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'Operation Soap Dish' earns honors for teen

'Operation Soap Dish' earns honors for teen

WASHINGTON — With her $4.50 weekly allowance, Adena Rochelson wanted to fill an empty shelf at a local food pantry near her upstate New York home with toiletries and cleaning supplies.

After soon realizing that she would need more funds and supplies, Rochelson — then a fourth-grader — launched a social action project that would raise awareness of the shortage and provide much-needed toothbrushes, shampoo, toothpaste and soap to nearby shelters and food pantries.

“I realized that involving other people was the way to go,” said Rochelson, now 15.

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Pomegranate juice a vehicle for chasidic help and healing

Pomegranate juice a vehicle for chasidic help and healingNEW SQUARE, NY— Get Rabbi Shulim Greenberg talking about the health benefits of pomegranate juice and he sounds like a homeopathic nutritionist — with a Yiddish accent. Every January, the chasidic charity run by Greenberg obtains some 40,000 pounds of California pomegranates, squeezes them into juice and ships the product in eight-ounce plastic bottles to ailing Jews. The recipients — mostly residents of the Orthodox strongholds of Brooklyn, Lakewood, NJ, and New York’s Rockland County...
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Hand in Hand: Israelis and Arabs learn together

Hand in Hand: Israelis and Arabs learn togetherWHEN PRESIDENT Obama lit a menorah in the White House last month, it was a colorful olive wood menorah made by Hand in Hand students after arsonists burned down a first grade classroom. Labeled in Hebrew and Arabic, the menorah listed values such as equality, peace, education, friendship and freedom that characterize the school. Two ninth-graders, one Jewish and one Arab, were on hand to light the menorah. Jews and Arabs in Israel attend separate schools and study mostly in their native langu...
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Top ten IJN stories of 2014

Top ten IJN stories of 2014Curious what our top stories of the year were? Re-read the 10 stories that kept getting hit on IJN.com. Reb Zalman Schacter Shalomi dies by Andrea Jacobs The father of renewal Judaism passed away in August in his longtime home of Boulder. East Side Kosher Deli sold to Shua Horowitz Michael and Marcy Schreiber, longtime owners of the East Side Kosher Deli, announced in the IJN in December that they were selling the deli. ...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 31 December 2014 14:56 )

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Disability self-advocates envision a more inclusive Jewish community

Disability self-advocates envision a more inclusive Jewish communityWHAT IF Moses never accepted the task to lead the Jews out of Egypt because of his speech impediment? Award-winning author Chava Willig Levy, a polio survivor, uses the episode to illustrate what she calls a clear biblical precedent that people with disabilities have enormous potential. “When G-d said to Moses, ‘I’m tapping you to lead my people out of Egypt,’ Moses [countered], ‘No, you’ve got the wrong guy. I’m disabled myself,’” Levy says. But G-d gets angry at Moses for ...
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Italian lawmakers urge recognition of Palestinian state

Cnaan Liphshiz Non-binding resolution passes by a vote of 300 to 45, adding Italy’s Chamber of Deputies to other European parliaments supporting the move. ... [Link]

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