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The IJN staff prays, 5775

The IJN staff prays, 5775

Andrea Jacobs: I’ve composed a prayer of sorts on this page for 22 years. Every year it seems to get harder. I must dig deep, without ever anticipating the end. It’s an act of faith performed in the silence of my heart. For weeks a chasidic teaching attributed to Rabbi Simcha Bunim of Peshischa has whispered to me: “Everyone must have two ... Read more...
IST 2014 was not your typical summer in Israel

IST 2014 was not your typical summer in Israel

ROSH HASHANAH EDITIONSECTION D PAGE 7 ISRAEL Study Tour 2014 started out just like the 41 previous ISTs — 71 excited rising high school seniors e...
Hearing-impaired teen teaches fourth-graders about preventable hearing loss

Hearing-impaired teen teaches fourth-graders about preventable hearing loss

ROSH HASHANAH EDITIONSECTION A PAGE 23 WASHINGTON — Born with an enlarged vestibular aqueduct in her left ear, Samantha Vinik has lost nearly 94%...
Israel to export more to Asia than to US

Israel to export more to Asia than to US

ROSH HASHANAH EDITIONSECTION B PAGE 8 ISRAEL’S business community has increasingly turned eastward toward booming Asian markets. It was recently ...
Why does Qatar support Hamas?

Why does Qatar support Hamas?

WASHINGTON — It was the first Persian Gulf state to establish ties with Israel, the first to welcome Israeli students and the only one to allow dire...
Something new on repentance

Something new on repentance

IF repentance is strictly a matter between me and myself, or between me and G-d — the likes of introspection, resolution and renewal — probably mo...
 

Henry Waxman’s retirement ends era in L.A. Jewish politics

Henry Waxman’s retirement ends era in L.A. Jewish politics LOS ANGELES — When Rep. Henry Waxman, who will turn 75 in September, retires at the end of this year after 46 years in elected office, it will mark more than just the end of a storied career as one of the most prolific lawmakers in Congress. It will also draw the curtain on a generation of Jewish politicians in Los Angeles. In 2012, Waxman’s longtime friend and ally Rep. Howard Berman lost his reelection battle to fellow Rep. Brad Sherman after redistricting left them competing for the sam...
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Shofar makes house calls

Shofar makes house calls ROSH HASHANAH EDITIONSECTION D PAGE 13 LOS ANGELES — In preparation for the High Holidays last year, my community sent its shofar blower on the road. During the month of Elul, in the run-up to Rosh Hashanah, we are supposed to hear the shofar blown every day except Shabbat. Traditionally this is done in shul. But our small, lay-led congregation does not meet on weekdays. So my wife, Brenda, who blows the shofar for the Movable Minyan, as our congregation is called, offered to visit member...
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From Bible heroines to Madoff, Rabins’ rock opera strikes new chord

From Bible heroines to Madoff, Rabins’ rock opera strikes new chord BERKELEY, Calif. — Plucking a violin on an empty stage, an animated scene of Manhattan skyscrapers scrolling behind her pregnant body, the musician, poet and Torah student Alicia Jo Rabins begins to sing what sounds like a mystical incantation of sorts. “Bring me your empty jar, I will fill it,” she intones. “Where it comes from, I can’t tell you, no one knows.” Inspired by the biblical story of the prophet Elisha, Rabins, 37, is musing in the broadest possible terms about the crim...
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Yisroel M. Ovadya is new rabbi of Beit Uriel

Yisroel M. Ovadya is new rabbi of Beit Uriel ROSH HASHANAH EDITIONSECTION D PAGE 5 Beit Uriel, the Israeli Denver Synagogue, has hired its first rabbi, Yisrael Meir Ovadya, an Israeli religious leader from a family noted for its kiruv (a Hebrew word that means “bringing close”) activities both in Israel and around the world. Rabbi Ovadya comes to Denver with a 15-year history of working with teens, adults and ba’alei teshuvah (those who have returned to an observant Jewish lifestyle) in Israel. His background includes half a dec...
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The IJN staff prays, 5775

The IJN staff prays, 5775 Andrea Jacobs: I’ve composed a prayer of sorts on this page for 22 years. Every year it seems to get harder. I must dig deep, without ever anticipating the end. It’s an act of faith performed in the silence of my heart. For weeks a chasidic teaching attributed to Rabbi Simcha Bunim of Peshischa has whispered to me: “Everyone must have two pockets, with a note in each pocket so that he or she can reach into one or the other depending on the need. When feeling lowly and depressed, discour...
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George Booth

George Booth George Booth passed away Sept. 8, 2014, in Denver. He was 85. Rabbi Nadya Gross officiated at the Sept. 9 graveside service at Mt. Nebo Cemetery. Feldman Mortuary made the arrangements. “George lived at Kavod Senior Life, where he enjoyed concerts and entertaining residents with his wry sense of humor and sailing stories,” the family said. “He will be missed by his friends at Kavod, his many friends in South Carolina and of course his family.” George was born in Chicago, Ill....
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South African president vows to fight anti-Semitism

Cnaan Liphshiz Representatives of South Africa’s Jewish community commended President Jacob Zuma’s pledge to combat anti-Semitism. ... [Link]

House unanimously approves anti-Semitism condemnation

Ron Kampeas A bipartisan congressional resolution urging increased action by the United States and other countries to address resurgent anti-Semitism passed unanimously. ... [Link]

Senate approves enhanced U.S.-Israel cooperation bill

Ron Kampeas The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a bill that would further enhance U.S.-Israel ties. ... [Link]

Elsewhere: The separation myth, diplomatic delusions, tasting Hitler’s food

Raffi Wineburg JTA rounds up noteworthy news items from the Web. ... [Link]

U.S. officials ‘not optimistic’ going into Iran talks

Ron Kampeas U.S. negotiators are not entering the latest round of nuclear talks with Iran with optimism, a top U.S. official said, citing Iran’s insistence on maintaining its uranium enrichment capability. ... [Link]

In the kitchen with Joan

Raffi Wineburg Joan Rivers may have been famous for fat-shaming, but according to a forthcoming cookbook, she liked to eat rich Ashkenazi dishes. ... [Link]

This Week in Jewish Farming: Season of abundance

Ben Harris With winter storage crops harvested and summer crops still in the ground, September is a special moment for the seasonal eater. ... [Link]

Ukrainian health official: Uman pilgrims may bring Ebola

Cnaan Liphshiz A Ukrainian health official warned that Jewish pilgrims converging in Uman may bring with them the Ebola virus and other epidemics. ... [Link]

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