Israeli Social To-Do App Voted Best App Of 2011
Any.DO, an Israeli social to-do app that has been voted best Android app of 2011 by Techcrunch, organizes user’s tasks in new and creative ways.
Like other to do apps, Any.DO includes the basics, like adding tasks, marking them complete, setting priorities, etc. But it does a number of other things which make it stand out from the crowd. Read full article
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The Synagogue in America: A Short History
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the American Synagogue but Were Afraid to Ask A pop quiz: What architectural fashion was so popular in American synagogue design that it became known as the "Jewish style"? Which Orthodox rabbi lectured on Jesus, in Yiddish--as well as givingsermons on Aristotle, Confucianism, and Muhammad--and assigned himself a letter grade for each public performance? True or false: Inthe colonial period, Shearith Israel, bastion of New York's Sephardicelite, had more presidents of Ashkenazi than Sephardic descent. Stumped? Marc Lee Raphael has all the answers in his new book, The Synagogue in America: A Short History. Read full review
Updating Old Traditions
At Passover and all year, creative Jews update traditions
Monday night was Passover, most American Jews observed religious ritual. They'll retell the story of freedom from slavery in Egypt during a ritual meal, the Seder.
But with each passing year, Jewish numbers are threatened. Surveys find fewer U.S. Jews and more who are unaffiliated and uninterested in the established Jewish religious and institutional life. Now, to meet the challenge, young and young-minded Jews are launching or expanding innovative programs to experience their ancient faith and culture with a 21st-century twist. Full Story
Seder In Suriname
Once thriving Jewish community is struggling
Paramaribo, Suriname: Until recently, Paramaribo had two ancient synagogues famous for their distinctive architecture and sand-covered floors. Hard times, however, forced the shrinking Jewish community several years ago to lease out the smaller of the two shuls, Tzedek V'Shalom, for $3,500 a month. Once all the Jewish ritual objects inside were removed and shipped off to Israel's Diaspora Museum, a local computer firm converted the Sephardi synagogue into an Internet cafe. Full Story
Jewish Agency For Israel
To Inspire Jews throughout the world to Connect with their people, heritage and Land, and Empower them to build a thriving Jewish future and a strong Israel. Jewish Agency For Israel
The Virtual Israel Experience
The Virtual Israel Experience is designed for anyone who plans a trip to Israel, hopes to visit in the future or just wants to learn more about the history of the Jewish state. We hope the experience will be fun and, educational. The tour is self-guided. You can either choose to follow the tour we've created for you or create your own itinerary and jump around to the cities and sites that most interest you. Click here
Youth Travel Programs to Israel
Blogging from Israel
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
Since 1914, the JDC has set up programs all over the globe in order to fulfill the belief that all Jews are responsible for each other, by guaranteeing that all Jews in need are taken care of. The JDC helps answer the endless struggles faced by Jews all over the world including assisting Ethiopian Jews go to Israel, providing meals for Holocaust survivors in Eastern Europe, and helping Jews in Cuba to reestablish their religious tradition.