Steve Lipman

Israeli Charity Serving People With Disabilities Breaks With U.S. Arm

The photograph was a fundraiser’s dream: a frail child in a gold-and-black dress struggling for balance on a walker. The caption accompanying the photo described her plight: “Ayalah [is] a beautiful five-year-old born with spina bifida and is paralyzed from the waist down.”

Rabbi Shlomo Braun, right, with Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio. Via

Negev Emerges From Tourism Wilderness

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This month marks a minor anniversary in Israel — the “Lonely Planet” travel guide publisher a year ago placed Israel’s Negev desert second on its list of the world’s top 10 regional travel destinations for 2013.

“For decades the Negev was regarded as nothing but a desolate desert,” the guide stated. “But today, this region is a giant greenhouse of development. Think eco-villages, spa resorts and even wineries. In the next few years a new international airport at Timna is scheduled to open, followed by a high-speed railway to Eilat and more hotels.”

The Negev has become a top tourist destination. Getty Images

More Jewish Aid Headed To Oklahoma

Kosher soup kitchen here partners with Iowa plant to deliver food to disaster zone; JFNA opens relief fund.

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Jimmy Goldman, a business broker who lives near Houston, is recruiting a six-member team to travel to Moore, Olka., next week to volunteer their services under the auspices of  Missouri-based Convoy of Hope (

Recruited with the help of Houston’s Jewish Family Service, they hope to distribute clothes or food, or help remove debris, Goldman says.

The huge tornado that ripped through Moore, Okla., left destroyed homes and cars in its wake. Photos by Getty Images

All Kinds Of Mothers

A belated Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers, Jewish or not, who are raising Jewish kids!

And so as not to seem parochial, I will also add a belated Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers, regardless of what religion they are raising their children in, with the exception of monstrous child abusers like this family profiled in today’s New York Times.

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