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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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Obama, Jewish leaders exchange concerns about distortions and attacks in Iran deal debate

Ron Kampeas Obama said the details of the deal are being distorted, critics tell the president that they resented being depicted as warmongers. ... [Link]

Portraits of strength and hope at the Maccabi Games

Gabe Friedman Ten photographs capture Jewish athletes from around the world ahead of their celebratory march into the Waldbuhne amphitheater built by Hitler for the 1936 Olympics. ... [Link]

What can Iran hide in 24 days? Answering the questions posed by the nuclear deal

Ron Kampeas Supporters and opponents have their own interpretations of the agreement. Here’s a breakdown on the differences. ... [Link]

Does Israel give Jewish extremists a pass on violence against Arabs?

Uriel Heilman Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel takes a strong line against terrorism whether the perpetrators are Jews or Arabs. But Israel’s record — and its president — beg to differ. ... [Link]

Gaza hosting a West Bank soccer team for first time in 15 years

Gabe Friedman Gaza sports officials claim Israel allowed the match because of international pressure. ... [Link]

Extreme heat kills Israeli soldier, sends 8 citizens to hospital

Julie Wiener The Hula Valley in the North hit 105.8 degrees Fahrenheit and the Jordan Valley reached 111.2. ... [Link]

3 top House Democrats oppose Iran nuclear deal

Ron Kampeas Reps. Ted Deutch, Nita Lowey and Steve Israel came out against the deal. Sen. Barbara Boxer added her name to those who back the agreement. ... [Link]

Kahane’s grandson, 3 other suspected Jewish terrorists to stay in administrative detention

Julie Wiener Meir Ettinger will be held without charge for at least six days in a practice used almost exclusively for Palestinian terror suspects. ... [Link]

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