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Still Reeling From Ike

12/10/2008
Staff Writer
Galveston, Texas — Shabbat services in a synagogue lobby. Volunteers fixing cemetery gravestones. A Jewish federation budget meeting. Those are the signs of damage, and of recovery, in Southwest Texas three months after Hurricane Ike, the Category 2 storm that ranked as the worst to strike the United States this year and the third worst ever.

This Year In Jerusalem

12/03/2008
Staff Writer
For two millennia the Jews of Ethiopia celebrated a unique holiday, Sigd, 50 days after Yom Kippur, which marked the ancient giving of the Torah by reciting Psalms, fasting, dancing, hiking to the nearest mountain and longing to return to the Promised Land. Now returned to the land of Israel, Ethiopian Jews continue to celebrate Sigd.

Unlikely Torah Role Models

11/25/2008
Staff Writer
Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin, a Long Island native, has spent nearly three decade as a pulpit rabbi in four states, most recently at the historic The Temple in Atlanta. Now he serves as executive director of Kol Echad, a “transdenominational” adult learning center in Atlanta.

From Israel, With Pride

11/25/2008
Staff Writer
Normally, the image of a soldier in uniform in Germany is frightening to Jews. These pictures are comforting. The uniforms, and the soldiers, are Israeli. Each year Israel sends several hundred active-duty soldiers — most of them sergeants — and police officers to Europe to build ties with the Jewish communities in such countries as Germany, Poland and Hungary, and to give the Israelis an on-site education about the Holocaust.

We’re Growing, Y’All

11/19/2008
Staff Writer
Stuart Rockoff, Southerner by birth and Northerner by education, is one of the most prominent voices of Southern Jewry. Since 2002, he has served as director of the history department at the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life and the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience in Jackson, Miss. The institute provides educational and rabbinic services to isolated Jewish communities, and documents the history of Jews in the South, where nearly 400,000 live. Rockoff was here a few days after the historic presidential election to speak at Village Temple in Manhattan.

A Painful Blast From The Past

11/19/2008
Staff Writer
Nearly three decades after the first fatal attack on French Jewry since World War II, the Jews of France are reliving a horror and expressing thanks. The horror: a terrorist attack on the Rue Copernic synagogue in October 1980 that claimed four lives. The thanks: for the arrest of a Canadian professor accused of the bombing.

Jewish Radio In Johannesburg

11/19/2008
Staff Writer
Kathy Kaler’s mother had a strange dream about her daughter in South Africa a few years ago. She dreamed that she heard her daughter, who worked in marketing in Johannesburg, on the radio. Kaler’s mother’s dream comes true next week. Chai FM, South Africa’s first Jewish radio station, will sign on at 101.9 FM on Dec. 1 at 6 a.m., Johannesburg time. Kaler is its founder and director and host of a talk show.

Israeli (Cyber) Hoop Dreams

11/12/2008
Staff Writer
Steven Minns, a basketball fan in New Jersey, says he had trouble following the exploits of his favorite player, Davon Jefferson, a former star at the University of Southern California now playing professional ball in Israel this season. Then Minns discovered the just-launched Web site, israelifantasyhoops.com.
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