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Enslaved By The Economy

03/01/2002
Staff Writer
Buenos Aires — In the good years, Marcela would begin her Passover shopping a few weeks before the seders. The usual matzah and wine and fish, new clothing for her two children, some coins to be hidden around the family’s apartment for the afikoman search. “Everything,” she said. This year, nothing. No clothes, no coins.

A Moving Experience

03/01/2002
Staff Writer
Alan Rubin has always worn a kipa, but he says it’s bigger these days. His wife, Debi, has always dressed modestly, but she says she dresses more modestly these days. The couple has always found time for their five children, but they say they find more time these days. These days are the six months since Sept. 11, 2001. The Rubins, who live in Elizabeth, N.J., say they have been on a spiritual journey since 9-11, a path that will end this summer in Jerusalem. The Rubins are making aliyah — because of 9-11.

A Mountain To Climb

03/01/2002
Staff Writer
She packed her skis, as usual. She packed her poles, as usual. She packed her bindings, as usual. Dr. Ruth Spector, an avid skier, was hitting the slopes last week. She also packed her helmet, not as usual. You don’t risk injury when you have leukemia. “I never wear a helmet,” says Spector, a 41-year-old anesthesiologist who lives in Lake Success, L.I.

Still Out In The Cold

02/08/2002
Staff Writer
Yossi Goldberg played soccer and basketball as a boy growing up in Israel, but figure skating was in his blood — his mother was a figure skater in Lithuania. That, says Goldberg, founder and president of the Israeli Figure Skating Association, is why he has devoted a dozen years to a winter sport in a Mediterranean country.

Suburban Renewal

03/10/2000
Staff Writer
A congregant in Rabbi David Hirsch’s synagogue approached him with a request one recent Shabbat after shacharit services: She wanted a new prayerbook, one with more-extensive commentaries. Rabbi Hirsch, spiritual leader of the Fleetwood Synagogue in Mount Vernon for four years, was delighted. The veteran member of the congregation was part of the new Fleetwood Kollel, the first community kollel of its kind in Westchester.

At Home, Again, In Timisoara

04/13/2007
Staff Writer
Timisoara, Romania — Among the nearly 200 Jews who attended the pair of seders in the Jewish community building here last week were members of the local community, a visiting family of Israelis and one man with New York City roots. Rafael Schwartz lived in Brooklyn and New Jersey for nearly 20 years.

TABC Mock Trial Team Already Winner

04/14/2005
Staff Writer
The students on the mock trial team of Teaneck’s Torah Academy of Bergen County, who won the New Jersey Mock Trial Championship last month, won their biggest decision last week — they’ll be able to compete in the national championship in May. This time, they didn’t argue their own case. The finals of the National High School Mock Trial Championship were to be held Saturday, May 7, in Charlotte, N.C. The members of the Modern Orthodox day school team could not compete, if they progressed that far, because of Shabbat.

New Year Debate Shining On Edison

03/18/2005
Staff Writer
Is Rosh HaShanah a one-day or two-day holy day? The answer divides American Jewry — Reform Jews keep one day, most other identified Jews keep two.

A Daughter’s Legacy

09/18/2000
Staff Writer
Avi Brender, who joined the Mitzvah Clowns program two months after the death of his 11-year-old daughter, Danielle, has embarked on another mission with his wife — to alert families about the genetic disorder that took their child’s life.

Out Of Bounds On Eruv

11/01/2002
Staff Writer
A federal appeals court ruling allowing an eruv in Tenafly, N.J., has established a precedent that will discourage future lawsuits against eruvs elsewhere in the United States, supporters of the eruv say. In the latest legal backing for the eruv, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that the Bergen County town discriminated against a group of Orthodox Jews who put up the symbolic boundary two years ago. The eruv creates an area that allows objects to be carried outside of one’s home from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday.
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