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A Hebrew School Asks, What Dropouts?

04/28/2009 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Houston — In one second-floor classroom of Congregation Emanu El, a young Chabad rabbi is teaching a class on Jewish values. Down the hall, a newspaper editor from a Reform family is leading a civics discussion. In another classroom, a Reconstructionist rabbi and her students are talking about basic Jewish principles. More remarkable than the diversity of the teachers at the largest Reform religious school in Houston is the makeup of the students. All are high school-aged. All are in religious school because they want to be there.

Jewish Radio In Johannesburg

11/18/2008 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Kathy Kaler’s mother had a strange dream about her daughter in South Africa a few years ago. She dreamed that she heard her daughter, who worked in marketing in Johannesburg, on the radio. Kaler’s mother’s dream comes true next week. Chai FM, South Africa’s first Jewish radio station, will sign on at 101.9 FM on Dec. 1 at 6 a.m., Johannesburg time. Kaler is its founder and director and host of a talk show.

The Good Life In Kiwi Country

10/09/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Auckland, New Zealand: Roy Netzer first came here as a backpacker, after finishing his five years in the Israeli army and university studies, because he wanted to "experience another country." He liked what he saw. Netzer married and worked for a year in Israel, then returned here eight years ago with his wife and without a job lined up. "I got the 'New Zealand bug,' " he says. "We came with four suitcases."

Befriending The Native Aussies

10/02/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Sydney: A nearly capacity crowd filled the sanctuary of North Shore Temple Emanuel on a recent weeknight. In the seats were Jews, Christians and "a few Aborigines," said Rabbi Allison Conyer. As part of a forum, "The Aboriginal Challenge: Where To Now?" sponsored by the congregation's Social Action Group, a series of Aboriginal speakers discussed the native Australians' history and current social problems, and the event's Jewish moderator urged the Jewish community to get involved.

Begging For Forgiveness

09/21/2006 - 20:00
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. He apologized “specifically to everyone in the Jewish community,” to “those who have been hurt and offended by those words.”  

PASSOVER: Speaking In (Passover) Tongues

04/08/2008 - 20:00
Staff Writer
A speech technology researcher and a pharmacist from nearby New Jersey have devoted the last 15 years to the Haggadah’s Four Questions. But this year they are answering one question. Why?

New WJC Exec: Lauder To Head Restitution Effort

08/23/2007 - 20:00
Staff Writer
The new top leadership team of the embattled World Jewish Congress will head to Eastern Europe soon to re-energize stalled negotiations over Holocaust-era restitution payments, Michael Schneider, the group’s next secretary general, said this week. The political discussions will represent a return by the WJC, perceived as rudderless in recent years, to the activity that cemented its reputation as a representative of Jewish interests.

WJC Hot Seat For JDC Vet?

08/16/2007 - 20:00
Staff Writer
In the late 1970s the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the New York-based organization that supports Jewish life in small communities around the world, needed someone to head its office in Tehran. Two JDC staffers told Ralph Goldman, the Joint’s executive vice president, that he should consider Michael Schneider, a social worker in London. After a four-hour interview with Schneider, a native of South Africa who left his homeland to escape arrest for anti-apartheid activities, Goldman offered him the job in Iran.

Dancing Camels On Gordon Beach

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

After some R&R time on the beach, as chronicled below, your wayfaring blogger got down to business and the reason he had come to Tel Aviv.

 

David Cohen, a fellow Brooklyn native, was hosting an End of Summer event for recent Nefesh B’Nefesh olim like himself on Gordon Beach, just a short walk from my hotel.

 

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