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06/05/2012 | | Staff Writer | Lens

A parade is on the street, right? Not always, says Yevgeny Osherov, a Russian émigré via Israel who organized Celebrate Israel’s first counterpart parade on the water this past Sunday. While most Celebrate Israel participants marched up Fifth Avenue, Osherov and about 15 members of his “Russian Yacht Club,” hoisted Israeli flags while sailing together from the Statue of Liberty to the United Nations, where they played Hatikvah, the Israeli national anthem.

05/29/2012 | | Staff Writer | Lens

Most girls, especially tweens, are not thinking about other people when they’re getting a haircut. It’s a time of life when the pressure to look a certain way, to measure up to the standards of both friends and crushes, is intense.

But last week, a group of about 17 girls, students at the Upper East Side’s Ramaz School, defied that pressure to donate at least eight inches of their hair to Zichron Menachem, an Israeli organization that makes wigs for young cancer patients.

05/22/2012 | | Staff Writer | Lens

The first Yom Yerushalayim was a military victory.

On June 7, 1967 (Iyar 28 on the Hebrew calendar), a Wednesday, Israeli soldiers captured the Old City of Jerusalem, reuniting the capital that had been divided, under Jordanian control since the 1948 War of Independence.

Jerusalem Day was born, observed, by order of the country’s Chief Rabbinate, with prayers of thanks.

05/15/2012 | | Staff Writer | Lens

In the former Soviet Union, where World War II is known as the Great Patriotic War, the anniversary of Germany’s surrender to the Allied forces is an annual cause for nationwide celebration, a day of parades and reunions of onetime veterans.

The veterans from the FSU who have settled in this country over the last few decades still commemorate the day.

05/08/2012 | | Staff Writer | Lens

On Shabbat, the usual worshipers came to Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope.

The next day, the visitors came.

As part of the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s annual Sacred Sites Open House Weekend, the century-old Brooklyn synagogue welcomed people with an interest in the synagogue’s neo-Romanesque architecture, its limestone dome and its stained-glass windows.

05/01/2012 | | Staff Writer | Lens

Gan Sacher (Sacher Park) in the heart of Jerusalem, plays the role in the capital that Central Park does here — a site for concerts and barbecues, soccer games and Frisbee throwing, political rallies and romantic dates.

Last week Gan Sacher was the venue of a mitzvah.