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Website brings community service into 21st century

Website brings community service into 21st century

WASHINGTON — Fulfilling community service hours can sometimes be drudgery for students who must complete the requirement before graduating from high school.

Edan Evenhaim, 17, and his best friend and classmate, Noah Emanuel, wanted to make community service both accessible and fun for their peers — so they started a website.

“Myself and my peers, we were just not enjoying the experience of community service,” said Evenhaim, a senior at New Community Jewish High School in West Hills, Calif.

“So we thought about how we could make it more enjoyable and not only about fulfilling a requirement.”

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Non-Jewish filmmaker has fond West Side memories

Non-Jewish filmmaker has fond West Side memories CHANUKAH EDITIONSECTION D PAGE 4 Every now and then, filmmaker and screenwriter Haylar Garcia finds himself in a room full of Hollywood professionals, usually pitching a script, a story idea or a finished movie. It can be a daunting experience, the affable, multi-talented Denverite admits, since Hollywood can be a tough, no-nonsense, unsympathetic environment, especially for somebody who has yet to earn a “name,” which Garcia readily admits he has yet to earn, but is definitely aspiring ...

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 December 2014 13:34 )

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When getting a little gelt was as good as gold

When getting a little gelt was as good as gold CHANUKAH EDITION SECTION E PAGE 8 LOS ANGELES — What can a buck get you on Chanukah? Maybe a gold mesh bag of chocolate coins or a lighter for your menorah. But Jewish continuity? At Chanukah time, when we get so wrapped up in gift giving, I propose that it’s a single dollar of gelt (Yiddish for money) that has the power to keep on giving beyond eight nights. Chanukah gelt referred originally in Europe and later America to coins given as gifts to children and adults. Today, gelt brings...
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The 850,000 forgotten Jewish refugees

The 850,000 forgotten Jewish refugees  TO UNDERSTAND how the Holocaust has been seared onto Israel’s collective consciousness, one should visit the country on Nisan 27, a date in the Hebrew calendar that falls in either April or May. On that day, Holocaust Memorial Day, the unsuspecting visitor is dumbstruck by the sight of an entire country coming to a halt. At 10 a.m. on the dot, a siren sounds across the country. Schools, hospitals, trading floors, garages, news rooms, tech start-ups — all these and more freeze exactly wh...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 December 2014 16:57 )

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Mendelevitch returns to Russia

Mendelevitch returns to RussiaST. 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 si...

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

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