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10/16/2012 | | Lens

Hanneli Pick-Goslar was a childhood friend of Anne Frank.

10/10/2012 | | Lens

This time, all the hot air wasn’t in the Knesset.

10/03/2012 | | Staff Writer | Lens

For two days in 1941, in the period between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, a ravine on the outskirts of Kiev became of symbol of the Holocaust’s murderous cruelty.

09/25/2012 | | Staff Writer | Lens

In Israel, you don’t have to look at a calendar to know that Sukkot is approaching.

You just have to look around.

In the Jewish state, the Jewish festival of booths — the literal meaning of Sukkot — makes its presence felt in every street, in every courtyard, in every field, on every rooftop. In every empty space that is open to the sky.

09/19/2012 | | Staff Writer | Lens

On the eve of Tishrei and the Jewish New Year, the small Jewish community of Ahmedabad, in western India, received a new Torah scroll with great fanfare last week.

The sefer Torah, housed in a Sephardic-style wooden casing, came to Magen Abraham Synagogue in a ceremony that included singing and dancing, blessings and a shofar blowing.

The scroll was a gift from supporters in India and Israel.

Magen Abraham, built in 1934, is the only synagogue in the city, whose Jewish population is about 130.

09/11/2012 | | Staff Writer | Lens

For members of a synagogue, the preparation for the High Holy Days season starts weeks, if not months before Rosh HaShanah.

In some congregations, there are the daily selichot prayers that are recited during the month of Elul that precedes Tishrei, and additions to the daily worship services. There is increased giving of tzedakah and the performance of good deeds. For some, a new machzor; for others, a new outfit.

For rabbis, sermons to write.

For cantors and choirs, melodies to rehearse. For the synagogue itself, there’s also a period of preparation.