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On The Right Track

02/17/2006
Staff Writer
Turin, Italy This time Adam Rosen heard from the American coaches.

Rabbi Feivel Wagner, 58; Forest Hills Leader

02/17/2006
Staff Writer
Rabbi Feivel Wagner, spiritual leader of the Young Israel of Forest Hills, Queens, for more than two decades, died Feb. 7 in Booth Memorial Hospital from injuries he had suffered two days earlier during a fall in his Forest Hills home. He was 58. About 2,000 congregants and members of the community attended the funeral for Rabbi Wagner in the synagogue, many listening to the service broadcast outside on loudspeakers, before the rabbi's body was flown to Jerusalem for burial, said Nechemia Reiss, executive director of the congregation.

Racing To Rescue Falash Mura

02/17/2006
Staff Writer
In a small village in the Gondar section of northern Ethiopia, Joel Tauber witnessed a reunion last week. An Ethiopian Jew who left that village as a child two decades ago, walking hundreds of miles to neighboring Sudan to join an airlift that brought him and thousands of other Ethiopian Jews to Israel, returned home. With emotional hugs he met some old friends, members of Ethiopia's Falash Mura community, who are still living in the village.

Warm Weather At Olympics? Snow Problem For Israel!

02/10/2006
Staff Writer
Torino has had an unusually mild winter this year. Not enough snow. Which could spell bad news for the XX Winter Olympics, whose skiing events will take place on the Alps near the Piedmont city. For snow, Olympic officials turned to a seemingly unlikely spot: Israel. Bermad Control Valves, a kibbutz-based firm that usually makes products for warm-weather irrigation, supplied a key element of the man-made snow that will cover the mountainsides during the Games.

A Partisan Comic Strip

02/10/2006
Staff Writer
A U.S. Army reconnaissance unit parachutes into Vilna in 1943. Surrounded by the Nazi and Russian armies, under heavy shelling, the American soldiers rendezvous with a Lithuanian partisan, a bearded hulk of a man named Bear. Stepping out of the rubble, Bear declares "We got package for you, very valuable, very ... breakable."

Gold Medal For Conscience

02/03/2006
Staff Writer
Lake Placid, N.Y. If the United States has a winter sports capital, it is this hilly village 40 miles from the Canadian border and site of two Winter Olympics. And if this capital has its 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., it is 218 Main St., across from the shore of Mirror Lake, where the Olympic Center skating rink is located, where the "Miracle on Ice" gold medal victory of the U.S. men's hockey team in the 1980 Games took place, where the Winter Olympics Museum Lake Placid displays the community's proud photographs and artifacts from 1932 and '80.

To Take Or Not To Take

01/27/2006
Staff Writer
A wealthy Jewish businessman makes aliyah and donates to a Jewish cause, but questions arise about the businessman's background and he threatens to withdraw his donation. Then the businessman reconsiders. Often this would take place behind closed doors, away from the public view. When the businessman in question is billionaire Russian financier Arcadi Gaydamak, however, when the donation is $50 million, when the recipient Jewish organization is the quasi-governmental Jewish Agency, it's all been recorded in recent weeks in the Israeli press.

Who'd A Dunk It?

01/05/2006
Staff Writer
The Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe who brought their ethnic fare to the United States in the late 19th century probably couldn't foresee salsa bagels or reduced carb bagels. They also couldn't predict that a doughnut manufacturer would become the world's No. 1 bagel maker. It's happened. The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that Dunkin' Donuts, which bills itself as "the largest coffee and baked goods chain in the world," is now the largest bagel retailer in the world.

The Last 'Good Shabbos'

12/30/2005
Staff Writer
My father would never consider himself a religious man. Born in Berlin in a Jewish household that our family always called the most assimilated of the assimilated, he was raised without a Jewish education; his parents' home had a Christmas tree every December, but no Chanukah menorah. Fleeing with his family in 1938, he made a new life in the United States and established his own family.

To The Publishing House

12/16/2005
Staff Writer
Ruth Gruber, author of 17 books, many with a Jewish theme, knows that it takes a long time for even veteran writers to have a book published in this country.
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