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Personal Stories

  • A Jewish neshama shining bright in Alaska

    By jwadmin on April 17, 2019
    By MARILYN SHAPIRO When Dr. Liz Ross joins her fellow women congregants at Shalom Aleichem Synagogue on the bima for the blessing over the candles, she pulls the hood of her kuspuk, her traditional Native Alaskan snow dress, over her head. And on her neck, her gold Star of David catches the light of the flickering flames. A businesswoman, a […]
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  • How I almost ruined my first Passover seder

    By jwadmin on April 17, 2019
    By BRIAN D. JOHNSON MADISON, Wisconsin (JTA) – Somewhere, there’s a photograph: My future father-in-law is sitting at the head of the table. My future mother-in-law is sitting to his left and I’m sitting on his right, wearing a suit, tie and kippah. My stunningly beautiful fiancée is next to me, and the rest of the table consists of three […]
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  • A Ballad in the Key of 4G

    By jwadmin on April 17, 2019
    By EDWIN BLACK This is deeply personal. But what I have experienced should resonate with the entire Jewish community—the one we know and the one to come. In the whirlwind that seizes me and all who are communally aware, I have reached a new and stunning personal location, wedged between the searing past and the uncertain future. My story begins […]
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  • She left many years ago— but  part of her heart is still there…

    By jwadmin on April 11, 2019
    By MARILYN SHAPIRO Larry and I have lived in three homes in our almost 45 years of marriage. All three have been lovely, after we made them our homes with our personal touches. None of the places we lived, however, ever could compare to the memories I have of the house in which I grew up with all of its […]
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  • Borscht Belt staff reminisce about the glory days of the Jewish Alps and their part in making it happen

    By jwadmin on March 15, 2019
    May reunion set for that service industry By MARILYN SHAPIRO In the1987 movie of “Dirty Dancing,” Jack Weston’s character Max Kellerman, owner of the fictional Catskill resort, laments the changes that seem to be happening. It all seems to be ending. You think kids want to come with their parents and take fox-trot lessons? Trips to Europe, that’s what the […]
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  • Why we winter in Be’er Sheva

    By jwadmin on March 12, 2019
    By JACK KAPLOWITZ My wife, Ellen, and I own an apartment in the city of Be’er Sheva. No one is more surprised than I am. I’d only heard of Be’er Sheva because it’s mentioned eight times in the Torah. In 2010 I came to Be’er Sheva for the first time to study Hebrew in the ulpan at Ben-Gurion University. Ellen […]
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  • Marilyn finds an easy way to break down barriers between people

    By jwadmin on March 1, 2019
    “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.”‒Nelson Mandela By MARILYN SHAPIRO My friend Lazar Lowinger is a true polyglot. Born in Belgium, survived World War Two in Romania, lived briefly in France before emigrating to Cuba, then […]
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  • The Pittsburgh shooter could have killed my husband. I still don’t want him to get the death penalty.

    By jwadmin on February 21, 2019
    By BETH KISSILEFF PITTSBURGH (JTA) – On Oct. 27, a shooter entered my Pittsburgh synagogue and killed 11 Jews who just wanted to pray. Three congregants from our New Light Congregation — Dan Stein, Mel Wax and Rich Gottfried — were among the slain. My husband, Rabbi Jonathan Perlman, was in the room where they were killed, hiding alongside two others. […]
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  • Is something strange going on? Coincidence? Or could it be b’shert?

    By jwadmin on January 29, 2019
    By MARILYN SHAPIRO In 2012,  Rochelle and Bill Willner, attended services at Congregation Shalom Aleichem in Kissimmee, Fla. Former members, they were there for the first time in two years to check out the new rabbi. Before the mourner’s kaddish, Rabbi Karen Allen asked if anyone was observing sheloshim, the 30 day period of mourning. A woman whom they didn’t recognize announced […]
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  • Building Israel and battling terrorism, one tree at a time

    By jwadmin on January 10, 2019
    By Marina Brodetsky (JNS) –For years, Dr. Rosaline Barron woke up every day and asked herself the same question: “What have I done for Israel today?” Now the recently retired gastroenterologist of Newton, Mass., has an answer—and it’s the same one every day. She has committed to planting a tree in Israel every day for the rest of her life […]
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