On the police barricades outside the Pittsburgh synagogue hang stars painted with messages of love and support for the Pittsburgh community.
In Pittsburgh, just days after the awful synagogue…shooting, we spoke with Jeff Parness, the founder of the Stars of Hope organization. His young son started Stars of Hope as a mitzvah day project in 2007, and since then, they have helped 200+ communities impacted by disaster and tragedy. As their site explains, "When disaster strikes, we deploy Stars of Hope to lift… >> Read More
As a child, Adam Sella, 18, spoke English and Hebrew at home, and learned German in school. As a teen, he studied Arabic in Morocco. It was on that trip that he met likeminded teens who were helping…refugees. So, Adam came back to the United States and started a club at his Cincinnati high school, called STAR - Students Together Assisting Refugees. In the past three years, Adam’s organization has raised over $26,000 from donation drives, collected over 750 household items which they distributed among 266 refugee families, and helped nine resettled… >> Read More
What do Jonah Hill's mom and Adam Levine's mom have in common?
The answer is: a lot.
In addition to being moms to three of the most famous Jewish celebrities working today — Sharon…Feldstein to both is mom to actors Jonah Hill and Beanie Feldstein; Patsy Noah's son Adam Levine is Maroon 5's frontman — the pair have a long history as friends. Feldstein and Noah met in 1973 through their boyfriends, who had met in the principal's office in junior high. Both New York natives, they remained… >> Read More
Henry Street Settlement, a New York social services organization founded by Jewish American Lillian Wald, is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. And what a year it's been: In February, the…organization received its largest ever single gift from an individual. A whopping $6.24 million gift was donated posthumously by a New Yorker, Sylvia Bloom, who worked as a secretary. It was part of a fortune that no one — including her close friends and family — knew she had. As The New York Times reported, "Since Ms.… >> Read More
Ilan Cohen is only 17 years old. He can't vote yet and he has never been to Kansas — but that isn't stopping him from officially running for governor of that state.
Why is Cohen, a junior at…the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in suburban Washington, D.C., campaigning to become the governor of Kansas? Because he can. Cohen spoke to our sister site, JTA, saying that politics isn't just for "grown-ups." He makes that clear on his campaign website, CohenForKansas.com: One of the key reasons behind this candidacy is teen participation in political… >> Read More