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A seder with Hillary — shared with Denverites

A seder with Hillary — shared with Denverites

NEW YORK — How was Helene and Bob Fine’s family seder in 2000 different from every other Passover night?

First lady Hillary Clinton and her daughter Chelsea came. (President Bill Clinton would have joined, too, if not for Yasir Arafat, but we’ll get to that.)

This was no political or community institution event. It was a genuine family seder at the Fines’ home with about 15 people, all family and friends, held on Passover’s first night. Helene made her traditional brisket and tzimmes, there were no photographers present and the Clintons stayed for hours, the Fines recalled in interviews this week with JTA.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 April 2016 15:00 )

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My quesy night at a 'Jewish' eatery

My quesy night at a 'Jewish' eateryLVIV, Ukraine — There’s a Jewish-themed restaurant attached to the ruins of the 16th-century Golden Rose Synagogue here. It first caught my eye last month when I was taking photographs of Meylakh Sheykhet, a haredi Jewish man who is fighting to preserve what’s left of the once beautiful structure. Sheykhet insisted I train my lens in a different direction. “I don’t want this anti-Semitic restaurant in the background,” he said.
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'Glass House' saved 40,000 Hungarian Jews

'Glass House' saved 40,000 Hungarian JewsNIR GALIM, Israel — On a recent afternoon in a museum in this moshav community near the port city of Ashdod, Hodaya Gadba held up a black-and-white photograph of a three-story building and pronounced, “This was the site of a thrilling episode of the rescue of Jews.” Gadba then led visitors on a tour of an exhibition dealing with the subject of the picture: the Glass House, a Budapest factory that housed a remarkable operation credited with saving more than 40,000 of the city’s Jews in 1...
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Seven ways to combine costumes and mishloach manot

Seven ways to combine costumes and mishloach manotGroggers, candy and music. A story that involves royalty, a beauty pageant and the antagonist getting hung on a tree. And let’s not forget the costumes. Purim is a joyful holiday that children of all ages can enjoy and appreciate. My children start thinking about their next year’s Purim costumes before I can even rid the house of the chametz (leavened products) from the traditional mishloach manot Purim gift baskets in order to prepare for Passover cleaning.
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Galveston synagogue survives Ike, now rebuilding

Galveston synagogue survives Ike, now rebuildingTAKING THIS reporter on a recent tour of Galveston Island’s Congregation Beth Jacob, the synagogue’s staff and lay leaders show remarkable attention to detail. The shifting locations of specific furniture and ritual items from the 1930s to the present. The water line on the Torah ark, a reminder of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Ike in 2008. Even the intricacies of the electrical work and the air conditioning system. But why does all this detail matter? For this Texas city’s small ...
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