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French matzah bakery in operation since 1850

French matzah bakery in operation since 1850

PASSOVER 5774 EDITION
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PARIS — For most Jews, matzah season comes once a year. But for Jean-Claude Neymann, matzah, or pain azyme in French, is a defining family tradition.

Neymann runs the oldest matzah bakery in France, located in the town of Wasselonne near the German border. The family company, Etablissements Rene Neymann, traces its matzah-making tradition to 1850.

“I’m the fifth generation of my family to bake matzah here in Wasselonne,” Neymann said.

Walking along the steep, cobblestoned streets of Wasselonne, a city of nearly 6,000 people at the foot of the Vosges Mountains in northeastern France, is like stepping into a Grimm’s fairy tale.

Last Updated ( Friday, 11 April 2014 02:55 )

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Riemer’s best new Haggadah of year

Riemer’s best new Haggadah of year PASSOVER 5774 EDITIONSECTION A PAGE 13 IMAGINE having a Soloveitchik, a Kuk and a Shlomo Carlebach at your seder How would you like to sit at the seder with three of the giants of the last century — the “Rov,” the “Rav Harashi” and the “Reb” — and listen to them exchange insights into the Haggadah? This new Haggadah makes it possible for you to do just that. The Rov was Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, a legendary Talmudist and philosopher in the US....

Last Updated ( Friday, 11 April 2014 02:56 )

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Olivia Kessler helps fight malaria in Africa

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 June 2014 03:51 )

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Ioannina Jewish community in Greece fights extinction

Ioannina Jewish community in Greece fights extinctionIOANNINA, Greece — When the Jews of Ioannina gathered in their whitewashed-stone synagogue over the weekend, it was to commemorate 70 years since the Nazis destroyed their community. But the March 30 gathering also served to highlight a source of present-day sadness: the withering of the unique 2,300 year-old Romaniote Jewish tradition. Ioannina, a postcard-pretty town in northwestern Greece with a medieval fortress perched by a bright blue lake and surrounded by snow-capped mountains, once ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 April 2014 13:14 )

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Winnepeg offers strategy for failing communities

Winnepeg offers strategy for failing communitiesWINNIPEG — When the leaders of Winnipeg’s Jewish federation sat down 13 years ago to try to figure out a way to reverse the community’s decline, they came up with a novel idea: recruit Jews from overseas. The idea was pretty straightforward. Capitalizing on the pro-immigration policies of their home province of Manitoba, the Winnipeg federation would seek out faraway Jews — mainly from troubled countries in South America — and bring them to the snow-swept plains of central Canada. Th...
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