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Giovanni and Griffin with their canes. (Photo by Bob Weinberg)

‘Helping the blind see differently’

ROSH HASHANAH EDITION 5777 SECTION A There is a reference in the Talmud to a person without sight as a sagi nahor, one “of abundant light.” Among the varying...

Clockwise, from upper left: Kim Harris, Bernard Gerson, Bruce Dollin, Yisroel Engel

What’s on rabbis’ minds for 5777?

ROSH HASHANAH EDITION 5777 SECTION A All over the map. That’s what Denver’s Rosh Hashanah worshippers are likely to find this year when it comes to the subjects...

The interior of the Romaniote synagogue Kehila Kedosha Janina on Broome Street in Manhattan.

‘Romaniote’: the oldest Jewish rite

ROSH HASHANAH EDITION 5777 SECTION A Ask the preponderance of American Jews — or global Jews, for that matter — about Romaniote Jewry and you’ll probably hear a...

The Gefilte Manifesto's Baked Herbed Terrine.

Gefilte Manifesto: Millenial ode to Ashkenazi cooking

FROM ROSH HASHANAH FOODS AS I peruse the vibrant pages of The Gefilte Manifesto (Flatiron Books, 2016), I feel right at home. Recipes from borscht to homemade pickles...

Rabbi Shmuel Notik holding a Nile perch at his home in Nairobi in 2015.

Chabad meets needs of growing community in sub-Saharan Africa

NAIROBI — Rabbi Shmuel Notik was on his way to blow the shofar on a Friday evening in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi when six men armed with knives intercepted him on a...

Akko resident Mahdi Satri, a frequent contributor to the ‘Arabs and Right-Wingers Tweeting’ Facebook group.

Israeli Arab Zionists voice their feelings on Facebook

By Tzvi Lev, TPS JERUSALEM (TPS) — When Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan blamed Facebook in July for the recent wave of terror, he was likely not referring...

Mark Wilf, a co-owner of the Minnesota Vikings, at the team's gigantic Nordic horn in its new $1.1 billion stadium. (Hillel Kuttler)

Vikings’ owner: Not your average philanthropist

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer stepped up to an 800-pound gjallarhorn and exhaled with all he had to launch the festivities that officially...

Relatives of Holocaust victims walk in a memorial march in the Lithuanian town of Moletai, Aug. 29, 2016.

Soccer agent and writer save memory of Holocaust in Lithuanian town

When Israeli soccer agent Tzvi Kritzer decided to build a monument in the Lithuanian town of Moletai (Malat in Yiddish), where most of his family was murdered during the...

Gene Wilder (right) puts his arm around the shoulder of Cleavon Little in a still from the film, 'Blazing Saddles.' (Warner Bros./Getty)

Blazing saddles, fading memories

NEW YORK — Last year I joined some 3,000 people at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark for a wide-screen showing of Mel Brooks’ 1974 Western parody,...

Clockwise from top left: Sarah Nabaggala, Yonatan Loukato, Samuel Matiya Kigondere, Yoash Mayende and Shoshana Nambi. (Jill Peltzman/URJ)

Ugandan Jews work as counselors at reform summer camp

NEW YORK — Growing up in Uganda, Sarah Nabaggala would often have to walk to a well to retrieve drinking water. Shoshana Nambi, from the same village, Mbale, remembers...