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Dallas teen notices when help is needed

Dallas teen notices when help is needed

WASHINGTON — As a young child, Dalya Romaner learned to appreciate her surroundings and lend a hand when people were in need.

“I am very fortunate,” said Romaner, 18, a high school senior at Yavneh Academy in Dallas.

“And I appreciate the people who have made my city and community what it is. I learned that I need to notice what’s around and when [people] need help.”

For the past two years, Romaner has led Helping Hands for the Homeless, a student-run nonprofit that a Yavneh student started four years ago.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 June 2014 03:50 )

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Will a new community campus save Wilkes-Barre?

Will a new community campus save Wilkes-Barre?WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — There once was a time when the Jewish community in this Pennsylvania city just west of the Pocono Mountains was thriving. That much is clear from a quick tour. The sanctuary at the local Orthodox synagogue, Ohav Zedek, seats nearly 1,000. Temple Israel, the Conservative shul, has two huge buildings — a hulking sanctuary and a three-story school. There’s a Jewish day school, a JCC with its own bowling alley and a Reform synagogue with multiple sanctuaries. But there’...
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Holocaust glimpse takes a lifetime toll

Holocaust glimpse takes a lifetime tollMemorial Day feature Since 1945, April 6 has come and gone 69 times. Leon Tulper has dreaded each and every one of them. “Come April the 6th, I don’t want to talk to anybody,” Tulper says in the cluttered chaos of his soon-to-close place of business. “I don’t even want to see my family, nothing. It’s like embedded, like somebody inserted something in your head that automatically on April 6, you’re through.” April 6, 1945 was the day that Tulper, at the time a 20-year-old rad...

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 May 2014 03:22 )

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Lag b’Omer...when I was a kid

Lag b’Omer...when I was a kidONE of Pnina Newirth’s earliest childhood memories is a trip to Mount Meron on Lag b’Omer. But this was no ordinary family vacation. “I was very small, yet I vividly recall the huge fires and the immense crowds,” she says. Despite the cacophony and the roaring bonfires, the Ra’anana resident insists she felt no fear that day. “I knew my parents were there and would protect me. And we stood far enough back so give us a bit of distance,” Newirth recalls....
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National Hadassah president speaks

National Hadassah president speaksExpect no sob stories from Marcie Natan. That’s just not the way the national president of Hadassah rolls. The top executive of the mammoth women’s Zionist organization might well have a handful of such stories — the nearly three years she has spent as president have been far from peaceful — but she prefers to regard them as challenges rather than problems. She is not soft-peddling Hadassah’s issues.
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Jordan’s parliament holds moment of silence for synagogue killers

Marcy Oster The gesture was held a day after the Jerusalem attack, which killed five, though the Jordanian government condemned the slayings. ... [Link]

Italian aliyah expected to double in ’14

Marcy Oster Several Italian Jewish leaders said economic distress figured strongly for the move, with Jews feeling that “they can lead a better life in Israel.” ... [Link]

From the Archive: Synagogues under fire

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Controversial Jewish nation-state bill passes Israeli Cabinet vote

Marcy Oster The Cabinet’s closed-door discussion on the bill, which moves to the full Knesset, reportedly degenerated into a shouting match. ... [Link]

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