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At IDF Dinner, The Story of Dani's Medal

04/29/2014
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Yael Schiffenbauer came from Israel last month for the annual New York dinner of Friends of the IDF. At the dinner, she shared the story of her husband, Dani, and the medal FIDF awarded him.

Yael Schiffenbauer and Arthur Stark at Friends of IDF dinner. Courtesy of FIDF

Saluting Our Military Chaplains

04/25/2014
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On Wednesday of this week, in Philadelphia, I was saddened but honored to be a co-officiant at the funeral service for Rabbi Aaron Landes, a prominent rabbi in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania for many years. Both as President of the Rabbinical Assembly and as a long-time friend of the family – his in-laws had been members of my congregation for over fifty years – it was a deeply meaningful experience for me.

Lieutenant Yonatan Warren (r) in Pohang, South Korea last week. Courtesy of Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Swiss Cinnamon Crisps

Enjoy the return to chametz with this fun, quick cookie.

Jewish Week Online Columnist

A friend recently told me that she loves my blog, but that she only makes the recipes that are easy and have a high yield. I get it; I happen to like spending time in the kitchen, but many people want to get in and out as quickly as possible.

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For the Cookies:
1 cup (16 tablespoons/200g) butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
Zest of 1 lemon (about 1 tablespoon)
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon
For the Cinnamon Topping:
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk (or substitute soy milk or orange juice)
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon

Going To Bat For The Rescuers

Stanlee Stahl runs the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, which provides financial support to gentiles who rescued Jews.

04/24/2014
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Stanlee Stahl has been executive vice president of the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous since 1992. Since 1986, the organization has provided $34 million in financial support to more than 2,500 gentiles who rescued Jews during the Holocaust. Currently JFR supports 654 rescuers in 22 countries, with the vast proportion living in Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus and Hungary. The foundation also runs a Holocaust education program that has trained more than 400 middle and high school teachers from the U.S. and Eastern Europe since 2000. On the eve of Yom HaShoah, The Jewish Week caught up with Stahl for a wide-ranging discussion on the rescuers she’s met and the impact of the group’s education program. This is an edited transcript.

Jewish Foundation for the Righteous’ Stanlee Stahl: Rescuers “were people like us.”
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