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Celebrating the Gift of Torah

By Rabbi Danny Shuman Shavuot, the holiday of the giving of the Torah and revelation at Sinai. It seems strange and difficult to understand at first glance.  G-d descends on Mount Sinai to give the Torah and speak to the world, a one-time event that would never happen...

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Preparing for the Wilderness

By Rabbi Jonathan Freirich This week we enter the Wilderness in Torah, that is the Book of Numbers, which is called B’Midbar, “In the Wilderness” in Hebrew. Our ancestors gathered round, counted off, and created an orderly arrangement for the Tribes of Israel to...

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A Second Passover of Hope

By Mara Koven-Gelman Last Thursday, May 7, hundreds of people gathered to see and hear diverse faith  messages in A Virtual Passover of Hope: Passover Sheini, which was sponsored by the Buffalo Jewish Community Relations Council.  Faith and community leaders helped...

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Ben & Ariella Sharf

Ben and Ariella Sharf, two entreprenuial siblings from Williamsville, were home in late March under quarantine, living with their parents Michelle and Dr. Zvi Sharf.  Ben, 24, was a senior at Colgate University at the time, finishing his last semester before moving to...

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Anna Steinberg

At 21 years old, Anna Steinberg was given several diagnoses including Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder.  Life had been challenging up to that point, but with a clear understanding of her medical condition, Anna was able to comprehend why her brain...

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Sara Schultz

Since the pandemic began, Sara Schultz (along with her husband Steve) has stepped up a new activity she fondly refers to as “trashersizing”.  Almost every day she walks 2-5 miles picking up trash around the Village of Williamsville and Amherst State Park. “It's like...

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Shavuot Foods

On Shavuot it is customary to eat dairy foods. Though no one knows for certain where this tradition came from, many believe it is derived from the biblical assurance that the land of Israel is a land "flowing with milk and honey."   There are many creative dairy...

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The Great Big Jewish Food Fest

A free virtual festival! Over 10 days, there will be a variety of events - workshops & conversations, happy hours, Shabbat dinners, and so much more. Everything will take place over Zoom, Instagram and Facebook. You can browse the schedule and sign up for any and...

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Retro Sweets Shipped to your Door

As all small businesses have had to deal with the challenges of this pandemic, the iconic NYC candy shop, Economy Candy, has pivoted to online candy sales. The store began as a candy cart outside a repair store after the Holocaust. The Cohen family has upgraded with...

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