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Instead of going to London, pilot fought for Israeli independence

Instead of going to London, pilot fought for Israeli independence

LOS ANGELES — After a 64-year detour, Mitchell Flint, a former fighter pilot for the US and Israel, has finally landed for the London Olympic Games.

In the summer of 1948, Flint, with a four-year wartime stint as a US Navy fighter pilot in the Pacific under his belt, graduated as an industrial engineer from the Berkeley campus of the University of California. At the same time, the newly declared State of Israel was struggling to defend itself from six invading Arab armies.

“I’m Jewish, Israel desperately needed trained fighter pilots, so I thought I could perhaps do something to sustain the state,” Flint recalls.

Applying for a passport in San Francisco, Flint was asked by an official about the purpose of his trip. It was illegal for an American citizen to fight for a foreign nation, so Flint, on the spur of the moment, said, “I’m going to London to see the Olympics.”

Last Updated ( Friday, 10 August 2012 07:59 )


The woman who gave Marc Klein a kidney

The woman who gave Marc Klein a kidneySAN FRANCISCO — Toby Adelman loves to put people together; she has been doing so with gusto her entire life. But last month the 54-year-old San Jose resident outdid herself with the most extraordinary — and personal — connection she’s ever made. Adelman donated one of her kidneys to someone she met only two weeks before the surgery, but with whom she already felt a deep, spiritual bond. The grateful recipient was Marc Klein, editor and publisher of j., and before that the Jewish Bullet...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 02 August 2012 09:51 )


Forty years ago: One day in Munich

Forty years ago: One day in MunichWASHINGTON – It began two years ago as an idea by volunteers at a suburban Jewish community center and turned into a major international campaign, galvanizing everyone from President Obama to the mayor of London. And in case you haven’t heard yet about the movement to get the International Olympics Committee to hold a minute of silence to honor the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches slain at the Munich Games in 1972, NBC’s Bob Costas has promised to raise the issue and hold an on-air moment ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 July 2012 20:41 )


Taking to the battlefields with Jewish Civil War reenactors

Taking to the battlefields with Jewish Civil War reenactorsWASHINGTON — Kim Drapkin says she has gunpowder in her blood. She loves to shoot, but you won’t find her on a range with goggles and a pistol, or out in a forest with a hunting rifle and a camouflage vest. A reproduction of an 1861 model Springfield, muzzle-loading rifled musket is more her style. And you can find her on an open field wearing the gray woolen uniform of the Confederate States Army. Drapkin, 50, is one of a minority of Jews among the many thousands of men and women who each...

Last Updated ( Friday, 27 July 2012 08:38 )


Perserving concrete Ladino legacies

Perserving concrete Ladino legacies NEW YORK — Isaac Azose knew he had a treasure in his hands — a nearly century-old booklet for Ladino-speaking Jews immigrating to the US that featured English, Ladino and Yiddish expressions to help them acculturate into their new communities. “I thought to myself, I’ve got a real find here,” said Azose, the cantor at Congregation Ezra Bessaroth in Seattle, Wash., whose family came from Turkey. So he became one of many people in Seattle to share a Ladino artifact with Devin Naar, a...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 July 2012 00:44 )

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