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Highlighting the work of our grantees.

22Jul 18
Rabbi Shagar: What People Are Saying About His Work, Newly Introduced To English Readers

Rabbi Shagar: What People Are Saying About His Work, Newly Introduced to English Readers

A translator calls him “a peddler of paradoxes” and “an alchemist who casually synthesized sacred and profane.” The work of Rabbi Shimon Gershon Rosenberg (Shagar) (1949–2007), widely known in Israel, is new to an English-reading audience. The English translation of his book of essays, Rabbi Shagar: Faith Shattered and Restored, Judaism in a Postmodern Age (Maggid Modern Classics, 2017), was supported by Targum Shlishi...
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24Jun 18
Teaching Jewish Texts

Teaching Jewish Texts

Targum Shlishi helped support the book Turn it and Turn it Again: Studies in the Teaching and Learning of Classical Jewish Texts, edited by Jon A. Levisohn and Susan P. Fendrick (Academic Studies Press). The book was the first publication from the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education at Brandeis. The book is a multi-author collection of essays that explores…

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17Jun 18
A Hackathon For Orthodox Women In Israel

A Hackathon for Orthodox Women in Israel

The Jerusalem College of Technology (JCT) held its first-ever hackathon for women in early June, with unexpected results. Far more women than expected turned out, several with babies in tow. The women’s commitment and interest were impressive, and the resulting projects far exceeded expectations. A hackathon brings together computer programmers and others in a compressed time period to work intensively…

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10Jun 18
Jewish Spirituality—The Meeting Point  Between Eastern And Western Philosophy

Jewish Spirituality—The Meeting Point Between Eastern and Western Philosophy

“We live in a generation thirsting for spirituality,” says Rabbi Yakov Nagen, an interfaith activist and author who teaches at Yeshivat Otniel. Targum Shlishi is supporting the translation into English of Rabbi Yakov Nagen’s 2013 book Awakening to a New Day, to be published by Maggid in early 2019. Awakening to a New Day tackles the existential challenges we face about…

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25Mar 18
Israel’s Founding: Eyewitness Accounts

Israel’s Founding: Eyewitness Accounts

They were there: establishing Israel Interviewing people who helped found the State of Israel is the mission of the Jerusalem-based organization Toldot Yisrael, which has been engaged in a race against time since its founding in 2007. Toldot Yisrael videotapes interviews with men and women who were members of Israel’s 1948 generation in order to gather and preserve history. Since…

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28Jan 18
Remembering—and Mis-Remembering—the Holocaust

Remembering—and Mis-Remembering—the Holocaust

The history of the Holocaust in Lithuania was effectively rewritten for decades. In a “country [that] sports street names and monuments honoring locals who collaborated with the Nazis during World War Two,” as Josh Cohen wrote on the website Defending History, any inquiries into the nature of the widespread Lithuanian collaboration with Nazis was considered taboo. That status quo has…

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14Jan 18
Ordaining Women As Orthodox Clergy: Hearing From The Students

Ordaining Women as Orthodox Clergy: Hearing from the Students

What is it like to be one of the women enrolled at Yeshivat Maharat, the first yeshiva to ordain women as Orthodox clergy? “When you know that the very thing that you are doing, albeit groundbreaking or controversial, is important, valuable and necessary for yourself and the community” then you have to keep at it, even when faced with challenges,…

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23Dec 17
Portraits Of A Ghetto: An Exhibition

Portraits of a Ghetto: An Exhibition

Traveling in Europe with a friend several years ago, Sarah L. Singer had no desire to go to Venice, much less to explore the site of the Jewish Ghetto established there five hundred years ago. She certainly didn’t expect to be enchanted by her first encounter with the site, or to travel back time and again from her home in...
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02Dec 17
“Holocaust Escape Tunnel” Is A NOVA Documentary That Showcases How Ground Penetrating Radar Located The Ponar Tunnel

“Holocaust Escape Tunnel” is a NOVA Documentary that Showcases How Ground Penetrating Radar Located the Ponar Tunnel

A Targum Shlishi grant helped support a significant archaeological research project that has garnered international attention and has been the subject of a recent NOVA documentary, Holocaust Escape Tunnel, which first aired on PBS in April 2017. The research located an escape tunnel in the Ponar forest near Vilnius, Lithuania, built by prisoners during the Holocaust, who used mainly spoons and their hands to dig...
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