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Kosovo Jewry: Small in size, huge in fascination

Kosovo Jewry: Small in size, huge in fascination

ROSH HASHANAH EDITION
SECTION B PAGE 10

PRISTINA, Kosovo — Boxing Club Prishtina is a squat building on a narrow street around the corner from the parliament in the heart of Kosovo’s capital city.

Around the corner, a popular Italian restaurant draws the young Western Europeans and Americans in button-down shirts and open-toed heels who help keep the country running.

Walk the other way and you’ll find a dim hole-in-the-wall bar/gallery crammed with their Kosovar peers.

But Boxing Club Prishtina stands unattended, plaster cracked or stripped away by wind, rain and time. Its rusted metal awning droops into Mark Isaki Street.

Last Updated ( Monday, 22 September 2014 06:04 )

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Hearing-impaired teen teaches fourth-graders about preventable hearing loss

Hearing-impaired teen teaches fourth-graders about preventable hearing loss ROSH HASHANAH EDITIONSECTION A PAGE 23 WASHINGTON — Born with an enlarged vestibular aqueduct in her left ear, Samantha Vinik has lost nearly 94% of her hearing from the congenital degenerative condition. But when the 18-year-old from Millburn, NJ, discovered that one in five teenagers is afflicted with Noise Induced Hearing Loss, or NIHL, she was motivated to find out why. “I learned that this kind of hearing loss was permanent but totally preventable,” Vinik said. Along with two of...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 September 2014 13:00 )

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Daughter visits rescuer in Belgium

Daughter visits rescuer in BelgiumBALTIMORE — Tanya Klein grew up knowing that her mother, Tova Silverstein (nee Lowenbraun), had survived the Holocaust in hiding in her native Belgium. Mom, however, shared few details — only her rescuer’s surname, Larose, and the name of the village, Villers-Poterie. But at a family wedding in 2009, Klein’s chat with a cousin launched a quest to find and meet one of her mother’s rescuers. Last week the Baltimore woman took another significant step: applying to Yad Vashem, Israel’s...
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California teen shares passion for sports with special needs kids

California teen shares passion for sports with special needs kidsWASHINGTON — As a little boy growing up in Mill Valley, Calif., playing baseball meant the world to Tyler Barbee. “When I was a kid, baseball was my life,” said Barbee, now a 17-year-old high school senior at Tamalpais High School. But he also knew that his love of the sport couldn’t be shared easily by his brother, Conner, who is four years older and has autism. “I wanted him to be able to participate, but there wasn’t an environment for him to succeed,” Barbee recalled. Six y...
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The Sabbatical year — what is it?

The Sabbatical year — what is it?TEL AVIV — When Rosh Hashanah comes later this month, Israel’s Jewish farmers won’t just be celebrating the start of a new year. They’ll be marking a year in which they are prohibited from doing their jobs. Called Shmita, the Torah-mandated, yearlong farming hiatus is felt across Israel, affecting its fields, supermarkets and, of course, its politics. The genesis of Shmita is Exodus, which commands the Israelites, “Plant your land and gather its produce for six years. But on the seve...
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