Steve Lipman

Pride And Prejudice

06/13/2008
Staff Writer
Each year for the last decade Tel Aviv’s Gay Pride Parade has marched through the streets of the Mediterranean-side city. Last week, for the first time, it began at a new municipal center for Israel’s homosexual community.

Lessons In Security

09/06/2002
Staff Writer
Ah, the memories of the first day of school. New classes. New friends. New security searches. In Israel, ever more security-conscious because of ongoing Arab terrorism, lines of students waiting to go through metal detectors at the school is front door offer a vivid lesson in current events. Many schools have hired private security guards, aware that perpetrators of the intifada seek out crowded places for their attacks. Here, students enter their school in Ramla, where Prime Minister Ariel Sharon came to mark the beginning of the school year.

Shavuot, Samaritan-style

06/20/2008
Staff Writer
They celebrated the Feast of Weeks in Nablus on Sunday — a week later than usual. They are the Samaritans, a two-millennia-old faith with Jewish roots that follows the customs of the Torah, the written law, but not the Talmud, the oral law. Which is why their observance of Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks that marks the giving of the Torah, took place this week, a week later than mainstream Judaism marked the holiday. The Samaritans observe their holidays on different dates than Jews do; in Samaritan belief, Shavuot always comes on a Sunday.

God, Up Close And Personal

06/27/2008
Staff Writer
The idea that God is a “person with whom people can have a relationship” seems right out of Evangelical Christianity. Yet a new study of religion in America finds that a full quarter of Jews believe in such a personal relationship. Is that figure high or low, and is it good for the Jews?

Championships, Yidl League Style

06/27/2008
Staff Writer
It was a Catholic setting for some Jewish playoffs. For the fifth year, the New York area’s Jewish Community Little League, which calls itself the only Shomer Shabbat Williamsport Little League franchise in the country, held its playoff games at the Red Storm Field of St. John’s University in Fresh Meadows, Queens. Under sunny skies, in front of cheering spectators, champions of three divisions — intermediate, prep and junior — were crowned. Rory Lancman, who represents the 25th Assembly District, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

The New Mecca Of Tikkun Olam

06/20/2008
Staff Writer
Shoshana Gibbor, a junior last year at Hofstra University on Long Island, walked past the Hillel flyers posted in her dormitory for several weeks in late 2006. “Help Rebuild the Gulf Coast,” the flyers stated. They were promoting an alternative Spring Break volunteer program in New Orleans and nearby communities along the Gulf of Mexico that had been decimated by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005.

Calling A Generation To Service

06/20/2008
Staff Writer
Ruth Messinger, a former member of the New York City Council and former Manhattan borough president, has served as president of American Jewish World Service for a decade.

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.

Call To Action On Sudan

05/06/2005
Staff Writer
David Weinberg will call his mother in Toronto on Sunday morning, as usual, to wish her a happy Motherís Day. Sunday afternoon heíll make another call ó for an end to the genocide in Sudan ó as the leader of a rally in Central Park.Weinberg, 23, a senior at Yeshiva University, is the founding director of Not Now Not Ever, a nonprofit organization he and two Stern College students launched a few months ago to protest the ongoing Sudan tragedy. The group already has gone national.The Not Now Not Ever rally will begin at 4:30 p.m.
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