Local Hillel House makes construction headway

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Hillel of Silicon Valley began official construction moves yesterday, December 22. Yasher Koach Hillel!

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Surfing his way to Israel

What a cool story! Thanks Chagit Shmargad for posting this!

Hawaiian surfer Barak Argov leaving paradise to join IDF. ‘Being Jewish and the son of an ex-Israeli I feel obligated to serve in the army,’ he says

Itamar Eichner, Published by ynetnews.com

Barak Argov, 19, the son of an Israeli father and an American mother has decided to leave the paradise in which he is leaving – Hawaii – and immigrate to Israel in order to join the Israel Defense Forces.

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Jewish youth movements launch anti-bullying campaign

SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) — Three international Jewish youth movements have launched a campaign to combat homophobia.

The Coalition of Jewish Teen Leaders, comprised of the presidents of B’nai B’rith Youth Organization, the Reform movement’s National Federation of Temple Youth and the Conservative movement’s United Synagogue Youth, has joined a campaign started by Keshet, a national organization working for GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender) inclusion in Jewish life. Continue reading

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New survey shows more U.S. Jews than suspected

NEW YORK (JTA) — The American Jewish population is larger than suspected, according to new estimates compiled by Brandeis University.

The suburban Boston university’s Steinhardt Social Research Institute is estimating that there are some 6.5 million people in the United States who are either Jewish by religion or who self-identify as Jewish. The figure represents a 20 percent increase in the number of Jews since 1990. Continue reading

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Why do you give?

Why do you give?

Tax deductions are just one reason to give.

Other reasons might include helping others, feeling good or even just to ‘do the right thing.”  You might give to know that you are doing your part to build and support a worthy Jewish community.  In a recent survey of Austin, Texas residents, they were asked why they gave.  Overwhelming the answers were that a good community provides support for its needy, sick and elderly; educates its children; and, supports enrichment activities in arts and culture.  But really, only you can articulate why it’s important for you and your family to participate in charity.

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Charitable IRA Rollover Extended for 2010 and 2011

Among the multitude of items included in the Tax Relief Act, signed into law by President Obama on December 17th, was an extension of the Charitable IRA Rollover provision through the end of 2011.

The tax provision offers nonprofit organizations a wonderful opportunity to engage with donors between now and the end of the calendar year. There are several important points that charities and donors interested in this provision must be aware of: Continue reading

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Rocket from Gaza injures Israeli girl

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli teenager was injured when a Kassam rocket fired from the Gaza Strip exploded near a kindergarten in a western Negev kibbutz.

In addition to the 14-year-old girl, who was on her way to school, an adult living on Kibbutz Zikim near Ashkelon also was hurt by shrapnel from the blast. Four others were treated for shock, according to a statement from the Israeli military.

Ten children were in the kindergarten when the rocket struck about 20 feet away. Continue reading

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