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Pomegranate juice a vehicle for chasidic help and healing

Pomegranate juice a vehicle for chasidic help and healing

NEW SQUARE, NY— Get Rabbi Shulim Greenberg talking about the health benefits of pomegranate juice and he sounds like a homeopathic nutritionist — with a Yiddish accent.

Every January, the chasidic charity run by Greenberg obtains some 40,000 pounds of California pomegranates, squeezes them into juice and ships the product in eight-ounce plastic bottles to ailing Jews.

The recipients — mostly residents of the Orthodox strongholds of Brooklyn, Lakewood, NJ, and New York’s Rockland County, where the New Square chasidic village is located — apparently believe in the nectar’s healing powers.

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Hand in Hand: Israelis and Arabs learn together

Hand in Hand: Israelis and Arabs learn togetherWHEN PRESIDENT Obama lit a menorah in the White House last month, it was a colorful olive wood menorah made by Hand in Hand students after arsonists burned down a first grade classroom. Labeled in Hebrew and Arabic, the menorah listed values such as equality, peace, education, friendship and freedom that characterize the school. Two ninth-graders, one Jewish and one Arab, were on hand to light the menorah. Jews and Arabs in Israel attend separate schools and study mostly in their native langu...
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Top ten IJN stories of 2014

Top ten IJN stories of 2014Curious what our top stories of the year were? Re-read the 10 stories that kept getting hit on IJN.com. Reb Zalman Schacter Shalomi dies by Andrea Jacobs The father of renewal Judaism passed away in August in his longtime home of Boulder. East Side Kosher Deli sold to Shua Horowitz Michael and Marcy Schreiber, longtime owners of the East Side Kosher Deli, announced in the IJN in December that they were selling the deli. ...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 31 December 2014 14:56 )

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Disability self-advocates envision a more inclusive Jewish community

Disability self-advocates envision a more inclusive Jewish communityWHAT IF Moses never accepted the task to lead the Jews out of Egypt because of his speech impediment? Award-winning author Chava Willig Levy, a polio survivor, uses the episode to illustrate what she calls a clear biblical precedent that people with disabilities have enormous potential. “When G-d said to Moses, ‘I’m tapping you to lead my people out of Egypt,’ Moses [countered], ‘No, you’ve got the wrong guy. I’m disabled myself,’” Levy says. But G-d gets angry at Moses for ...
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Website brings community service into 21st century

Website brings community service into 21st centuryWASHINGTON — Fulfilling community service hours can sometimes be drudgery for students who must complete the requirement before graduating from high school. Edan Evenhaim, 17, and his best friend and classmate, Noah Emanuel, wanted to make community service both accessible and fun for their peers — so they started a website. “Myself and my peers, we were just not enjoying the experience of community service,” said Evenhaim, a senior at New Community Jewish High School in West Hills, Ca...
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In aftermath of Nepal quake, Israelis sending help and looking for their own

Ben Sales Teams of Israeli emergency workers are heading to south Asia following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that has killed at least 2,000; some 200 Israelis are among the missing. ... [Link]

Jewish Google exec dies on Mount Everest in avalanche triggered by Nepal quake

Marcy Oster The sister of Dan Fredinburg, 33, reported his passing in a post on his Instagram account, saying he suffered a head injury in the avalanche. ... [Link]

Palestinian arrested in Jerusalem car ramming attack on police

Marcy Oster Four officers were injured when a car deliberately slammed into them while they were standing by an eastern Jerusalem road near the site of rioting earlier in the day. ... [Link]

Obama playfully skewers journalists over Netanyahu controversy

Marcy Oster “I look so old John Boehner’s already invited Benjamin Netanyahu to speak at my funeral,” Obama said at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner. ... [Link]

Israel dispatching rescue team, field hospital to quake-ravaged Nepal

Marcy Oster Some 200 Israelis remain unaccounted for and hundreds have sought shelter in the Chabad of Nepal following a devastating earthquake. ... [Link]

Israeli wins best director award at Buenos Aires film fest

Marcy Oster Nadav Lapid’s film, “The Kindergarten Teacher,” about a Tel Aviv teacher who becomes obsessed with a 5-year-old student poet, lost out for best film in the international contest. ... [Link]

Ex-Polish FM Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, recognized as Righteous Among the Nations, dies

Marcy Oster Bartoszewski had been sent to Auschwitz in 1940 because of his social activism and later became involved in the Polish resistance. ... [Link]

Crimean, Russian Jews urge lifting of sanctions on Moscow

Cnaan Liphshiz Chabad-affilated and other religious Jews signed a call for Western coreligionists to lobby for an end to measures they deem unjust. ... [Link]

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