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 By Debra Rubin    Features    May 23, 2014

New pluralistic military siddur will make the rounds on Memorial Day weekend

The Shabbat of Memorial Day weekend later this month will mark a first in American Jewish life: Three New York City congregations representing the three major U.S. Jewish movements will daven from... Full story

 By Debra Rubin    News    February 14, 2014

Special U.S. envoy is an advocate for Holocaust survivors in poverty

Aviva Sufian was just 8 years old when her mother took her to an American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors event in Philadelphia in 1985. She remembers survivor after survivor standing up and... Full story


Seattle couple gets married... and married... and married

(JTA)-In less than a year, Dane Kuttler and Rowan Parker exchanged vows in 10 different wedding ceremonies at 10 different venues on two coasts under nine different marriage canopies. In what Kuttler... Full story


For new dad, a stronger bond from a cut foreskin

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Natan Zaidenweber thought the mohel was kidding. His wife, Linda Raab, thought it was some kind of religious formality and didn’t give it a second thought. But the mohel, Cantor Philip Sherman, was serious. Though most fathers... Full story


The Lifecyclist: After settling late father's affairs, she moves on to mikvah

(JTA)—Susan Esther Barnes had had a rough two years. Her father’s death in April 2011 came as a shock; she hadn’t even known he had been hospitalized. And his widow leaving town for a week... Full story

 By Debra Rubin    News    August 9, 2013

CUFI student activists, without 'obvious self-interest,' seek to legitimize pro-Israel message on campus

WASHINGTON, DC—Sam Bain knew that life could be dangerous in southern Israel, with rockets fired indiscriminately across the border from Gaza. But it wasn’t until the Ohio college student visited... Full story

 By Debra Rubin    Features    July 19, 2013

Boy finds way to bar mitzvah with help of Simms Taback graphic books

(JTA)—As his mother read to him, Levi Davishoff puckered and moved his lips in the universal sign indicating that something is sour. He then pointed to the lemon pictured in the library book. His mo... Full story

 By Debra Rubin    Features    June 28, 2013

Double wedding in Seattle caps rapper's transformation

(JTA)—Five years ago he was D-Black, a hip-hop artist rapping about the violence, gang activity and drugs of his African-American ’hood. Today he’s Nissim Black, an Orthodox Jew davening in a... Full story

 By Debra Rubin    Features    June 14, 2013

Remembering Stanley Abramovitch, for seven decades 'the embodiment of the Joint'

The year was 1935. Yehoshua Abramowicz, just 14, was leaving Poland to join his father in England. His mother told him, “Try to be a good Jew.” By all accounts, the boy who became Stanley... Full story

 By Debra Rubin    Features    May 24, 2013

Unpeeling the life of Jewish 'banana king'

There might not have been a State of Israel if a Jewish Russian immigrant boy hadn’t found a banana in a back alley by his uncle’s dry goods store in Selma, Ala. That young boy, Sam Zemurray,... Full story

 By Debra Rubin    Features    May 10, 2013

Mother's Day flowers from Jewish Women International raise spirits, awareness

As the director of a shelter for victims of domestic abuse, Naomi Taffet sees a lot of women in tears. But once a year, for Mother’s Day, she has a chance to witness what she calls “happy... Full story

 By Debra Rubin    News    May 3, 2013

Rebuking colleagues, New Jersey rabbi welcomes 'anti-jihadi' blogger

In a fiery speech in Edison, N.J., attended by about 70 supporters, controversial anti-jihadist blogger and author Pamela Geller warned Americans and Jews about a war being waged against Western... Full story

 By Debra Rubin    Features    April 5, 2013

Artist probes Jews and history at Rutgers University

In his video, performance art and photography, Shimon Attie reminds viewers of the way history imposes on the present—and demands that they confront the past. Whether depicting the devastating... Full story

 By Debra Rubin    News    March 22, 2013

Somali refugee counters 'apartheid' efforts

After most of Daher Dhudy’s family was murdered in a bloody civil war in Somalia, the teen fled with his only surviving brother on a perilous journey through Egypt, reaching safety only when they crossed the border into Israel. “I never found... Full story


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