Ariel Sharon dies at 85

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Ariel Sharon, former prime minister of Israel, a fierce warrior and military leader who was known as both the patron of Israel’s settlement drive and the man who uprooted those same settlements, died Saturday. He was 85 and had been in a coma since suffering a series of strokes in 2006. Sharon was known for… Read More

Police: Caleb Jacoby found safe in NYC

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NEW YORK (JTA) The police department in Brookline, Mass., said JTA that 16-year-old Caleb Jacoby has been found safe in New York City. Jacoby, an 11th-grader at the Maimonides School in suburban Boston, had been missing since midday on Jan. 6. The case drew national attention, in part because the youth is the son of… Read More

Israel’s Opposition Leader Holds Out Safety Net

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Since he became head of Israel’s Labor Party in November, Isaac Herzog has positioned himself as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s safety net. If Netanyahu comes home with a peace deal with the Palestinians and his right wing bolts, Herzog will likely come to the prime minister’s aid. And as the leader of Israel’s opposition, Herzog… Read More

MLA to Consider Anti-Israel Resolution

The Modern Language Association, perhaps best known for its rulings on writing style and bibliographical usage by English-language students, researchers and professors the world over, is wading once again into the murky pool of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. At the group’s convention in Chicago this month, members of its Delegate Assembly reportedly will vote on a… Read More

Soup Night!

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Do you remember the folk tale about Stone Soup? Two hungry soldiers tricked a village into adding ingredients until they had a delicious pot of soup made from a stone. It’s one of my favorite stories, and soup is one of my favorite foods, especially at this time of year. Gathering friends, family and neighbors… Read More

Day Schools Try To Put New Face On Financial Aid

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Tehiyah Day School in El Cerrito, Calif., had a problem. Like many Jewish day schools throughout North America, Tehiyah had plenty of students from lower-income families and a number from affluent ones. But it couldn’t seem to recruit and retain many middle-class students, even as it devoted increasing amounts to financial aid. Middle-class parents “felt… Read More

A Responsibility To One Another

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Home, as the popular expression goes, is where the heart is. Another one has it as where you hang your hat. Beyond the address where you live, home is where both your mind and your heart dwell. It can be a physical location — a house is the first thing that comes to mind —… Read More

Alice E. Krupsaw, 106

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When she passed away on Dec. 16 at the age of 106, Alice E. Krupsaw was one of the less than .02 percent of people in the United States whose lives reach the century mark. But to family and friends, she was one in a million. A retired federal government worker, Krupsaw was a resident… Read More

She Does It All

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For the residents of Weinberg Terrace and Weinberg Gardens, Raisa Massuda doesn’t just help them with their finances and party planning, she brings life to the tall brick towers. “She’s just a lovable lady,” said Beatrice Petty, a resident of Weinberg Gardens. “I’m truly blessed to have her.” As resident service coordinator at the senior… Read More

Holocaust Survivors Teach Israeli Chefs

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When Itzik Yaacobi was a hungry teenager in the Auschwitz concentration camp, he used to dream about food he didn’t have — a pear, an apple, a watermelon — but he never dreamed that one day he would cook with a dean of Israeli chefs, in this case Shalom Kadosh. Yaacobi is sitting in Kadosh’s… Read More