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A Place To Mourn

06/15/2006 - 20:00
Staff Writer
My greatest lesson about graves came in an unlikely place: an airplane terminal. In 1981 I traveled to Israel to cover, among many assignments, the World Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, a once-in-a-lifetime conference/reunion/symposium based at Jerusalem's International Convention Center.

New Life For Ancient Pilgrimage

05/18/2006 - 20:00
Staff Writer
In Arabic, the name al ghriba means the strange one or the marvelous one, but the Al Ghriba Synagogue meant death for 21 people four years ago. The synagogue on Djerba, a southern Tunisian island, was the site of an al Qaeda terrorist attack in April 2002, and Jewish pilgrims who had come for centuries for a two-day Lag B'Omer celebration stopped coming. Tuesday was Lag B'Omer, and the pilgrims came back.

An Attorney Who Never Says Nyet

05/11/2006 - 20:00
Staff Writer
An "accident" of fate recently brought a young Jewish girl from an orphanage in Ukraine to a new life with relatives in Brooklyn.

Mourning 'A Lovely Child'

04/06/2006 - 20:00
Staff Writer
An entire high school sat shiva, symbolically, this week. The 250 high school students at the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester in Hartsdale observed a week of mourning for Lital Gamliel, 18, a senior living in Riverdale. Ms. Gamliel was killed Saturday night when the car driven by her boyfriend, who was drag racing in Yonkers, crossed the road and crashed into oncoming traffic. She was sitting in the passenger seat and died at the scene. Her body was taken for burial to her native Israel.

Breaking The Munich Silence

03/30/2006 - 19:00
Staff Writer
New Haven, Conn. Dan Alon can give two reasons why for 34 years he never spoke about the 1972 Summer Olympics at Munich, where 11 members of the Israeli delegation were killed by Palestinian terrorists, where he was an athlete on the Israeli team, where he was among five Israelis who escaped by jumping to safety off a balcony in the Olympic Village. First, no one asked. "Nobody was interested in what happened to us, the survivors," he said. "The media was concerned about the people who died, about the terrorists, about the Mossad."

Dancing Into Spring

03/30/2006 - 19:00
Staff Writer
They were dancing across from Lincoln Center this week. Nearly 400 amateur Israeli folk dancers from all over the United States. And about 1,000 spectators, who took their turn on the dance floor (an exhibition hall set up for an Israeli vendors' fair) before the 55th annual Israel Folk Dance Festival and Festival of the Arts on Sunday in the auditorium of the Martin Luther King Jr. High School.

Preserving The Lodz Legacy

03/23/2006 - 19:00
Staff Writer
A few thousand high school and university students, joined by politicians, participated Tuesday in an annual International Day of Racism in Lodz, a large Polish city in the center of the country. They listened to lectures, attended concerts and visited houses of worship. Joanna Podolska wasn't among them. Podolska, a Lodz journalist who helped found the Institute of Tolerance that organizes the U.N.-initiated pluralism activities there, missed the event for the first time in its five years: she was in the United States doing research on the Jewish history Lodz.

Operation Bat Mitzvah

03/09/2006 - 19:00
Staff Writer
First came the date for the bat mitzvah. Marcy Marbut and her parents picked that out three years ago. Then the invitations. They were mailed out a month and a half ago. And there was the bat mitzvah tutor, the party planner, the outfit for the simcha and other details. "This was very organized: everything was planned," Marcy said. "The only thing I didn't plan on was getting sick." The snag: a ruptured appendix.

Spreading Wallenberg's Legacy

03/09/2006 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Bengt Olander, a Swede from Gothenburg, had an early education about Raoul Wallenberg, Sweden's hero from the Holocaust. At 7, visiting his grandmother's apartment every day, Olander met a Hungarian woman, one of several refugees from Hungary his grandmother housed after the 1956 Revolution. He noticed something unusual about the woman. "She always looked so sad," Olander recalled. He asked why. She told him she was a Jew who had almost died during the Holocaust.

The Rev. Abraham Lopes Cardozo, 91; Longtime Cantor

03/02/2006 - 19:00
Staff Writer
The Rev. Abraham Lopes Cardozo, a descendant of a prominent Dutch Jewish family who served as a cantor for more than six decades and worked to preserve the musical traditions of Spanish and Portuguese Jewry, died Feb. 21 in Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan. He was 91, and had been in poor health since fracturing a hip last year.
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