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Hand in Hand: Israelis and Arabs learn together

Hand in Hand: Israelis and Arabs learn together

WHEN 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 language.

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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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Non-Jewish filmmaker has fond West Side memories

Non-Jewish filmmaker has fond West Side memories CHANUKAH EDITIONSECTION D PAGE 4 Every now and then, filmmaker and screenwriter Haylar Garcia finds himself in a room full of Hollywood professionals, usually pitching a script, a story idea or a finished movie. It can be a daunting experience, the affable, multi-talented Denverite admits, since Hollywood can be a tough, no-nonsense, unsympathetic environment, especially for somebody who has yet to earn a “name,” which Garcia readily admits he has yet to earn, but is definitely aspiring ...

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 December 2014 13:34 )

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Obama learns his lesson about Jewish toddlers

Ron Kampeas Or maybe Shabbat’s a lot more fun than the seder when you’re 4. ... [Link]

Obama: I have same high expectations of Israel as I do of U.S.

Ron Kampeas President Obama says his criticism of Israel is born of the high regard with which he holds Israel — and the expectation he has that Israel live up to the values it shares with the United States... [Link]

Lady Gaga accepts ADL award on behalf of her Born This Way Foundation

Gabe Friedman Pop star Lady Gaga accepted an award from the Anti-Defamation League on behalf of her nonprofit Born This Way Foundation. ... [Link]

World Bank: Gaza economy on ‘verge of collapse’

Gabe Friedman Gaza’s economy, stifled by the highest unemployment rate in the world, blockades, poor governance and a series of military conflicts, is headed towards a “collapse,” a new report by the World Ba... [Link]

Obama: I criticize Israel because I care about Israel

Ron Kampeas Defending Jews from anti-Semitism is necessarily entwined with criticizing some of Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians, President Barack Obama told a Jewish audience. ... [Link]

Dutch restaurant says it erased Israel from map for culinary reasons

Cnaan Liphshiz The owners of Rotterdam’s Le Souq say they replaced Israel with ‘Palestine’ on a map because of their passion for Palestinian food. ... [Link]

How to build an American shtetl — See: Bloomingburg, N.Y.

Uriel Heilman Shalom Lamm is developing a playbook for setting up an American shtetl. The problem is some of his new neighbors in Bloomingburg claim he used bribery, fraud and corruption of public officials to do s... [Link]

Switzerland defends funding for Israeli leftist group

Cnaan Liphshiz Breaking the Silence is scheduled to bring an exhibition to Zurich with federal, municipal support. ... [Link]

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