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Marathon Mensches

11/08/2002
Staff Writer
Zviya Lushe, Chana Ben-Shoan, Yitzchak Caravani and Dorit Baxter didn’t know the five disabled Israeli athletes who came here last week to compete in the New York Marathon, but the former Israelis who now live in the New York area opened their homes and businesses to the visitors. “Most of all, their hearts,” said Yoel Sharon, executive director of Etgarim (Hebrew for challenges), an 8-year-old organization that brings outdoor and adventure sports to Israel’s disabled population. Etgarim sponsored the Israeli delegation in the marathon.

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.

Grounds For Success

11/01/2002
Staff Writer
Sometime late next month a freighter from Israel will dock at Dar es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania on the African coast of the Indian Ocean, and a shipment of large, perforated plastic pipes will be unloaded. David Robinson, a former New Yorker and current resident of Tanzania, will be at the Dar es Salaam port to make sure the pipes clear customs. And he will be in Dara, a mountainous area in western Tanzania near the Zambian border, when the pipes arrive by truck a few days later.

This Semester From Jerusalem

10/18/2002
Staff Writer
Rabbi Zvi Grumet shows up at 2:15 p.m. three times a week to teach his 8:15 a.m. Torah class in Teaneck, N.J. The administration of the Torah Academy of Bergen County doesn’t mind a bit — Rabbi Grumet does his teaching from Jerusalem.

Jewish Education Gets A Chair

09/25/1998
Staff Writer
Jewish education will itself become the subject of education at a Jewish university next year — for the first time at a nonsectarian institution of higher learning in North America. A new Chair in Jewish Education will begin in September 1999 at Brandeis University, a nonsectarian school in Waltham, Mass., President Jehuda Reinharz recently announced. “This is a big step,” Reinharz said. The holder of the academic chair will be a professor to be chosen during an international search that begins this month, Reinharz said.

Rabbi Berenbaum, Rosh Yeshiva Of Mir, Dies At 86

01/09/2008
Staff Writer
Rabbi Shmuel Berenbaum, who studied at the yeshiva in Mir, a small Polish town before World War II, was part of its international rescue during the Holocaust, and headed a transplanted branch of the school in Brooklyn for nearly six decades, died Jan. 6 of stomach cancer in his Brooklyn home. He was 87.

The Federation’s Rabbi

01/09/2008
Staff Writer
Shortly after the 1979 revolution in Iran, which made many of the country’s Jews nervous about their future in a fundamentalist Muslim country, Iranian Jewish families arranged for a few thousand of their children to come alone to the United States to attend Jewish schools.

Playing Ball With The Settlements

01/09/2008
Staff Writer
Israel says its West Bank settlements will stay.
The Palestinians say they must go. President George W. Bush, preparing for his initial visit to the Middle East, tried to maintain a middle ground, supporting Israel but gaining Arab backing for a comprehensive peace settlement. This week, the ball was literally in these settlers’ court.

Still In Service To Jewish Families

01/09/2008
Staff Writer
A few summers at day camp changed Alan Siskind’s life. Siskind, who retired in the fall as executive vice president of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services after 16 years in that position and 33 years at the agency says his days as a counselor at the Mount Vernon Y’s summer camp, influenced him to become a social worker. At the camp he observed the directors, all trained in social work. “They were smart. They were good teachers,” he says.

Still In Service To Jewish Families

01/09/2008
Staff Writer
A few summers at day camp changed Alan Siskind’s life. Siskind, who retired in the fall as executive vice president of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services after 16 years in that position and 33 years at the agency says his days as a counselor at the Mount Vernon Y’s summer camp, influenced him to become a social worker. At the camp he observed the directors, all trained in social work. “They were smart. They were good teachers,” he says.
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