JTA – The Susan G. Komen organization apologized for holding its Race for the Cure in Houston on Yom Kippur.

Komen’s executive director, Ariana Higgins, told the Houston Chronicle that the foundation has learned its lesson following an outcry from the Jewish community. The foundation received “considerable community feedback,” according to the newspaper.

In its unsigned letter of apology, the organization said it noticed five years ago that there would be a conflict and tried to change the event, but that the alternate dates offered on the crowded city calendar did not suit its needs.

A depiction of Jews praying in synagogue on Yom Kippur.  /COURTESY | Maurycy Gottlieb via Wikimedia CommonsA depiction of Jews praying in synagogue on Yom Kippur. /COURTESY | Maurycy Gottlieb via Wikimedia CommonsJNS.ORG – Herut Shitrid vividly recalls the first Yom Kippur she fasted. She was only 10, but somehow she was able to make it through the whole day.

“I felt proud,” she says nearly two decades later. “I was so proud that I could do it.”

These days, Shitrid spends much of her time serenading with her harp the passersby at Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City. But back when she was growing up in the southern Israeli city Beersheba, fasting on Yom Kippur was one way to emulate the adults’ process of teshuva–to repent, or to return to your faith and your highest self.

Jenny MillerJenny MillerIf you ask Jenny Miller, the president and owner of Senior Care Concepts, eldercare experts in Rhode Island, what the most important qualities of someone in her profession are, she’ll say, understanding and compassion. In the same vein, Miller’s favorite quote is “It’s nice to be important, but it’s important to be nice.” Her life choices mirror that philosophy. Miller’s achievements illustrate that empathy is crucial to her existence. Whether she’s teaching American culture and English language at a kibbutz, making a difference on the board of the Rhode Island chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association or solving community problems with the Rotary Club, Miller lives according to her grandmother’s guidance “to take every experience that you are faced with and do something to help others.”


JNS.ORG – The wider world of traditional Judaism is moving in fits and starts toward a renegotiation of the terms of halakhic observance. At question is the importance of social change in the understanding and application of the legal logic of the sages of old. In the last several years, voices from within the Orthodox fold have raised a formidable challenge to certain established norms of Jewish life and law, especially regarding the possibilities of female religious leadership.

/PHOTO | David Schwartz, consulting arborist, Schwartz Tree Care Inc./PHOTO | David Schwartz, consulting arborist, Schwartz Tree Care Inc.As summer ends and fall begins, the plant world struts its stuff with dazzling displays of colors. The reason for this gorgeous color change lies in the plant’s natural mechanism. During the growing season, plants manufacture their own food through the process of photosynthesis; this manifests as chlorophyll.

As the growing season comes to a close, the chlorophyll dissolves and is put into storage for the plant’s future use. This process unmasks one of nature’s secrets, and with the chlorophyll gone, the underlying colors become visible. This provides us with a majestic show.

At left are two PeeGee Hydrangias, trained into tree form, under the graceful branches of a native red maple (Acer Rubrum).