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Simanim: Symbolic Foods Served During Rosh Hashanah

“What Is a Traditional Ashkenazic Rosh Hashanah Dinner Meal?” Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a two-day holiday filled with rejuvenating foods, rituals, and prayers. During this time, Jews reflect on themselves, who they are, where they may have fallen short, and things they can do to honor their faith and return to a … Continued

Exploring The Yizkor Service

“What is the Yizkor Service?” Yizkor, which translates to “remembrance” is a special Jewish memorial service and prayer to honor the deceased. It is most commonly said for a parent, child, sibling or spouse, but can also be recited for any relative or close friend. With the belief that the soul is eternal, participating in … Continued

Rosh Hashanah Challah Bake

KNEAD a Difference. Make, Take, Bake! Enjoy a Rosh Hashanah Challah bake on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at Commonpoint Queens. Join women of all ages to mix, knead, and braid challah from scratch. Share the gift of Rosh Hashanah warmth with those in need. Make two for you and donate one to a family in … Continued

Minor Miracles

On June 27, 2019, the Kupferberg Holocaust Center at Queensborough College hosted “Minor Miracles”, a show by Susan Winter, sponsored in part by Michael and Debbie Resnick of Sinai Chapels. Susan Winter is an award-winning cabaret maven who has appeared in famed New York City venues such as the Algonquin’s Oak Room, Feinstein’s 54 Below … Continued

Taking a Deeper Look into the Tribes of Israel

“Taking a Deeper Look into the Tribes of Israel” The Twelve Tribes of Israel are descendants of the twelve sons of Jacob, who was later called Israel. Reform Jews do not believe that any congregation should have a different type of status compared to another. However, for Conservative and Orthodox Jews, the very foundation of … Continued

Can You be Buried in a Jewish Cemetery with Tattoos?

“Can You be Buried in a Jewish Cemetery with Tattoos?” Tattoos. Body ink. Body art. These are uncommon words in Jewish culture because there is a belief among many Jewish people that one cannot be buried in a Jewish cemetery if they have a tattoo. This belief is purely a myth. While the Torah states … Continued

Shiva Customs – Why Jewish Mourners Cover Mirrors And Sit On Low Stools

“Why Jewish Mourners Cover Mirrors And Sit On Low Stools?” Considered one of the oldest monotheistic religions in the world, Judaism is rich in history with time-honored rites and rituals passed down for centuries including those practiced during the time of mourning known as shiva. The traditions observed during shiva help those left behind deal … Continued

Why Do Jewish People Place Stones on Monuments?

The 1993 film Schindler’s List portrayed the story of a German businessman who saves the lives of hundreds of Jews during World War II. A scene at the end of the film depicts the surviving group of people Schindler saved from Nazi persecution (the “Schindler Jews”) each paying their respects for him by placing a … Continued

Is Your Estate Plan Probate-Proof? Should It Be?

Here are important questions to consider: When was the last time you had an estate planning attorney perform a full review of your long-term plans for your financial affairs, your family, and your legacy?   For that matter, have you ever sought out such a review? Have you taken the necessary steps to keep your estate … Continued

Center For Jewish Studies at Queens College Kristallnacht Commemoration

The Annual Commemoration of Kristallnacht and Recommitment to Combating Anti-Semitism and Hatred. Sunday, November 12, 2017, 2-4 PM, Goldstein Theatre at Queens College Free and Open to the Public Keynote Address: Casablanca, the Refugee Question, and the Fateful Summer of 1938 Professor Noah Isenberg, New School Presentation will include film clips from Casablanca Noah Isenberg is Professor of … Continued