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Two Thousand Remember The Six Million

04/29/2009
Staff Writer
The numbers of Holocaust survivors decreases each year, but the numbers who remember the Holocaust victims each year remains constant in New York City. Some 2,000 people — survivors, their descendants and members of the wider Jewish community — come together every year during the week of Yom HaShoah in the sanctuary of the Upper East Side’s Congregation Emanu-El for the Annual Gathering of Remembrance, the city’s oldest and largest Holocaust memorial ceremony.

Remembering A People’s Losses

04/22/2009
Staff Writer
Time doesn’t stand still every year on the 27th day of Nissan, but part of Israel does. On Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, at the annual time established by the Knesset in 1951 to memorialize the Jewish people’s collective losses at the hands of the Nazis, restaurants and entertainment venues are closed, Israeli television carries introspective programming and most Israelis stop whatever they are doing when air-raid sirens sound throughout the land.

NEW: Jet Fans' Dilemma: Pigskin or Shul

04/15/2009
Staff Writer
The New York Jets home season will start off poorly this year for some Jewish fans. And at least one of them insists that the Jets knew about a scheduling conflict with the Jewish calendar and did not take action until now.

In White Mountains, Miles To Go Before We Meet

04/14/2009
Staff Writer
North Conway, N.H. — Karen Eisenberg brought the homemade chopped liver. Joan Kurz brought a bagful of bottled gefilte fish. Suzie Laskin, the charoset. And other women came to Maestro’s Italian restaurant last week, carrying yom tov staples, as the sun set over the White Mountains. It was time for the second-night seder of Chavurah HeHarim, the Jewish community of rural east-central New Hampshire and western Maine, and the restaurant staff had prepared a meal of roast chicken, tsimmes and chametz-free chocolate cake.

A Hyundai Day School?

04/14/2009
Staff Writer
A no-frills day school is the third proposal by parents in New Jersey’s Bergen County this year to offer intensive but affordable Jewish education. The initiative, outlined last week at an “exploratory meeting” in Englewood, would establish a day school with an annual tuition below $10,000, larger class size than at most day schools, and fewer costly expenditures like extracurricular activities and state-of-the-art technology.

... And Butterflies, Too

04/14/2009
Staff Writer
The library of Houston’s Holocaust Museum looks like a butterfly refuge. An artist’s vision of a butterfly refuge, that is. Hanging from the ceiling, nailed to the walls, sitting on the floor are butterflies fashioned from paper, papier-mache, stained glass and other media. The art works are among the early submissions in a long-term Butterfly Project initiated by the 13-year-old institution.

Crayons And Buttons:The New ‘Paper Clips’ ...

04/14/2009
Staff Writer
It’s the second generation of “Paper Clips.” A decade after the project conducted by middle school students in rural Tennessee to collect six million paper clips — in memory of the Jewish victims of the Holocaust — caught the public’s attention and became the subject of a 2004 documentary, several Jewish institutions are conducting their own collection drives. This time, it’s crayons and buttons. This time, it’s for the 1.5 million Jewish children who perished in the Shoah.

“Thank You” In New Delhi

04/08/2009
Staff Writer
Over the decades, the Dalai Lama, exiled leader of Tibet’s Buddhist community, has maintained an ongoing dialogue with the international Jewish community — in New York City, in Washington, in Jerusalem and in India, where he has lived for the last half-century. Last week the Dalai Lama’s Jewish outreach continued.

‘Rav’s’ Haggadah Is Hot Order

04/01/2009
Staff Writer
Each year one of the unofficial Passover traditions is the Haggadah-sales competition. New and old Haggadot, many of them issued by established publishers, vie for shoppers’ favor. This year a new Haggadah under a new imprint appears to be winning.

For Liberal Jews, Sunup On A Rare Ritual

03/24/2009
Staff Writer
At sunrise on April 8, the eve of Passover, a group of Jews from the Upper West Side will gather on the roof of the JCC in Manhattan. Organized by Hazon, the New York-based group that works for a “more sustainable Jewish community,” the early-morning risers will say some prayers, do some yoga and burn some chametz.

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