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Lessons from visit to Dachau

Lessons from visit to Dachau

The IJN traveled to Germany as part of a delegation of Jewish communal leaders from Colorado; the delegation was sponsored by MDC Richmond Homes American Foundation.

RETURN

DACHAU — Is it possible to revisit a place you’ve never been to before?

This is a place I never intended to visit. I had opportunity but opted not to come. Yet, it is a return.

“I have long contemplated the question of whether you can experience trauma from something you didn’t go through,” says Shayna Alexander, who descends from Holocaust survivors.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 May 2015 16:12 )

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Special needs kids can join the team

Special needs kids can join the teamNEW YORK — Zach Certner was nine when he recognized the despair of a family friend who was excluded from participating in the sports activities that Certner enjoyed so much. Mikey had a developmental disability, Certner said, “and I saw the struggles that he experienced by not doing what we could do or play on the same teams.” Certner and his older brother, Matt, decided to organize bimonthly soccer, basketball and baseball clinics in their hometown of Morristown, NJ, for children with s...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 May 2015 17:51 )

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Cancer survivor pushes toward a cure

Cancer survivor pushes toward a cureNEW YORK — At 12 years old, Elana Simon was diagnosed with fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma, a rare form of liver cancer that largely affects adolescents and young adults. “I didn’t know much about [fibrolamellar] and it was pretty scary,” said Simon, now 19. “But I was extremely fortunate to have an incredible surgeon.” After having her tumor removed, Simon, who grew up in New York, where her family remains active members of Temple Shaaray Tefila on Manhattan’s Upper East ...
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Eva Mozes Kor: She can't forget, but she can forgive

Eva Mozes Kor: She can't forget, but she can forgiveEVA MOZES KOR, fresh from a luncheon with local Holocaust survivors, is unperturbed by the April snow heralding her arrival at Staybridge Suites last Thursday. She has exactly one hour before enjoying one of her habitual naps and speaking to a Jewish group. Later that evening, Kor would be the guest speaker at the ADL’s Governor’s Holocaust remembrance at Temple Emanuel. The 81-year-old founder of CANDLES (Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors) and the CANDLES Holoca...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 April 2015 10:32 )

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LA's Wilshire Temple undergoes rebirth

LA's Wilshire Temple undergoes rebirthLOS 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 th...
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Panel recommends changes to Orthodox conversion, offers snapshot of converts

Uriel Heilman A new survey that was included in the Rabbinical Council of America’s review offers a first-ever snapshot of who is choosing Orthodox conversion. ... [Link]

Report: Netanyahu asked European leaders to vote against Israel at U.N.

Gabe Friedman Israel’s prime minister called his British and German counterparts along with other “key allies” before the Human Rights Council’s vote on the Gaza report, according to the Jewish Chro... [Link]

10 revealing facts about Orthodox Jewish converts, from the RCA report

Uriel Heilman Of American Orthodox converts, 78 percent are women, 72 percent are ages 20-39, 45 percent have Jewish ancestry and 80 percent cite “spiritual-intellectual search” as their reason for converti... [Link]

Burt Shavitz, Jewish co-founder of Burt’s Bees, dies at 80

Gabe Friedman The Jewish beekeeper grew the company with his business partner, and his scraggly, bearded image became the face of the brand. ... [Link]

Amid their country’s financial crisis, Greek Jews struggle and brace for more turmoil

Gabrielle Birkner The Jewish community of about 5,000 is grappling with how to provide emergency assistance to Jews in need, with Holocaust survivors particularly hard hit by the debt crisis in Greece. ... [Link]

Jordan Farmar returning to Maccabi Tel Aviv

Gabe Friedman The Jewish NBAer, who won two league titles while with the Los Angeles Lakers, had played 16 games for the Israeli club during the NBA lockout of 2011. ... [Link]

U.S. mayors call on European counterparts to condemn anti-Semitism

Marcy Oster Mayors from New York, Chicago, Houston, Atlanta and Boston have signed on to the American Jewish Committee initiative. ... [Link]

Report: Woman denied entrance to Western Wall for wearing kippah

Marcy Oster The woman, an American, refused to accompany a guard to the police station and was escorted to the taxi stand outside the Kotel, the Women of the Wall group said. ... [Link]

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