Hineni by Naomi Geller Lipsky /COURTESY | GALLERY (401)The next exhibit at Gallery (401) features artist Naomi Geller Lipsky and Gold, Paper, Scissors.

Naomi uses quilling (the art of coiling and shaping narrow paper strips to create a design), gilding (the application of gold leaf), painting and other techniques to create her artistic designs. She is inspired by her love for Jewish heritage and finds joy in commissions that express what others cannot put into words.

Imagine celebrating Shabbat as an entire community, not just in one synagogue or congregation. That’s the vision of the Shabbos Project, a global grassroots movement whose organizers hope to encourage Jews of all ages and from all traditions to experience a “complete” Shabbat together Oct. 24-25.

The movement originated in South Africa in 2013. And it’s grown from there. The expected participation this year includes Jews from 212 cities in 33 countries around the globe.

/ Hadar Marhiv/ Hadar MarhivGilor Meshulam, Israeli shaliach (emissary), shared these photos of the sukkah of one of his army colleagues. Hadar Marhiv, a Samaritan from Holon, Israel, offers the following explanation:


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NEW YORK – Read about the highs and lows of the last part of 5774.

May 2014

New York’s 92nd Street Y, a Jewish center for arts and culture, names its first non-Jewish executive director, Henry Timms. Shortly afterward, Sol Adler, the previous longtime executive director, who was fired after revelations that he had a long-term affair with his assistant, hangs himself in his Brooklyn home.

An Anti-Defamation League anti-Semitisim survey finds “deeply anti-Semitic views” are held by 26 percent of 53,000 people polled in 102 countries and territories covering approximately 86 percent of the world’s population. Critics say the survey’s 11 questions are not accurate gauges of anti-Semitism.

Nicholas LowengerNicholas LowengerJTA – The Helen Diller Family Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2015 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards, which recognize Jewish teens for their leadership and innovative social action projects.

Fifteen teens, up to five from California and 10 from communities throughout the United States, each will receive $36,000 for the award, which recognizes the teens’ philanthropic efforts. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 14.

The Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards have granted more than $2 million to 55 U.S. Jewish teens. Last year’s recipients came from California; New York; New Jersey; Washington, D.C.; Maryland; Massachusetts; Georgia and Illinois.