Wednesday, January 28, 2015 Shevat 8, 5775
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Ryan Teitman, JE Staff
Judy Meisel told her story to a room filled with Catholic school teachers: She spoke of how she was taken from her native Lithuania to the Stutthof concentration camp in Poland; how she managed to escape a death march after Allied aircraft mistakenly bombed them; and how she finally fled to Denmark, where a couple nursed her back to health...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
While riding on a bus in Jerusalem in May 2003, Steve Averbach noticed something strange about a Chasidic Jew seated nearby: A bulge was visible from underneath his jacket. Other passengers soon realized the possibility that the man was a suicide bomber, and began to take cover by ducking behind seats. Trained to fight terrorism as an Israel Defense Force...
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More than two years after the Presbyterian Church USA angered many Jews by issuing a strong rebuke of Israel at its national general assembly, a group of clergy representing the 2.5-million-member Presbyterian denomination concluded a series of consultations with Jewish leaders that organizers hoped would lay the groundwork for better relations between the two religious communities. "We are really at...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
When she arrived at Villanova University last year for her first days of college, Dana Tartazky had good reason to feel a bit more anxious than the average student. "I was shaking," she admitted. "I couldn't talk. I was in shock." For Tartazky, who grew up in Haifa, Israel, it was the first time that she had ever been to...
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Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
It took Maxine Chalker nearly 40 years to muster up the courage to face her past. Even then, finding her biological family wasn't so easy: It required tracking down the judge who approved her adoption, writing to dozens of churches in Philadelphia, and waiting for months to get answers. The investigation paid off. Chalker, who was born Christian, but adopted...
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