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The celluloid chasid helps Hollywood get chasidim right

The celluloid chasid helps Hollywood get chasidim right

NEW YORK — When it comes to chasidic characters in movies, film consultant Elli Meyer believes that the real deal trumps a random actor in costume. But that approach isn’t without its challenges. Meyer, a New York-based Lubavitcher chasid, recounted one occasion when he was hired to cast extras for a film but refused upon learning that shooti... Read more...

Mumbai Chabad house to reopen

MUMBAI — The reconstructed Chabad house in Mumbai, which closed after a terror attack six years ago, is set to reopen. Nariman House, the six-story...

Jewish Voice for Peace, or for destruction?

How to Win Friends and Influence People is apparently one of the books that the local members of Jewish Voice for Peace never read. In a counterproduc...

On losing a parent

My father, Max Prager, died last week. Here are some thoughts on the death of a parent. 1. Longevity Parents who live long are very lucky. Not only ...
During combat and after, lone soldiers look to each other for support

During combat and after, lone soldiers look to each other for support

TEL AVIV — When Shir Kleyman, an infantry instructor for the Israel Defense Forces and a Los Angeles native, found out that someone named Sean had d...
Student program builds ties across racial lines

Student program builds ties across racial lines

ST. LOUIS — On the evening of Aug. 12, after two consecutive nights of clashes between police and protesters in Ferguson, Mo., Mikal Smith rose to a...
 

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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Ex-WNBA chief Donna Orender cheers NBA breakthrough on women

Ex-WNBA chief Donna Orender cheers NBA breakthrough on women BALTIMORE — As a former WNBA president who played in what is considered the first US professional basketball league for women, Donna Orender has been eager for a trailblazing female to join the National Basketball Association in a prominent role. So she was plenty pleased last week when the world champion San Antonio Spurs hired Becky Hammon, a point guard with the WNBA’s Stars of the Texas city, as a paid assistant coach — a first in NBA history. “Becky’s a special woman, a great pl...
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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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Recovering the gloves, and ourselves

Have you noticed the mornings?  It’s only the end of August, but the mornings are slightly chilled, shadowed and sleepy. It feels like fall outside the window, which is no longer left open. The ceiling fan is silent. A blanket is needed. Summer clothes remain in the closet, exhausted from overuse. Time to wash the green jacket; try on that favorite sweater to see if it still fits. Where on earth are the winter gloves? Where? It’s a whole new season, ahead of schedule.
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Harry S. Allen

Harry S. Allen Harry S. Allen, a former Denverite, chair of the Beth Joseph Hebrew School and director of the Colorado Coordinating Council on Higher Education, passed away on Tu b’Av, Aug. 10. 2014, in Jerusalem. He was 91. “The full moon of Av is the brightest moon of the year, when the Earth is closest to the moon,” says his son Dr. Joel Allen. “Like the moon, my father was not a man of fire or power. “He had the ability and righteousness to be able to capture the light around him and transmit i...
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For Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, there is no joy in debut

mbrodsky For a moment it looked like the Dodgers’ hotshot prospect would be a hero in his first major league at-bat, but it wasn’t to be. ... [Link]

In lame-duck period, Obama administration retreats from peace endeavors

Ron Kampeas With the world in turmoil, President Obama’s last thousand days in office are not likely to be focused on Israeli-Palestinian peace. ... [Link]

Israel’s land seizure: political favor or West Bank game-changer?

Ben Sales Israel has drawn international criticism after seizing nearly 1,000 acres of West Bank land, but some experts say the move is relatively insignificant. ... [Link]

Memorial to Nazi ‘euthanasia’ victims dedicated in Berlin

Julie Wiener Germany dedicated a memorial in Berlin to the more than 200,000 people with physical and mental disabilities who were murdered by the Nazis. ... [Link]

Manhattan’s Ramaz school clarifies advice on concealing kippahs

Uriel Heilman The principal of an Orthodox day school in New York who suggested that students might want to conceal signs of their Jewishness while walking around the neighborhood disagrees — with himself. ... [Link]

Why the U.S. and Israel are not getting along

Uriel Heilman The Obama administration and the Israeli government are looking at the same war but seeing things much differently. ... [Link]

Stan Goldberg, superhero of comic-book illustration, dies at 82

Julie Wiener Comic-book artist Stan Goldberg, the color designer for Marvel Comics’ classic superheroes, has died. ... [Link]

Polish city marks first rabbinic ordination since World War II

Julie Wiener The Polish city of Wroclaw had its first rabbinic ordination since before World War II in its only synagogue to survive the Holocaust. ... [Link]

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