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Mixed Record On Return Of Property

04/30/2008
Staff Writer
Lublin, Poland — On the first two nights of Passover, the ground floor of a former medical academy near Lublin’s historic Old City was crowded by early evening with members of the Jewish community. Children played for hours in the hallways while senior citizens schmoozed in a small office. After sundown, joined by other members of the community and a Jewish choir from Warsaw, they filed into a social hall for the seders; afterward, they stayed to play and shmooze some more.

Longtime Cuban Jewish Leader Dies At 80

03/17/2006
Staff Writer
Dr. Jose Miller, a physician who served as president of Cuba's Jewish community for two decades and shepherded a revival in the country's Jewish life, died Feb. 27 in Havana after a brief illness. He was 80. Dr. Miller's years of leadership coincided with the government's decision in the early 1990s to change its character from atheistic to secular, eliminating the persecution of people who participated in religious activities and allowing the open practice of Judaism and other faiths.

Up To The Challenge

03/10/2006
Staff Writer
Three days after the Olympic torch in the center of Turin was extinguished last week, marking the end of the XX Winter Olympics, another Olympic torch relay began in the streets of Italy. This torch is part of the Paralympics (the "parallel Olympics" for the physically challenged) that will be held in Turin and the nearby Alps March 10-19. The Paralympics, a 56-year-old sporting institution, at first glance are not a Jewish event; few of this year's participating athletes are known to be Jewish.

Operation Bat Mitzvah

03/10/2006
Staff Writer
First came the date for the bat mitzvah. Marcy Marbut and her parents picked that out three years ago. Then the invitations. They were mailed out a month and a half ago. And there was the bat mitzvah tutor, the party planner, the outfit for the simcha and other details. "This was very organized: everything was planned," Marcy said. "The only thing I didn't plan on was getting sick." The snag: a ruptured appendix.

Spreading Wallenberg's Legacy

03/10/2006
Staff Writer
Bengt Olander, a Swede from Gothenburg, had an early education about Raoul Wallenberg, Sweden's hero from the Holocaust. At 7, visiting his grandmother's apartment every day, Olander met a Hungarian woman, one of several refugees from Hungary his grandmother housed after the 1956 Revolution. He noticed something unusual about the woman. "She always looked so sad," Olander recalled. He asked why. She told him she was a Jew who had almost died during the Holocaust.

The Rev. Abraham Lopes Cardozo, 91; Longtime Cantor

03/03/2006
Staff Writer
The Rev. Abraham Lopes Cardozo, a descendant of a prominent Dutch Jewish family who served as a cantor for more than six decades and worked to preserve the musical traditions of Spanish and Portuguese Jewry, died Feb. 21 in Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan. He was 91, and had been in poor health since fracturing a hip last year.

Khatami: Shoah 'Historical Reality'

03/03/2006
Staff Writer
Mohammad Khatami, the former president of Iran who was elected on a reformist platform, has described the Holocaust as a "historical reality," a sharp rebuke to statements by his successor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, that the murder of European Jewry was a "myth" used by the West to justify support for Israel.

Getting His Olympic Goal

03/03/2006
Staff Writer
One goal, no gold. Mathieu Schneider accomplished only half of what he had hoped to at the XX Winter Olympics in Turin, which ended this week. Schneider, the only Jewish player on the American hockey team and one of only a few Jews in the National Hockey League, had played in one previous Olympics, in 1998 in Nagano, Japan. The Americans finished out of the medals there, and Schneider, a defenseman who has scored nearly 200 goals during an 18-year NHL career, did not score.

Tale Of The Torchbearer

02/24/2006
Staff Writer
Turin, Italy: Vladimir Prikuptes brought his own Olympic torch to the Winter Games. Prikupets, a 74-year-old native of Odessa who immigrated to San Francisco in 1975, for the past two weeks here has shlepped in a navy blue pouch a curving, polished silver torch he had bought after serving as a torchbearer before the Athens Olympics in 2004. He held it up, unlit, during the opening ceremonies here as his personal, silent statement in memory of the victims of persecution.

Pay Attention To Afghanistan

10/21/2009

The Obama administration’s reassessment of U.S. policy in Afghanistan has generated scant interest in a Jewish community preoccupied with Iran. That inattention could prove costly. How America deals with a worsening situation in the Afghan war, now in its eighth year, will affect U.S. options in Iran, the direction of the war on terrorism and a much broader range of foreign policy matters.
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