Articles from the June 13, 2014 edition

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 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    June 13, 2014

Brussels attack underscores threat of returning jihadists

(JTA)-It was the threat that European authorities dreaded-and Europe's Jews suffered the first blow. The suspect arrested in the attack last month at the Jewish museum in Brussels that left four dead... Full story


A game of mahjong anyone?

Shown here are friends playing mahjong while celebrating the 97th birthday of May Gitles (center). Mrs. Gitles enjoys the company of these Jewish Pavilion volunteers, each week along with the strategies and enjoyment of a game of mahjong. For the... Full story


Scene Around

Take heart, anything can be overcome... To prove it, this blurb is from NBC news: FRANKFURT, Germany-"At first glance, the afternoon gathering of nearly 30 elderly people in the cozy wood-paneled... Full story

 By Julie Wiener    News    June 13, 2014

A holiday is born: Red Army vets promote 'Rescue Day of European Jewry'

NEW YORK (JTA)-Sol Lapidus earned the Order of Lenin, the Soviet Union's highest medal, for his role as a partisan fighter in the Belarussian forest during World War II. Lapidus proudly wore the... Full story


NBA star Gasol meets with Peres

( National Basketball Association (NBA) star Pau Gasol met with Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem on Sunday along with a group of Jewish and Arab basketball players. The 33-year-old... Full story


Sharing the Israeli culture

Jewish Pavilion volunteers help bring the Jewish community to the doorsteps of seniors in long-term care. Recently, volunteer Cathy Swerdlow presented residents at the Mayflower Retirement Community... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 13, 2014

As Presbyterians again weigh divestment, Jewish groups lobby, warn and worry

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Which way will Presbyterians go this time? That’s a question Jewish groups and their Presbyterian allies are nervously asking as they work to head off divestment efforts within the church targeting Israel. The fear is the eff... Full story

 By Ron Kaplan    News    June 13, 2014

American dream teams

Jews account for a mere 170 of 18,174 athletes who have played in the major leagues (through the 2013 season, according to So it’s not surprising that the new exhibit “Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American” at the N... Full story

 By Robert Gluck    Features    June 13, 2014

No couch potato: knish expert takes global journey for 'Jewish soul food' book

The history of the knish represents more than just the lineage of a fried, dumpling-like food. It demonstrates the often-central role of food in communities and cultural legacies. Laura Silver knows... Full story


JNF Mountain States president donates 1000 trees in memory of pets

By June Glazer Most people who donate to Jewish National Fund (JNF) for tree planting in Israel do so in honor or in memory of loved ones. So, too, with Ron Werner, board president of JNF's Mountain... Full story


Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Complaints about Hitler video led to firing, Jewish banker claims (JTA)—A former executive at BNP Paribas North America Inc. filed a federal lawsuit alleging that he was fired by the bank after complaining about a training video that featured Nazi i... Full story


Teen Heroes: Sam Goldberg and Joshua Levine's music helps feed Israel's hungry

WASHINGTON (JTA)-With their bar mitzvahs soon approaching, Sam Goldberg and Joshua Levine, embarked on a melodic act of chesed. Over the winter, Goldberg and Levine, both 13 and seventh-graders at... Full story


U.S. warming to Palestinian unity draws Israeli ire

By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)-The new Palestinian unity government brought together rivals Hamas and Fatah, but it has opened a divide between allies Israel and the United States. "I'm deeply troubl... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    June 13, 2014

Israel vows big investment in world Jewry project-details not clear

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Its leaders call it a “historic development,” a “paradigm shift” and a “change in the relationship” between Israel and Diaspora Jewry. But when it comes to the details of the Joint Initiative of the Government of Israel and World Jew... Full story


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