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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

Judaica Europeana

Judaica Europeana is a growing network of 25 heritage institutions, led by the European Association for Jewish Culture in London, which will bring digitized Jewish content collections to Europeana – a portal of Europe’s museums, archives and libraries. The digitization of partnersʼ collections has proceeded apace over the last year alongside the harmonization of their metadata. Once the collections‘ databases have been uploaded, users will be able to find and view each and every object together with its cataloguing dataJudaica Europeana is a growing network of 25 heritage institutions, led by the European Association for Jewish Culture in London, which will bring digitized Jewish content collections to Europeana – a portal of Europe’s museums, archives and libraries. The digitization of partnersʼ collections has proceeded apace over the last year alongside the harmonization of their metadata. Once the collections‘ databases have been uploaded, users will be able to find and view each and every object together with its cataloguing data. Visit site

News & Reviews

    Book Review

    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

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    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

    Teen Summer Travel Programs

    Summer travel programs for Jewish teens throughout the U.S. and world.  Click Here. 

    Youth Travel Programs to Israel

    An effective way to strengthen Jewish identity is to build a connection with Israel, our Jewish homeland.  We encourage young people to explore the many opportunities available to them if they want to travel to Israel.  Click here to learn more.

    Birthright Israel offers FREE 10-day trips to Israel to college students and young adults who have not previously traveled to Israel on a peer trip.  Click here to learn more. 

    Blogging from Israel


      Read full blog from the Cossmans' recent visit to Israel. 

      The Global Jewish Population

      Argentina: 250,000

      Armenia: 200

      Australia: 100,000

      Austria: 10,000

      Azerbaijan: 30,000

      Bahamas: 200

      Belarus: 60,000

      Belgium: 40,000

      Bolivia: 380

      Bosnia-Herzegovina: 600

      Brazil: 130,000

      Bulgaria: 3,000

      Canada: 360,000

      Chile: 15,000

      Colombia: 5,650

      Costa Rica: 2,500

      Croatia: 2,000

      Cuba: 1,000

      Czech Republic: 6,000

      Denmark: 8,000

      Dominican Republic: 250

      Dutch Antilles: 400

      Ecuador: 1,000

      El Salvador: 120

      Estonia: 3,000

      Ethiopia: 500

      Finland: 1,200

      France: 600,000

      Georgia: 17,000

      Germany: 60,000

      Gibraltar: 600

      Greece: 5,000

      Guatemala: 1,200

      Hong Kong: 2,500

      Hungary: 80,000

      India: 6,000

      Iran: 25,000

      Iraq: 120

      Ireland: 1,000

      Israel: 4,600,000

      Italy: 35,000

      Jamaica: 300

      Japan: 2,000

      Kazakhstan: 15,000

      Kenya: 400

      Kyrgystan: 4,500

      Latvia: 15,000

      Lithuania: 6,000

      Luxembourg: 600

      Mexico: 40,700

      Moldova: 30,000

      Monaco: 1,000

      Morocco: 7,500

      Netherlands: 30,000

      New Zealand: 5,000

      Norway: 1,500

      Panama: 7,000

      Paraguay: 1,200

      Peru: 3,000

      Philippines: 250

      Poland: 8,000

      Portugal: 900

      Puerto Rico: 3,000

      Romania: 14,000

      Russia: 550,000

      Singapore: 300

      Slovakia: 6,000

      South Africa: 106,000

      South Korea: 150

      Spain: 14,000

      Suriname: 200

      Sweden: 18,000

      Switzerland: 18,000

      Syria: 250

      Tahiti: 120

      Tajikistan: 1,800

      Thailand: 250

      Tunisia: 2,000

      Turkey: 25,000

      Turkmenistan: 1,200

      United Kingdom: 300,000

      United States: 5,800,000

      Ukraine: 400,000

      Uruguay: 32,500

      Uzbekistan: 35,000

      US Virgin Islands: 400

      Venezuela: 35,000

      Yemen: 800

      Yugoslavia: 2,500

      Zaire: 320

      Zimbabwe: 925

      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.

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      Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest

      Click here to go to the Consul General's website.

       
      A cooperative savings program between parents and the CUJF to enable your child to travel to Israel as a young adult.  Click here to learn more.