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Jewish Population in Ireland Rises by 30%, Much to Surprise of Local Community

Posted on October 23rd, 2017
By Staff on eJewishPhilanthropy

Emerald Isle now boasts its highest number of Jews since 1971, thanks to influx of young professionals working with U.S. high-tech firms.

Arresting a decades-long decline, the Jewish population in Ireland rose by nearly 30 percent between 2011 and 2016, The Irish Times reported Friday.

According to the 2016 Irish census, there are now 2,557 Jews in Ireland, a 28.9 percent increase from 2011, when the last census was taken. Over half of all Jews in Ireland (1,539) live in the capital, Dublin.

The figures came to a surprise to many, since the Jewish population of Ireland was thought to be in terminal decline after reaching a high of nearly 4,000 in 1946. The 2016 figure was the highest recorded since the 1971 census.

The Irish Times attributed the increase to the influx of young Jewish professionals working with high-tech U.S. multinational firms, which have set up offices in the Emerald Isle.

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British University Put Auschwitz Picture On Cover Of First-Year Welcome Packet

Posted on October 16th, 2017
By Aiden Pink for The Forward

New students at one of Great Britain’s most elite universities were upset after they received a welcome packet that had a picture of the gates of the Auschwitz concentration camp on the cover.

Students at Cambridge University’s Emmanuel College received the packets upon moving in. The packets featured information about a welcome service at the college’s chapel, which included a famous picture of the Auschwitz sign reading “Arbeit Macht Frei”—work will set you free.

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A Photographer Visited 180 New York Shuls

Posted on October 9th, 2017
BY JONATHAN MARK for The Jewish Week

Angels in the architecture

Davening lends itself to daydreaming, and perhaps your eyes will wander, in these Days of Awe, from windows to ceiling, from carved lions to ornate arks, from stained glass to pews hewn from cedars or acacia. What is a shul supposed to look like, anyway?

In 2015, Michael Weinstein, 54, a financial advisor from Syosset, would often find himself in Brooklyn, where he would volunteer as a visitor to lonely Holocaust survivors. Raised Conservative, but growing more observant, he “sometimes davened in the shuls,” invariably Orthodox, “in these survivor neighborhoods,” such as Borough Park and Flatbush. In shuls, old, elegant and weathered, he felt wonder and spiritual splendor. He felt compelled to photograph them, and then other shuls, in an ever-expanding range of neighborhoods, 60 in all, eventually in all the boroughs. His photos are newly published in “Ten Times Chai: 180 Orthodox Synagogues of New York City” (Brown Books Publishing).

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First-Ever Survey Of Modern Orthodox American Jews Reveals Fragmented Community

Posted on October 2nd, 2017
BY HANNAH DREYFUS for The Times of Israel

In Nishma Research survey of 4,000 Modern Orthodox Jews, 97% rank cost of Jewish schooling the community’s most serious challenge.

The millennial generation’s growing detachment from Israel, creeping doubts about theological fundamentals, declining numbers in the pews and a more significant backing for female clergy than one might expect — these are just a few of the findings gleaned from a first-of-its-kind study on the Modern Orthodox community, a diverse and vocal group that represents approximately 4 percent of the American Jewish population.

The survey, titled “Nishma Research Profile of American Modern Orthodox Jews,” is being reported on for the first time here. The survey’s results—spanning hot-button issues from the day school tuition crisis to acceptance of LGBTQ Jews to the roles and status of women—quantified what some have conjectured to be a growing divide between liberal strains of Orthodoxy and the denomination’s more conservative ones.

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Meet Mike Tolkin, The Jewish Millennial Running For NYC Mayor

Posted on September 25th, 2017
BY JOSEFIN DOLSTEN for The Jewish Week

Mike Tolkin apologizes for checking his phone as he sits down at a café in this city’s Flatiron district.

The 32-year-old Democratic New York mayoral hopeful was waiting to hear Tuesday whether he would be allowed to participate in the final primary debate the following day, which would boost his exposure amid an otherwise quiet campaign.

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