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Tales from the front that warm the heart

Tales from the front that warm the heart

JERUSALEM — Perhaps with the worries about rockets flying and death tolls mounting during the Gaza operation, many lost sight of different stories from the conflict. Here are some you may have missed in recent days. Meet Lt. Eitan, hero Israelis held their collective breath after learning that an Israeli soldier was believed to have been taken ... Read more...
Jewish Explorers in Stapleton and Highlands

Jewish Explorers in Stapleton and Highlands

EDUCATION & CULTURE “GIVE the people what they want,” goes the famous quote, variously attributed to Red Skelton or George Jessel, “and t...

Robin Williams, the honorary Jew

We’re still learning more about the extraordinary comic and brilliant actor Robin Williams, who, alas, killed himself at age 63. Recently, many of u...

Juking the job stats

A DECADE ago, as the US hemorrhaged manufacturing jobs, the federal government considered reclassifying fast food as a manufacturing industry. Sounds ...
What I saw in Israel during war

What I saw in Israel during war

THERE are many good reasons for a Jew to spend time in the Land of Israel, some of them religiously oriented, some social, others historical. There is...
War doesn’t deter new immigrants to Israel

War doesn’t deter new immigrants to Israel

SOME images and experiences in life become indelible. For me, one of those moments was six years ago when I traveled along with the chartered Nefesh ...
 

Peres has seen it all

Peres has seen it all JERUSALEM — In the midst of a grinding war in Gaza, a sometimes near-empty Knesset gallery was packed last week for an uplifting moment: what probably was the final political act of Israel’s elder statesman. Shimon Peres — former Israeli prime minister, defense minister, foreign minister and now former president — stood before the Knesset for the last time as a public servant on July 24, just prior to the inauguration of his successor, Reuven Rivlin. Facing his professional home for al...
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Lag b’Omer...when I was a kid

Lag b’Omer...when I was a kid ONE of Pnina Newirth’s earliest childhood memories is a trip to Mount Meron on Lag b’Omer. But this was no ordinary family vacation. “I was very small, yet I vividly recall the huge fires and the immense crowds,” she says. Despite the cacophony and the roaring bonfires, the Ra’anana resident insists she felt no fear that day. “I knew my parents were there and would protect me. And we stood far enough back so give us a bit of distance,” Newirth recalls....
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Zach Braff at Sundance: ‘Wish I Was Here’

Zach Braff at Sundance: ‘Wish I Was Here’ ZACH Braff is unabashedly and proudly Jewish. One might not deduce that, though, from the caustic attitude toward organized Judaism expressed at the beginning of his new film, “Wish I Was Here.” In his second foray as director, a decade after the indie success of “Garden State,” Braff plays a chronically unemployed, 30-something Los Angeles actor with a devoted wife (Kate Hudson) and two children in Jewish religious school. Braff’s Aidan Bloom is avowedly secular — his father (Mand...
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Boulder Jewish Foundation’s grants stay in Boulder

Boulder Jewish Foundation’s grants stay in Boulder TWO organizations, the Boulder Jewish Community Foundation and Hazon, have funds available for Jewish organizations to use in their growth, outreach and community-building efforts. Each has its own set of parameters regarding what they fund and how to apply, but both deadlines are in July. While Foundation Executive Director Allen Hittelman said, “as a rule, BJCF’s focus is on helping the whole Jewish community, not just single specific organizations,” BJCF does use income from its endow...
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Robin Williams, the honorary Jew

We’re still learning more about the extraordinary comic and brilliant actor Robin Williams, who, alas, killed himself at age 63. Recently, many of us discovered that he was considered an honorary Jew, so to speak. It’s not just that he could effortlessly drop Yiddishisms or perfectly articulate the accent of an elderly Eastern European Jewish man, or that he had countless close friends and colleagues who were members of the tribe. His affection and support for Judaism ran deeper.
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Alan Lottner

Alan Lottner Alan B. Lottner, a respected Denver attorney, passed away unexpectedly on July 21, 2014. He was 69. Rabbi Salomon Gruenwald officiated at the July 23 service at the HEA. Burial followed at Mt. Nebo Cemetery. Feldman Mortuary made the arrangements. Mr. Lottner was born Dec. 10, 1944, on New York’s Lower East Side to the late Minnie and Sam Lottner. He was raised in the Bronx and graduated from the Bronx School of Science in 1962. Mr. Lottner earned a BS from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa....
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Met Council’s new CEO to step down

Anthony Weiss The CEO of the scandal-tarred Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty is planning to step down. ... [Link]

Hamas admits kidnapping Israeli teens

Anthony Weiss A senior Hamas official has acknowledged, for the first time, that the organization’s military wing was behind the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers in June. ... [Link]

Wallenberg Foundation off the hook in Argentina libel case

mbrodsky The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation does not have to compensate the grandson of a World War II Argentine diplomat who the group accused of letting 100 Argentine Jews die in Nazi gas chambers... [Link]

Rebecca Lepkoff, photographer who documented Lower East Side, dies at 98

Ben Sales Rebecca Lepkoff, a photographer who documented Jewish life on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, has died. ... [Link]

Calls to UK anti-Semitism hotline soar since start of Gaza conflict.

Ben Sales The number of calls to an anti-Semitism hotline in the United Kingdom have jumped nearly fivefold since the beginning of Israel’s conflict with Gaza, according to a British Jewish organization. ... [Link]

Schechter network partnering with Montessori group

Julie Wiener The Conservative movement’s Schechter Day School Network and the Jewish Montessori Society have announced a strategic partnership. ... [Link]

N.Y. woman admits to scamming $180K from Jewish National Fund

Julie Wiener A suburban New York woman admitted to stealing another person’s identity in order to scam more than $180,000 from the Jewish National Fund. ... [Link]

In Muslim Kosovo, Jewish remnant stakes claim to nation’s past and future

Ron Kampeas The European Union’s newest country and its tiny Jewish community cooperate in their quests for recognition. ... [Link]

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