When Yoga and Mindfulness Meet Torah

A rabbi, a yogi and a Buddhist walk into the Manhattan JCC… What sounds like a stock opener of a joke actually happened at an event March 1 connected to Dani Shapiro’s newly released memoir, “Devotion” (Harper). The author invited her spiritual teachers to join her in a conversation moderated by writer and former television producer Abigail Pogrebin, who not only feigned surprise that attendees didn’t arrive in yoga pants, but also declared herself the most high-strung person in the room.

Political Wife Duped by Israeli Press

The wife of Israel’s own defense minister has been duped by a man in disguise.

With Prayer and Nursery Rhymes, Religious Leaders Call Attention to Sudan

Attempting to draw attention to the fragile situation in war-torn Sudan, Jewish, Christian and Muslim activists descended on Capitol Hill March 2, armed with prayers — and nursery rhymes.

Remembering Avi Gross Schaefer: Student, Soldier, Future Peacemaker

Avi Gross Schaefer, a 21-year-old veteran of the Israel Defense Forces and a freshman at Brown University, was killed almost instantly February 12, after being hit by a car driven by a drunken driver. Rabbi Arthur Gross Schaefer and his wife, Laurie Gross, a prominent artist, have lost a son, and the wider world lost someone who was primed to make a difference as a peacemaker.

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Aliyah an Option for More North American Jews Escaping a Bad Economy

When Nisan and Gilan Gertz stepped off the plane at Ben-Gurion International Airport with their children last August, they were seven of almost 4,000 North Americans to make aliyah in 2009 — the largest number to do so in a single year since 1983.

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