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A Night Of Guarding

04/25/2003
Staff Writer
A year ago they came to the Park Hotel for the seder, to remember ancient sorrows, the Hebrews' enslavement in ancient Egypt and their eventual liberation. This year the memories (and the wounds) were fresher. A year after the terrorism attack that took 29 lives and wounded 100 and triggered Israel's Operation Defensive Shield against terrorist leaders in the West Bank, Passover was observed again in the resort along the Mediterranean.

Simon Wiesenthal Retiring: Again

04/25/2003
Staff Writer
Simon Wiesenthal, who tracked down Adolf Eichmann in Argentina and has earned the reputation as the world's foremost Nazi hunter, doesn't seem the shy and retiring type. But he retires frequently. The 94-year-old Holocaust survivor, who told a British newspaper two years ago that he was stepping down from his work at his Documentation Center in Vienna, was quoted by an Austrian magazine last week as saying again that his work is done.

Sign Of Harsh Times

03/21/2003
Staff Writer
Clichy-sous-Bois, France: A rabbi is stabbed in nearby Paris and Jack Bouccara thinks about the safety of his own congregation's rabbi. A car explodes near a Jewish school in Paris and Bouccara worries about his synagogue, a three-minute walk from his home. French President Jacques Chirac announces that 700 French synagogues and other Jewish sites will need police protection if the American war against Iraq breaks out, and Bouccara fears that his synagogue might come under attack. Again.

Dangerous Liaisons

03/21/2003
Staff Writer
Paris: Mohamed Sifaoui has a price on his head and a book on the best-seller list. Three years after he left his native Algeria, the Muslim journalist began to serendipitously infiltrate France's extremist Islamic circles last fall. Sifaoui spent four months with the followers of al Qaeda, praying with them and listening to them discuss attacks, secretly taping them. The result was a book and two television documentaries: and a new life as a marked man.

On Solid Ground

03/21/2003
Staff Writer
Yisrael Schachter was a bystander during Operation Torah Shield, when a few hundred students from Yeshiva University and Stern College for Women flew to Israel on the eve of the 1991 Gulf War on a solidarity and learning program. "I was too young," in elementary school, he says. His father, Rabbi Hershel Schachter, a rosh yeshiva at YU, and three sisters joined the mission. During Torah Shield II, during Intifada II a year ago, Schachter was a participant.

Fear Factors

03/14/2003
Staff Writer
Paris: On a pair of aisle seats in the ornate ballroom of City Hall here, with a white-haired cantor intoning in the background and an Israeli flag hanging on the front stage next to the colors of France, Sylvain and Ninette Smadja talked about life for Parisian Jews in recent weeks.

Teaching Safety First

03/14/2003
Staff Writer
In the weeks before Passover, the thoughts of many Jewish families turn to the guests they'll invite to the seders and the holiday dishes they'll shlep out of storage. Some New York Jews will think about appliance cords and electrical outlets. As part of its mandate to educate the Jewish community about fire safety, The Ahava Project will distribute Passover-related safety warnings at several local Jewish day schools prior to the first seder on April 16.

Take My Exodus, Please

03/07/2003
Staff Writer
The suitcase is a fraud. It is small and leather and tattered, sky blue, and Yossi Wassa, sitting on a dark stage, hugs it to his chest. Ethiopian music plays lightly in the background, and Wassa, thin with dreadlocks and open-necked cotton shirt, begins speaking. He talks about his days as a child in a Jewish family in northern Ethiopia, his 430-mile trek by foot and donkey to Sudan, his memories of the Operation Moses airlift to Israel in 1985, his arrival at an absorption center in Netanya. But he came to the Promised Land empty handed. The suitcase is a prop.

The Title Was In The (Tea) Bag

02/26/2003
Staff Writer
Add the Solomon Schechter High School of Long Island thermos to the rally cap and other comeback superstitions. With the Lady Lions trailing the Waldorf School by 10 points at halftime of last week's conference championship game, Leora Gueron brought out the flagon of Lipton tea for the parents in attendance at the Portledge School in Locust Valley, L.I.

Purim On The Frontlines

02/26/2003
Staff Writer
On Purim, a holiday of costumes, many Jews deliver their shaloch manot, packages of food sent to at least two people, while dressed in their yom tov regalia. This year some of Miriam Adani's friends will perform the mitzvah in bulletproof vests. Adani, founder of the independent Yesh Sachar Lefeulatech organization (Hebrew for "There is Reward for Your Action") that sponsors classes and other activities at the Tomb of Rachel in Bethlehem, is organizing shaloch manot deliveries for all the Israeli soldiers serving in the West Bank, Gaza and the Lebanese border.
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