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  • December 17, 2019 2:22 PM | Deleted user

    Talmud Israeli Crowns Diaspora Winner in First
    Worldwide Competition

    Gal Naor, Chairman of Talmud Israeli - Daf Yomi For Us, is delighted to announce that over 1,100 families from around the world participated in this international competition. He invites all new learners to join Talmud Israeli’s innovative educational program in honor of the upcoming Siyyum HaShas.

    Jerusalem, Israel (12/17/19) – Fifteen teams (parent-child, siblings) from across Israel and the United States eagerly arrived at the Jerusalem Theatre on Sunday, December 15, 2019 to vie for the championship in the first Worldwide Talmud Israeli Chidon (competition). These families prepared for more than seven months with the goal of reaching the final round in Jerusalem. Each team passed two prior qualifying rounds. Talmud Israeli is incredibly proud that the Diaspora Delegation matched the achievement level of the Israeli participants.

    Three teams who travelled to Israel from the United States: Dr. Yardaena Osband and her son, Yonah Glazer of Riverdale, NY (Yonah is an 8th-grader at SAR Academy), Dovid Kanarfogel and his son, Ezra of Cedarhurst, NY (Ezra is a 4th-grader at HAFTR), and Dr. Jordan Rosenstock and his son, Eytan of White Plains, NY (Eytan is a 7th-grader at Westchester Day School). The Diaspora Delegation arrived in Israel last week for days of intense preparations in advance of the Chidon. In attendance at the Chidon were the Israeli Minister of Education, the Chief Rabbi of the IDF, and the Mayor of Jerusalem. The President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, posed the final question of the Chidon.

    Dr. Jordan and Eytan Rosenstock were crowned the Diaspora Winners and were awarded the prize of a "family fun day excursion”,  to encourage meaningful experiences that strengthen relationships within the family unit, which is one of Talmud Israeli’s goals.

    Talmud Israeli Founder and Editor-in-chief, Meir Jakobsohn, commented, “It was so moving to see children displaying such extensive knowledge of Gemara and Israeli history.”

    Yael Schulman, Director of Talmud Israeli - Daf Yomi For Us, added. “It has been an honor to accompany the Diaspora Delegation not only to Israel, but through the preliminary rounds of the Chidon and witness the dedication of so many people around the world to Gemara learning along with their deep love of Israel”.

    Gal Naor, Chairman of Talmud Israeli - Daf Yomi For Us, observed, “It was truly remarkable to see that Talmud Israeli - Daf Yomi For Us, a project established in the United States only three years ago, has grown to include thousands of weekly learners with more than 10,000 copies of the weekly publication distributed across the USA. My goal is to double the number of learners around the world within the next year."

    For almost a century, Jews around the world have participated in the joy of Daf Yomilearning. The 14th machzor (cycle) of Daf Yomi starts in just two weeks on 1/5/20. Everyone is invited to join Talmud Israeli’s circle of international learners and partake in the mitzvah of “le’hagdil Torah u’le’ha’adira” (to magnify Torah and to exalt it) by encouraging others to join Talmud Israeli for the new cycle. Synagogues and schools will receive the weekly publication completely free of charge. Talmud Israeli looks forward to partnering with schools, synagogues, organizations, and individuals in this historic effort.

    About Talmud Israeli: Talmud Israeli is an innovative educational program combining the study of Talmud with Torah, modern Jewish history, and Israel, with the goal of strengthening Jewish identity, connections to Israel, and ahavat ha’aretzfor learners around the world. Talmud Israeli makes complicated Talmudic material accessible, understandable and enjoyable for students of all ages by explaining one concept from each daf of the Gemara. Over the past three years, Talmud Israeli - Daf Yomi For Us, the English branch of Talmud Israeli, has developed and customized material for English-speaking learners around the world, delivering an assortment of educational products free-of-charge to more than 200 day schools and synagogues in North America alone.

    Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/talmudisraeli
    Like us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/talmudisraeli
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    Yael Schulman, Director, Talmud Israeli - Daf Yomi For Us

  • December 13, 2019 2:13 PM | Laura Herring (Administrator)

    Leading Jewish publisher celebrates historic completion of innovative edition of Talmud
    Koren Publishers & The Steinsaltz Center release 42 volumes of Talmud Bavli

    Koren Publishers, proudly headquartered in the heart of Jerusalem, announces the completion of The Noé Edition Koren Talmud Bavli. The 42-volume set, known for its innovative design and incomparable translation and commentary by Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz, takes its place as the newest edition of Talmud in the world.

    Publication of the Koren Talmud Bavli began in May 2011 with volumes released according to the international “Daf Yomi” (daily Talmud learning) schedule. The translation and editorial teams were overseen by Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb who served as Editor-in-Chief. Rabbi Weinreb is a world-renowned Torah scholar, clinical psychologist, and Executive Vice President, Emeritus of the Orthodox Union.

    To mark this historic publication, Finchley Synagogue Kinloss in London, hosted a tribute event in honor of Leo & Sue Noé, which attracted over 350 participants. The key speakers, Rabbi Lord Sacks, Dayan Binstock, and Rebbetzin Lauren Levin, all discussed the impact of Talmud in Jewish life and studied text passages together with the audience. Other notable personalities included Dayan Chanoch Ehrentreu, the head of the European Beth Din, Michael Goldstein, President of the United Synagogue, Leo & Sue Noé and their family.

    “Sue and I feel an enormous sense of honour and pride to have completed the latest publication of the Shas, the Koren Talmud Bavli, bringing its lessons, teachings, debates and wonders accessible to all,” said Leo Noé.

    The enormous scope of the project incorporated a wide range of experts including linguists, Bible botanists, archeologists, historians, Talmud scholars, designers, and typesetters, and used state-of-the-art technology to ensure consistency in its translation and content. Photos of recent archeological excavations throughout Israel and the Near East support examples discussed by the Sages and help bring the text to life for modern readers. Unique amongst all extant editions of the Talmud to date, The Noé Edition features side-by-side translation, color illustrations and maps - many of which were custom designed for this edition - comprehensive explanatory notes by Rabbi Steinsaltz, introductions and summaries to every volume and chapter, newly digitized fonts, and vocalized text for the original Aramaic and the commentaries of Rashi and Tosefot. Together, the Noé Edition Koren Talmud Bavli opens the doors of the Talmudic pages to people of all ages and backgrounds, unlike any other edition in the world.

    Koren Publisher Matthew Miller gave tribute to the Noé’s and the professional teams involved in the project by saying, “The landmark completion of The Noé Edition of the Koren Talmud Bavli is a testament to the tremendous work of both the teams at Koren and The Steinsaltz Center. Thanks to their support and dedication, this Talmud is going to impact many, many people for generations to come. We are so grateful to have reached this milestone for the Jewish people and the world-at-large.”


    Koren Publishers Jerusalem (www.korenpub.com) is one of the world’s leading publishers of Jewish texts, renowned for their textual precision and pioneering design. It first gained international recognition with the release of the first Koren Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) in 1962, and has since expanded to publish prayer books in multiple languages and works on contemporary Jewish thought under its Maggid Books imprint. It is best known for its partnerships with The Steinsaltz Center, under the leadership of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, and with Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks of the Koren Sacks Siddur and Mahzor series.

    Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz (www.steinsaltz-center.org) is today’s leading Talmud scholar. The 82-year-old has been on a life-long mission to make the Talmud accessible to all. Rabbi Steinsaltz’s landmark editions of the Talmud in Hebrew, French, and Russian have sold more than a million copies. To date, he has translated and written commentary on every single work in the Jewish canon including the Tanakh, Mishna, Talmud, Rambam, and more.

    Caption for photo: From Left to Right: Matthew Miller, publisher Koren Publishers, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Leo & Sue Noé  and Rabbi Meni Even-Israel (Steinsaltz), Director of the Steinsaltz Center.

    For more information, contact Yehudit Singer at yehudits@korenpub.com

    KOREN PUBLISHERS JERUSALEM - USA | PO Box 8531 New Milford, CT 06776
    203.830.8508 | www.korenpub.com

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  • December 02, 2019 9:35 AM | Deleted user

    Tidewater completes newspaper digitization project with
    community support

    Remembrance begins with preservation

    (Seattle, WA, December 2, 2019) – SmallTownPapers, Inc. has completed scanning of the archives of the Jewish News in the Tidewater area of Virginia.

    The scanning initiative for Virginia’s Jewish News was driven by local author and historian Harold (Hal) Sacks (z”l) who wanted to ensure that the invaluable historical information in the newspaper, particularly lifecycle events, would be online accessible and searchable today and for future generations. The Jewish News archive (accessible at jnt.stparchive.com) now bears his name.

    When Hal Sacks passed away two years ago, the editor of the Jewish News Terri Denison wrote, "His vision that Jewish News should have digital archives accessible via the Internet from anywhere across the globe, came to fruition only due to his insistence and personal funding. Now, through The Hal Sacks Jewish News Archives, it is possible to access the newspapers of the Tidewater Jewish community dating back to 1945."

    The importance of digitizing this country's Jewish newspaper archives cannot be understated.

    “The importance of remembering the past is such a crucial one as the Torah itself contains some 200 forms of the word  ‘remember’,” explains Atlanta Rabbi Hayyim Kassorla. “Every Friday evening in the famous poem Lekha Dodi, which ushers in the Shabbat, we chant Shamor Ve Zakhor, which means Guard and Remember. We are challenged and commanded to guard the past and remember it. I can think of no other fulfillment of this command than to digitize our Jewish newspapers and guard them from ever being forgotten.”

    It's critical to preserve the rich community history contained in Jewish newspapers, magazines and even newsletters. The content is invaluable for family information and for organizations wanting to access articles and photographs for anniversary celebrations and other events.

    “Remembrance is such an important issue in Judaism and we’re proud of our history working with Jewish newspapers and federations across the country to ensure their local Jewish history is digitally preserved and placed online where the community can easily access it,” said Paul Jeffko, the founder and president of SmallTownPapers.

    Today, making your community history online accessible and searchable is easier than ever before. ArchiveInABox® from SmallTownPapers will digitize your bound volume, loose or microfilmed archives, and provide free hosting including for your newspaper e-editions – keeping all your archives in one location. The benefits are wide ranging for the newspaper and your area's Jewish community. Contact us today to get started. Learn more at www.archiveinabox.com.

    As Rabbi Kassorla added, “Future generations will be able to access information about their loved ones, their communities and their legacies, and they will thank us for guarding and remembering.”

    If you would like more information about SmallTownPapers, Inc. and ArchiveInABox, please contact Karen Tarica at 206.369.0855 or email karen@smalltownpapers.com

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  • November 12, 2019 9:45 AM | Deleted user

    (NEW YORK, NY, November 12) Adventures in Jewish Studies, the podcast series of the Association for Jewish Studies, has successfully concluded its first season. The five-episode season focused on Jewish culture, history, and literature, with episodes on food traditions, the Jewish Bible, civil rights, Philip Roth, and whiteness, drawing thousands of listeners from 30 countries worldwide.

    Each episode of Adventures in Jewish Studies is designed to inform, engage, and entertain. NPR-veteran host and producer Jeremy Shere and featured guest scholars, historians, clergy members, and Jewish community leaders share their expertise, scholarship, memories, music, and history in narrating the diverse stories of Jewish life and culture.

    Considering the current upturn in antiSemitism, the most recent episode, “Are Jews White?” tackled the challenging and complex issues of Jewish identity and whiteness.  Scholars and Jewish community leaders discussed how Jews have been on the margins of whiteness, but have also occupied places of privilege within whiteness.

    The season’s most popular episode asked the big question – “Where Do Jews Come From?” Historians, professors, and clergy talked history, archaeology, linguistics, and genetics as they considered the mystery of Judaism’s roots.

    The season launched on a lighter note, featuring the American New York Jewish food tradition of “appetizing,” while leading listeners on a wide-ranging journey about Jewish immigration and acculturation. Other episodes featured the 50th anniversary of Philip Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint and the Mizrahi struggle for civil rights in Israel.

    Listenership continues to grow with every episode, and the podcast is gaining mentions in mainstream media. Season Two, which will have seven episodes, will launch in November with an episode on false messiahs, followed by an episode about Jewish women comedians of the 1950s to coincide with the Season 3 premiere of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon.

    Adventures in Jewish Studiesis available on iTunes, Spotify, and all podcasting platforms; it is also available online at associationforjewishstudies.org/podcast.

    The Association for Jewish Studies is the largest learned society and professional organization representing Jewish Studies scholars worldwide, with more than 2,000 members in 33 countries. The mission of the AJS is to advance research and teaching in Jewish Studies at colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher learning, and to foster greater understanding of Jewish Studies scholarship among the wider public.

    If you would like more information about Adventures in Jewish Studies, please contact Amy Ronek at 212.294.8301, x6202 or aronek@associationforjewishstudies.org.

    Contact: Amy Ronek
    Phone: 212.294.8301, x6202
    Email: aronek@associationforjewishstudies.org

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  • October 16, 2019 10:55 AM | Deleted user

    (Yogyakarta) In celebration of World Peace Day, the documentary,  “Herinneren: Het verhaal van Maurits Kiek... Remembering: The Maurits Kiek Story” was screened for the first time in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. This film received critical acclaim for its powerful message of personal responsibility to fight injustice in order to insure peace and civility.

    “Herinneren: Het verhaal van Maurits Kiek…Remembering: The Maurits Kiek Story” is a story of a young Jewish man, who courageously put his own life at risk and returned to Nazi-occupied Europe to fight the perpetrators of evil.  He served as a covert British MI-9 agent and engaged in saving the lives of allied airmen and others regardless of race, religion, or creed. Maurits Kiek’s story provides a timeless lesson.

    Cheryl Halpern, the American producer and director of this featured documentary explained, "When I produced and directed this documentary, my main goal was to have it screened around the world for as many diverse audiences as possible.  Today we are seeing, once again, the rise of extremism, neo-Nazism, prejudice, violence and racism. This is a social epidemic of global proportions. The story of Maurits Kiek needs to be shared in order for lessons to be learned.  It is important for youth to have role models like the 23 year old Maurits Kiek.”

    Queen of Pakualaman Al-Hajj IX, who attended the event, remarked, “I just finished watching a powerful, inspiring movie about the struggle of a man to defend what was right and who was willing to sacrifice himself to save others. It is quite an extraordinary story. I think we all need to stand hand in hand, ensuring that the incomprehensible inhumanity of the Nazi regime that ravaged Europe will never happen again. We cannot guarantee the non-reoccurrence; however, we can always promote peace within our society. That is one of the many ways we can attempt to prevent history from repeating itself”.

    In addition, the Vice Mayor of Wonosobo, Ir. Agus Subagiyo M.Si, commented, “The regent of Wonosobo highly appreciates this movie. It tells the story of a man who was courageous in his resistance to a brutal military oppressor in the fight to restore peace and justice to Europe during World War 2. It is an example of true heroism that Indonesia can adapt to teach our own.  Every individual needs to take a stand in the continuing challenge to promote peace and human dignity.  We cannot be silent and unresponsive to the threats that are emerging.”

    Tondi Hasibuan, the 12th King of Huristak in Padang Lawas, West Sumatera, further added that “This kind of movie is really empowering and educational. I strongly believe that more movies like this need to be made in the future. That way, people can constantly learn the important lessons from history”.

    The Committee for International Festivals worked together with the Nusantara Culture Society (MATRA), AMIKOM University in Yogyakarta, the Visions of a Peaceful Tomorrow Initiative (VOPI) and multiple pesantren (boarding schools) to celebrate World Peace Day, throughout the month of September; in Yogyakarta, Sleman, Sukabumi, Sragen, Karanganyar and Jakarta. The screening of “Herinneren: Het verhaal van Maurits Kiek... Remembering: The Maurits Kiek Story” was the hallmark for the World Peace Day 2019 events.  

    “The future belongs to the young generation as they assume their familial and societal roles. If they don’t learn how to be courageous when facing prejudice, intolerance, racism and violence, I fear for my grandchildren and for global society in general. I value the opportunity that was given to me to have interactive discussions with the young Indonesian students about Maurits Kiek and his determination to fight against merciless brutality.  If we can all learn from the story, we may stand a better chance at maintaining and sustaining a more just and peaceful society for ourselves and our families,” concluded Mrs. Halpern.

    Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmAX8iAYz9E

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  • September 03, 2019 4:39 PM | Deleted user

    Mid-Atlantic Media, LLC, which publishes Baltimore’s Child, Baltimore Jewish Times, Baltimore Style Magazine, Consumer’s Eye Magazine, Home Services Magazine, Frederick’s Child, Washington Family, and Washington Jewish Week has been chosen to provide design/production and some select administrative services for Editor & Publisher Magazine (E&P) magazine through Mid-Atlantic Media’s Custom Media division.

    E&P is a 135-year-old publication which covers all aspects of the news publishing industry. The magazine was sold on Aug. 30 to nationally renowned media consultant Mike Blinder and a newly formed company, The Curated Experiences Group.

    “I have great respect for Mid Atlantic Media’s commitment to producing quality publications for their own brands and the many media companies they serve. I am confident that I am putting the production of Editor and Publisher Magazine in the right hands,” Blinder, now publisher, said.

    Mid-Atlantic Media’s Custom Media division provides design/production services both in print and digital format for a wide range of newspaper and magazine publishers as well as education, nonprofit, and consumer entities.  Equipped with strong design, editorial, production and project management resources, it handles any or all aspects of publication, collateral and digital demands.

    “Editor & Publisher has always been a primary resource for me in my media career, so we’re honored to be working with the publication. We look forward to working with Mike and his team,” said Craig Burke, CEO of Mid-Atlantic Media.

    Contact: Craig Burke, CEO, cburke@midatlanticmedia.comJeni Mann, Director of Custom Publishing, jmann@midatlanticmedia.com

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  • August 21, 2019 9:03 AM | Deleted user

    August 21, 2019 - Mid-Atlantic Media, LLC, which publishes Baltimore’s Child, Baltimore Jewish Times, Baltimore Style Magazine, Consumer’s Eye Magazine, Home Services Magazine, Washington Family, and Washington Jewish Week, has expanded its media holdings with the acquisition of the Frederick, Md.-based Frederick’s Child.

    A regional parenting publication, Frederick’s Child was sold by Strongdini Enterprises. Roger and Donna Strong of Mt. Airy, Maryland were publishers of Frederick’s Child for 28 years and Craig Burke is CEO of Mid-Atlantic Media.

    “We are pleased to align Frederick’s Child with a group that understands parenting publications and are confident it will be a great addition to their family of products and an asset to the Frederick County community.” Strong said.

    As part of the acquisition, Mid-Atlantic Media has no immediate plans to make any significant changes other than improving its digital presence. Terms of the deal were not released.

    Mid-Atlantic Media, in addition to its publications, also operates a substantial custom media portfolio and has offices in Owings Mills and Rockville, Md., Philadelphia, Pa. and Phoenix, Ariz.

    While emphasizing a “business as usual” approach for the near term, Burke stressed that the acquisition fits right in with Mid-Atlantic Media’s strategic plans.

    “Mid-Atlantic Media continues to be interested in growing its parenting publication business. These parenting publications have an important voice in helping families with quality advice for raising children and connecting with their local communities,” he said. “Our advertisers, which are also significant resources for our readers, have enjoyed much success growing their business through smart advertising programs in these parenting publications. We are proud to add Frederick’s Child to our family. There are obvious synergies that exist with our established Baltimore and Washington parenting publications.

    “We look forward to providing valuable content to Frederick area families,” Burke added.

    Contact: Craig Burke, CEO, cburke@midatlanticmedia.com

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  • August 16, 2019 9:05 AM | Deleted user

    Remembering: The Maurits Kiek Story Screened in Indonesian Cinema

    August 16, 2019 - "Herinneren: Het verhaal van Maurits Kiek…Remembering: The Maurits Kiek Story" received its Indonesian censor approval and made its Asian screening premiere at the Planet Hollywood XXI, Jakarta, Indonesia, on July 9th, 2019. Cheryl Halpern, the American producer and director of this feature length documentary, said, "I appreciate the opportunity to share my documentary film, subtitled in the Bahasa language, with Indonesian and other Asian Pacific audiences. This film presents a lesson from the past that must be remembered today in our world where violence, prejudice and injustice is emerging with renewed vigor. Maurits Kiek is a hero for all of us to remember as we, too, are challenged to respond to inhumanity and cruelty."

    “Herinneren: Het verhaal van Maurits Kiek…Remembering: The Maurits Kiek Story” presents a young Jewish man’s courage to return to Nazi-occupied Europe where a reward for his capture ‘dead or alive’ had already been posted.  He served as a covert British MI-9 agent and engaged in saving the lives of allied airmen and others regardless of race, religion or creed.  Maurits Kiek’s unwavering determination to stand up, in the face of overwhelming odds, and fight the perpetrators of evil was most recently acknowledged in 2015 in Den Haag, the seat of government for The Netherlands.
    When asked to explain why she chose to produce this documentary, Mrs. Halpern explained, “I was motivated to produce this documentary given the rise of neo-Nazism, extremism and intolerance around the world and the  exposure of the younger generations, the vanguard of the future, to this bigotry and fanaticism on multiple global multimedia and social networking platforms.  Every generation needs to be taught, with and by example, that when individuals are persecuted because of gender, race, religion or physical limitations, that they have an obligation to protest and stand against the oppressors before they too lose their human dignity.”
    After the screening of her documentary, Mrs. Halpern received the International Woman of Change Award from the World Humanitarian Awards Organization (WHAO). “ Cheryl Halpern deserves this award because she is a woman who has and continues to promote change around the world, not only with her documentaries that applaud the spirit of achievement and provide positive visual images and messages for all audiences, but also with her support for initiatives that encourage young people to appreciate their potential and understand their responsibilities as members of peaceful and tolerant societies wherever they live," stated Damien Dematra, Chairman of the WHAO.
    In Indonesia, Mrs. Halpern is a founder of the Visions of Peace Initiative (VOPI), a not for profit organization, that is dedicated to stimulating youth to first consider and then express their ideas with regard to civility and peaceful coexistence using the broad spectrum of art modalities, including drawing, poetry, song, dance and film. This initiative engages with youth participants under the age of 18 and has already visited schools and orphanages in 22 different cities and has gone viral. When asked to clarify her commitment to the VOPI, Mrs. Halpern explained,  “This is a priority for me especially since we are living in a time when so many of the stories that are aired and shared on the multimedia and social networking platforms focus on violence, hatred corruption and abuse.  By providing an opportunity for their artistic expressions for a more peaceful tomorrow to be seen, heard and shared I hope that our youthful participants will develop a more tolerant state of mind for themselves and will integrate the goals of the VOPI into their daily lives as they mature.” 
    In addressing the screening of her documentary together with her receiving the WHAO award, Mrs. Halpern remarked, “the words of Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Elie Wiesel that are noted at the end of my documentary “Remembering: The Maurits Kiek Story” are equally appropriate for the VOPI, ‘Mankind must remember that Peace is not God’s gift to his creatures.  It is our gift to each other.’ I hope that with proper education and exposure to role models like Maurits Kiek that the youth will find the personal strength to work towards the goal of peaceful coexistence that has eluded previous generations.”

    Film Festivals Alliance
    Email: ffa.filmfestivalsalliance@gmail.com
    Website: www.filmfestivalsalliance.org
    Contact Name: Irene
    Company Name & Address: Film Festivals Alliance, PO BOX 6987, Jakarta JAT PK 13710, Indonesia

  • July 10, 2019 2:16 PM | Laura Herring (Administrator)

    Balkan Kosher provides 75% of all Kosher Certifications in Greece benefitting local enterprises and rebuilding the infrastructure of Jewish life in Salonika and the region through non-profit organization Balkan Jewish Communities

    Balkan Jewish Communities, based in Salonika, Greece, is leading the revival of Sephardic-Ladino heritage and rebuilding Balkan Jewish community life by expanding the availability of Kashrut for the Greek hospitality industry, tourism and providing kosher certification for regional food manufacturing.

    July 9, 2019 - SALONIKA, Greece – Balkan Kosher is one of Europe’s leading Kosher food certification agencies with offices in Greece, Israel and the United States. Balkan Kosher has garnered 75% of ALL Kosher certifications in Greece representing a 30% growth year-over-year for the past 2 years. Many original Greek-based clients have benefited from Balkan Kosher’s international marketing expertise including expansion into key markets - USA, the EU, Australia, Russia and Israel.

    Before Chabad of Salonika opened its doors in 2008, visitors to Salonika had great difficulty finding kosher food, Shabbos accommodations, and accessibility to Jewish historical sites. Today, visitors are able to make the pilgrimage to "La Madre de Israel" (the mother of Israel) with comfort, ease, and fully kosher accommodations. Balkan Kosher, the largest kosher certification agency in the Balkans, has helped Balkan Jewish Communities in achieving its mission of growing Jewish tourism and in connecting Ladino-Sephardic Jews with their glorious heritage.

    Balkan Jewish Communities
    Balkan Jewish Communities was founded in 2008 by Rabbi Yoel and Ruth Kaplan, the Chabad emissaries to the region, with the backing of the Rohr Foundation, Merkos Chabad and several Sephardic, Israeli and local-based Rabbis. Its mission is serving local Jews as well as Ladino Sephardic descendants and survivors worldwide who were scattered following the Inquisition, the Holocaust, and other tragedies in our history.

    Salonika (Thessaloniki) has a long and rich Jewish tradition, dating back to the 1st century. Following the expulsion from Spain in the 15th century, Sephardic Jews escaped to Salonika by invitation from the Ottoman Sultan. Over the next four centuries, the Jewish population of Salonika grew to be the largest in Europe, giving rise to the nickname “La Madre de Israel” (the mother of Israel). For centuries, the Salonika International Port was closed on Shabbat to accommodate the Jews, who were the majority of salonika’s population.

    During its prime, Salonika was an international center of Jewish culture, rabbinic studies and of Kabbalah. It was home to renowned Rabbis including Joseph Caro , author of the Shuchan Aruch and the monumental Bet Yosef;  Shlomo Alkabetz, composer of Lekhah Dodi which is sung every Shabbat the world overYisrael Najara, composer of many traditional Jewish Piyutim and Shabbat songs; the renowned Benveniste family who were one of the leading families in Spain and continue to be so into the 20th century today and the Alkalay family, whose influence spread to positions of Chief Sephardic Rabbi in the USA and in Israel.

    As the emissary of Balkan Jewish Communities, Rabbi Kaplan regularly traveled throughout the region with a Klezmer band, to attract and connect with the many isolated Jews who were concerned about their heritage and hungry for knowledge.  In response to their requests, every year he organized Pesach Sederim, holiday celebrations and study groups in various cities.

    One year at a Chanukah menorah lighting in Kosovo, a man approached him with a photo of his Orthodox grandparents who resembled Rabbi Kaplan in appearance.  He told Rabbi Kaplan that he himself had a Bar Mitzvah, and he wanted his son, who was turning thirteen, to also have a Bar Mitzvah. Rabbi Kaplan got to work obtaining tefillin and lessons for the boy, and a few months later the first Bar Mitzvah in more than forty years was celebrated in Kosovo.

    Balkan Kosher 
    In 2011, while distributing matzah to isolated Jews in Balkan countries, Rabbi Kaplan was approached by the owner of a food company who inquired about his factory becoming kosher certified. After a few more companies had asked about Kosher certification, Balkan Kosher was established in 2012.  Balkan Kosher filled the void of kosher food certification for many local businesses and food manufacturers as well as for Chabad outreach activities and tourism.  Greek food companies were eager to use the Kosher certifications to expand sales into the international kosher marketplace.

    Today, Balkan Kosher is one of Europe’s leading Kosher food certification agencies with offices in Greece, Israel, Albania, and the United States.  “If you are eating a Kosher certified Kalamata olive, chances are it came from a Balkan Kosher company,” asserted Rabbi Yisroel Finman, Consultant. “If you are eating a General Mills product with chocolate as an ingredient in Europe, chances are it came from a Balkan Kosher certified company. In the US, Violife Vegan Cheese can be found in many large supermarket chains and pizza shops. Whole Foods carries Balkan Kosher certified 365 Brand (Whole Foods) Halva and Vegan Cheese. Trader Joe’s is carrying  kosher snack items with Balkan’s Logo on the package.”

    The fast growth of Balkan Kosher has presented opportunities for Greek businesses to thrive despite the recent financial challenges that the Greek government has faced. “Balkan Kosher client companies have found great financial opportunity and growth in collaborating with our experienced team,” notes Judith Kaplan, Executive Assistant.   “Our international world view has opened doors for our clients. They also benefit greatly from our understanding of the technical aspects of industrial food processing resulting in the development of many new products. Our collaborations have created mutual win-win situations forged with trust, respect, and understanding between our cultures. 

    The steady growth and success of Balkan Kosher and its client companies are only a part of the big picture. The real measure of success has been the increased awareness and presence of Jewish life in the Balkan region, and progress in the mission of Balkan Jewish Communities. “By providing seed money and making kosher food available Balkan Kosher helps us to hold many gatherings, such as Shabbos services and meals where we host upwards of 200 tourists every week.  Balkan Jewish Community’s Chabad House and synagogue are located at the Astoria Hotel in the Center of Salonika, where we maintain a kosher kitchen. We are always ready to arrange kosher meals and services as well as accommodations for travelers and locals,” states Rabbi Yosef Kaplan, Rabbinic Director of Balkan Kosher and Chabad Shliach to Salonika. “Many Jews who visit have questions about their history and about their Ladino-Sephardic heritage. We have been able to help families to recover properties confiscated by Nazi and Greeks during the war, to make weddings and Bar Mitzvah for people who had lost all contact with Judaism, to reunite families, and sadly to arrange Jewish funerals. Many Jewish youth who were raised as Christians have continued their studies in Israel and identify more strongly as Jews”

    “One such incident involved a tough boxer who would make snide anti-Semitic remarks and publicly taunt me whenever he saw me on the street.” continues Rabbi Yoel Kaplan. “When he and a group of his friends threatened to harm me, I continued to respond calmly and even managed a smile. One time I even gave him my card and suggested that we meet sometime to 'have a beer’.  The phone call came one Friday afternoon when I was busy helping my wife bake challot and cook for the many guests that would join us for the two-day holiday of Shavuous immediately following Shabbos. “Rabbi,” he began, “I am downstairs. I need to speak with you. Can I meet with you now?” Of course, I warmly suggested that we meet for a drink, and it didn't take long for him to tell me his deep, dark secret: his mother was Jewish. As a small child, the neighbors hid her from the Nazis, sparing her from the fate of her family and of 95% of the city's Jews.  She eventually married a local Greek man and raised her children as non-Jews. First of all, I offered tefillin for him to put on. Next, we visited his mother, who was thrilled to affix a mezuzah on her door. This former bully now joins us frequently for Shabbos and has started a Jewish family. He's a professional boxer and a real tough guy – but he is a Jew and it's our privilege have had a part in bringing him close to Torah. This is one of our main reasons for being in Salonika and in the Balkans - to help lost Jews to reconnect to their glorious heritage.”

    For more information about Balkan Jewish Communities, please visit our website at www.jewishthessaloniki.com | Facebook at www.facebook.com/chabadsalonika/ or email office@balkanjewish.com.

    For information about Balkan Kosher, please visit our website www.BalkanKosher.com/press, or contact Rabbi Yisroel Finman at ryf@balkankosher.com.

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  • May 07, 2019 2:09 PM | Laura Herring (Administrator)

    PolandPassport.com Celebrates Polish Centennial With Free Case Evaluation, First-Ever $250 Referral Bonus, No Financial Commitment for Approved Cases Seeking Benefits of Polish Citizenship & EU Passport

    Los Angeles, Calif. – May 7, 2019 - PolandPassport.com, the leading worldwide Polish citizenship and European Union (EU) passport advocacy agency for those with Polish descent, is offering 24-hour turnaround and free case analysis to determine eligibility for Polish - and thus EU citizenship.  In this year of the Polish Centennial, PolandPassport.com is for the first time also offering a referral bonus of $250 in May 2019 for clients that become citizens.


    PolandPassport.com’s industry-leading premium Polish passport and citizenship services will provide the referred client $125 off of their case fees. Once the client’s case is complete, the source of the referral will receive an additional $125. 

    “PolandPassport.com offers a connection with one’s family legacy and a portal into the significant benefits of adding Polish citizenship for its prospective worldwide clients from the US, Canada, UK, Australia, and more,” said PolandPassport.com Founder Neil Kaplan. “We are pleased to celebrate this time of freedom with the Polish people and extend our services to prospective clients with guarantees that ensure a successful outcome for all paying clients.”

    Kaplan continued, “2019 has been a year of tremendous growth in demand for our services based on a growing track record of success and tremendous word-of-mouth.  Also, our UK clients cite the looming nature of Brexit as reasons that they have engaged PolandPassport.com”

    Poland is currently in a multi-year celebration marking its centennial of independence.  Poland regained its freedom on November 11, 1918, the day World War I ended, after 123 
    years of partition by Russia, Austria and Prussia.  For those families of all faiths and backgrounds who have an ancestor who lived in Poland after this date, their descendants are likely still technically Polish citizens and qualify for an EU passport after citizenship confirmation.

    As a result of the increasing digitization of dusty archives throughout Poland, more and more family documents - such as birth and marriage certificates - are being ‘uncovered’ after decades of being locked away in storage in small villages and larger towns throughout Poland. 

    For hundreds of years, in Galicia and other areas that are now in part of Poland, Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania there was a long history of vibrant Jewish life.  A large percentage of Jews worldwide have at least one of their ancestors from this part of the world. Many of these families qualify for Polish citizenship.

    Polish/EU Citizenship Benefits:

    • Work/live/study in any of the 28 EU countries
    • Free/nearly free college education
    • Access to employment/start a business in EU
    • Health care coverage
    • Ability to purchase real estate
    • Streamlined customs/passport control at international airports

    The PolandPassport.com Marketplace Advantage
    PolandPassport.com’s Warsaw-based research team is expert in the identification and obtainment of these documents throughout Poland and neighboring countries, which are often critical pieces of evidence in a citizenship hearing.

    The Benefits of Polish Citizenship
    The tangible benefits of citizenship in the European Union are significant.  Polish citizens can work, live or study without limitation in any of the 28 countries with current EU membership including the UK, France, Italy and Germany. 

    Free - or nearly free - University education is common in the EU and the benefits of being able to work in Europe pay career dividends at any age. Other benefits include more streamlined processes for: starting a business, purchasing property, securing of health care coverage, and many more social benefits. Time saved at the passport lanes of international airports, such as Heathrow, bring smiles and regular benefits when traveling.

    About PolandPassport.com
    Founded in 2016, PolandPassport.com is a global advocacy and consulting services firm for individuals wishing to prove their Polish heritage with the hope of securing Polish citizenship and the associated benefits of an EU passport. Headquartered in Southern California with a legal team based in Warsaw, the company provides expert, turnkey, concierge level services for its clientele seeking assistance in navigating the complexities of Polish citizenship law. PolandPassport.com evaluates all inquiries free of charge and offers a full guarantee for accepted cases.  Clients only pay for successful case outcomes. For more information, please visit www.polandpassport.com or email info@polandpassport.com.

    Eric Becker                                                                           
    Becker PR for PolandPassport.com                                                                
    (303) 638-3469                                                                                    

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