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Austinites in Israel: Local Community Members Return with Stories of Crisis
By Tonyia Cone

In Sderot, rockets fired by Hamas fashioned into a menorah, a symbol of hope, everlasting presence, and miracle for the Jewish people. Several Austinites traveled to Israel this summer. Rabbi Neil Blumofe of Congregation Agudas Achim and Lital Yaakov, an Israeli native, discussed with The Jewish Outlook what it was like to be there during Operation Protective Edge.

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Austin's Newest Orthodox Rabbi Brings Optimism and Experience to Tiferet Israel
By Rebecca S. Cohen

Rabbi Daniel Millner. Credit: Rebecca S. CohenAustin's Congregation Tiferet Israel conducts its twice-daily weekday minyanim in Room 239 at the far end of the Education Building on the second floor.

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FALLFUSION: Come Together, Celebrate and Support the JCC
Credit: Erick WalkerOn Sunday, October 19, the community will come together for FallFusion, the JCC's premiere annual fundraising event – a night of great food, live entertainment, and a phenomenal auction all in support of the JCC.


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WeViva Founder Seeks to Bring Health and Wellness to Lower Income Populations
By Tonyia Cone

Carolyn HaneyWhile working at health and wellness nonprofits Marathon Kids and ACTIVE Life, Carolyn Haney realized that there were plenty of health and wellness initiatives for children, but no fitness and nutrition nonprofits serving adults.

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TJHS Awards Grant for Relocation of Historic Synagogue to Austin
The Texas Jewish Historical Society (TJHS) has awarded the Dell Jewish Community Campus Development Corporation a $25,000 grant in support of efforts  to relocate the historic B'nai Abraham Synagogue from Brenham to Austin.

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Congregation Agudas Achim to Celebrate "Party of the Century" on November 9
By Sharon Herman

ImageIt's been a year of celebrating at Congregation Agudas Achim to mark its centennial.

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Jews Without Pews
By Jay Rubin

Jay RubinA slightly different version of this column appeared in The Jewish Outlook four years ago. Not much appears to have changed.

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Launching the Jewish Foundation of Austin & Central Texas
Austin Community Foundation (ACF) and Jewish Foundation of Austin & Central Texas (JFACT) announce philanthropic partnership. Back (L-R):   Dan Herd, ACF Governor, Wade Monroe, JFACT Co-Chair, Steve Shook, ACF Governor,  Bill Volk, ACF Chair Middle (L-R): Fran Hamermesh, JFACT Co-Chair, Jim Pendergast, ACF President and CEO Front (L-R): Arlene Miller, JCAA Chief Philanthropy Officer, MariBen Ramsey, ACF Vice President & Chief Philanthropy Officer, General CounselThe Jewish Community Association of Austin reinforced its commitment to the community this month, officially introducing the Jewish Foundation of Austin & Central Texas, which becomes the fourth branch of the organization, alongside the Jewish Federation of Greater Austin, the Jewish Community Center and Jewish Family Service. 

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