‘Tell Your Story’

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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… Read More

On Deaf Ears

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“I could scarcely believe that such a thing could occur in a 20th-century civilization,” President Franklin Roosevelt declared in the wake of the Nazis’ Kristallnacht pogrom, which devastated the German Jewish community 75 years ago next month. Most Americans, like their president, were appalled to read of Nazi stormtroopers burning down hundreds of synagogues, ransacking… Read More

Sound Advice

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It’s clearly stated in halacha (Jewish law) what is required of an able-bodied person to fulfill hearing- and speech-related Jewish mitzvot. When there is an exception, interpretation of the law is required. Situations where people with disabilities rely upon devices to help them hear and communicate are exceptions. So said Rabbi Mordechai Shuchatowitz, rav of… Read More

Matisyahu Teams Up With Mobile Company For Chanukah App

Matisyahu is inviting children to join him in a musical celebration. Matisyahu’s Happy Hanukkah Jam-Along app was released for the iPad on Thursday, Nov. 7. He teamed with Mibblio, the creator of a musical storybook app, to create his own similar app featuring one of his hit songs. “For ‘Happy Hanukkah’ to be developed into… Read More

Notes From The Spirit

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They’ve been compared to musical acts such as the Indigo Girls and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, but local trio Ayelet HaShachar brings a unique blend of musicality, spirituality and religious devotion that sets them apart. Ensemble members Shalomis (Shelly) Koffler Weinreb (guitarist, percussionist, vocalist and composer), Lisa Aronson Friedman (pianist, composer and vocalist) and… Read More

Ah, Music

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David Broza is an Israeli music superstar. And with more than 25 albums, many of which have become multiplatinum, he’s also someone who gets attention worldwide. His style has been described as charismatic and energetic, a fusion of the three countries in which he was raised: Israel, Spain and England. In the past, Broza, 58,… Read More

Kristallnacht

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“How did I become aware of Kristallnacht?” asked Holocaust survivor Johanna Neumann of Maryland. “[Nov. 9 to 10, 1938] was not in the era of TV, of radio, etc.” It did not have to be. Neumann, who was 8 years old at the time, discovered the horrors of the Night of Broken Glass, which continued… Read More

Polish Synagogue Defiled By Swastikas

Swastikas and other anti-Semitic symbols were painted on a synagogue building in Gdansk, Poland. The vandalism was spotted on the facade of the building on Monday morning. “Someone just came in broad daylight and defiled our temple,” Mieczyslaw Abramowicz a representative of the Gdansk Jewish community, told TVN24 television. “It was done by anti-Semites or… Read More

Hundreds Gather At Peaceful Women Of The Wall Service Marking 25th Anniversary

Women of the Wall wear prayer shawls and pray at the Western Wall.
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In a display of the changes the group has experienced this year, Women of the Wall held a peaceful prayer service under police protection at the Western Wall to mark the group’s 25th anniversary. Absent from Monday’s service, which the group said drew at least 800 worshipers, were large crowds of Orthodox girls who at… Read More

NSA Director Defends Surveillance Programs

The director of the National Security Agency, General Keith Alexander, opened a talk on cyber security Thursday, Nov. 11 in Baltimore by reminding attendees of the events of Sept. 11, 2001. “Every one of us remembers 9/11,” Alexander said, adding that the NSA office has a big photo of firemen running into the World Trade… Read More