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Daughter visits rescuer in Belgium

Daughter visits rescuer in Belgium

BALTIMORE — Tanya Klein grew up knowing that her mother, Tova Silverstein (nee Lowenbraun), had survived the Holocaust in hiding in her native Belgium. Mom, however, shared few details — only her rescuer’s surname, Larose, and the name of the village, Villers-Poterie.

But at a family wedding in 2009, Klein’s chat with a cousin launched a quest to find and meet one of her mother’s rescuers.

Last week the Baltimore woman took another significant step: applying to Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust commemoration institution, to bestow its Righteous Among the Nations award upon Angel Larose and her daughter, Marguerite.

Tova, 76, can help the effort by providing firsthand testimony. She lives in Ramat Eshkol, a Jerusalem neighborhood not far from Yad Vashem.

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California teen shares passion for sports with special needs kids

California teen shares passion for sports with special needs kidsWASHINGTON — As a little boy growing up in Mill Valley, Calif., playing baseball meant the world to Tyler Barbee. “When I was a kid, baseball was my life,” said Barbee, now a 17-year-old high school senior at Tamalpais High School. But he also knew that his love of the sport couldn’t be shared easily by his brother, Conner, who is four years older and has autism. “I wanted him to be able to participate, but there wasn’t an environment for him to succeed,” Barbee recalled. Six y...
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The Sabbatical year — what is it?

The Sabbatical year — what is it?TEL AVIV — When Rosh Hashanah comes later this month, Israel’s Jewish farmers won’t just be celebrating the start of a new year. They’ll be marking a year in which they are prohibited from doing their jobs. Called Shmita, the Torah-mandated, yearlong farming hiatus is felt across Israel, affecting its fields, supermarkets and, of course, its politics. The genesis of Shmita is Exodus, which commands the Israelites, “Plant your land and gather its produce for six years. But on the seve...
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Student program builds ties across racial lines

Student program builds ties across racial linesST. LOUIS — On the evening of Aug. 12, after two consecutive nights of clashes between police and protesters in Ferguson, Mo., Mikal Smith rose to address a community meeting in the neighboring city of Florissant. In front of Gov. Jay Nixon, Obama administration officials and community leaders, Smith spoke off the cuff about his own experiences as a young black man — the constant need to be aware of his surroundings, for example, and the indignity of being questioned by the police for no ap...
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Prague chief rabbi retires for a literary career

Prague chief rabbi retires for a literary careerPRAGUE — When the novel Altschul’s Method hit the shelves in Czech bookstores this March, it was hailed as a brilliant political and psychological thriller combining elements of science fiction, alternate history and Jewish mysticism. But it became a true literary sensation when it was revealed a week later that the book’s supposed author, Chaim Cigan, was a pseudonym for Karol Sidon, the longtime chief rabbi of Prague. Sidon had explained that he was writing under a pseudonym mainly to ...

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North American immigration to Israel rose 7 percent in 2014

Marcy Oster Some 3,762 olim arrived in Israel this year from the United States and Canada. ... [Link]

Research team using imaging to study Shoah killing sites in Ukraine

Cnaan Liphshiz With funding from Germany, experts are trying to demarcate Holocaust-era mass graves without violating religious laws. ... [Link]

Harvard president calls for probe into halting of SodaStream purchases

Marcy Oster Protests by Palestinian students and their supporters led to the move by the university’s dining service over the water machines made in a West Bank factory. ... [Link]

Palestine resolution submitted to U.N. Security Council

Marcy Oster The resolution calls for an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem by the end of 2017 and for a negotiated peace between Israel and the Palestinians within one year. ... [Link]

Record-breaking French aliyah dwarfs immigration from North America

Cnaan Liphshiz In the first 11 months of 2014, Israel saw the arrival of 6,655 people from France, which tops the chart as source for Jewish immigrants to Israel, ... [Link]

Sydney menorah lighting canceled following siege tragedy

Marcy Oster The public ceremony at Sydney’s Martin Place was canceled for the first time in nearly 30 years due to the deadly attack at a city cafe. ... [Link]

Gross’ release, and changes in diplomatic ties, signals new day for Cuban Jews

Ron Kampeas The island nation’s Jewish organizations can be much more in the open with the historic deal that freed Alan Gross and reopened U.S. ties to Cuba. ... [Link]

Alan Gross credits Jewish efforts for his release from Cuba

Uriel Heilman The Jewish-American contractor offered special thanks to the Washington Jewish community. ... [Link]

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