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08Feb 20

Targum Shlishi Supports New Anthology Of Essays On Spiritual Themes

Targum Shlishi contributed to the publication and on-line production of Mesorah Matrix, a 10 theme, 10 volume compilation of 200 original essays on Jewish thought and spirituality by 150 international leaders. This decade-long endeavor features collaboration across various streams of Judaism, sharing approaches that can inspire people of any faith. The material is available in various modalities...
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13Dec 18

Seeking an End to Gender Discrimination for Female Halacha Experts

Female halacha experts in Israel are victims of gender discrimination, according to ITIM, an advocacy organization committed to building a Jewish and democratic Israel. The Chief Rabbinate does not allow women to take the State exams to certify their halachic expertise. ITIM is seeking to change that. Targum Shlishi is supporting ITIM’s new initiative...
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05Aug 18

Paving the Way for Orthodox Couples to Marry

It’s not easy, and sometimes it is not even possible to get married in an Orthodox ceremony in Israel, due to the strict regulations set by the Chief Rabbinate, which is the only body authorized to carry out Jewish marriages. But times are changing, and a new organization called Chuppot...
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10Jul 18

Ultra-Orthodox Women Meet the Digital Age

Ultra-Orthodox women in Jerusalem tend to face unique workplace challenges and hurdles, including a lack of training in and under-utilization of digital technology and social media for business purposes. MATI – The Jerusalem Business Development Center, has created a new...
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18Mar 18

Targum Shlishi Supports Israel-Themed Lecture at Tulane

On March 12, Targum Shlishi sponsored a well-attended lecture at Tulane Hillel featuring Michael Kalantarov, a young Israeli high tech entrepreneur. In his lecture, “How Israel’s High Tech Sector is Changing Lives,” Kalantarov discussed his background, career trajectory, his current role in the high tech industry...
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07Jan 18

Grief Support for Families of Holocaust Survivors

While all grieving is individual, there are grief issues surrounding the loss of Holocaust survivors that are unique to the families of survivors. However, until now there has not been a dedicated approach to grief support for this population. Metropolitan Jewish Health System (MJHS) Hospice and...
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31Dec 17

A Selection of Recent Book Grants

Targum Shlishi has supported several book projects recently, with grants for many stages of work, from basic research to image procurement to translation. Helping to bring new books into the world is part of the foundation’s commitment to Jewish education...
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26Nov 17

Targum Shlishi Supports the Olympics of Social Good

As a world, we celebrate many things, although few with as much fervor as sports. But one thing we don’t celebrate nearly enough is good deeds, according to a new organization called the Olympics of Social Good. What would our world and our lives be like if we celebrated the idea...
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13Apr 17

Mazel Tov! It’s a B…rand-New Website

Readers of Targum Shlishi’s materials will notice a new graphic look and feel on this news release, which coincides with Targum Shlishi’s updated graphic identity and revamped website, both of which launch today. The redesigned materials coincide with and help to mark the foundation’s twenty-fifth anniversary. The new look...
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10Apr 16

Targum Shlishi Supports Women of the Book

Women of the Book: Jewish Women Recording, Reflecting, Revisioning is a groundbreaking creative endeavor. The project, in essence a visual “Torah” scroll, comprises works on parchment (one for each Torah portion) by fifty-four professional Jewish women artists from...
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03Apr 16

Grassroots Israeli Activism

The Yerushalmit Movement, which works on a grassroots level to empower social activism, foster pluralism, improve quality of life, and prevent negative migration, has expanded its efforts beyond its specific initiatives and beyond Jerusalem to help nurture the development...
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21Feb 16

Innovative Hebrew Online Learning Augments In-Class Teaching

Targum Shlishi is supporting an innovative pilot program that complements classroom-based Hebrew teaching with state-of-the-art digital units that combine written materials, sound, and video. These computer-based teaching units for the high school level can be used in and beyond the classroom, with the teacher...
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02Apr 15

Supporting Job Placement for Orthodox Women Spiritual Leaders

This June, Yeshivat Maharat will graduate its third and largest class of Orthodox women religious leaders to date—six women are graduating from the rigorous four-year course of study and joining the five women graduates from previous years. As the only institution that provides Orthodox women with a path to...
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05Oct 13

Operation Last Chance II: New Campaign in Germany

In late July, the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Operation Last Chance II launched a new campaign in major German cities to bring Nazi war criminals to justice. The initiative was spearheaded by Efraim Zuroff, chief Nazi hunter for the Center and director of its Israel office. In the wake of a press conference of...
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27Jan 13

Thoughts on Charity

Over the years I have given a great deal of thought to the nature and scope of charitable giving, and I know the same is true for many of you. I synthesized much of my thinking into an opinion piece published by the JTA on December 23...
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03Sep 12

Things I Wish I’d Been Taught in College

...The topic I’m speaking on, Things I Wish I’d Been Taught in College, is a subject I’ve thought about for years as part of my ongoing efforts to define my own priorities and life goals. I hope to help you navigate more effectively than I did when I was starting out...
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08Aug 12

Teacher’s Guide for Jewish Sages of Today Launches

Teachers, lifelong students, and others who are looking for new and innovative material that will inspire, provoke, and get students and readers thinking not only about the material they are learning, but about their values and goals in life will find it in a new resource that Targum Shlishi has...
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19Mar 12

Operation Last Chance II Launches in Germany

In mid-December, the Simon Wiesenthal Center launched Operation Last Chance II to bring Nazi war criminals to justice in Germany. The initiative was announced at a press conference in Berlin by Efraim Zuroff, chief Nazi hunter for the Center and director of its Israel office. “Whatever can be done has to be done...
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10Jun 11

Targum Shlishi Announces Recipients of 2011 Grants for Dissertations in Jewish Studies

Targum Shlishi has awarded grants to support research for dissertations on topics related to Jewish Studies to eight doctoral students from the United States and Israel. This is the fifth year in which the foundation has supported dissertation research. Research topics within and related to Jewish Studies vary widely in both subject matter and field of study, as reflected in the grants awarded...
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11May 11

Op-Ed: Where Are The Great American Jewish Leaders?

We are living in a troubling and dangerous time, a time when we need courageous and insightful leaders more than at any point since the Holocaust. We are facing a potentially existential crisis for Israel and ultimately, I believe, for Jewish people worldwide. Yet our leaders for the most part have not responded in...
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03Mar 11

Liberalism is Not Our Religion – Read Opinion Piece in Hebrew or German

I believe in equality for all. I support civil rights, women’s rights, gay rights, universal health care, feeding the poor, social justice, separation of church and state, access to education, diversity, the arts, animal rights (I have not eaten meat or poultry in 33 years), and more. I marched against the war in Vietnam...
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02Feb 11

Targum Shlishi Supports Innovative Teen Philanthropy Program

Targum Shlishi supported the program H.O.P.E. (Helping Organizations Provide Essentials), Areyvut’s Jewish Teen Philanthropy Program at Yeshivat Noam in Bergen County, New Jersey. The goal of the program, which took place during the spring semester, 2010, was to provide...
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21Jan 11

Jewish Women No Longer in the Back of the Bus

There is an alarming trend of gender segregation and gender discrimination in Jerusalem, spearheaded by segments of the ultra-Orthodox community. Examples include gender-segregated buses, which are currently growing in occurrence under the authority of the Ministry of Transportation...
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22Dec 10

Targum Shlishi Supports Jewish Education in the Baltic States

Targum Shlishi has over the course of several years provided critical support for an innovative and significant project to enhance Jewish education in the Baltic States. The project, run by the Lookstein Center at Bar-Ilan University, provides intensive training to teachers at four day schools to improve...
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12Aug 10

Just Doing it for the Mitzvah

When the Le’Oro Nelech organization was founded in 1989 by the Yeshiva High School of Kiryat Arba in Hebron to promote volunteer activities among high school students, forty students were involved. Today, the organization works with more than 4,500 volunteers and 90 institutions around Israel...
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24May 10

Targum Shlishi Supports Creation of JTA Mobile Website

Targum Shlishi is supporting an initiative of the JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency), the global news service of the Jewish people, to create a mobile version of the JTA website ( that will be compatible with all smartphones and mobile devices...
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15Mar 10

Operation Last Chance Book Released

In 2002, the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Israel office together with Targum Shlishi launched Operation Last Chance, a campaign to bring remaining Nazi war criminals to justice. The initiative provides financial awards to informants who submit evidence or information leading to the conviction and...
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06Jan 10

Video Posted of Aryeh Rubin’s Lecture “Lessons to Learn From 1944”

Mr. Rubin’s lecture, “Lessons to Learn from 1944,” focuses on the shortcomings of Jewish leadership during the Holocaust and continuing through the present, the threat posed to Israel by Iran, the complicity of European nations who are providing parts for Iran’s nuclear program, and the position taken by world Jewry today...
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17Sep 09

Lessons to Learn from 1944

In recent years, when speaking on Holocaust-related issues, I have often said the following: I believe that if a Holocaust victim could rise up from one of the mass graves for ten minutes and speak, he would ask three questions: One, Why didn't the Jews of the world ...
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22May 09

Orthodox Employment, Conservative Mikvaot, Egalitarian Minyanim

In keeping with Targum Shlishi’s approach to funding a range of projects across denominations and affiliations within the Jewish world, recent initiatives include funding a series of webinars for job seekers through the Orthodox Union, supporting the publication of a book on...
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02Nov 07

Targum Shlishi Funds a Series of New Podcasts

An enlightening discussion of environmental consciousness and Jewish law can now be heard in a contemporary medium that is well-suited to the busy schedules of professionals. The Jewish Legal Heritage Society (JLHS), with support from Targum Shlishi, has produced a series of three podcasts...
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01Feb 03

Toward a Meaningful Bat Mitzvah Published by Targum Shlishi

Toward A Meaningful Bat Mitzvah is a bold new look at this important rite of passage within the context of the twenty first century. It details one traditional family’s story as they strive to give their daughter the opportunity to lead a prayer service and read from the Torah for her bat mitzvah, while remaining within...
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