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3rd Annual Cemetery Visit

Plaza was honored to partner with The JCC in our annual visit to cemeteries. Fifty-five people experienced a meaningful day as we remember those who came before us. Umbrellas in one hand, prayers and stones in the other… Through the raindrops- we remembered. May their memory be for blessing.      

Movie Monday and Honoring our Soldiers

As we just past Yom HaZikaron and are a week a way from Memorial Day, this weeks ‘Movie Monday’ focuses in on Memorial day movies for these two holidays. First is a list of Yom HaZikaron related Israeli movies, followed by a list of Memorial day movies.   We pay tribute to all American lives […]

From Grant to Workshop, Plaza’s ‘Can we Talk?’ starts Talking…

The Collaborative for Palliative Care (A group of over 50 public and private organizations collaborating on palliative care and end of life issues), is holding its 7th Interdisciplinary and Interfaith Conference about Palliative and End of Life Care, on June 6th and 7th. This year’s Conference is titled: ‘Changing the Conversation about Serious Illness: The […]

A Tribute to a True Jewish American Communal Leader – Mr. Ernest Michel

As we mourn the loss of Ernie Michel, we also pause to honor his memory during Jewish American Heritage Month. With over six decades of dedicated service to the Jewish community, Ernie was a true Jewish American leader. In 1947, he joined the United Jewish Appeal, and was their executive vice president from 1970-1989, where […]

A book, a few movies, an author, a shomer, a leading actress, a day of remembrance and Plaza Jewish

For this week’s ‘Words for Wednesday’ the featured book  is ‘Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep‘, by Michael Schulman, published by HarperCollins. Booklist said “Schulman’s balanced portrait of Streep’s unwavering dedication and demanding work ethic makes this a must-read for fans and aspiring actors.”   In addition to bringing attention and praise to Michael Shulman’s new […]

Movie Monday, Holocaust Remembrance Day and The 50 Most Moving Holocaust Films

On this Movie Monday, in recognition of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we feature what IMDB.com calls: “The 50 Most Moving Holocaust Films“.   In addition to this list, we add ‘Son of Saul’ which is now out on DVD and can be seen on Amazon video and iTunes.    

Movie Monday and World Malaria Day

For this Movie Monday and World Malaria Day we feature a film titled: Mary and Martha (2013). After losing their sons to malaria, two women (Hilary Swank, Brenda Blethyn) dedicate their lives to helping others affected by the disease.   Check out IMDB Review

World Malaria Day and Reflections on a 2009 Trip to Kenya

On this World Malaria day, April 25th, 2016, we are reminded that the struggle still continues to eliminate Malaria. The numbers are staggering. Every 60 seconds, a child dies of malaria and over 200 million people are infected each year. The good news is progress is being made thanks to organizations like Nothing but Nets, […]

Why is this Earth day different from other Earth days?

To use the cliche ‘The stars are aligned’ – today is one of those days. With tonight being Shabbat, the first night of Passover, and Earth Day , what can we do to celebrate and recognize each, and what else can we make of these events falling together? There’s also the signing of the landmark UN […]

‘Words for Wednesday’…. Less words at the Seder?

On this ‘Words for Wednesday’, with Passover coming fast, we take a look at a couple of abbreviated versions of The Haggadah, for those that might like to keep it short.   We first draw your attention to the book: ‘The ‘30-Minute Seder’ which Amazon called: “…a refreshingly brief, rabbinically approved Seder… that maintains the […]

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