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Planting Seeds Of Memory In Glen Cove

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In 1939 when she was just 13 years old, Claire Friedlander hid and watched while the Nazis assembled all the Jews of Sgryj — including her younger brother and grandparents — in the center of this Polish village. They were never seen again. Friedlander, however, managed to escape to a factory where her parents worked. A Polish family took them in, hiding her parents on his farm and pretending that Claire was one of their own children. The Friedlanders lived with the family until the Russians liberated them in 1943. They later immigrated to the United States.

European Jewry, 60 Years Later

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Ariel Muzicant, 56, an Israeli-born real estate businessman who lives in Vienna, has since 1998 been the leader of the country’s largest association of Jews, which numbers more than 7,000. Muzicant has been in Jewish politics for the past 39 years and is also a member of the European Jewish Congress, of which he was once vice president. He was in New York recently and spoke to The Jewish Week about rising anti-Semitism in Europe and the future of Jews there.

Hadassah Weathering The Storm

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After seeing the value of its endowment plunge in the economic downturn and losing $90 million entrusted to disgraced Wall Street money manager Bernard Madoff, Hadassah is turning to its donors for help. “We want to continue to cultivate the million-dollar donors, but the grassroots supporters will get us through this,” said Nancy Falchuk, Hadassah’s national president, in an interview on Monday.

For Singles, Comfort In Numbers

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Although she has been to Israel many times — nearly a half-dozen in the last two years alone — the prospect of quitting her job and moving alone to Israel was daunting for Ilana Rabinoff of Forest Hills, Queens. “I don’t have a family there, which makes it harder to go,” said Rabinoff, 34, a lawyer for a Jewish not-for-profit organization here. “The process is overwhelming — moving to another country with another language.”

UJA-Fed. Campaign Holds Its Own

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It could have been a lot worse. Despite a battered economy and a fundraising drop of at least 15 percent in its Wall Street Division, UJA-Federation of New York, the country’s largest federation, announced it raised $215.3 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30.

A Safer Torah

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At the Plainview Jewish Center, the congregation’s 14 Torah scrolls were recently unrolled and examined by three Torah scribes while congregants milled around. “We were evaluating the Torahs, repairing some and registering those that had not been previously registered,” explained Zerach Greenfield, executive director of Machon Ot, a nonprofit Torah registry organization with offices in College Point, Queens, and Jerusalem.
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