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LA's Wilshire Temple undergoes rebirth

LA's Wilshire Temple undergoes rebirth

LOS ANGELES — The time has long since passed when the Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s address on its namesake boulevard was considered glamorous.

Now the surrounding blocks are the clamorous heart of Koreatown, with all its urban grit: traffic snarls, hulking office buildings, electronics shops, dentists, and banks with signs in Korean and some in Spanish.

Here the Wilshire Boulevard Temple — the grand Byzantine-revival synagogue built in 1929 — seems like a relic of another era, before this city’s prospering Jewish community moved west and north, leaving the neighborhood to subsequent waves of immigrants.

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Teen sinks her teeth into dental care

Teen sinks her teeth into dental careNEW YORK — With the simple act of brushing her teeth one evening, Paige Alenick was inspired to think about those less fortunate than herself. “I realized how lucky I was to be brushing my teeth and that you can’t take things for granted,” said Alenick, who was then a 15-year-old high school student at Pascack Hills High School in Montvale, NJ. “And for some people a toothbrush is a luxury item.”
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Rabbi saved a Jewish city in Greece

Rabbi saved a Jewish city in Greece Yom HaShoah/Holocaust Memorial Day 5775 IN THE Jerusalem Hills, there stands the single largest memorial to the Holocaust in the world known as Martyrs’ Forest, which is comprised of six million trees planted in memory of those six million Jews who perished. A unique ceremony, the only one its kind held on Holocaust Remembrance Day in the capital, was scheduled to take place there this year to commemorate the heroism of Jews who rescued fellow Jews during the Holocaust. JNF and the B’na...
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Shabbat music in shul strikes a chord

Shabbat music in shul strikes a chordNEW YORK — When Rabbi Bruce Dollin first talked to the board at his Conservative synagogue about launching an alternative, singing-centered Shabbat morning service that would use musical instruments, he didn’t encounter much resistance. Over the two decades he had led the Hebrew Educational Alliance in Denver, attendance at the synagogue’s regular Shabbat davening — a traditional egalitarian service — had declined by almost half and most of the 200 weekly worshippers were over age 50....
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Lining up for Portuguese citizenship

Lining up for Portuguese citizenshipLISBON — Hunched over a monument for thousands of Jews killed in a 1506 massacre in Lisbon, Danielle Karo (not her real name) felt a swelling in her eyes. To Karo, an American poet and business analyst who is descended from one of Sephardic Jewry’s greatest sages, the massacre is not just ancient history. It is emblematic of the persecution that motivated her to apply for Portuguese citizenship under a 2013 law granting citizenship to the descendants of Sephardim, the term used to refer to ...
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Gabrielle Birkner A year ago, the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens brought Jews together in unprecedented ways. Now their parents have joined forces to create a prize, and a worldwide holiday, in their hono... [Link]

Rocket sirens sound in southern Israel

Gabe Friedman Rocket sirens and at least three explosions were heard in southern Israel near the Gaza Strip. ... [Link]

Israeli embassy slams ‘outrageous’ Dutch textbook

Cnaan Liphshiz A Dutch history book for vocational high schools omits Arab atrocities against Jews and describes Israel’s establishment as result of widespread murder of Palestinians. ... [Link]

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Marcy Oster Poland’s ombudsman Irena Lipowicz filed her request last year with the country’s Constitutional Tribunal, asking it to make kosher slaughter legal only for the use of the Jewish community ... [Link]

Judge orders opening of 1950 testimony that implicated Ethel Rosenberg

Marcy Oster David Greenglass recanted his testimony seven years after he gave it, saying that he gave false testimony after prosecutors threatened him saying they would go after his wife, who may have assisted Ju... [Link]

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