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Mendelevitch returns to Russia

Mendelevitch returns to Russia

ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA — Through the back seat window of a black KGB car, Yosef Mendelevitch could see university students his age hurrying to take their finals.

It was June 15, 1970, and the 23-year-old Mendelevitch had just been arrested along with 11 accomplices for trying to hijack a plane to escape the Soviet Union.

On the tarmac of an airport outside St. Petersburg — then Leningrad — officers from the Soviets’ secret police detained the conspirators before they could board the single-engine plane they planned to fly to Israel.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 December 2014 12:55 )

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‘Mind Before Mouth’ fights bullying

‘Mind Before Mouth’ fights bullying Teen Hero WASHINGTON — As a sophomore in high school, Joshua Toch parlayed his disability into a platform to speak to others about the effects of bullying on young teens. Shortly after finishing third at a public speaking competition, Toch, now 18 and born with cerebral palsy, started Mind Before Mouth, an organization that arranges speaking engagements for teens on issues ranging from bullying and peer pressure to dating and mental illness. Hearing their peers speak candidly about issues...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 April 2015 11:41 )

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Courage to fight an uphill battle

Courage to fight an uphill battle Say not the struggle naught availeth; The labor and the wounds are vain; The enemy faints not, nor faileth; And as things have been they remain. — Arthur Hugh Clough IS THERE nobility in continuing to fight an uphill battle? After 12 years of legal battles, from the lower to the upper courts, to facing an expected losing verdict at the Supreme Court, is it still worth putting up the fight? Philippe Karsenty would argue, unequivocally, yes. He should know. He’s been battling defamat...

Last Updated ( Friday, 05 December 2014 08:11 )

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At Thanksgiving, looking out for the needy

At Thanksgiving, looking out for the needyAS WE prepare for our Thanksgiving feasts, a 90-year-old Jewish man named Arnold Abbott is stirring the pot in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., about hunger and homelessness in America. Or is it that Abbott, who in defiance of a controversial new city ordinance has been cited several times for feeding the homeless outdoors, is just asking us to pay more than lip service to our Jewish ideals? The ordinance limits where outdoor feeding sites can be located and requires permits. Groups must provide portabl...
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Survivor Martin Weiss addresses 150 at Regis University

Survivor Martin Weiss addresses 150 at Regis UniversityTHE IMAGE of white tablecloths and the smell of food remains vivid to Martin Weiss to this day. “Right after the war, a restaurant owner invited us in. He put us at nice tables with white tablecloths, then he fed all of us. “I don’t mention this too often, but that was the first type of kindness that I had experienced and it made a big impact on me. It does show you that not all people are bad.” Weiss was deported at age 15, struggling to survive while many members of his family were ...
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Op-Ed: Holocaust education is for memory and action

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Hundreds march in Prague against anti-Semitism

mbrodsky The 12th annual “March of Good Will” was organized by the Czech branch of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, a Christian Zionist group. ... [Link]

Abbas: Arab-Israeli lawmakers to meet with Arab League in Cairo, Doha

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Poland wants apology for FBI chief saying Poles were complicit in Nazi atrocities

Marcy Oster The U.S. ambassador to Poland will be summoned to Poland’s Foreign Ministry, where he will receive a “note of protest and call for an apology.” ... [Link]

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Marcy Oster Many of the hundreds on hand wore paper daffodils pinned to their clothes, symbolizing the memory of the uprising. ... [Link]

Netanyahu and Putin exchange warnings on potential arms sales

Marcy Oster Netanyahu said Israel views with “upmost gravity” Russia’s proposed sale of missiles to Iran a day after Putin warned Israel against selling arms to Ukraine, which Israel floated as ... [Link]

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