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Rabbi saved a Jewish city in Greece

Rabbi saved a Jewish city in Greece

Yom HaShoah/Holocaust Memorial Day 5775

IN THE Jerusalem Hills, there stands the single largest memorial to the Holocaust in the world known as Martyrs’ Forest, which is comprised of six million trees planted in memory of those six million Jews who perished.

A unique ceremony, the only one its kind held on Holocaust Remembrance Day in the capital, was scheduled to take place there this year to commemorate the heroism of Jews who rescued fellow Jews during the Holocaust.

JNF and the B’nai B’rith World Center have for the past 13 years held a joint ceremony dedicated to those Jewish rescuers. This year’s event, held at the “Scroll of Fire” Plaza on Thursday morning, April 16, was scheduled to pay tribute to Rabbi Moshe Shimon Pessach, an outstanding rabbinic and communal leader in Greece whose efforts saved the Jewish community of Volos, a coastal port city, from the German Nazis.

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Shabbat music in shul strikes a chord

Shabbat music in shul strikes a chordNEW YORK — When Rabbi Bruce Dollin first talked to the board at his Conservative synagogue about launching an alternative, singing-centered Shabbat morning service that would use musical instruments, he didn’t encounter much resistance. Over the two decades he had led the Hebrew Educational Alliance in Denver, attendance at the synagogue’s regular Shabbat davening — a traditional egalitarian service — had declined by almost half and most of the 200 weekly worshippers were over age 50....
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Lining up for Portuguese citizenship

Lining up for Portuguese citizenshipLISBON — Hunched over a monument for thousands of Jews killed in a 1506 massacre in Lisbon, Danielle Karo (not her real name) felt a swelling in her eyes. To Karo, an American poet and business analyst who is descended from one of Sephardic Jewry’s greatest sages, the massacre is not just ancient history. It is emblematic of the persecution that motivated her to apply for Portuguese citizenship under a 2013 law granting citizenship to the descendants of Sephardim, the term used to refer to ...
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Wrenching journey: Seeking the site of my great-grandmother's death

Wrenching journey: Seeking the site of my great-grandmother's deathI. Desolation In 2012 I travelled to a region of Hungary where no tourist goes. It is nigh impossible to convey the desolation of this region, just north of Hungary’s second largest city, Miskolc, and stretching toward the Slovakian border. Despite what news we’re fed about the successes of the EU, Europe is not equally prosperous. Far from it. I travelled to this depressed region to track down the final resting place of my great-grandmother, known to me as Shaindel “Jenny” Marcus....
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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 vi...

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Julie Wiener The attack near the Israeli border was said to be targeting a terrorist released from an Israeli prison in a 2008 swap with Hezbollah, but it was not known if he was killed. ... [Link]

Vatican opens exhibit on ties between Pope John Paul II and Jews

Marcy Oster At the opening, the chief rabbi of Rome recalled the pope’s historic 1986 visit to the city’s Great Synagogue. ... [Link]

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Cnaan Liphshiz The economic crisis, in light of the military conflict against Russian-backed rebels, has diminished a growing donor class and returned the Jewish community to a reliance on Western aid. ... [Link]

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Marcy Oster The City Council ignored a petition signed by 100,000 people calling for a lifting of the prohibition on the memorials known as stumbling blocks. ... [Link]

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