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Help for infertile Jewish couples

ROCKVILLE, MD. — Laura has donated her eggs four times to women who needed help having children.

“It gave me a real sense of purpose,” she said. “It really is a great personal pleasure to know that I have something that changes someone’s life.”

Laura, 28, from Manassas, Va., asked that her full name not be published to protect her privacy.

She made the donations through A Jewish Blessing, a company in Jacksonville, Florida, that matches Jewish potential parents who are infertile with Jewish egg, or ovum, donors and surrogates. The company has helped bring more than 180 babies into the world in its 10-year history, said founder Judy Weiss.


Rosenwald changed the lives of African Americans

Rosenwald changed the lives of African AmericansPHILADELPHIA — Alex Bethea, the son of cotton and tobacco farm workers, was in sixth grade in 1965 when his family moved from Dillon, South Carolina, to the tiny town of Fairmont, NC, where he attended a school called “Rosenwald.” But it wasn’t until this week, 50 years later, that Bethea learned that his school was named for Julius Rosenwald, the Jewish philanthropist who is the subject of a new documentary by Aviva Kempner. The film tells the little-known story of Rosenwald’s contr...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 July 2015 13:23 )


Ramadan tours for Israeli Jews

Ramadan tours for Israeli JewsKFAR QASIM, Israel — The group of Jewish-Israelis sat in a semicircle on the thick, red carpet of the mosque. The women wore headscarves; everyone’s feet were bare. They had come to this Arab town in central Israel to experience a slice of Ramadan, the month-long daytime fast observed by Muslims that ends this week. But before they left the mosque to visit Kfar Qasim’s Ramadan market — a nightly, open-air food bazaar — tour guide Shawkat Amer sounded a note of reassurance....

Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 July 2015 10:40 )


JamShalom Shabbat 'throwdown' before Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well tour

JamShalom Shabbat 'throwdown' before Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well tourCHICAGO — What a long, strange trip it’s been for Shu Eliovson. The American-born resident of Kfar Maimon, a religious moshav in southern Israel, Eliovson is CEO and co-founder of the tech start-up Likeminder, an anonymous social networking site for “authentic conversation” with “like-minded” people. He is also an ordained rabbi, though his colorful pants, fedora and purple T-shirt with the Grateful Dead’s famed dancing bear logo make him unconventional, to say the least....

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 July 2015 11:28 )


Photo was starting point for cross-continental reunion

Photo was starting point for cross-continental reunionBALTIMORE — Jewelry hung from Rosa Zacharia’s ears and neck. Bracelets adorned her wrists and she wore rings on six of her fingers. She and her family were dressed to the nines. Life appeared to be pretty good for Zacharia and her husband, Naftali, and their three girls: Sara, Rahel and Yoheved. This was the image of the Zacharia clan captured at a Tel Aviv photo studio on May 29, 1929. Naftali mailed it to Chicago, to his brother Suleim, who went by Simonto, perhaps a diminutive of Siman ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 July 2015 11:28 )

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Marcy Oster The family also received a visit from a local imam who had written in a letter to the Schwartzes that he hoped the tragedy would “be a catalyst for bringing our communities together.” ... [Link]

Rabbinical student attacked in Florida

Marcy Oster The assailant, who was riding a mountain bike, shouted “Jews should go back to Auschwitz. Hitler was right,” before pushing and punching the victim. ... [Link]

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Marcy Oster The decision followed a contentious meeting at which advocates on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict pressed their views. ... [Link]

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