Articles from the December 20, 2013 edition

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B'not Mitzvah - Chloe Michele and Olivia Laine Garfinkel

Chloe Michele and Olivia Laine Garfinkel, daughters of Dr. Bobby and JoAnn Garfinkel of Longwood, Fla., will be called to the Torah as b'nai mitzvah at the Southern Wall in Israel on Dec. 29, 2013.... Full story


Former local rabbi a part of world history

Germany’s largest synagogue, on Rykestrasse in Berlin, reopened in 2007 after a lavish restoration. The synagogue, with a 1,200-person capacity, has been described as one of the jewels of Germany’s Jewish community. And although this event hap... Full story


Chanukah at Chambrel Island Lake

Like all Jewish families, candle lighting and gift exchange was added to the evening routine for the eight nights of Chanukah. For the Colley, Keimach, Yoffee and Shapiro families the seventh night... Full story


Scene Around

What next?... Somehow I get the feeling that the Holocaust started off this way... little by little... attacking Judaism and its rituals. The following is a report directly from the World Jewish... Full story


Jewish artists pushing the technological frontier

NEW YORK (JTA)-Jazz music drifts from speakers down to the cherry wood tables of the West Cafe in Brooklyn as the Israeli artist Nurit Bar-Shai prepares to show examples of her latest work. With deft,... Full story

 By Tim Boxer    News    December 20, 2013

Elie Wiesel enraged that West kept silent during Holocaust

Ron Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), called upon Hillary Clinton to present the organization's second annual Theodor Herzl Award to Marion and Elie Wiesel last month at the... Full story


Jewish Historical Society awarded Florida Humanities Council Grant

The St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society has been awarded a Florida Humanities Council Grant in support of a two-day commemoration marking the 50th anniversary of the largest mass arrest of rabbis... Full story


Mike Huckabee: Israel has 'license' to act independently on Iran

Now that the U.S. and other P5+1 powers made an interim nuclear deal with Iran without Israel's involvement, the Jewish state is free to act as it sees fit on the Iranian issue without consulting... Full story

 By Talia Lavin    News    December 20, 2013

In Ukraine protests, young Jews are marching with ultranationalists

(JTA)-On the last evening in November, at least 31 protesters were taken into custody and dozens treated for injuries following a violent confrontation with Ukrainian police in Kiev's Independence... Full story


Israeli father saves daughter kidnapped by Palestinians

It was a true miracle for a young couple from Dolev, whose one-year-old daughter was kidnapped by local Palestinians that had hijacked the family’s car on Tuesday afternoon, December 3. Driving home to Dolev, a community located in the southern S... Full story


Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Iran: No traces of ex-FBI agent Levinson (JTA)—There are no traces in Iran of Robert Levinson, the retired American-Jewish FBI agent who vanished in the country six years ago, according to Iran’s foreign minister. Javad Zarif made the assertion Sun... Full story

 By Ruthie Blum    News    December 20, 2013

'We brought Israelis back to the movies'

Renen Schorr explains how Jerusalem’s Sam Spiegel Film and Television School saved Israel’s film industry and propelled it to international acclaim. On December 12, audiences across the world will mark the 10th anniversary of the passing of Dav... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    December 20, 2013

Unlikely right-left partnership floated to oppose Bedouin resettlement

(JTA)—They can’t agree on the project’s goal. They can’t agree on who supports it. They can’t even agree on its name. But when it comes to the Israeli government’s plan to relocate 30,000 Negev Bedouin, representatives and allies of the Bedouin com... Full story

 By Julie Wiener    News    December 20, 2013

Initiative seeking to improve Hebrew literacy in America

NEW YORK (JTA)-For the first 3 1/2 weeks of the summer, one group of 5-year-olds at Ramah Day Camp in Nyack, N.Y., was "very quiet" as the children went about the typical camp activities, according... Full story

 By Julie Wiener    News    December 20, 2013

Hoping to build 'relational' communities through better data

NEW YORK (JTA)—Before Sacha Litman shares his data analysis with his synagogue clients, he likes to have the board members and staff guess the contents. Which programs are most expensive and most popular? Who is more satisfied, senior citizens or nur... Full story


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