Author: Aaron Katsman

Long Island and Queens Region: Largest Bukharian Shul Becomes OU Member

This past May, the OU Department of Community Engagement warmly welcomed Congregation Beth Gavriel/Bukharian Jewish Center of Forest Hills, New York as a new OU member shul. Beth Gavriel is comprised of over 1,000 families, making it the largest Bukharian shul in New York, possibly even in the country.

Remembering the Mercaz Massacre: On the Tenth Anniversary of the Mercaz HaRav Massacre

Thursday night, March 6th, 2008, Rosh Chodesh Adar Bet 5768: Around eight pm, while my husband Baruch, a student at Yeshivat Mercaz HaRav, and I are enjoying a relaxing supper, a man from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, wearing a black stocking cap and carrying a cardboard TV box, climbs the five steps from the sidewalk to the courtyard of Mercaz HaRav. He strides forward and rests the box on a stone ledge. Spotting three teenage boys mulling around the dormitory entrance, he reaches into the box and draws out a Kalashnikov rifle.

The Surging Israeli Economy

Counting Israeli Shekels. Photo: Ariel Jerozolimski We all know the old joke: “How do you become a millionaire in Israel? You come with two million!” While that one-liner used to be true, nowadays Israel’s economy is flourishing, and economic and employment opportunities abound. Israeli ingenuity and creativity are leading the way, and the country has […]