Uruguay

Tennis: A Trophy Israeli Moment

06/15/2010

In the world of professional tennis, some doubles players change their partners as often as most people change their socks.

Jonathan Erlich’s choice of partners has been consistent – he usually teams up with fellow Israeli Andy Ram.

And his results have also been consistent.

Photos By Getty Images

Micro-Loans In Israel

Several new efforts, including one called Lend For Peace, combat poverty by offering capital and business training.

05/11/2010
Staff Writer

Andrea Kruchik Krell became a believer in microfinance at the tender age of 5.

As a little girl growing up in Uruguay, she once visited a neighborhood grocery shop where a poor boy approached her. “Can you buy me candies?” he asked.

With the little pocket money she had, she bought him a few treats. Instead of thanking her, he asked her to buy him more. She had used up all of her coins, so she said no. He kicked her and ran away.

A microfinance program that has provided nearly $1.2 million in micro-loans  to Bedouin Women living in the Negev.

Let All Who Are Hungry Come And Eat

04/03/2009

Every year, my father begins his seder with a story about the year that he, my mother and I were in South America. We were in Montevideo, Uruguay; Passover was only five days away and we had no seder plans. On Friday night, he went to one of the two shuls in town, hoping that he might meet someone who would invite us to his or her home for a seder. No one spoke to him. The next morning, he went to the other shul across town. Right away, he was greeted by the rabbi who promptly invited him over for lunch.

Let All Who Are Hungry Come And Eat

Craigslist, homemade Haggadahs and other adventures in creative seder hosting.

04/03/2009
Every year, my father begins his seder with a story about the year that he, my mother and I were in South America. We were in Montevideo, Uruguay; Passover was only five days away and we had no seder plans. On Friday night, he went to one of the two shuls in town, hoping that he might meet someone who would invite us to his or her home for a seder. No one spoke to him. The next morning, he went to the other shul across town. Right away, he was greeted by the rabbi who promptly invited him over for lunch.

In The Heights, A Dialogue Starts

08/20/2008
Staff Writer
En route to Yom Kippur services last year, Yeshiva University senior Ayol Samuels walked through Washington Heights sporting a pair of flip-flops, with a group of sandal-clad shul-goers strolling ahead. On his way, he passed a group of Dominican children congregated together on a nearby stoop.

Net Gain For Israeli Athletes

11/14/2008
Staff Writer
met at the Wingate Institute in the 1990s and competed at the highest levels of international tennis, won the doubles title at the Australian Open last week. Their victory marked the first Israeli championship in a Grand Slam tournament — Ram had twice shared a Grand Slam mixed doubles title with a woman from another country.

Summering In South America

07/18/2003
Staff Writer
Jennifer Mesrie had planned to study drama this summer. Michal Benzaquen was going to earn some money as a lifeguard. Shaanan Meyerstein "was definitely going to travel somewhere." All three are traveling to South America this month: as Jewish community volunteers, not tourists.

Net Gain For Israeli Athletes

01/30/2008
Staff Writer
They come from South America, they live in Israel and they made history in Australia. Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich, Israel’s top men’s doubles team since they met at the Wingate Institute in the 1990s and competed at the highest levels of international tennis, won the doubles title at the Australian Open last week. Their victory marked the first Israeli championship in a Grand Slam tournament — Ram had twice shared a Grand Slam mixed doubles title with a woman from another country.

'Fee-Grabbing' Lawyers Rebuked In Swiss Case

11/26/1999
Staff Writer
A request to charge $1,500 for reading the book "Nazi Gold" is contained in a court document from lawyers of Holocaust victims who are seeking $13.5 million in fees from the $1.25 billion Swiss bank settlement, according to the World Jewish Congress. "Holocaust survivors are being exploited by a feeding frenzy of fee-grabbing lawyers," charged WJC executive director Elan Steinberg.
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