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If anniversaries mean something, 2014 is a bonanza. The most momentous anniversary in 2014 is, of course, the 100th anniversary of the start of The Great War, subsequently called World War I.

This year is the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, the 40th anniversary of the defeat of the US in Vietnam, the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide.

Alas, some will leave these somber anniversaries alone and focus on the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ coming to America. Didn’t the group sing “When I’m 64?” Seems they also had a thing for numbers.

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 May 2014 01:39 )

 

Lucie Prenzlau, 1917-2014

Where to begin? Where to end? What was inside the circle of life, the fullness of Lucie Prenzlau? If this circle were a wheel, each of its spokes would likely define the totality of another person, but not Lucie Prenzlau. One spoke might say, fundraiser, activist, visionary. Another spoke might say, gardening, barbecues, fabulous birthday parties. Still another: aristocratic and dignified; also accessible and empathetic — listener and adviser. And another spoke: Europe, Palestine, America. An...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 June 2014 02:07 )

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No freedom of association at UCLA

And you thought it was OK to have a political opinion, loyalty or allegiance; or to associate with political activists; or to educate yourself about political conditions outside the US; or to run for office based on whom you choose to associate with, or learn from. Think again, if you go to UCLA or, alas, to many other universities. All these freedoms guaranteed under the US Constitution suddenly evaporate at UCLA and elsewhere. A group at UCLA called Students for Justice in Palestine wants to ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 May 2014 01:34 )

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Rick and Susan Rheins lead Temple Sinai’s future

The Temple Sinai community and community-at-large turned out in large numbers last weekend to honor Rabbis Rick and Susan Miller Rheins. It’s hard to believe that nine  years have passed since they arrived at the Reform synagogue. Preserving the cherished ambience created by founding Rabbi Raymond Zwerin and his wife Rikki, the Rheins added their own plans, dreams and aspirations to ensure the temple’s continutity. It worked.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 May 2014 01:53 )

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Iraq relinquished ‘its’ Jewish artifacts long ago

If not with Iraq’s expulsion of its Jews in 1951, then certainly with Iraq’s open theft of the artifacts of Iraqi Jewry in 1984, Iraq has lost all rights to them. There is a threeway dispute between Iraq, the US and the Jewish community worldwide over the ownership of Jewish archives that originated in Iraq. Actually, it is a twoway dispute, since the US has sided with Iraq, ignoring the history and provenance of these archives.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 May 2014 01:40 )

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