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But its goal of good Jewish relations remains clear
BY Tad Taube
August 1, 2013

For the past decade, the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture and I, as Poland’s honorary consul in the San Francisco Bay Area, have been involved directly in furthering the renaissance of Jewish life in Poland. The renaissance is viewed as a “miracle” in Poland and around the world. At my foundation, we receive CONTINUE »

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Suicide and the Jewish community
BY Simone Ellin
August 1, 2013

In I Kings, Chapter 19, Elijah the Prophet pleads for God to take his life. Instead, the Lord responds by sending an angel, who instructs Elijah to undertake a 40-day journey before reassessing the situation. “The journey from darkness to light is one that many great individuals have walked, and one is never as alone CONTINUE »

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Poland has a Jewish problem
BY Lawrence Grossman
August 1, 2013

The Sejm, the lower house of the Polish parliament, has a Jewish problem. In a painful affront to the Jewish community, it recently defeated a government initiative to reinstate the legality of kosher slaughter of animals. This prompted Poland’s chief rabbi, Michael Schudrich, to threaten resignation and triggered sharp criticism of the Sejm from Jewish CONTINUE »

BY Maayan Jaffe
August 1, 2013

Despite the fact that 85 percent of the Israeli population, according to a poll published by The Jerusalem Post, was opposed to Israel agreeing to release 104 prisoners with blood on their hands, a decision was made earlier this week to do so. Now, the family members of victims of terror are protesting — loud CONTINUE »

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Local teen takes on the world
BY Simone Ellin
August 1, 2013

Zach Ranen could be our first Jewish president. He’s that impressive. With preppy good looks, impeccable manners and a resume as long as his arm, Zach, a 17-year-old Gilman student, inspires confidence. At Gilman, Zach plays lacrosse, and this coming year, when he’s a senior, he will be captain of the water polo team. A CONTINUE »