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Jewish archive staying here — for now
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
May 22, 2014

A much-debated artifacts collection from the historical Jewish community in Baghdad that was slated to return to Iraq will remain in the United States for an additional two years, following last week’s announcement of an agreement between Iraqi officials and the U.S. State Department. The agreement extends the exhibit of a selection of the artifacts, CONTINUE »

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Israeli naval ensemble entertains Friends of the Israel Defense Forces
BY Melissa Gerr
May 22, 2014

Four singing privates first class of the Israel Defense Forces Naval Ensemble had the audience clapping, singing and even dancing to the spirited and soulful songs they performed for the approximately 400 attendees in Beth El Congregation’s Offit Auditorium. The event, presented by Friends of the IDF and Beth El Congregation, honored Charlie Levine, founder CONTINUE »

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Chizuk Amuno Hosts Luv2Learn Festival
BY Simone Ellin
May 22, 2014

Middle school students saw the tables turned when they ushered their parents and other adults to their assigned classrooms as part of Chizuk Amuno Congregation’s Luv2Learn Festival on Sunday, May 18. “I think it’s interesting for people who have been out of school so long to come here and get a sense of what it’s CONTINUE »

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BY Heather Norris
May 16, 2014

Long before he trained the horse that won the famed Kentucky Derby earlier this month and became one of the most popular men at this year’s Preakness Stakes, Art Sherman was just another student at Hebrew school in suburban Los Angeles. “It was a little different in that era,” said Sherman, 77, who dropped out CONTINUE »

The city of Shanghai was home to some 20,000 Jews in the years 
during and immediately following World War II. (Provided)
Memorial program addresses Asia’s Jewish refugees
BY Heather Norris
May 15, 2014

The Jewish refugee history of Shanghai will be the topic of choice at the eighth annual Herbert H. and Irma B. Risch Memorial Program on Immigration on Sunday, May 18. “We always think West,” said Rabbi Marvin Tokayer. “We don’t think of Jews being in Bombay or Shanghai.” Tokayer, who spent two years living in CONTINUE »