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Palestinians are embracing yoga

Palestinians are embracing yoga

JERUSALEMInhale your arms up into warrior one. Exhale and extend your arms into warrior two.

I followed the instructor’s soft but firm voice as she led me and five other women through the yoga poses, and the deep breathing helped to calm my nerves. The large tiled room was gently lit through white curtains that masked the busy city life outside Farashe Yoga.

Farashe is Arabic for butterfly, and the busy city outside the studio’s walls is Ramallah.

Exhale into your reverse warrior, the instructor guided us. I complied, letting out a long-held breath.

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Para-chaplain volunteers learn how to ‘be there’

Para-chaplain volunteers learn how to ‘be there’MARGARET BALLONOFF, a para-chaplain for Jewish Family Service since 2009, is refreshingly at ease in her own skin. Grateful for the challenges and rewards inherent in volunteering, she radiates undeniable self-fulfillment. The primary responsibility of a JFS para-chaplain is comforting the living, whether depressed, lonely, isolated, or desirous of a little Shabbat serenity or Chanukah cheer. Most para-chaplains lead Jewish holiday and Shabbat services now. But Ballonoff has taken on the mos...
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Japan struggles with the Holocaust

Japan struggles with the HolocaustFUKUYAMA, JAPAN — In the auditorium of this country’s main Holocaust education center, a teenage actor explains the dilemma that faced a Japanese diplomat during WW II. “My conscience tells me I must act a certain way, but doing so means defying my commanders,” says the actor portraying Chiune Sugihara, the Empire of Japan’s wartime vice consul in Lithuania. In 1940, Sugihara rescued 6,000 people by granting them transit visas to Japan in defiance of Tokyo’s orders. Some of them su...
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Helping seniors is natural for Detroit teen

Helping seniors is natural for Detroit teenNEW YORK — While visiting his grandmother in Florida last winter break, Connor Tukel helped set up her new iPhone. “Then it hit me that it was so easy for me,” said Tukel, a 12th-grader at the Frankel Jewish Academy in West Bloomfield, Mich. “It seemed obvious that kids of my generation could help other seniors as well. And why not improve the lives of those around us?” He contacted the principal and head of technology at his school, as well as the director of a nearby senior residen...
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Jack Adler: Auschwitz, then and now

Jack Adler: Auschwitz, then and nowWHEN JACK Adler visited Auschwitz-Birkenau on Jan. 27, the 70th anniversary of the camp’s liberation in 1945 — and during his four previous four trips for the annual commemoration — he did not say a prayer. This despite the fact that his two sisters were murdered during the Holocaust, that his brother and mother died in a Polish ghetto, that his father was killed at Dachau and that Adler himself spent more than a year of his youth in Nazi death and slave labor camps....

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