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Argentinian Rabbi Abraham Skorka discusses his ongoing interfaith dialogue with Pope Francis
BY Marc Shapiro
November 8, 2013

The pope is almost a mythical figure, a person with celebrity status. But Pope Francis is a humble, genuine man of the people, according to Argentinian Rabbi Abraham Skorka. He first met Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, in the 1990s at a celebration of one of Argentina’s two independence days, where Rabbi Skorka CONTINUE »

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Rear Admiral Herman A. Shilanski to keynote veterans Shabbat
BY Gabriel Lewin
November 7, 2013

For Rear Adm. Herman A. Shilanski, director of the Assessment Division of the U.S. Navy staff, sharing his Judaism with both those in uniform and civilians is a part of his service to his country and to God. On Nov. 9, the Shabbat before Veterans Day, he will be able to do both. Throughout the CONTINUE »

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GA 2013, coined “Global Jewish Shuk,” will focus on issues relevant to Diaspora-Israeli relations
BY Maayan Jaffe
November 7, 2013

Ten years ago, when Michael and Susie Gelman chaired the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North American in Israel, the focus was on security and solidarity. Susie Gelman remembers that it was during the second Intifada, a time of terror attacks, and many American Jews were staying away from Israel. The GA brought CONTINUE »

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BY Rafael Medoff
November 7, 2013

Ninety-nine years after the Turkish genocide of the Armenians, one of the most poignant symbols of Armenian suffering is being held hostage — by the White House. The prisoner is an 18-foot-long rug. It was woven by 400 Armenian orphan girls living in exile in Lebanon as a gesture of appreciation for America’s assistance to CONTINUE »

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Two concerts to commemorate Kristallnacht, bring beauty out from the darkness
BY Suzanne Pollak
November 7, 2013

While it may not seem like the breaking of glass windows at Jewish-owned buildings by the Nazis would have inspired any creativity at all, two upcoming concerts at Strathmore Hall in Bethesda prove that it takes a lot more than that to quiet art. In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, more than 300 CONTINUE »