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Painless Gift Of Life

06/22/2007
Staff Writer
One of the guests of honor at the recent commencement exercises of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, sitting at the far left of the first row of the sanctuary in Temple Emanu-El, was neither guest speaker, college official Nor financial supporter of the institution. Dalia Samansky, a third-year rabbinical student at the school’s Los Angeles campus who received her master’s degree in L.A. the following week, was invited to the New York commencement as role model. She had saved a life.

Chasidic Leader Sentenced To Prison

12/24/2009
Staff Writer

(JTA) — The head of a Brooklyn-based Chasidic sect was sentenced to two years in federal prison for a decade-long fraud and money-laundering scheme.
Rabbi Naftali Tzvi Weisz, grand rebbe of the Spinka sect, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
Weisz, 61, had pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy last August.

Begging For Forgiveness

09/22/2006
Staff Writer
A man who likes extinct languages, Mel Gibson had a chance to practice his Latin this summer — he made several mea culpas.Following his drunken, sexist, profane, anti-Semitic tirade in Malibu in July, the actor-director apologized to the police officers who arrested him. He apologized in a general public statement for saying “despicable” things.

HIAS’ Youngest Ambassador

07/05/2002
Staff Writer
Most of the recipients of scholarship awards from HIAS are college-age. Most have been in the United States for about five years. Most come to the award ceremony with their parents or grandparents. Naomi Grodsky brought her daughter Eliana, age 14 months.

HIAS’ Youngest Ambassador

07/05/2002
Staff Writer
Most of the recipients of scholarship awards from HIAS are college-age. Most have been in the United States for about five years. Most come to the award ceremony with their parents or grandparents. Naomi Grodsky brought her daughter Eliana, age 14 months.

In Attila’s Memory

08/08/2008
Staff Writer
As a child growing up on Long Island, Richard Markowitz would hear stories from his Hungarian-born grandparents about an illustrious, distant relative who had died three decades earlier. “I heard that I had a famous cousin who was a fencer,” says Markowitz, now an internist in Hewlett. “They may have said he was an Olympian.”

'Wartime' For Hitler

04/11/2003
Staff Writer
Just as they had won over some of their harshest critics, the people behind an upcoming miniseries about Adolph Hitler find themselves on the defensive again. This week's TV Guide quotes Ed Gernon, who was executive producer of "Hitler: The Rise of Evil," as characterizing the German leader's ascent to power as a cautionary tale for Americans today.

Fast Company

02/14/2003
Staff Writer
Nearly eight minutes into our first date, I still didn't know Steve's last name. But fueled by orange-flavored vodka and the promise of fresh romance, he had disclosed other significant bits of information: He's a self-styled entrepreneur, 40, in therapy, and just coming out of a string of relationships with "inappropriate women," he said, meaning, in part, not Jewish. "I figured it was time to start making responsible choices."

Einstein’s Jewish Equation

11/22/2002
Staff Writer
Albert Einstein’s combination of scientific genius, humility, good humor and distinctive grooming made him a cultural icon. An illuminating exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History provides remarkably lucid explanations of the shock-headed scientist’s theories that changed the way light, time, energy and gravity are understood. “Einstein” also demonstrates how the Nobel Prize-winning physicist used his celebrity to promote his other passionate concerns: pacifism, socialism, disarmament and Zionism.
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