Friday, April 18, 2014 Nisan 18, 5774

By:
Aaron Passman
Standing in a circle of light on a small, bare stage, Greg Aguela told an audience of nearly 50 people how he'd found God at the Western Wall. "It wasn't necessarily cool to be a Jew" growing up, he explained in a rhythmic, spoken-word piece. Aguela told how he never particularly embraced or identified with his own Jewish heritage, but...
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Dina Kraft, JTA
TEL AVIV On April 28, a white-haired former shipmate propped a gold-fringed, pale-blue flag of the legendary Exodus ship next to the coffin of its commander, Yossi Harel. A short distance away sparkled the azure Mediterranean Sea, whose waters Harel sailed four times on clandestine journeys between 1945 and 1948. Those journeys brought a total of 24,000 Holocaust survivors to...
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Elliot Jager, Jewish Exponent Feature
Shmuel Katz, believed to be the last surviving member of Israel's first Knesset, died May 9 at Tel Aviv's Ichilov Hospital. He was 93. Katz was one of the last remaining links to the Zionist Revisionist icon, Ze'ev Jabotinsky, and himself a towering figure and a mighty pen of the Zionist Right. Among the mourners at the Hayarkon Cemetery in...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg
Elkins Park resident and 2007 Cheltenham High School graduate Saul Zebovitz said he was looking for a different way to spend his summer before heading off to Dartmouth College in New Hampshire in the fall. Zebovitz noted that he accomplished numerous things in high school -- he became an Eagle Scout, was active in United Synagogue Youth and earned a...
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I've already reviewed a half-dozen books published to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Israel's founding, but this oral history by Deborah Hart Strober and Gerald S. Strober -- titled Israel at 60 and published by John Wiley & Sons -- has become an instant favorite. It's not just the number of different people the authors spoke to that makes this...
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