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Para-chaplain volunteers learn how to ‘be there’

Para-chaplain volunteers learn how to ‘be there’

MARGARET BALLONOFF, a para-chaplain for Jewish Family Service since 2009, is refreshingly at ease in her own skin.

Grateful for the challenges and rewards inherent in volunteering, she radiates undeniable self-fulfillment.

The primary responsibility of a JFS para-chaplain is comforting the living, whether depressed, lonely, isolated, or desirous of a little Shabbat serenity or Chanukah cheer.

Most para-chaplains lead Jewish holiday and Shabbat services now.

But Ballonoff has taken on the most difficult position of all — working with the dying at St. Joseph Hospital.

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Japan struggles with the Holocaust

Japan struggles with the HolocaustFUKUYAMA, JAPAN — In the auditorium of this country’s main Holocaust education center, a teenage actor explains the dilemma that faced a Japanese diplomat during WW II. “My conscience tells me I must act a certain way, but doing so means defying my commanders,” says the actor portraying Chiune Sugihara, the Empire of Japan’s wartime vice consul in Lithuania. In 1940, Sugihara rescued 6,000 people by granting them transit visas to Japan in defiance of Tokyo’s orders. Some of them su...
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Helping seniors is natural for Detroit teen

Helping seniors is natural for Detroit teenNEW YORK — While visiting his grandmother in Florida last winter break, Connor Tukel helped set up her new iPhone. “Then it hit me that it was so easy for me,” said Tukel, a 12th-grader at the Frankel Jewish Academy in West Bloomfield, Mich. “It seemed obvious that kids of my generation could help other seniors as well. And why not improve the lives of those around us?” He contacted the principal and head of technology at his school, as well as the director of a nearby senior residen...
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Jack Adler: Auschwitz, then and now

Jack Adler: Auschwitz, then and nowWHEN JACK Adler visited Auschwitz-Birkenau on Jan. 27, the 70th anniversary of the camp’s liberation in 1945 — and during his four previous four trips for the annual commemoration — he did not say a prayer. This despite the fact that his two sisters were murdered during the Holocaust, that his brother and mother died in a Polish ghetto, that his father was killed at Dachau and that Adler himself spent more than a year of his youth in Nazi death and slave labor camps....

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 February 2015 17:00 )

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The other side of the Six Day War

The other side of the Six Day WarPARK CITY, UTAH — In the wake of Israel’s seemingly miraculous triumph in the Six Day War in 1967, the country’s victorious soldiers were lionized as heroes. But in private, even just one week after the conflict, many of them didn’t feel that way. One describes feeling sick to his stomach in battle and collapsing into a trench. “I wanted to be left alone,” he says. “I didn’t think of the war.” Another talks about watching an old Arab man evacuated from his house. “I had a...

Last Updated ( Monday, 09 February 2015 10:38 )

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Woman arrested for sexual abuse of teenagers at a bar mitzvah

Gabe Friedman A 32-year-old woman reportedly exposed her breasts to several guests at a bar mitzvah party before performing oral sex on a 15-year-old boy. ... [Link]

ADL slams Lena Dunham’s New Yorker piece

Gabe Friedman The Anti-Defamation League has called Lena Dunham’s recent controversial piece in the New Yorker “tasteless” and “offensive.” ... [Link]

Is U.S.-Israel crisis a speed bump or sign of a long-term conflict?

Ron Kampeas President Obama’s comments this week suggest he has not heeded the calls of leading pro-Israel lawmakers and Jewish organizational leaders to tone down his disagreement with Israel. ... [Link]

Y.U. medical school staff receives employment warning

Gabe Friedman Over 2,500 employees at Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine could be laid off as a result of Montefiore Health System’s takeover of the medical school’s operations. ... [Link]

Reid endorses Schumer for minority leader

Ben Harris The retiring Senate minority leader predicted that Sen. Charles Schumer, the third-ranking Democrat in the Senate and a leading pro-Israel voice in Congress, would win the post without opposition. ... [Link]

France to work on UN draft resolution on Israel

Cnaan Liphshiz Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told reporters he plans to move forward with drafting a Security Council resolution on the Israel-Palestinian conflict. ... [Link]

Toulouse rabbi told to remove kippah at voting station

Cnaan Liphshiz Rabbi Avraham Weill complained to police of the alleged discrimination. ... [Link]

WATCH: Check out this year’s leading Passover parody videos

Julie Wiener If there had been just one “Uptown Funk” parody for Passover, Dayenu. But there are two. ... [Link]

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