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How Shabbos Was Saved By a Brooklyn Muslim & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

How Shabbos Was Saved By a Brooklyn Muslim & Other Orthodox Jews in the News


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Katz Hillel Day School Graduate Wins National Writing Contest
Ariella Mayer, a recent eighth grade graduate of Katz Hillel Day School of Boca Raton, has achieved national recognition for her winning essay submission in the Better Together program’s Better2Write competition. Ariella’s essay was awarded first place from the 600 submissions entered into this national writing contest. Ariella, who will attend Katz Yeshiva High School of South Florida located in Boca Raton in the fall, was one of 20 participants in KHDS’ Better Together program, which is a two-year program supported by a national foundation and designed to encourage meaningful intergenerational interaction.

Building Bridges Between Muslim and Orthodox Jewish Communities in Southern Brooklyn, or How Jabaran Saved Shabbos
Back in January of 2019, Akram started spending Shabbos with his colleagues and friends. He said he wanted to learn more about the Jewish community. During one of Akram’s first Shabbos, he was at Tova Chatzinoff-Rosenfeld’s house in Midwood. Everyone was eating and having a great time. The patrolmen of the synagogue right downstairs ran up saying the synagogue was flooding.

Why Choosing A Torah Path is So Hard to Explain
This fellow writer and Jew knew nothing of my years of personal struggle — intellectual, emotional, spiritual — that preceded and to some extent continued in my life as a baalat teshuvah. How could I explain in mere seconds what it had taken me years to understand and appreciate?

Inability to Take Ritual Bath Factors Into 1.5M Settlement For Woman Hit By Truck
A pregnant Orthodox Jewish woman struck as she and her family walked in Toco Hills spent several months after giving birth unable to touch her husband because she could not take the ritual bath, or mikvah, demanded by her faith. She has settled her claims for 1.5 million.

Mikvah the Musical
The theater’s newest play, “Mikva the Musical,” which breaks that mold, is playing in Teaneck next week for women only. The show started off as “The Mikva Monologues,” a collection of stories about Orthodox women’s experiences using the ritual bath, and became so much more.

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A former Hollywood script editor, Jerusalem event planner, non-profit fundraiser and professional blogger, Sara Levine is an accomplished writer and editor. After graduating from USC's School of Cinematic Arts, her first screenplay was well-received by story executives at major studios. As a journalist, her articles have been published internationally in popular magazines and websites. With over 18 years experience as a story consultant, her notes and critiques on novels and scripts have been used to select and improve material by top studios, networks, agencies and writers in Hollywood and beyond. She is currently at work on her first novel.