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Daughter visits rescuer in Belgium

Daughter visits rescuer in Belgium

BALTIMORE — Tanya Klein grew up knowing that her mother, Tova Silverstein (nee Lowenbraun), had survived the Holocaust in hiding in her native Belgium. Mom, however, shared few details — only her rescuer’s surname, Larose, and the name of the village, Villers-Poterie. But at a family wedding in 2009, Klein’s chat with a cousin launched a q... Read more...
How Jewish reporters in Muslim lands hide their identity

How Jewish reporters in Muslim lands hide their identity

WASHINGTON — Don’t bring it up. If it comes up, change the subject. If you can’t change the subject, consider an outright denial. Those are som...

Should Arab Israelis have the right to protest Israel’s war against Hamas?

Separation of church and state? Not in Israeli democracy. Differences in American and Israeli democracy also extend to protests against wars. The ...
California teen shares passion for sports with special needs kids

California teen shares passion for sports with special needs kids

WASHINGTON — As a little boy growing up in Mill Valley, Calif., playing baseball meant the world to Tyler Barbee. “When I was a kid, baseball was...
What’s the question?

What’s the question?

THIS week’s Torah portion opens with a very beautiful passage about first fruits. The Torah predicts that the Israelites will be successful in conqu...
The Sabbatical year — what is it?

The Sabbatical year — what is it?

TEL AVIV — When Rosh Hashanah comes later this month, Israel’s Jewish farmers won’t just be celebrating the start of a new year. They’ll be ma...
 

Henry Waxman’s retirement ends era in L.A. Jewish politics

Henry Waxman’s retirement ends era in L.A. Jewish politics LOS ANGELES — When Rep. Henry Waxman, who will turn 75 in September, retires at the end of this year after 46 years in elected office, it will mark more than just the end of a storied career as one of the most prolific lawmakers in Congress. It will also draw the curtain on a generation of Jewish politicians in Los Angeles. In 2012, Waxman’s longtime friend and ally Rep. Howard Berman lost his reelection battle to fellow Rep. Brad Sherman after redistricting left them competing for the sam...
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The Sabbatical year — what is it?

The Sabbatical year — what is it? TEL AVIV — When Rosh Hashanah comes later this month, Israel’s Jewish farmers won’t just be celebrating the start of a new year. They’ll be marking a year in which they are prohibited from doing their jobs. Called Shmita, the Torah-mandated, yearlong farming hiatus is felt across Israel, affecting its fields, supermarkets and, of course, its politics. The genesis of Shmita is Exodus, which commands the Israelites, “Plant your land and gather its produce for six years. But on the seve...
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From Bible heroines to Madoff, Rabins’ rock opera strikes new chord

From Bible heroines to Madoff, Rabins’ rock opera strikes new chord BERKELEY, Calif. — Plucking a violin on an empty stage, an animated scene of Manhattan skyscrapers scrolling behind her pregnant body, the musician, poet and Torah student Alicia Jo Rabins begins to sing what sounds like a mystical incantation of sorts. “Bring me your empty jar, I will fill it,” she intones. “Where it comes from, I can’t tell you, no one knows.” Inspired by the biblical story of the prophet Elisha, Rabins, 37, is musing in the broadest possible terms about the crim...
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Local dentist volunteers at Jerusalem dental clinic during Operation Protective Edge

Local dentist volunteers at Jerusalem dental clinic during Operation Protective Edge DENVER dentist Dr. Arlene Stein arrived in Israel on July 11 to spend two weeks volunteering at the Trudi Birger Dental Clinic in Jerusalem, through Dental Volunteers for Israel (DVI). DVI provides free dental care and oral health education to thousands of needy children in Jerusalem every year, regardless of race and religion. Holocaust survivor Trudi Birger suffered greatly as a child during WW II. At that time she vowed to help prevent the suffering of other children if she should survive....
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Crime and punishment in sports

Once again, the bad boys of professional sports have grabbed headlines. On Monday, we learned of the release of the incriminating surveillance tape showing Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching out his then-fiance (now wife) and dragging her out of an elevator. Despite an initial light punishment, Rice was cut from the Ravens and suspended indefinitely from the NFL. He shortly lost endorsements. That same day, Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson came forward with a racially insensi...
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Harriet Brooks

Harriet Brooks Harriet Brooks, founder of the Colorado Springs Mental Health Association and past president of the national NCJW board, passed away Sept. 4, 2014, at her home in Colorado Springs. She was 87. The service was held Sept 7 at the Sons of Israel Cemetery in Colorado Springs. Feldman Mortuary made the arrangements. Harriet was born Feb. 11, 1927, in Pueblo to Helen and William Goodman, immigrants from Hungary. She displayed an early interest in music as a child.
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An artist reclaims Jewish sites in Kosovo

Ron Kampeas In a performance attended by Kosovo’s president, artist Elana Katz scatters powder around a ‘forgotten Jewish past.’ ... [Link]

Polish Jews split over plan to exhume massacre victims

Cnaan Liphshiz A planned Polish investigation of the 1941 massacre in Wasosz is pitting the religious imperative of protecting the dignity of the dead against the desire for historic justice. ... [Link]

Leading Likudnik Gideon Saar stepping away from politics

Marcy Oster Interior Minister Gideon Saar, touted as the favorite to succeed Benjamin Netanyahu as Israel’s prime minister, said he will “take a break” from politics. ... [Link]

Lone soldiers’ parents being brought to Israel for holiday visits

Marcy Oster The parents of 77 lone soldiers in Israel who fought in the recent Gaza operation are being brought to Israel to spend the High Holidays with their children. ... [Link]

At 2014 U.N. General Assembly, ISIS likely to dominate discourse

Uriel Heilman Gadhafi and Chavez are gone, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be theatrics at this year’s U.N. General Assembly. ... [Link]

‘With Jews we lose,’ reads one Senate candidate’s slogan in Ky.

Uriel Heilman Robert Ransdell, a write-in candidate for U.S. Senate from Kentucky, is campaigning with the slogan “With Jews we lose.” ... [Link]

Joel Levy named president and CEO of Center for Jewish History

Marcy Oster Joel Levy is the new president and CEO of the Center for Jewish History in New York City. ... [Link]

Cool Bries: Trailblazing cheese whiz prepping special holiday fare

mbrodsky A self-dubbed “Cheese Guy” in suburban New York City has earned praise for his dairy creations. And he has something special planned for the High Holidays. ... [Link]

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