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Jewish Destinations: Celebrating Purim and More in Bangkok

By Judith Rodwin
Special to HAKOL

I travel for various reasons: fun, curiosity about life on this earth, to experience and understand through wide-opened eyes and first-hand experience as well as the possibility of encountering the unexpected. This was my first visit to Asia, so I was not s…

Anime Boston Talk Highlights Jewish-Japanese Interactions through History

By Michelle Cohen
HAKOL Editor

Did you know that Jews have traveled to Japan for hundreds of years? Or that there are several Jewish characters and plots in modern anime series? Attorney James A. Wolf delved deep into these matters in his presentation, “Japan and the Jews,” at Anime Bos…

The Two Most Dreaded Words … 'Passover Shopping'

By Shari Spark
Special to HAKOL

Preparing for Pesach was much easier in the time of the ancient Israelites. You set aside a lamb, planned to share it with your neighbor, roasted it whole and ate it with bitter herbs and matzah.

These days, the seder is an extravagant affair requiring onlin…

Jewish Community in India Remains Small but Mighty

By Iris Epstein
JFLV Campaign Chair

My recent study mission with the Jewish Federations of North America's National Young Leadership Cabinet to India was an opportunity to explore the strength and perseverance of a special group of people who fought hard to maintain their Judaism despite te…

BBYO Convention Brings Companionship and Teen Learning to Lehigh Valley

By Michelle Cohen
HAKOL Editor

On the weekend of March 3-5, teenagers from around the region came together at the JCC of the Lehigh Valley to get inducted into BBYO in a weekend filled with companionship and learning.

The convention, called In Training (IT), is one of five weekend conventi…