Intermountain Jewish News

Feb 14th


Aly Raisman has tough road to Rio

Aly Raisman has tough road to Rio

GLASGOW — Once the music started playing — not the “Hava Nagila” tune that made her the Jewish poster child of the London Games, but something equally folksy — Aly Raisman tumbled right out of bounds. On her first bit of gymnastics at her comeback World Championships here last month, she had quickly incurred a major setback.

This was certainly not how the 21-year-old defending Olympic champion on floor exercise saw the start of her first World Championships in over four years.


Mark Twain had Jewish son-in-law, Russian born

Mark Twain had Jewish son-in-law, Russian bornNEW YORK — When you think of Mark Twain, chances are white fences and the Mississippi River spring to mind a long time before anything Jewish does. But the man lauded both as “the greatest American humorist of his age” and “the father of American literature” had a Jewish son-in-law who achieved some heavy praise himself when it came to the piano. Ossip Gabrilowitsch, the man who would eventually marry Twain’s daughter, Clara, in 1909, was born to a Russian Jewish family in 1878....

Gift Guide: Do you have what it takes?

Gift Guide: Do you have what it takes?In 2008, just as the recession struck America, Dafna Michaelson Jenet quit her job and overcame numerous obstacles to embark on a Journey with a capital J. She decided to visit 50 states in 52 weeks to interview  “average” Americans dedicated to helping others. Lacking a specific agenda and losing some friends who thought she was nuts, Michaelson Jenet did it anyway. It Takes a Little Crazy to Make a Difference (Motivational Press, 2015) epitomizes Mahatma Gandhi’s conviction that “you...

Documentary reveals extraordinary heroism from ordinary couple

Documentary reveals extraordinary heroism from ordinary coupleThe documentary film “50 Children: The Rescue of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus” tells the remarkable story of a seemingly unremarkable couple from Philadelphia who, in 1939, traveled to Nazi Austria and overcame both German and American bureaucratic obstacles to save 50 Jewish children from almost certain death in the Holocaust. The story of the late Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus was virtually unknown until their granddaughter Liz showed her husband, Steven Pressman, a journal written by her grandmother y...

Oral cancer survivor in Ride to Conquer Cancer

Oral cancer survivor in Ride to Conquer CancerMIAMI — It all started with a little bump on his neck. Now Jason Mendelsohn is on a mission to conquer cancer and spread the word about human papilloma virus-related cancer, or HPV. In April, 2014, Mendelsohn was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, which turned out to be stage 4 HPV-related tonsil cancer, which had spread to two lymph nodes in his neck. He had a radical tonsillectomy and neck dissection in which 42 lymph nodes were removed in his neck, followed by seven weeks of chemo, r...
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Netanyahu: Biden a ‘welcome guest’ in Israel

Marcy Oster The daily newspaper Israel Hayom first reported on Sunday that Biden is expected to visit Israel in two weeks. ... [Link]

Record number of Brazilian Jews moving to Israel becomes news in Brazil

Marcy Oster The news of the number of Brazilian Jews taking advantage of the automatic Israeli citizenship was reported on Jornal Nacional, Brazil’s leading primetime newscast aired by Globo TV. ... [Link]

Cuba to host Latin American Jewish seminar after nearly 6 decades

Marcy Oster It is the first time that the Nahum Goldmann Fellowship seminar will take place in Cuba since 1959, according to organizers. ... [Link]

Poland to reevaluate state honor to Jewish historian

Marcy Oster The office of President Andrzej Duda confirmed its request to reconsider the national honor, which was given in 1996 to Prof. Jan Gross, who wrote the controversial 2001 book “Neighbors,” about a ... [Link]

Jailed Jewish-Austrian historian proves he did not commit restitution fraud

Cnaan Liphshiz The lawyer for Stephan Templ, who Austria jailed last year for defrauding it by omitting his aunt from his mother’s 2005 restitution application, presented documents to JTA dated 2002 proving he nam... [Link]

Bill would sue for use of term ‘Polish death camps’

Marcy Oster International media outlets frequently use the term “Polish death camp,” or “Polish concentration camp” to describe German Nazi concentration and death camps located in Poland.... [Link]

Serbian law offers compensation for seized Jewish property without heirs

Cnaan Liphshiz The law offers annual payments of a little over $1 million for the next 25 years to the country’s Jewish communities for property confiscated from its Jewish owners during and after the Holocaust, ... [Link]

A Jewish skier’s picks: Prayer, kosher food and divine snow

Uriel Heilman Jewish skiers now can find American mountains that serve kosher food, offer daily prayers and let you ski into a Kabbalat Shabbat service. Based on this reporter’s legwork, here are some dest... [Link]

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