Where Are We Going, What Are We Doing?

A few years ago, I took a trip to Phoenix. The highlight was a day-long outing to the Grand Canyon. If you have been there, you know how absolutely breathtaking the first sight of the Grand Canyon is. After looking out into the canyon for quite some time, I decided to engage in one of… Read More

Also Playing: ‘Finding Kalman’

In commemoration of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising and Yom Ha’Shoah, “Finding Kalman,” a 30-minute documentary that tells the story of Holocaust survivor Anna Jacobs and her brother, will air April 7 at 5 p.m on WETA HD; April 13 at 11:30 a.m. on WHUT; and nationwide during the month of April.

African-Israeli Personalities Hoping To Change Community’s Image

When Yityish Aynaw immigrated from Ethiopia to Israel at age 12, she was thrust into an Israeli classroom. An orphan lacking Hebrew skills, Aynaw said she relied on other kids and her own sheer ambition to get through. Ten years later, Aynaw, 22, is the first Ethiopian-Israeli to be crowned Miss Israel — a title… Read More

J Street Has Carved Out Its Place; Israelis Say Policies Don’t Jibe

The excitement is infectious. The growth astounding. J Street, turning 5 years old next week, has grown steadily and exponentially. “We are an important voice in the debate and discussion about Israel,” said Jeremy Ben-Ami, executive director of J Street. “I don’t want to overstate anything. There has been very steady, gradual growth and gradual… Read More

Holocaust Trains Are Jewel of Greek Enthusiast

It was spring in northern Greece, 1943. Efthymios Kontopoulos, 13, had come to Thessaloniki for the day when he saw Nazis rounding up the city’s Jews. “My father brought me into town,” Kontopoulos, who is not Jewish, said. “We saw them being taken away. They were with their [yellow] badges.”

Holocaust Testimony Captured in 3D

In a dark glass building here, Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter shows that his memory is crystal clear and his voice is strong. His responses seem a bit delayed —  not that different from other survivors I have known who are reluctant to speak openly about their experiences — but he’s doing just fine for a… Read More

HBO Pays Homage To Holocaust Rescuers

HBO honors victims and rescuers this Yom Hashoah with the screening of a new documentary by journalist Steven Pressman. The film, “Fifty Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus” is based on a previously hidden memoir written by Eleanor Kraus of Philadelphia.

The Year Of Campaign Finance Reform

11th District

The 2012 presidential election is history, and yet the alarming nature of how the race was funded remains a mystery. More than $6 billion was spent during the last election cycle — more than $2 billion by the presidential candidates and their Super PACs alone — much of which was undisclosed and devoted to attack… Read More