Browsing Archives of Author »Tessa Nath«

New man on campus: Rabbi Avner Engel, JAM’s latest addition

November 4, 2012


The pitter-patter of tiny feet thundering upon a polished wood floor — socks and little legs moving as fast as the laws of physics can carry them — sound in the sparsely-furnished room. Little trains chug soundlessly on the left cuff of the one-year-old’s jeans as he giggles across the room, running from his father […]

Yiddishkayt’s Helix Project: a modern adventure into the forgotten Yiddish past

October 16, 2012


Cobblestone paths and narrowly winding streets. Freshly painted yellow buildings and crumbling courtyards boarded up in disrepair. Vilnius, summer 2012, or as the Yiddish speaking Jewish population called it prior to World War II, Vilna, the Jerusalem of Lithuania. Ten people walked together, running their hands along forgotten walls and snapping close-up pictures of white […]

Answering the call: Jerusalem Online U as a supplementary education for college students and beyond

September 13, 2012


The Problem: anti-Semitism on American university campuses In order to make life a little simpler and to make sense of a chaotic world, humans subconsciously overlook pressing problems, preventing themselves from seeing the harsh reality in front of them and focusing on a delusional form of safety instead. We can no longer ignore the growing […]

Orthodox Judaism in the western world: a harmonic business deal

January 24, 2012


Businessmen Steven Spira and Paul Cohen address a roomful of students at the JAM building at UCLA. (photo by Tessa Nath) Observant Judaism and the modern world are not always seen as a completely cohesive pair; people often equate the relationship to that between water and oil. However, last Wednesday evening, the Jewish Awareness Movement […]

Survivors’ Message Immortalized Through Storytelling

January 10, 2012


Leon Weinstein and his daughter Natalie Gold Lumer in a loving embrace. (photo by Clifford Lester/Jewish Journal)A 101 year-old man died on December 28th, 2011 in his bedroom in the early hours of the morning. His daughter, a phone call away, expected the inevitable. This man was Leon Weinstein, the oldest survivor of the Warsaw […]

Halloween and Judaism: a contradiction or a coalition?

October 30, 2011


Halloween—the night of disguised merriment and childhood dreams. The night where it doesn’t matter if you were an all-star on your high school baseball team, genius enough to discover the theory of relativity, or had the body of an angel—you could don a mask or a leotard or some face paint and you’d leave your […]

Interfaith challah sales help to prevent genocide

October 21, 2011


Photo by Jacob Goldberg Arriving at Hillel on the last night of sukkot and passing the wooden sukkah on your right painted green, yellow and red, you have the unmistakable feeling of entering a homogenous Jewish environment. Upon ascending one flight of stairs, however, the Challah for Hunger attendee will soon find out that this […]