Monday, September 1, 2014 Elul 6, 5774

By:
Jared Shelly, JE Feature
As a teenager, Larry Holman entered the U.S. Navy with the idea of serving exactly three years and three days -- and never dreamt of making a career of it. By enlisting just before his 18th birthday in 1958, he was assured that his service would end by age 21; however, the Nebraska native excelled, and was quickly promoted to...
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By:
Ryan Teitman, JE Feature
It was 1908, and the young man was forlorn. The 25-year-old had been in the United States for 16 years, and wanted to marry his girlfriend. But he was worried about an old superstition that a woman who has a dimple in her chin -- as was the case with his girlfriend -- will lose her husband early and tragically...
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By:
Jared Shelly, JE Feature
To be successful in dealing with international adversaries like Iran, the United States must engage in bilateral negotiations, according to Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.). Just this week, the senator's wish for direct talks with Iran came to fruition, though the subjects for discussion at the meeting were strictly relegated to the Iraq war and Iran's suspected involvement in funding, training...
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The new Kesher curriculum for fifth-graders at Temple Judea of Bucks County is aimed at connecting to Israel, and the capstone of the year was a simulated "tour of Israel" given by the students for their families. Zach "Mordecai" Teitel welcomes folks to a replica of the Underwater Observatory Marine Park in Eilat, Israel's southernmost tip. An assortment of "fish"...
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By:
Rachel Silverman, JE Feature
Like many cities in the former Soviet Union, Kerch -- today part of Ukraine -- didn't permit much in the way of Jewish life and practice during the greater part of the 20th century. But after the Ukrainian state declared independence in 1991, a movement for Jewish renewal began, and a congregation was born in the seaport city. According to...
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