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Imagination gives first-graders chance to build bridge to diversity
In a kind of “Muppets” meets writing workshop, a weeklong experimental program at Hillel Academy tested the idea that technology — and some fun — could promote inclusivity and develop writing skill...
May 20, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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At Bergen-Belsen memorial, warnings and worry on Holocaust remembrance
LOHHEIDE, Germany — At the former Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, hundreds of survivors, along with their children and grandchildren, stood together on April 26 under gray skies on a ground alive...
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Book review: A ‘rational’ loss of faith is compounded by rejection, disgrace
Shulem Deen’s journey from Skverer Hasid to Brooklyn unbeliever is a fascinating, disturbing memoir of loss — loss of faith, family and a once-certain future. His former community, taught not to qu...
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Gold on the Galilee: Israeli kayaker comes of age, eyes Olympics
Three years ago, kayaking coach Roei Lev found aspiring Olympian Ilya Podpolnyy crying on the steps of the Jordan Valley Sprint Kayak Club overlooking the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). Podpolnyy, then...
Apr 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Great promise but not-so-bright future is Israel’s fate in this thoughtful examination
by Neal Gendler
Oct 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 119 119 recommendations | email to a friend
Is Israel good for the Jews? No, not if you prefer discrimination, exclusion, expulsion, persecution, pogroms and murder in the millions. Ask a stupid question. Of course Israel is good for the Jew...
Nazi spy? Not hardly: The Jewish dressmaker FDR turned away
by Rafael Medoff, JTA
Oct 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 117 117 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Was the Jewish “lady tailor” who ran a Prague dressmaking shop a potential Nazi spy? The Roosevelt administration apparently thought so. The Jewish Museum Milwaukee recently opened a r...
Helping Hollywood get Chasidim right
by Miriam Moster, JTA
Aug 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 139 139 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — When it comes to Chasidic characters in movies, film consultant Elli Meyer believes that the real deal trumps a random actor in costume. But that approach isn’t without its challenges. M...
‘Parade’ offers a powerful tale of an American blood libel
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
Aug 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 141 141 recommendations | email to a friend
A young girl is found dead in the factory where she worked. There are three suspects for the brutal murder: the black night watchman, the black janitor and the Jewish factory superintendent. The to...
Retro Review ‘Rachel Calof’s Story: Jewish Homesteader on the Northern Plains’
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Jul 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 171 171 recommendations | email to a friend
When Rachel Bella Kahn was a girl growing up in Russia, she certainly never imagined that one day she’d end up as a pioneer woman on the prairies of North Dakota. She was born in 1876, and almost f...
For Iranian-born actors, Israel’s first Farsi movie carries echo of lost home
by Ben Sales, JTA
Jul 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 152 152 recommendations | email to a friend
AYANOT, Israel — An Iranian-Israeli director and a group of Iranian-born actors are making a movie in Farsi, the language of Iran. “Baba Joon,” a story of familial conflict between three generation...
From dance tunes to stories, Simply Tsfat rocks Pittsburgh with a joy for Jewish life
by Simone Shapiro, Special to The Chronicle
Jul 14, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 136 136 recommendations | email to a friend
The Baal Shem Tov, founder of Chasidism, explained niggunim as “songs that transcend syllables and sound.” On Sunday night, June 29, that soulful nature was on display, as Simply Tsaf, a group of t...
In L.A., children of Holocaust survivors say ‘Never Again’ — with guns
by Anthony Weiss
May 21, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 131 131 recommendations | email to a friend
LOS ANGELES — It’s a sunny morning in Southern California, and Lea Rosenfeld, a soft-spoken, bespectacled woman who looks like a Jewish grandmother, squares her feet, faces her target and squeezes ...
In eye of Nazi storm, Dutch Jews found unlikely refuge
by Cnaan Liphshiz/JTA
May 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 142 142 recommendations | email to a friend
MAASTRICHT, Netherlands — In her nightmares, Tilly Walvis pictured German soldiers storming the house where she was hiding and deporting her children and the Christian couple sheltering them. Walvi...
Begin bio contrasts two styles of leadership
by Neal Gendler
May 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 168 168 recommendations | email to a friend
Menachem Begin, The Battle for Israel’s Soul, By Daniel Gordis, Schocken, 311 pages