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Sid Shafner helped liberate Dachau

Sid Shafner helped liberate Dachau

Sid Shafner, 93, is reading the newspaper alone at a corner table at Brookdale Mountain View. Sitting in a wheelchair, he blends into the crowd. No one would suspect that 70 years ago he was one of the first US soldiers to liberate Dachau.

Sid, who received two Bronze Stars for bravery in WW II, has a sweet disposition that dismisses sentimentality. He enlisted in the army at 18, fought in France and Germany, and lived to tell the tale.

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'Operation Soap Dish' earns honors for teen

'Operation Soap Dish' earns honors for teenWASHINGTON — With her $4.50 weekly allowance, Adena Rochelson wanted to fill an empty shelf at a local food pantry near her upstate New York home with toiletries and cleaning supplies. After soon realizing that she would need more funds and supplies, Rochelson — then a fourth-grader — launched a social action project that would raise awareness of the shortage and provide much-needed toothbrushes, shampoo, toothpaste and soap to nearby shelters and food pantries. “I realized that involv...
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Pomegranate juice a vehicle for chasidic help and healing

Pomegranate juice a vehicle for chasidic help and healingNEW 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...
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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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Jewish uprising at Treblinka commemorated

Marcy Oster Samuel Willenberg, the last surviving prisoner of Treblinka, attended the ceremony marking the 72nd anniversary of the outbreak of the uprising. ... [Link]

Anti-Semitic graffiti painted on mural on remnants of Berlin Wall

Marcy Oster The attack comes during a week when several thousand Jewish visitors are participating in the first ever European Maccabi Games to be held in Germany. ... [Link]

International Jewish gay conference to honor Jerusalem parade victim

Cnaan Liphshiz Some 70 participants from around the world will convene for the inaugural meeting  in Salzburg of the new think tank, which is called Eighteen:22. ... [Link]

U.S. Jewish groups call on Israel to rein in its Jewish extremists

Marcy Oster The call came in messages condemning the firebombing of a Palestinian home in the West Bank and the stabbing of six people during the Jerusalem Gay Pride parade. ... [Link]

After Palestinian baby’s death, Israelis say condemnation not enough

Ben Sales A string of violent attacks has prompted a broad spectrum of Israelis to call for more aggressive action against Jewish terrorism. ... [Link]

Memorial held for teen killed in gay pride parade stabbing

Marcy Oster Education Minister Naftali Bennett, the head of the right-wing Jewish Home party, told the hundreds of vigil participants, “do not be afraid to be who you are.” ... [Link]

Jewish suspects in deadly firebombing can be held without charges

Marcy Oster Israel’s security Cabinet allows administrative detention, a measure to prevent terrorism, in an attack that killed a baby boy. ... [Link]

Massive Jerusalem fire brought under control amid heatwave

Marcy Oster Some 30 firefighting teams and at least four airplanes battled the blaze, which led to the evacuation of hundreds of people from their homes. ... [Link]

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