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Jewish Leaders Back Ground Zero Islamic Center

Emotions high, but Jewish community not opposing New York institution.

06/01/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

Neither Leona Zeplin nor Joyce Gales had any desire to attend last week’s raucous community board hearing over plans for an Islamic community center near Ground Zero.

But both women, each of whom lost a child in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, have strong feelings about those plans.

The scene at last week’s community board meeting about the proposed Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero. Doug Chandler

In Rambam’s Footsteps

12/08/2009
Born Uriah Rapoport in Minsk, my grandfather changed his last name to Harris when he immigrated to the United States in the late 1870s at the age of 9. I was told he stayed with the Harris family only for one night, but kept their name for the rest of his life. I have nothing against the name Harris, but “Rapoport” connects me to a past before my grandfather. I looked up the name. There were many distinguished Ashkenazi rabbis named “Rapoport” in Eastern Europe, even in Minsk. My great-grandfather was not one of them: he was in the lumber business.
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