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Going The Distance

07/02/1999
Staff Writer
Jaclyn Murphy's dream arrived in a large cardboard box the other day. Enclosed were two plastic caps, some T-shirts and a red, white and blue sweat suit: her uniform for the 1999 Pan American Maccabi Games. The package came about a year after Murphy, 16, a senior at John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore, L.I., was declared free of cancer.

Sanford Bernstein's Second Life

01/15/1999
Staff Writer
Zalman Bernstein did not make the front page of The Jerusalem Post until he died. Mr. Bernstein, a successful Manhattan investment broker and one of the Modern Orthodox movement's most prominent philanthropists, kept as low a profile in Jewish circles in his native New York, where he died of lymphoma last week at 72, as he did in Jerusalem, where he moved a decade ago and was buried.

'All I Did Was Help'

01/01/1999
Staff Writer
A Ukrainian Bible and a bag of mushrooms. Those were the most precious items Julian Bilecki packed for his Lot Polish Airlines flight to New York last week, for a reunion with some of the 23 Jews he and his family saved from the Nazis in 1943. The Bible is for Bilecki. An evangelical Christian, he prays from it each morning.

Helping Synagogues Meet Members’ Needs

05/14/2008
Staff Writer
Rabbi Gideon Shloush, the spiritual leader for a dozen years of Congregation Adereth El in Manhattan’s Murray Hill neighborhood, said an all-day conference he attended this week inspired him to change his reading habits. He’ll read a printout of his synagogue’s membership list today.

Mortimer Propp, UJA Founder, Dies At 95

05/14/2008
Staff Writer
Mortimer Propp, a philanthropist who was the last living founder of the United Jewish Appeal, died on April 24. A resident of Mamaroneck and Manhattan, he was 95.

Mixed Bag On European Bias

05/14/2008
Staff Writer
In England, a prominent politician with a reputation as an anti-Semite is defeated in a re-election bid. In France, three policemen shout anti-Semitic slogans and make the Nazi salute in a bar. In the United States, a leading spokesman for European Jewry brings a cautionary message about the “current state of anti-Semitism” on the European continent.

Forward-Thinking Fundraiser

05/14/2008
Staff Writer
The chasidic rabbi who made his name in Israel’s schoolyards and discotheques is reaching out in another arena. This time it’s basketball. Again.

A Landmark Tour

05/14/2008
Staff Writer
The architecture of the synagogue is unique, the renovations are impressive and the history is compelling. But what wows the visitors are the crumbling plaster wall and the bare wooden planks.

Pulpit Fiction

05/07/2008
Staff Writer
Which candidate will Yeshivas Lita, an institution of advanced talmudic learning here, choose as its new leader: the elderly and learned son/grandson of the school’s previous roshei yeshiva, or the younger and more charismatic faculty member who has no family ties to the yeshiva? To find out, you’ll have to read “The Search Committee.”
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