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Welcome To The 10-Hour Commute

07/07/2000
Staff Writer
Izhar Shay travels between Israel and the United States so often (every two weeks) he has two cell phones. Rafi Epstein, who flies between the two countries each month or two for a week, used to have two business cards with his different addresses but found "two mail boxes and two fax numbers" too confusing. Irving Gutman is back and forth to Israel so often from his Dix Hills, L.I., home (every two weeks) that he recognizes many of the El Al flight attendants.

Slifka: The Case For Coexistence

06/23/2000
Staff Writer
Alan Slifka of Manhattan is founder and president of the 11-year-old Abraham Fund, which funds programs in Israel that promote coexistence between Jewish and Arab Israelis. Slifka recently received a citation for the nonprofit organizationís work from Knesset Speaker Avrum Burg and Rabbi Michael Melchior, minister of diaspora social affairs. Jewish Week: The Abraham Fund has funded 500 Jewish-Arab organizations and programs over the years, but many Israelis still do not appear to respect differences.

Graduations With A Shoah Theme

06/23/2000
Staff Writer
"My mother was killed in Auschwitz. If David Irving had won, my mother would have been a victim a second time! So too would everybody else who perished there." "Congratulations on achieving not only the ruling in your favor, but also the justice for survivors."

A Boost For Survivors

06/06/2003
Staff Writer
There will be an extra $15 million for the care of needy Holocaust survivors worldwide as a result of a settlement by German insurance companies of heirless Holocaust-era Jewish insurance policies. But a representative of a survivorsí organization said even more money could become available if the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany were to release some of the $250 million it has set aside for the long-term care of survivors.

N.Y. Investing In Israel

05/16/2003
Staff Writer
With tourism to Israel and investments in industry there only a fraction of what they once were, New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi is joining with other investors in giving the Israeli economy a boost through an infusion of $250 million.

Orthodox Eyeing Hard Liquor Ban

05/09/2003
Staff Writer
Saying there is "a serious problem" in the Orthodox community with "weekend alcoholics," the president of the Orthodox movement's Rabbinical Council of America plans to ask colleagues to consider restricting hard liquor in their synagogues for any and all occasions. Rabbi Hershel Billet of the Young Israel of Woodmere, L.I., an 800-member congregation that instituted its own ban on hard liquor for the first time last weekend, said he planned to issue the call at the groupís annual national convention at the Rye Town Hilton at the end of this month.

Conservatives Helping Their Own

05/02/2003
Staff Writer
A request for financial assistance from the Masorti (Conservative) movement in Israel has prompted the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism to develop a major initiative that would encourage Conservative Jews to contribute to the movement's programs worldwide.

Attorneys Analyze Strategy

05/02/2003
Staff Writer
Lemrick Nelson's surprising admission that he killed Yankel Rosenbaum in a drunken stupor was his only possible defense, according to the former Brooklyn U.S. attorney whose office successfully convicted Nelson in 1997.

Connecting To Israel

04/25/2003
Staff Writer
Carole Solomon declined when asked if she and her husband would join a Jewish federation "leadership" trip to Israel during a cease-fire in the Yom Kippur War. "I said no because I had two little kids," Solomon, a self-described "very assimilated" fifth-generation German Jew, recalled of the 1973 invitation. "But this person said this was an opportunity to witness history. If you go, he said, you will never forget it, and if you don't go, you won't remember what you stayed home for."

The Last Isaac Bashevis Singer Story

12/04/1997
Associate Editor
Isaac Bashevis Singer sleeps in a cemetery plot as salacious as the plots contrived by the demons in his own short stories: He shares an earthly bed with his wife, her first husband, and her first husband’s second wife. To add to this witches brew, the tombstone calls Singer the winner of not the Nobel Prize but the Noble Prize, as if some yenta in Miami was describing his award. If you were Singer’s restless soul, no doubt you’d also fly away from that New Jersey cemetery to be with your old friend Dvorah Telushkin.
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