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Accused SS Guard Leaves U.S.

06/28/2002
Staff Writer
Michael Gruber, who was accused of serving as an SS guard at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp in Germany during World War II, returned to Austria last week, two years after a Manhattan Immigration Court ruled that he should be deported. Gruber, 86, a retired auto body worker who lived in New City in Rockland County, is a native of Croatia with Austrian citizenship.

A Romantic Ring

06/21/2002
Staff Writer
Eyal Nayowitz was a member of the Torah Academy of Bergen County basketball team seven years ago, but he wasn't playing that October afternoon at Westchester Hebrew High School when he was introduced to Cheryl Bausk, a student at the Mamaroneck school. He was recovering from minor hand surgery; he showed up at the game as a spectator; his friend Elon Soniker thought Eyal and Cheryl might like each other. Soniker's judgment was good.

The Jewish MacArthur Award

06/21/2002
Staff Writer
Sometime next December, somewhere in the world, someone will receive an unexpected phone call with a reason to celebrate: actually, 100,000 reasons.

Helping Hand For Argentina

06/21/2002
Staff Writer
The last time Rabbi Daniel Goldman, spiritual leader of the largest synagogue in Argentina, came to New York, he spoke at a Congregation B'nai Jeshurun shabbaton, describing the deteriorating economic situation of Argentine Jewry. That was in early December, two weeks before Argentina's economy collapsed into a black hole of unemployment and looting. This weekend Rabbi Goldman returns to B'nai Jeshurun. And, said Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein, the synagogue's Argentina-born senior rabbi, "the situation is even worse."

Torah: Prescription For Health

06/14/2002
Staff Writer
First there was bad news, in a hospital, a few months ago: Yoav Aburas, 3 years old, had cancer. Then there was good news, in a dream: Yoav saw himself holding a white Torah scroll that would heal him. He told his parents. And he told them again. "Nobody listened because it was a dream," says Rabbi Simcha Scholar, executive vice president of Chai Lifeline, the organization for children with life-threatening illnesses that found a sefer Torah for Yoav two days after receiving his request.

Where were you or your loved ones on 9-11?

06/10/2002
Staff Writer
Where were you or your loved ones on 9-11? The Jewish Week, for an upcoming anniversary issue about the tragedy, is collecting memories of people who were affected by the terrorism, or were involved afterwards. If you would like to share your story, please contact Steve Lipman at (212) 921-7822, ext. 236; stevel@jewishweek.org. Or write him at The Jewish Week, 1501 Broadway, New York, NY 10036.

Politics From The Pulpit

06/07/2002
Staff Writer
In a New Jersey synagogue last Shabbat, a rabbi urged his congregants to attend a local fund-raising event for Rep. Tom DeLay, conservative Republican and House majority whip. In a Riverdale shul, a rabbi lauded the efforts of City Councilman Oliver Koppell, who introduced a bill to brand the Palestinian Authority a terrorist organization.

Keyes Doesn't Fit

06/07/2002
Staff Writer
Some MSNBC viewers want to throw away the Keyes. Arab Americans and other critics of Israeli policies who are fed up with the staunchly pro-Israel stance of Alan Keyes have started an on-line petition drive to get the talk-show host and former presidential candidate (or his views) off NBC's news channel. MSNBC learned about the campaign from Keyes supporters, not his detractors.

Tolerance On Ice

06/07/2002
Staff Writer
It was a usual scene in a locker room at the Chelsea Piers hockey rink Sunday morning. Two teenagers sat next to each other, removing their pads and uniforms, discussing a late-game lapse that allowed the only goal surrendered in their team's 9-1 victory. But something was unusual: One of the players was an Orthodox Jew, a student at the Ramaz day school on the Upper East Side; his teammate was black, a Catholic who studies cross town at St. Agnes Boys High School.

Taking A Crack At Mah Jong

06/07/2002
Staff Writer
What happens when East meets West? When they meet on the Lower East Side, they play mah jong. Or mah jongg. About 700 participants in the second annual Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Block Party, sponsored by the Eldridge Street Project, learned on Sunday that the game has two spellings. And two sets of rules. "The Western version has one 'g.' The Chinese spell it with two," says Rebecca Faulkner, a staff member at the project, whose aunt, Sheila Solomon, right, came from upstate Suffern to try her hand at the tiles game.
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