The Women’s Performance Community of Jerusalem and OU Israel

On Sabbath, October 27, when a gunman murdered 11 Jews in a Pittsburgh synagogue, he screamed, “All Jews must die.” The location of this anti-Semitic attack may be new, but the call is as old as the existence of Jews. In every generation, an enemy has risen against the Jewish people or Jewish individuals. fact,…

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Shabbat Candles during the Inquisition

Published September 24, 2018

Shabbat Candles during the Inquisition This week under The Shabbat Project more than one million Jews will circle the world with light – the light of the Sabbath candles – as Jews of every affiliation do their best to keep Shabbat together. The small flames of their Shabbat candles will shine in homes and hearts…

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“HIDDEN – The Secret Jews of Spain”, an epic historical musical about a courageous converso family trying to preserve its faith during the terror of the Spanish Inquisition, is spreading its dazzle and vitality to the already energized OU Israel Center this season. Two evenings a week, dancers and singers of every age and background rehearse…

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Yom Kippur & The Secret Jews of Spain

Published September 17, 2018

It is Yom Kippur. It is always Yom Kippur on Sunday night at 7 PM, when the Secret Yom Kippur scene is rehearsed at the OU Israel Center for the new show, “HIDDEN – The Secret Jews of Spain”. The dancers position themselves with white shawls upon their shoulders. The “rabbi” stands downstage with a…

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Rosh Hashana & the Hidden Jews

Published August 30, 2018

Throughout the world, Jewish families are preparing themselves for the new year, Rosh Hashana – shopping for holiday delicacies, beautiful dresses, colorful ties, and reading inspirational articles. Jews of all different lands and assorted time periods have always celebrated Rosh Hashana in ways that combined their Jewish heritage and the influence of the country in…

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“Eicha. How she sits in solitude. The city that was full of people has become like a widow.” (Eicha 1:1) The prophet Jeremiah is speaking of Jerusalem, a once proud city, turned to ruin with the destruction of the Holy Temple and the fall of its once-mighty citizens. He could have been speaking, rightly, of…

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