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Beauty Queens, Masks and Jewish Teens

Posted on February 27th, 2017
From Moving Traditions


Every year at Purim, we tell the tale of a Jewish teenage girl who ascends to the throne of the Persian Empire by pretending not to be Jewish.

This year, Rabbi Sara Brandes looks at Megillat Esther (the Scroll of Esther) and a TED Talk by model Cameron Russell, and describes how in our programs Moving Traditions relates Purim to the two most pressing questions for teens:

“How should I act if I want to be accepted by my peers?”

“When can I stop acting that way and reveal who I truly am?”
In Persia’s capitol city, Esther must hide her true identity — that she is a Jewish girl named Hadassah — behind the mask of a beauty queen. When she arrives at the palace, Esther only does what Haggai, the guardian of the concubines, tells her to do.  She bathes for six months in oil and six months in spices, and learns to paint herself with cosmetics.  She changes to conform to the beauty standard of her day.

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Visit colleges around the world without leaving home

Posted on February 20th, 2017
by Ilana Strauss for FromtheGrapevine


You Visit offers 3D and virtual reality campus tours for students.


With college on the horizon, high school seniors might be thinking about attending a school far from home. Luckily, you don't have to go to a campus to see it anymore. Online college tours have been gaining popularity for years, and they're finally starting to come into their own, thanks to virtual reality.

A new site appropriately named You Visit offers virtual college tours with both virtual reality and 360-degree tours of various college campuses around the world, from the U.S. to England to Israel.

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Visit colleges around the world without leaving home

Posted on February 20th, 2017
by Ilana Strauss for FromtheGrapevine


You Visit offers 3D and virtual reality campus tours for students.


With college on the horizon, high school seniors might be thinking about attending a school far from home. Luckily, you don't have to go to a campus to see it anymore. Online college tours have been gaining popularity for years, and they're finally starting to come into their own, thanks to virtual reality.

A new site appropriately named You Visit offers virtual college tours with both virtual reality and 360-degree tours of various college campuses around the world, from the U.S. to England to Israel.

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Meet the Jewish Teen Who’s Capturing What Mental Illness Looks Like

Posted on February 13th, 2017
Joanna Valente for MyJewishLearning.com    


Haley M. is a college freshman at the College of New Jersey majoring in art education. Her recent series of paintings, seen throughout this piece, were inspired by her experience with mental illness. We talked with her about life as a college student, what keeps her going as an artist, and how she hopes to break down the stigmas of mental illness.

What was the first thing you listened to today?

My alarm clock.

But if this is supposed to be a question that reveals my music taste, I love Cage the Elephant, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sublime, Led Zeppelin and Fall Out Boy.

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Israeli teen wins 2017 Africa Eco Rally

Posted on February 6th, 2017
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c    


Just shy of 18, Gev Teddy Sella took first place in the 12-stage, 6,500-kilometer Africa Eco Rally that ended in Senegal on January 14


Gev Teddy Sella, an Israeli teenager living in South Africa, surprised the world of motorsports by winning first place in the 2017 Africa Eco Rally, a 12-stage, 6,500-kilometer (4,038-mile) desert marathon.

Contestants began the first stage on January 2 in Morocco, speeding on to Mauritania and finally ending on January 14 in Senegal.

It was Sella’s first appearance in the rally, which has been won by Norwegian Pål Anders Ullevålseter the past two years.

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