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No girls allowed? Not for this teen!

No girls allowed? Not for this teen!

NEW YORK — Lily Greenberg Call was always passionate about the political process. As a high school freshman, she looked forward to her class on international politics and guerrilla warfare.

Though most of the other students in the class were seniors or boys, Call was unfazed.

But during a heated discussion, someone said, “No one cares about your opinion, Lily, you’re a girl.”

Taken aback, Call, now a senior at the San Diego Jewish Academy, said, “I was shocked because that mentality was not something I was raised with. I had never been told I couldn’t do something because I’m a girl.”

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70-year-old Hitchcock Holocaust documentary retrieved

70-year-old Hitchcock Holocaust documentary retrievedNEW YORK — “This was a woman,” the narrator explains, as the camera pans over a figure so emaciated and burnt that it’s barely recognizable as human. It’s one of the more arresting scenes in “German Concentration Camps Factual Survey,” a highly unusual Holocaust documentary shot and scripted 70 years ago, and crafted with the help of the legendary director Alfred Hitchcock. But it almost didn’t see the light of day. The recently completed film has begun making the rounds, and h...
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Lessons from visit to Dachau

Lessons from visit to Dachau The IJN traveled to Germany as part of a delegation of Jewish communal leaders from Colorado; the delegation was sponsored by MDC Richmond Homes American Foundation. RETURN DACHAU — Is it possible to revisit a place you’ve never been to before? This is a place I never intended to visit. I had opportunity but opted not to come. Yet, it is a return. “I have long contemplated the question of whether you can experience trauma from something you didn’t go through,” says Shayna Alexand...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 May 2015 16:12 )

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Special needs kids can join the team

Special needs kids can join the teamNEW YORK — Zach Certner was nine when he recognized the despair of a family friend who was excluded from participating in the sports activities that Certner enjoyed so much. Mikey had a developmental disability, Certner said, “and I saw the struggles that he experienced by not doing what we could do or play on the same teams.” Certner and his older brother, Matt, decided to organize bimonthly soccer, basketball and baseball clinics in their hometown of Morristown, NJ, for children with s...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 May 2015 17:51 )

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Cancer survivor pushes toward a cure

Cancer survivor pushes toward a cureNEW YORK — At 12 years old, Elana Simon was diagnosed with fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma, a rare form of liver cancer that largely affects adolescents and young adults. “I didn’t know much about [fibrolamellar] and it was pretty scary,” said Simon, now 19. “But I was extremely fortunate to have an incredible surgeon.” After having her tumor removed, Simon, who grew up in New York, where her family remains active members of Temple Shaaray Tefila on Manhattan’s Upper East ...
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On basalt boulders, remembering a Golan Heights attack

Julie Wiener More than 63 years after seven Israeli soldiers were killed by a Syrian sniper, sculptors create a memorial for them. ... [Link]

Al Pacino pulls out of play over playwright’s support of Hitler

Marcy Oster Norwegian author Knut Hamsun was a supporter of Nazi Germany in his 70s and 80s and supported the German occupation of Norway during World War II. ... [Link]

Many Holocaust survivors live in poverty and need assistance, confab told

Marcy Oster Representatives of 39 countries participating in the two-day “Living in Dignity” conference called on the international community to provide more assistance to survivors. ... [Link]

As Israeli Rabbinate targets Rabbi Riskin, battle lines take shape

Ben Sales Rabbi Shlomo Riskin believes Israel’s Chief Rabbinate is challenging his job because his decisions on women and conversions question the Rabbinate’s hard lines on Jewish law. ... [Link]

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