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Survivor Martin Weiss addresses 150 at Regis University

Survivor Martin Weiss addresses 150 at Regis University

THE 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 killed, and later immigrating to the US in 1946.

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Denver JDS senior trains guide dogs for the blind

Denver JDS senior trains guide dogs for the blindWHEN GABE Baskin was preparing for his Bar Mitzvah, he wanted to find a community service project that would tie into his Torah portion of Re’eh, meaning, “to see.” “So I thought there is no better way than helping others see,” said Baskin, now 17. He reached out to Guide Dogs for the Blind, a Colorado organization that trains dogs to assist the blind and visually impaired. Baskin and his family attended multiple meetings and learned the skills necessary to prepare the Labrador pupp...
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Teen brightens smiles of ailing children

Teen brightens smiles of ailing childrenShe may have been too young to officially volunteer her time but at 14, Arielle Davis found another way to help her local Ronald McDonald House. “I looked on their website and it said they needed toothbrushes,” said Davis, now 18. “It’s only a dollar a toothbrush, so even a child can afford to donate one.” But Davis went further than just donating one toothbrush. She contacted every dentist she could find in a 10-mile radius, set up a collection bin at her school and contacted her lo...

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Warsaw's POLIN museum celebrates and mourns Polish Jewish life

Warsaw's POLIN museum celebrates and mourns Polish Jewish lifeWARSAW — In a Europe wracked by fears of rising anti-Semitism, and in a country whose Jews were all but annihilated in the Holocaust, a dazzling new “museum of life” celebrates the Jewish past and looks forward to a vital future. Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday, Oct.28, jointly inaugurated the long-awaited core exhibit of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, a more than $100 million complex first conceived 20 years ago. “I...

Last Updated ( Friday, 31 October 2014 08:15 )

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Boston-area teen assists those in need

Boston-area teen assists those in needWASHINGTON — Adopted from China as infants, Maxine Harvey and her younger sister, Talia, were taught the importance of giving back by their adoptive mother. “It was instilled in us at such a young age that I thought it’s what you’re supposed to do,” said Harvey, 18. For as long as she can remember, Harvey said her family would collect items at their annual Chanukah party and donate them to local families in need.
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IDF nabs 2 armed Palestinians on Gaza Border

Cnaan Liphshiz Their infiltration was thwarted shortly after Islamists killed 27 in four attacks in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. ... [Link]

Israel announces re-issuing of settlement housing tenders

Cnaan Liphshiz Palestinian official calls move ‘war crime’ but housing ministry says tenders have already been published onced before. ... [Link]

Facing extradition, Israeli ‘sex rabbi’ tells Dutch daily he survived Holocaust

Cnaan Liphshiz Scholar says no evidence supports Eliezer Berland’s claim in an interview on his fight against extradition. ... [Link]

Austrian watchdog records near doubling of anti-Semitic incidents

Cnaan Liphshiz The Forum Against Anti-Semitism in Vienna counted 255 instances in 2014 compared to 137 the previous year. ... [Link]

Scholar sues Illinois university for nixing his tenure over anti-Israel tweets

Cnaan Liphshiz Steven G. Salaita argues faculty and donors violated his right to free speech. ... [Link]

Synagogue launches religious court case to evict Rabbi Barry Freundel

Ron Kampeas Kesher Israel has gone to the Beit Din of America to oust its former rabbi, who is facing charges of voyeurism, from his synagogue-owned residence. ... [Link]

For Haifa woman, a needle-in-a-haystack search

mbrodsky Miriam Grab has almost nothing to go on in her search for relatives from her father’s Czech family wiped out in the Holocaust – not even names. ... [Link]

Portugal adopts return law for Jewish descendants

mbrodsky The legislation, to be made public next month, offers citizenship to some descendants of Sephardic Jews. ... [Link]

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