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Lessons from visit to Dachau

Lessons from visit to Dachau

The IJN traveled to Germany as part of a delegation of Jewish communal leaders from Colorado; the delegation was sponsored by MDC Richmond Homes American Foundation.


DACHAU — Is it possible to revisit a place you’ve never been to before?

This is a place I never intended to visit. I had opportunity but opted not to come. Yet, it is a return.

“I have long contemplated the question of whether you can experience trauma from something you didn’t go through,” says Shayna Alexander, who descends from Holocaust survivors.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 May 2015 16:12 )


Special needs kids can join the team

Special needs kids can join the teamNEW YORK — Zach Certner was nine when he recognized the despair of a family friend who was excluded from participating in the sports activities that Certner enjoyed so much. Mikey had a developmental disability, Certner said, “and I saw the struggles that he experienced by not doing what we could do or play on the same teams.” Certner and his older brother, Matt, decided to organize bimonthly soccer, basketball and baseball clinics in their hometown of Morristown, NJ, for children with s...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 May 2015 17:51 )


Cancer survivor pushes toward a cure

Cancer survivor pushes toward a cureNEW YORK — At 12 years old, Elana Simon was diagnosed with fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma, a rare form of liver cancer that largely affects adolescents and young adults. “I didn’t know much about [fibrolamellar] and it was pretty scary,” said Simon, now 19. “But I was extremely fortunate to have an incredible surgeon.” After having her tumor removed, Simon, who grew up in New York, where her family remains active members of Temple Shaaray Tefila on Manhattan’s Upper East ...

Eva Mozes Kor: She can't forget, but she can forgive

Eva Mozes Kor: She can't forget, but she can forgiveEVA MOZES KOR, fresh from a luncheon with local Holocaust survivors, is unperturbed by the April snow heralding her arrival at Staybridge Suites last Thursday. She has exactly one hour before enjoying one of her habitual naps and speaking to a Jewish group. Later that evening, Kor would be the guest speaker at the ADL’s Governor’s Holocaust remembrance at Temple Emanuel. The 81-year-old founder of CANDLES (Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors) and the CANDLES Holoca...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 April 2015 10:32 )


LA's Wilshire Temple undergoes rebirth

LA's Wilshire Temple undergoes rebirthLOS ANGELES — The time has long since passed when the Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s address on its namesake boulevard was considered glamorous. Now the surrounding blocks are the clamorous heart of Koreatown, with all its urban grit: traffic snarls, hulking office buildings, electronics shops, dentists, and banks with signs in Korean and some in Spanish. Here the Wilshire Boulevard Temple — the grand Byzantine-revival synagogue built in 1929 — seems like a relic of another era, before th...
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Op-Ed: On #GivingTuesday, time to turn philanthropic thinking on its head

Joelle Asaro Berman Build a Jewish philanthropic culture focused on the interests of the giver and the donations will follow, two nonprofit execs write. ... [Link]

Netanyahu suspends contact with EU on peace process

Marcy Oster The order comes in the wake of the European Union’s decision to approve special labeling for Israeli products made in the West Bank and Golan Heights. ... [Link]

South African mohel banned for life for botching bris

Marcy Oster The baby’s penis was partially amputated and suffered irreversible damage during the circumcision. ... [Link]

Report: Palestinian teen shot dead in clashes with Israeli forces

Marcy Oster Palestinian rioters threw firebombs at Israeli forces in eastern Jerusalem, who fired at the rioters’ lower extremities after feeling that their lives were in danger, Israel Police said. ... [Link]

Rio Jews, evangelicals rally for peace in Israel

Marcy Oster The estimated 1,500 participants along the beach carried Israel signs, wore Israel shirts and sang the national anthems of Israel and Brazil. ... [Link]

At Hanukkah, how do we kindle the lights within ourselves?

mbrodsky “The life breath (the soul) of a human is the lamp of God,” it says in the Book of Proverbs. ... [Link]

On Hanukkah, just let the lights go out

Lisa Keys Celebrating the Festival of Lights is typically a communal activity — but a writer finds a deeper meaning in quiet contemplation of the menorah. ... [Link]

Thousands of Arab-Israelis protest ban on Islamic Movement

Marcy Oster Arab-Israeli Knesset lawmakers attended the rally backing a group that Israel accuses of incitement and links to terrorism. ... [Link]

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