside Israel), and the Torah doesn't give it any particular commandments for us to do - in fact it is the only Jewish festival that doesn't even have a date, we are simply told that it is held 50 days after Pesach. Maybe that's the reason that for large parts of the Jewish world, Shavuot gets forgotten.

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Light My Fire - Lag BaOmer

Lag BaOmer (May 26, 2016) marks the anniversary of the passing of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai - mystic and author of the Zohar, the seminal kabbalistic work that illuminates the divine light within every soul. The Omer itself is a 50-day period between the second day of Passover and the festival of Shavuot, when we celebrate the day the Jewish people received the Torah at Mount Sinai.

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