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Helping seniors is natural for Detroit teen

Helping seniors is natural for Detroit teen

Teen Hero

NEW YORK — While visiting his grandmother in Florida last winter break, Connor Tukel helped set up her new iPhone.

“Then it hit me that it was so easy for me,” said Tukel, a 12th-grader at the Frankel Jewish Academy in West Bloomfield, Mich. “It seemed obvious that kids of my generation could help other seniors as well. And why not improve the lives of those around us?”

He contacted the principal and head of technology at his school, as well as the director of a nearby senior residence. After recruiting 10 other students, Tukel called the group Teens Teaching Technology.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 April 2015 11:39 )

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Jack Adler: Auschwitz, then and now

Jack Adler: Auschwitz, then and nowWHEN JACK Adler visited Auschwitz-Birkenau on Jan. 27, the 70th anniversary of the camp’s liberation in 1945 — and during his four previous four trips for the annual commemoration — he did not say a prayer. This despite the fact that his two sisters were murdered during the Holocaust, that his brother and mother died in a Polish ghetto, that his father was killed at Dachau and that Adler himself spent more than a year of his youth in Nazi death and slave labor camps....

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 February 2015 17:00 )

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The other side of the Six Day War

The other side of the Six Day WarPARK CITY, UTAH — In the wake of Israel’s seemingly miraculous triumph in the Six Day War in 1967, the country’s victorious soldiers were lionized as heroes. But in private, even just one week after the conflict, many of them didn’t feel that way. One describes feeling sick to his stomach in battle and collapsing into a trench. “I wanted to be left alone,” he says. “I didn’t think of the war.” Another talks about watching an old Arab man evacuated from his house. “I had a...

Last Updated ( Monday, 09 February 2015 10:38 )

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Azerbaijan comes to Denver

Azerbaijan comes to DenverNASIMI AGHAYEV, Consul General of the Republic of Azerbaijan, is a remarkably patient envoy. He admits that he’s grown accustomed to the blank stares with which many Americans and others often greet him when he tells them that he represents Azerbaijan, a mostly Muslim, former Soviet republic in the Caucasus Mountains of Central Asia that is now an independent nation. Often, the affable and articulate consul general told the Intermountain Jewish News in an interview last week, people not only...
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California teen makes good on vow to grandmother

California teen makes good on vow to grandmother Teen Hero NEW YORK — Shortly before her bat Mitzvah in 2010, Morgan Davidson made a promise to her grandmother stricken with lymphoma that she would do whatever she could to help others with the disease. With her mother’s assistance, Davidson soon organized a fundraiser she dubbed “Cuts for a Cure.” For a monetary donation, she and others gave haircuts, held a silent auction and provided a cafe. “I thought that I’d be happy raising $5,000,” said Davidson, now 17. But the one-d...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 April 2015 11:40 )

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Israel OKs larger Egyptian force to fight jihadis

Uriel Heilman Israel has given Egypt the green light to use advanced military force against Islamic militants in the Sinai and has closed a southern Israeli highway as a precaution. ... [Link]

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When Nicholas Winton, the British rescuer of Jews, was rebuffed by America

Uriel Heilman The story of Nicholas Winton, who saved more than 600 children on the eve of the Holocaust, also lays bare stark contrasts between the British and American responses to the Nazi onslaught. ... [Link]

What shocked a European Jew on his first trip to America

Cnaan Liphshiz JTA reporter Cnaan Liphshiz had visited Jewish communities in 40 countries around the world. When he landed in New York, he was in shock. ... [Link]

Op-Ed: How should Orthodox leaders respond to the gay marriage ruling?

Uriel Heilman A son imagines how his father, longtime RCA leader Rabbi Steven Dworken, would have reacted to the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling. ... [Link]

Palestinians march on anniversary of Abu Khdeir lynching

Marcy Oster The Palestinian teenager was kidnapped and burned alive by Jews following the kidnap and murder of three Israeli teens last summer. ... [Link]

Polish art museum features naked tag game in gas chamber

Uriel Heilman A Polish art museum has resumed an art installation featuring a video of naked men and women playing tag in a gas chamber. ... [Link]

Iron Dome upgraded, details not forthcoming

Marcy Oster The upgrade will “expand and improve the performance capabilities of the system in the face of an unprecedented range of threats,” the Defense Ministry said. ... [Link]

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