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Mendelevitch returns to Russia

Mendelevitch returns to Russia

ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA — Through the back seat window of a black KGB car, Yosef Mendelevitch could see university students his age hurrying to take their finals.

It was June 15, 1970, and the 23-year-old Mendelevitch had just been arrested along with 11 accomplices for trying to hijack a plane to escape the Soviet Union.

On the tarmac of an airport outside St. Petersburg — then Leningrad — officers from the Soviets’ secret police detained the conspirators before they could board the single-engine plane they planned to fly to Israel.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 December 2014 12:55 )

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‘Mind Before Mouth’ fights bullying

‘Mind Before Mouth’ fights bullyingWASHINGTON — As a sophomore in high school, Joshua Toch parlayed his disability into a platform to speak to others about the effects of bullying on young teens. Shortly after finishing third at a public speaking competition, Toch, now 18 and born with cerebral palsy, started Mind Before Mouth, an organization that arranges speaking engagements for teens on issues ranging from bullying and peer pressure to dating and mental illness. Hearing their peers speak candidly about issues that affect ...
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Courage to fight an uphill battle

Courage to fight an uphill battle Say not the struggle naught availeth; The labor and the wounds are vain; The enemy faints not, nor faileth; And as things have been they remain. — Arthur Hugh Clough IS THERE nobility in continuing to fight an uphill battle? After 12 years of legal battles, from the lower to the upper courts, to facing an expected losing verdict at the Supreme Court, is it still worth putting up the fight? Philippe Karsenty would argue, unequivocally, yes. He should know. He’s been battling defamat...

Last Updated ( Friday, 05 December 2014 08:11 )

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At Thanksgiving, looking out for the needy

At Thanksgiving, looking out for the needyAS WE prepare for our Thanksgiving feasts, a 90-year-old Jewish man named Arnold Abbott is stirring the pot in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., about hunger and homelessness in America. Or is it that Abbott, who in defiance of a controversial new city ordinance has been cited several times for feeding the homeless outdoors, is just asking us to pay more than lip service to our Jewish ideals? The ordinance limits where outdoor feeding sites can be located and requires permits. Groups must provide portabl...
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Survivor Martin Weiss addresses 150 at Regis University

Survivor Martin Weiss addresses 150 at Regis UniversityTHE IMAGE of white tablecloths and the smell of food remains vivid to Martin Weiss to this day. “Right after the war, a restaurant owner invited us in. He put us at nice tables with white tablecloths, then he fed all of us. “I don’t mention this too often, but that was the first type of kindness that I had experienced and it made a big impact on me. It does show you that not all people are bad.” Weiss was deported at age 15, struggling to survive while many members of his family were ...
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At Tu b’Shvat, bidding to save a beloved tree

mbrodsky At the New Year of the Trees, columnist Edmon J. Rodman is going all out to save a lemon tree planted before his twins’ bar mitzvah a dozen years ago. ... [Link]

For Cuban Jews, improved ties to U.S. may not resolve central challenges

Uriel Heilman Down to about 1,500 Jews from 15,000 in 1959, the Cuban Jewish community continues to see the exodus of its younger and most active members to Israel. ... [Link]

When the office is a death camp

Ben Harris The 1.5 million annual visitors to the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum come and go. But for employees who report daily to one of the world’s most notorious killing fields, the job can be an emot... [Link]

Liberman orders party activists to distribute Charlie Hebdo for free

Ben Sales The directive comes after an Israeli bookstore canceled plans to sell the magazine in response to threats. ... [Link]

Journalist who first reported Nisman’s death flees Argentina

Ben Sales Damian Pachter of BuenosAiresHerald.com left Argentina for Israel, where he also has citizenship, after the threats and being followed, an Argentine journalists’ group said. ... [Link]

A month after Alan Gross’ arrival, a welcome-home party at his synagogue

Ron Kampeas At Alan Gross’ homecoming, tales of bottle cap jewelry and his first corned beef sandwich in five years. ... [Link]

Druze student beaten in Jerusalem

Ben Sales The 21-year-old victim said he was hit with glass and bottles after first being mocked for speaking Arabic. ... [Link]

Jewish Agency-affiliated think tank composes aliyah plan for 120,000 French Jews

Ben Sales The plan cited a rise in jihadist terror attacks and a difficult economy in Europe as causes of increased immigration. ... [Link]

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