Montenegro to Get First Synagogue in Centuries

The President of Montenegro, a country on the Adriatic coast in Europe, joined Shliach Rabbi Ari Edelkopf, who earlier this year became Montenegro’s first resident rabbi in over a century, to lay the cornerstone for what will be the Balkan nation’s first synagogue in hundreds of years.

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Video: Brothers Sing for Youngest’s Bar Mitzvah

Simcha Dubov, the special son of Rabbi Sholom Ber and Devorah Leah Dubov, Shluchim to Orlando, Florida, recently celebrated his Bar Mitzvah, where he surprised everyone with an inspirational speech that touched everyone’s hearts. His six older brothers, Levik, Sruly, Mendy, Tzviki, Dovid and Tzaly, had a surprise too: a song they all recorded together just for him.

The Note He Scribbled As the Judge Read His Sentence

As Federal Judge Linda Reade read aloud his unimaginably cruel sentence of 27 years, which at his age amounted to life in prison, anyone else would have sunken into despair. But Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin is a man of unshakable faith, and during what were meant to be his last few minutes as a free man, he scribbled this remarkable note to his family.

Trump Train Station Planned at Kosel

Israel’s transportation minister is pushing ahead with a plan to dig a railway tunnel under Jerusalem’s Old City ending at the Kosel with a station named after President Donald Trump, who recently became the first U.S. president to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Youth with Special Needs Can Now Enjoy Birthright Too

A Birthright trip to Israel for individuals with special needs? The logistical hurdles make it seem too daunting a responsibility to tackle. But one local Friendship Circle took up the gauntlet, and a dream materialized, giving a special demographic their long overdue birthright.

Video: Postville Before the Raid

Through the prism of Postville, Iowa (population 1,500), this award-winning PBS documentary examines what happens when a once homogenous town becomes a new model for the American melting pot. Filmed before the infamous ICE raid that destroyed Agriprocessors and sent Sholom Rubashkin to Prison, this video investigates the roots of cultural misunderstanding, explores the meaning of community, showcases the manifestation of underlying racism and offers a glimpse into what might be the future of small town America.