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Dylan Sharp assists Ukrainian children

Dylan Sharp assists Ukrainian children

Teen Hero

WASHINGTON — Dylan Sharp capitalized on his Bar Mitzvah to raise nearly $50,000 from family and friends for the Tikva Children’s Home, an organization that rescues and houses at-risk Jewish children in the Ukraine.

Now he’s spreading the word to his peers across the country.

At his ceremony in September, Sharp spoke on the bimah of New York’s Temple Shaaray Tefila about how moved he was by the plight of the children at the Odessa home after watching the organization’s videos.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 April 2015 11:39 )

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Retrieving the name of one Holocaust victim

Retrieving the name of one Holocaust victim PASSOVER EDITION 5775SECTION A PAGE 10 FOR HOW long may the report of a pistol be heard? For most people, less than a second. For Connie Christiansen Gallagher, a lifetime. She remembers today with perfect clarity how a particular pistol shot sounded. She remembers the man — a Nazi militiaman who wore a feather in his hat — who fired the pistol.
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That's the way the matzah crumbles

That's the way the matzah crumbles PASSOVER EDITION 5775SECTION C PAGE 9 NEW YORK — Seated in his Lower East Side office, in front of a large portrait of company patriarch Aron Streit, Alan Adler avoids becoming too nostalgic. “It’s like I tell my family members: none of you own a car from 1935, why do you think a matzah factory from 1935 is what we should be using today?” says Adler, one of Streit’s Matzos’ 11 co-owners.
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The king of the candy stores

The king of the candy storesNEW YORK — Walking into Economy Candy on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, it’s hard to know where to look first. To the foil-clad chocolate rabbits standing sentinel atop sacks of chocolate eggs? The stacks of kosher-for-Passover jelly rings and chocolate pops across the narrow aisle? The facing bins spilling over with peanut butter chews and saltwater taffy? Make your way to the back of this Willy Wonka-esque store, past more of the 2,000 varieties of candy it sells, and the walls are lined...
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For teen, being bullied led to Validation Project

For teen, being bullied led to Validation Project Teen Hero NEW YORK — For Val Weisler, freshman year of high school was marred by tears and unhappiness as classmates bullied her daily for being shy and withdrawn. “I was a different person and I didn’t feel comfortable,” said Weisler, now a 16-year-old junior at Clarkstown High School South in West Nyack, NY. “I was hiding myself and hating myself. I didn’t feel welcomed.” She soon realized, however, that “there were so many other teenagers who had bigger problems than me....

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 April 2015 11:40 )

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