Disaster

'Lost' Faith

So, "Lost" is over and it turns out all the characters are dead, and have been for some time. Did they die in the initial plane crash or at some point later on?

That's one of the many unanswered questions we're left with after a six-year investment in ABC's suspense thriller, a disappointment to those who have shown an almost religious devotion to the show. I've heard more people question their faith in God during the show's run than doubt that "Lost" would eventually deliver a satisying conclusion to all the mysteries on that bizarre island.

A Hall Of Heroes

Commack JCC spotlights role of Jews in the military; servicewomen’s exhibit to begin soon.

05/21/2010
Staff Writer

 It’s home to the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, where such outstanding athletes as Mark Spitz and Sandy Koufax are immortalized as  hero athletes. 

Now the Suffolk Y JCC in Commack is trumpeting  an exhibit featuring another kind of hero -- Jewish members of the U.S. military from World War II to the present day.

“A lot of times we make heroes out of sports people, but these are the real heroes, the men and women who put their lives on the line everyday,” said Alan Freedman, the Y’s associate executive director.

A Hall Of Heroes

Commack JCC spotlights role of Jews in the military; servicewomen’s exhibit to begin soon.

05/21/2010
Staff Writer

 It’s home to the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, where such outstanding athletes as Mark Spitz and Sandy Koufax are immortalized as  hero athletes. 

Now the Suffolk Y JCC in Commack is trumpeting  an exhibit featuring another kind of hero -- Jewish members of the U.S. military from World War II to the present day.

“A lot of times we make heroes out of sports people, but these are the real heroes, the men and women who put their lives on the line everyday,” said Alan Freedman, the Y’s associate executive director.

Staff Sgt. Helen Trachtenberg Fischman, above, served as a stateside journalist for an Army newspaper during WW II.

Major Donor Saban Unhappy With Obama

05/16/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- A major pro-Israel Democratic Party campaign donor says the Obama administration's Middle East policy unsettles him.

"The situation is catastrophic, if you want me to put it simply," Haim Saban, an entertainment magnate, told Israel's Channel 10 news on May 13. "Look, I don’t think Obama is anti-Israel, like people think he is. His goal is to achieve peace, just like our goal is to achieve peace. The way he intends to do it may not be the way some people in Israel would like it, and especially on the right."

From Surviving to Thriving: Seeking Job Satisfaction without the Guilt

05/14/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

When we think of the term “survivor’s guilt”, we typically picture those who somehow escaped a tragic car accident that claimed others’ lives, or who lived to rebuild their lives after natural disasters like the recent earthquakes in Haiti and Chile. Over the last two and a half years, however, a new and growing breed of American survivors has emerged, with guilt firmly intact: those who have kept their jobs despite endless rounds of layoffs, closures, and foreclosures. 

Deborah Grayson Riegel

How The Other 20 Percent Lives

Israeli Arabs say the country under-serves
their community, and underestimates its value.

Staff WriterIsrael Correspondent
05/12/2010

F lag Season is the time in the spring when Israelis remember victims of the Holocaust and military battles and terror attacks by standing in silence while sirens wail around the country. 

For the vast majority of Israeli Jews, it’s a time of somber remembrance and national pride, flags, and barbecues in the park. A period of reflection cushioned by the reality of having a Jewish homeland. 

For Arab Israelis, flag season conjures mixed emotions. Michele Chabin

Taking Wiesel’s Advice

05/11/2010

Nobel Peace laureate Elie Wiesel came away from his private White House lunch with President Barack Obama last week with “a good feeling” about the administration’s commitment to Israel, he told The Jewish Week the next day in an exclusive interview. (See the full story on our Web site.)

“There was no small talk; it was all substance,” he said of the meeting, with just the two men in the room. “I spoke about what Jerusalem means to me. I said the Muslims have Mecca and we have Jerusalem.”

Exclusive - Wiesel To Obama: Pressure On Israel Is Not The Way

In exclusive Jewish Week interview, Nobel laureate says Israel susceptible to ‘seduction.’

05/06/2010
Editor and Publisher

Nobel Peace laureate Elie Wiesel says that in his private lunch meeting with President Obama at the White House on Tuesday, the president “wanted me to understand” his commitment to Israel. And the Holocaust survivor and memoirist wanted to share with his host (also a Nobel Peace Prize winner) how important Israel, and particularly Jerusalem, is to the Jewish people.

Elie Wiesel leaves White House on Tuesday. Photo: Getty Images

Nashville Jews Respond To Flood

Largely unscathed by this week’s disaster,
the community assists displaced residents.

05/04/2010
Staff Writer

The Jewish community of Nashville, largely unscathed by this week’s flooding of the Cumberland River banks, is assisting displaced members of the Jewish and wider community, Jewish leaders report.

A woman wades through floodwaters in downtown Nashville. Getty Images

Nashville Jews Respond To Flood

Largely unscathed by this week’s disaster, the community assists displaced residents.

05/04/2010
Staff Writer

The Jewish community of Nashville, largely unscathed by this week’s flooding of the Cumberland River banks, is assisting displaced members of the Jewish and wider community, Jewish leaders report.

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