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Federation’s ‘Ace’ Giver Remembered

Remembering Alan ‘Ace’ Greenberg, ‘philanthropic giant,’ ‘role model’ and ‘mensch.’

07/29/2014
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For more than two recent decades, the top contributors to the UJA-Federation of New York’s annual campaign would gather one evening every fall at a handsome Upper East Side apartment for the drive’s kickoff. Alan “Ace” Greenberg and his wife Kathryn would stand at their door, welcoming guests to what came to be known as “the Greenberg event,” a combination cocktail party and fundraiser that every year raised tens of millions of dollars and set the tone for the next months of solicitations for the philanthropy.

Alan “Ace” Greenberg, a native of Oklahoma City who made his fortune here, was a generous contributor to UJA-Federation.

Writer Bel Kaufman Dies At 103

07/28/2014
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Writer Bel Kaufman,  granddaughter of Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem, has died.

Three IDF Soldiers Killed In Gaza Home Explosion

07/24/2014
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Three Israeli soldiers were killed in a Gaza house rigged with explosives.

Seven soldiers also were wounded in Wednesday’s explosion, which caused the house to cave in.

Met Council’s William Rapfogel Sentenced

Former charity CEO faces 16 months to 10 years in prison and a $3 million fine.

07/23/2014
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William Rapfogel, the former chief of New York’s Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, was sentenced to 3 1/3 to 10 years in prison for his role in a kickback scheme.

William E. Rapfogel, left, with attorney Paul L. Shechtman when he pleaded guilty in April. Jefferson Siegel Pool Photo

Tethered To Nadine Gordimer

For a South African-born ex-pat novelist, the Nobel Prize-winner casts a long shadow.

07/23/2014
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It’s hard for me to imagine a world without Nadine Gordimer. With her death on July 13 at the age of 90, a towering moral presence has been lost. Though physically small in stature, she cast a long shadow — stern, fierce, endowed with an unflinching humanism. The depth and scope of her literary achievements coupled with her commitment to a more just society in South Africa earned her a Nobel Prize for literature in 1991, the first ever awarded to a South African.

Fault Lines Open As Civilian Deaths Mount

Jewish left voices concern over loss of life as polls show strong support for Israel.

07/23/2014
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The divisions in the Jewish community over the war in Gaza broke into the open this week as the number of Israeli soldiers killed reached 27 by Tuesday night and the number of Palestinian deaths neared 600.

Thousands of pro-Israel supporters rallied Sunday in Times Square. Getty Images

In Face of Israel Flight Bans, Aliyah Persists

War bride, toddler twins, and over 200 others land in Tel Aviv hours before rocket attack one mile away.

07/23/2014
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Ilana Barta, a 23-year-old from Teaneck, N.J., walked off the plane at Ben-Gurion International Airport Tuesday morning with her wedding dress in hand. Her fiancé, a 22-year-old from Efrat, is an officer in the Paratrooper unit currently on active duty in Gaza. Though she hasn’t heard from him since the ground operation began, their wedding is scheduled for Aug. 17.

Still arriving, despite the war in Gaza. Courtesy of Nefesh B’Nefesh
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Israel’s Winning Hearts And Minds

Polls show major U.S. groups backing Israel.

07/23/2014
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Israel is not only winning the war in Gaza but the hearts and minds of Americans. Two polls conducted by CNN and the Pew Research Center reveal support for Israel that is solid among virtually every age, race, political party or religion. Pew found 51 percent of Americans sympathetic to Israel, only 14 percent sympathetic to the Palestinians (with the rest answering “both,” neither or “don’t know”), while CNN found 57 percent of Americans saying Israel’s military actions are “justified” and 34 percent saying Israel was “unjustified.”

On Facebook, A Push For Tolerance Grows

‘Jews And Arabs Refuse To Be Enemies’ uses interfaith photos to show peaceful coexistence in action.

07/22/2014
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A hashtag won’t solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But it’s good to know that even as rage and hatred continue to drive the conversation on the ground, on social media a movement for a saner discourse is growing.

Two Hunter College students have created a Facebook page to celebrate understanding between Jews and Arabs. Via Facebook.com
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Brooklyn Baby Named For 3 Murdered Israeli Teens

07/15/2014
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A Brooklyn baby was named Eyal Gilad Naftali in memory of the three murdered Israeli teens.

The name was announced at the baby’s bris on Monday, according to the NRG news website. He is the son of Yankee and Bina Teitelbaum, who live in the Crown Heights neighborhood.

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