In wake of Hurricane Sandy, Jewish volunteers step up


NEW YORK (JTA) — Just before Shelly Fine went to sleep Tuesday night, he posted his contact information and an appeal seeking volunteers for the Hurricane Sandy relief effort on a popular Upper West Side blog. When the 63-year-old woke up the next morning, he had 163...
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First-ever Orthodox-Conservative conference to bow here

Rabbis Ethan Linden of Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation and Uri Topolosky of Congregation Beth Israel have announced the first-ever joint Orthodox-Conservative Rabbinical Conference to be held in New Orleans. The conference, which runs from November 4 through 6 is by invitation-only.

The two rabbis will be welcoming other rabbis who,...
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JCC to host 13th annual Jewish Book Festival uptown; ‘Shluffy Girl’ to kick off festival Sunday morning

The New Orleans Jewish Community Center kicks off its 13th Annual Jewish Book Festival at the Uptown JCC with three events that run over the course of the next week. The festival begins in earnest this Sunday morning, November 4, at 10 a.m. with children’s author and illustrator Anne-Marie Baila Asner....
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List of charities to donate for Hurricane Sandy victims

Locally,  Chabad Lubavitch of Louisiana, Congregation Beth Israel  are collecting for Hurricane Sandy relief online. They are advancing funds they collect to specific organizations and religious institutions with whom they have personally been in touch. Chabad, for example,  is said to have lost 30 Chabad  Houses due to the destruction...
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Sunday night live fundraiser set for Community Day School

Andy Kindler, a comedian formerly seen on “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Late Night with David Letterman” and a frequent contributor to “The Daily Show with John Stewart,” will be the headliner for the Community Day School’s annual Fall Fundraiser this Sunday night, November 4. The event begins at 5:00 p.m at...
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Greek Jews battle Golden Dawn, neo-Nazi party


ATHENS, Greece (JTA) — For every Jew who lives in Greece, there are about 100 Greeks who voted for the country’s neo-Nazi party, Golden Dawn, last spring. The party now controls 18 seats in Greece’s 300-member parliament, and its popularity is rising rapidly: A poll taken in...
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Deluged school’s heartache: ruined Torah scrolls and devastated communities


NEW YORK (JTA) — When Rabbi Avremel Okonov arrived Tuesday morning at the school he co-founded 10 years ago in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, the water in the basement had already receded from the high water mark. It only came up to his knees.

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Young couple killed by felled tree during Sandy

Two Jewish victims of Hurricane Sandy were Jacob Vogelman and Jessie Streich-Kest, who have been described as “best friends,”  but not boyfriend and girlfriend. The two were killed instantly on October 29 by a falling tree and are pictured together in this 2007 photo. According to published reports, Vogelman had...
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Barak: Iran has delayed building a nuclear bomb

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Iran has pulled back from the brink of achieving a nuclear weapon, opting to use over a third of its medium-enriched uranium for civilian purposes, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak told a British newspaper.

Iran’s decision to convert that uranium into fuel rods for a civilian research...
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South African ruling party supports Israel boycott

PRETORIA, South Africa (JTA) — An international conference convened by South Africa’s ruling party declared its support for the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign targeting Israel. Several anti-Israeli declarations were made in Pretoria this week during the 3rd International Solidarity Conference, organized by the African National Congress.

More than 1,000...
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