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Saving Vilna’s Jewish Books

11/28/2007
Staff Writer
In a White House ceremony earlier this month, President George W. Bush honored several Jewish intellectuals who are authors of prominent books, and one Jewish New Yorker who helped save thousands and thousands of Jewish books.

Israelis Tackle New League

11/07/2007
Staff Writer
How do you say “tackle” in Hebrew? It’s tek’l, the Israeli pronunciation of the English term, and Israeli sports fans will have growing opportunities to say it — the FieldTurf Israel Football League, the country’s first tackle football league, will kick off Nov. 16, when Big Blue Jerusalem hosts Dancing Camel HaSharon at the Kraft Family Stadium in Jerusalem.

A Century Of Scholarship

11/07/2007
Staff Writer
Rabbi Moshe Carmilly of the Upper West Side is celebrating his birthday early and often, and internationally, this year. The first birthday party was thrown last month in Romania by a Jewish studies institute at the University of Babes-Bolyai in Cluj that bears his name. A second event, a festive Kiddush, will be hosted on Saturday at Congregation Shearith Israel, Rabbi Carmilly’s synagogue. Imagine the celebration on his actual birthday, next April 7, when he turns 100.

Funding For The Future

10/11/2007
Staff Writer
The latest edition of a guide issued by and for young Jewish philanthropists offers a look at their vision of the Jewish future, and it is one of interfaith marriages, social justice and Jewish culture.

A Taste of Africa In Israel

10/11/2007
Staff Writer
The names in the news in Israel in recent days are Rambo, Shelly and Tibor. No last names. They are, respectively, two giraffes and a white rhinoceros. Rambo and Shelly, 2-year-old giraffes born in Jerusalem’s Biblical Zoo, found a new home last week at the Ramat Gan Safari Park near Tel Aviv. The previous week, Tanda gave birth to Tibor, the first baby rhino born in the safari park in 15 years. Mother and calf were reported in good health.

A Forest Of Symbols In Tel Aviv

09/20/2007
Staff Writer
Tishrei, the time of tzedakah in Israel, took symbolic form in Tel Aviv this week. During the Ten Days of Repentance, when the crucial role of charity assumes a prominent role in the High Holy Days liturgy, when the yom tov expenses of Jewish households rise dramatically, the Latet organization brought the concept to one of Israel’s central gathering places — through cardboard cutouts. Latet, which feeds the poor, conducted its annual, nationwide fundraising campaign by erecting thousands of white, cardboard images, in human shapes, in Rabin Square.

Closer To God, Far from Shul

09/06/2007
Staff Writer
Steve Solinga, 47-year-old tax attorney and baal teshuvah for a few years, passed all the familiar places and all the familiar faces during his morning strolls on Rosh HaShanah last year. Outside the Young Israel of New Rochelle, his congregation, he greeted his friends. “It felt funny walking past the shul when everybody was there,” he says. Solinga didn’t stop walking until he reached a Chinese restaurant. Where he attended High Holy Days services.

New WJC Exec: Lauder To Head Restitution Effort

08/26/2007
Staff Writer
The new top leadership team of the embattled World Jewish Congress will head to Eastern Europe soon to re-energize stalled negotiations over Holocaust-era restitution payments, Michael Schneider, the group’s next secretary general, said this week. The political discussions will represent a return by the WJC, perceived as rudderless in recent years, to the activity that cemented its reputation as a representative of Jewish interests.

WJC Hot Seat For JDC Vet?

08/17/2007
Staff Writer
In the late 1970s the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the New York-based organization that supports Jewish life in small communities around the world, needed someone to head its office in Tehran. Two JDC staffers told Ralph Goldman, the Joint’s executive vice president, that he should consider Michael Schneider, a social worker in London. After a four-hour interview with Schneider, a native of South Africa who left his homeland to escape arrest for anti-apartheid activities, Goldman offered him the job in Iran.

Gentrification Eats Up Kosher Bakery

06/22/2007
Staff Writer
For the last 20 years, lunchtime for Rabbi T. has meant a two-and-a-half block walk from one Lower East Side institution, Mesivta Tifereth Jerusalem, the yeshiva where he teaches Talmud, to Gertel’s, a kosher bakery where he buys a snack and sits at a small table, reviewing a Hebrew text. (Many members of the haredi community are publicity-shy.) Starting Monday, Rabbi T. will have to get his lunch somewhere else.
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