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Israeli cyclist to raise cancer research funds

Israeli cyclist to raise cancer research funds

NEW YORK — Tom Peled has a goal: Live strong for the Jewish world.

The Israeli is finding inspiration in biking champion Lance Armstrong’s cancer awareness organization as he prepares for a 3,000-mile bike trek across the US to raise money for his own Bike for the Fight to support cancer research in Israel.

The trip, beginning Aug. 1 in Los Angeles, will take him to many communities. He anticipates arriving in New York three months later, having spent Shabbat in host communities.

Peled conceived the project after his father died last year of pseudomyxoma peritonei, a type of abdominal cavity cancer.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 31 May 2012 10:09 )

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‘Sweet Genius’ from Israel perfects the cake

‘Sweet Genius’ from Israel perfects the cakeTEANECK, NJ — As the minutes on the clock tick away, the chefs run about their kitchens furiously trying to complete their Taj Mahal-themed desserts. “What have I got for you now?” booms the thickly accented master pastry chef Ron Ben-Israel as he overlooks the chefs’ workstations. “Another mandatory ingredient — tahini paste!” This is “Sweet Genius,” the hit Food Network show that recently began its second season. Chefs compete to earn the coveted title, win $10,000 and imp...
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When art imitates life

When art imitates lifeNEW YORK — As moviegoers over the weekend flocked to see Marvel’s new superhero ensemble, they would understandably associate the idea of Nazi-fighting avengers  with Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk and Black Widow. But, in fact, there was also a real-life band of Jewish freedom fighters with the same name who were bent on sticking it to Hitler’s henchmen. Let’s start with the new film. Without giving away anything, let’s just say it goes there. And, of course, Captain America...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 May 2012 09:32 )

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Meet singer/songwriter Regina Spektor

Meet singer/songwriter Regina SpektorNEW YORK — Regina Spektor has a cold — or as she calls it, “a nondescript New York disease.” The singer is onstage at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York headlining a benefit concert for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, or HIAS, which helped resettle her family in New York more than 20 years ago. Though the crowd, which includes Spektor’s parents, calls out words of encouragement, Spektor is struggling. She gulps water between songs, suppresses little coughs and refers more than once ...
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Koren Ethiopian hagaddah explores contemporary redemption tale

Koren Ethiopian hagaddah explores contemporary redemption tale PASSOVER EDITION SECTION C PAGE 14 The most amazing thing about the Journey to Freedom Haggada is that it took this long to come up with such an strikingly obvious idea. How much more apt a metaphor for Passover can one find than the modern experiences of Ethiopian Jewry? By connecting the modern exodus of Ethiopian Jews in the 1980s and 1990s to the Biblical account of the Hebrews gaining freedom from Egyptian enslavement, the talented assembly of writers, artists, archivists and photograp...

Last Updated ( Friday, 06 April 2012 03:41 )

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Tampa-area agency head dead in murder-suicide

Anthony Weiss A Florida Jewish agency head who had been deeply involved with caring for migrant children was found dead with her longtime partner in what police are calling an apparent murder-suicide. ... [Link]

A military miracle: Hanukkah care for U.S. armed forces personnel

Raffi Wineburg For the last seven years, Kosher Troops has been sending care packages to American-Jewish servicemen and women across the globe. ... [Link]

Behind every great ‘Serial’ podcast host, a Jewish studies professor

Gabrielle Birkner In the series finale of the podcast sensation “Serial,” a certain Jewish studies professor got a shout out. It was Sarah Koenig’s husband, who directs the Jewish Studies program at P... [Link]

French far-right mayor’s city hall menorah sparks controversy

Cnaan Liphshiz National Front candiate also placed a nativity scene in public space despite concerns this violate church-state separation. ... [Link]

Jesus comes to the Hanukkah party

Ron Kampeas The Christian savior keeps insinuating himself into Hanukkah festivities. ... [Link]

For Cuban Jews in U.S., rapprochement with Castro regime cause for concern

Uriel Heilman For those old enough to remember the most brutal years of the Castro regime, there is deep concern that rapprochement with Washington will extend the life of a dictatorship whose crimes can be neither... [Link]

Washington Institute names former Palestinian negotiator as fellow

Ron Kampeas The Washington Institute for Near East Policy named a former Palestinian negotiator to its think tank team. ... [Link]

Tunisian Jewish leaders endorse secularist’s presidential bid

Cnaan Liphshiz Contacts made by candidate Beji Caid Essebsi make him the best choice for president, Tunisan Jewish leader says. ... [Link]

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