No Room for Hate in this House

“On October 12, three swastikas were chalked outside one of the freshman dormitories here at Yale,” writes Kyle Sevel, member of the Magevet choir who visited IJC in May. I wanted to share this with the IJC because my last personal and direct experience with an anti-Semitic related incident was in Belgium in May. I just couldn't stop thinking about being in Brussels and participating in the memorial outside the Jewish Museum.

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Building the sukkah

On the Sunday after Yom Kippur, it was time to build the sukkah.

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The IJC Community

The IJC and the Power of the Moment

Something happened on Sunday May 25 that drew me further into the IJC. It also drew IJC closer to the Belgian Jewish community. And it all came about thanks to Yale University’s a cappella choir Magevet and the power of music.

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Warsaw Teen Trip

When Rabbi Nathan told me that the IJC teen group was going to Warsaw. I was excited.  The city has a rich Jewish heritage.  Unfortunately, my Dad was right (for once) when he warned me that Warsaw is ugly. About 88 percent of the city was destroyed during World War II. The city was rebuilt after the war and today, it’s filled with communist, block-like, ugly buildings.

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Jewish World

Political Activist Turned Mikveh Lady* - by Ilana Sumka


I’m a political activist by training, so I was as surprised as anyone to find myself teaching Tanakh, (Torah, Prophets and Writings) and Jewish law to a group of conversion students. 

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The IJC Youth

Israel Teen Trip Update


The IJC Youth was gearing up for a meaningful and rewarding experience: a group trip to Israel, with Rabbi Nathan. 

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