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Top ten IJN stories of 2014

Top ten IJN stories of 2014

Curious 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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When getting a little gelt was as good as gold

When getting a little gelt was as good as gold CHANUKAH EDITION SECTION E PAGE 8 LOS ANGELES — What can a buck get you on Chanukah? Maybe a gold mesh bag of chocolate coins or a lighter for your menorah. But Jewish continuity? At Chanukah time, when we get so wrapped up in gift giving, I propose that it’s a single dollar of gelt (Yiddish for money) that has the power to keep on giving beyond eight nights. Chanukah gelt referred originally in Europe and later America to coins given as gifts to children and adults. Today, gelt brings...
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Slovenian synagogue named national cultural landmark

Marcy Oster The Maribor Synagogue, built in the 14th century, was granted the status of a cultural landmark of national importance by government decree. ... [Link]

Jewish community quashes bill to reinstate Jewish army captain

Cnaan Liphshiz The bill failed to bring closure to  the case because it offered none of the financial compensation given to non-Jewish officers persecuted by the pro-fascist Salazar dictatorship. ... [Link]

‘Listening Together’ shofar program to host secular Jews in Israel

Marcy Oster The Tzohar Rabbinical organization will host more than 55,000 people in 295 different locations throughout Israel for explanatory Rosh Hashanah services. ... [Link]

Man threatens French troops guarding Paris-area synagogue

Cnaan Liphshiz The troops were posted outside the synagogue and school after the slaying of four Jews in January by a Muslim Islamist at the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket in Paris. ... [Link]

Dutch chief rabbi was warned to avoid train travel

Cnaan Liphshiz The police advice was due to Jacobs’ official function, for which he often appears on television, making him easily identifiable. ... [Link]

Amid fighting in Syria, Holocaust survivor’s grandson plans aliyah

Cnaan Liphshiz Timothy Jacobs-Woodworth, 37, scrolls the Breslov Hasidic slogan on buildings that he helps Kurds reclaim from ISIS fighters. ... [Link]

Israel’s football team wins first international game

Marcy Oster The Israelis defeated Spain, 28-20, in Madrid in a bid to qualify for the International Federation of American Football’s B-Group International Tournament in 2016. ... [Link]

Massive gas field discovered in Mediterranean off Egypt’s coast

Marcy Oster The field is significantly larger than Israel’s offshore Leviathan field, which had been considered the largest gas field in the Mediterranean. ... [Link]

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