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Reform rabbis back in St. Augustine

Reform rabbis back in St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — For Rabbi Richard Levy, it was an emotional return to this historic northeastern Florida city.

The first time Levy came to St. Augustine 50 years ago, he and 15 other rabbis and a Reform Jewish leader endured taunts from segregationists armed with broken bottles and bricks. They were jailed along with other civil rights activists after taking part in protests at a segregated motel.

“As I came here and saw the sign that said St. Augustine, I was stunned,” the Los Angeles resident told a standing room only crowd of over 250 people at Flagler College. “I never thought I would come back here.”

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Behind Cracow’s Jewish community divisions

Behind Cracow’s Jewish community divisionsKRAKOW — On the way to his first appearance as Krakow’s new chief rabbi, Eliezer Gurary passed a group of young demonstrators holding signs with messages of affection for Jews. “I [heart] Jews,” one sign read. “Yes to tolerance,” read another. But the demonstration last week outside Krakow’s Old Synagogue was no support rally. Organized by non-Jewish university students on the day of Gurary’s installation, the protest was sparked by the rabbi’s recent assertion in an interv...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 June 2014 14:14 )

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Ayelet Nation’s baby brother

Ayelet Nation’s baby brotherNEW YORK — Even before their daughter, Ayelet Galena, was diagnosed with a rare bone marrow disease called dyskeratosis congenita around her first birthday, parents Hindy Poupko and Seth Galena knew they wanted to have more children. But once the diagnosis arrived, the couple had a dilemma: There was a fair chance their next child would have the life-threatening genetic disease, too. Over the course of the next year or so, Galena and Poupko didn’t have much time to think about other kids. ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 June 2014 14:01 )

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20 years later, impact of Lubavitcher Rebbe grows

20 years later, impact of Lubavitcher Rebbe growsTWO well-known contemporary rabbis. Two prolific authors. Two personal journeys. One Rebbe. And a remarkable legacy that just keeps growing. Rabbis Joseph Telushkin and Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz have come out with new volumes on “the Rebbe,” Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, 20 years after the death of the Chabad-Lubavitch Chasidic movement’s seventh leader. To these authors, Schneerson was no ordinary biographical subject — in fact, according to the subtitle of one of their books, ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 June 2014 14:45 )

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Compassion for the autistic

Compassion for the autisticWASHINGTON — Watching his cousin suffer both socially and academically from the effects of autism inspired Zak Kukoff at an early age to help other children diagnosed with the condition. “I could see that [children with autism] wanted to be a friend but didn’t know how to be a friend,” said Kukoff, now 19. For his Bar Mitzvah project in 2008, he enlisted the help of a psychologist to start Autism Ambassadors, a peer-led program that teaches children (the “ambassadors”) how to inter...

Last Updated ( Friday, 20 June 2014 02:13 )

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Ben Sales CBS will adapt a British sitcom about a Jewish family, called “Friday Night Dinner.” ... [Link]

British Jewish human rights activist Helen Bamber dies

Ben Sales Jewish human rights activist Helen Bamber, who founded organizations to help victims of torture and violence, has died at 89. ... [Link]

Ontario students’ organization passes BDS resolution

Ben Sales The Canadian Federation of Students’ Ontario branch unanimously passed a resolution to boycott Israel. ... [Link]

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