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Why a local company goes kosher

Why a local company goes kosher

Back in the day — the late 1960s, specifically, remembered by some as an Aquarian era of peace and love — a few long-haired, bell-bottomed, back-to-nature hippies started rethinking the subject of food.

They decided they didn’t want processed, mass-produced, artificially flavored, preserved or colored food anymore. They wanted organic and natural. They wanted healthy. They wanted “real.”

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Soviet-Jewish American writers come of age

Soviet-Jewish American writers come of agePROF. SASHA Senderovich is a master analyst of an exciting literary wave fomented by Soviet-Jewish American authors who came here as children and teens. Their contemporary twists on the immigrant experience dominate bestseller lists, pile high on nightstands and are Kindle-devoured near and far. Each book offers revelatory insights that both delight and discomfort American Jewish readers. It began with Gary Shteyngart’s The Russian Debutante’s Handbook (2002) and the birth of Vladimir Gir...

Last Updated ( Friday, 14 August 2015 08:59 )

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New melodies at Temple Sinai

New melodies at Temple SinaiCantor Sheila (pronounced Shayla) Nesis has temporarily lost her office to the final stages of Temple Sinai’s building campaign — until a staffer in the religious school wing loans her a spot. After playing a brief round of musical chairs with unfamiliar furniture, Nesis positions herself comfortably, folds her hands and smiles. The room is hers. Nesis, an Argentinean native, was hired as the Reform synagogue’s cantor exactly one year ago. The realization registers in her large eyes. “...
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Harvard to HUC to Emanuel

Harvard to HUC to EmanuelCantor Elizabeth Sacks, looking more like a mother dropping off her child off at religious school than the next senior cantor at Temple Emanuel, nestles into a corner seat in the Feiner Chapel. Today she’s reminiscing. Her place on the bimah is empty. Yet intimations of music cling to her unsung words. Sacks, 34, who was hired as Emanuel’s part-time cantor in 2012, will occupy the top spot when the Reform congregation’s longtime Cantor Regina Heit retires in January, 2016. “I sang fro...
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Teaching the Holocaust

Teaching the HolocaustShould the Holocaust be taught to children? Let’s allow one of the primary architects of the Holocaust itself — Hermann Goering — to answer the question. “Education is dangerous,” the arch-Nazi once said. “Every educated person is a future enemy.” Consider the question answered. With or without knowledge of Goering’s totalitarian views on education, a great many educators — teachers of Jewish and gentile youths alike — have already decided on the matter, and their answer ...
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Montreal police seize 8,000 bottles of illegally imported kosher wine

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Israeli officials deny increased tensions with Germany following news report

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Britain’s Labour launches investigation into party’s anti-Semitism

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K-tel founder Philip Kives, farm boy who pioneered the infomercial, dies at 87

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Walter Kohn, Nobel Prize winner in chemistry, dies at 93

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Lech Walesa says on Facebook he regrets he is not Jewish

Marcy Oster WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Former Polish President Lech Walesa wrote on his Facebook page that he regrets he is not Jewish and that there are no Jewish members of his family. He noted in the April 2... [Link]

Extremist Czech politician charged with crimes against humanity

Marcy Oster PRAGUE (JTA) — The Czech Police have filed charges of crimes against humanity against Adam Bartos, the leader of the extremist far-right National Democracy political party. Bartos is also charge... [Link]

Italian prosecutors: Suspects planned attacks on Israeli embassy, Vatican

Ron Kampeas ROME (JTA) – Suspects arrested in northern Italy on terrorism charges wanted to strike the Vatican and the Israeli Embassy in Rome, prosecutors said. Police on Thursday arrested four people, all bor... [Link]

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