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`Voice Of The Hebrew Nation’

11/22/2002
Staff Writer
Maj. Aubrey Eban was to give a speech in 1950, and Fabian Schonfeld, a young rabbi who had moved recently to New York City from his native England, made sure he was near a radio. Mr. Eban, still known by his rank in the wartime British army and his original first name, was Israel’s wunderkind, at 35 ambassador to the United Nations and to the United States.

Their Birthright Is Tight Security

01/11/2002
Staff Writer
Jerusalem — Diana Normatov, a Queens College junior, signed up last summer for her first visit to Israel this month. Then she had second thoughts about taking part in the program sponsored by birthright israel. The intifada raged, in Israel and on CNN. Scenes of Palestinian carnage throughout the country scared her and other prospective tourists. “I was almost not going,” she admits. Her mother had an opinion. “My mother said ‘no.’ ” But Diana’s father had the last word; he told her to go.

Rites Of Triumph (part 1)

08/22/2001
Staff Writer
First came the dogs. At 5, two years after he was diagnosed with a deadly brain tumor, Spenser Scharfman had developed a love for animals, and he told his parents he wanted a pet. “When you’re 7, we’ll get you a dog,” they told him. “We had no idea what that meant,” Stewart Scharfman says — they didn’t think Spenser would survive two more years.

Storm Of Charity

11/20/1998
Staff Writer
More than nearly $400,000 and one poem. That is the response of the American Jewry to the hurricane Mitch, which left 11,000 dead, 6,000 missing and 3,000,000 homeless in Central America. National Jewish organizations report they have raised a total of $372,800 for relief efforts in the region in the two weeks since Mitch struck. The largest amount, $259,800, has been collected by American Jewish World Service.

‘I Saw Houses Turned Over’

11/13/1998
Staff Writer
Philip Gelman knew, even before he stepped on a Tegucigalpa-bound American Airlines flight last week, that the synagogue and most other buildings in the capital of Honduras had suffered heavy damage during Hurricane Mitch.But he wasn’t prepared to see it. “Fortunately, it was dark” when the Manhattan native, president of the Jewish community in Tegucigalpa, returned to Honduras. “Part of me really didn’t want to see what was here.”

Check On Anti-Semitism

01/23/2008
Staff Writer
Bobby Fischer, the eccentric chess champion who was born into a Jewish family but became an outspoken anti-Semite as he aged, spent some time at Yeshiva University four decades ago. Actually, an hour. In 1963, Fischer, at 19 already an international grandmaster and U.S. champion, was invited to play the members of the Yeshiva College Chess Club — all 30 simultaneously. Thirty boards were set up around the YU dining hall; Fischer walked from table to table, moving his pieces.

A Lesson In Politics

01/23/2008
Staff Writer
Binyamina, a town near Haifa, and its most famous native son, have both grown over the last six decades. Binyamina’s most famous native son is now Israel’s prime minister. Ehud Olmert returned to his childhood elementary school this week and gave a third-grade class a surprise 40-minute lesson on civics on Tu b’Shevat and the Knesset’s 59th anniversary.

Rabbi Sholom Klass, 83;

01/21/2000
Staff Writer
Rabbi Sholom Klass, who founded The Jewish Press 40 years ago and built the weekly newspaper into a leading, and often controversial, voice of the Orthodox community, died this week at Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn after a long illness. He was 83 and lived in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn. Rabbi Klass, who grew up in Williamsburg, was ordained by Yeshiva Torah Vodaath. He was a co-publisher of The Brooklyn Daily newspaper before starting The Jewish Press in 1960.

Irving Stone, 90

01/21/2000
Staff Writer
Irving Stone, a greeting card executive and philanthropist who funded the best-selling, modern English translation of the Torah, died Monday at University Hospitals in Cleveland after a long illness. He was 90. Mr. Stone, founder-chairman of American Greetings Corp. in Cleveland, endowed four major educational programs at Yeshiva University and supported a wide variety of Jewish and Israeli causes.

Anti-Semitism ‘No Motive’ In Abortion Slayings

11/06/1998
Staff Writer
Jewish physicians who perform abortions are not being singled out for attack by anti-abortion extremists, although some anti-abortion literature does contain a frightening amount of anti-Semitic references, spokesmen for abortion groups and Jewish organizations agree.
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