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Dual events at JCC commemorate Israeli war victims, independence

By DEAN M. SHAPIRO, Special to the CCJN

In Israel, one of the most solemn days of the year is immediately followed by one of the most joyous. Yom Hazikaron, a day of remembrance for the fallen soldiers of war and civilians killed in acts of terror (the 4th of...
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Author Georgia Hunter highlights Yom Ha’Shoah memorial

By ALAN SMASON

Georgia Hunter called her maternal grandfather Papa. He and her grandmother lived only about a mile away from her childhood home in a small Massachusetts town and they saw each other all the time. Despite spending holidays, sharing family meals and going on trips together as she...
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Yom Hazikaron: A day to honor the memory of 23,741 of Israel’s fallen

By YAAKOV LAAPIN

Events to commemorate the memories of 23,741 fallen soldiers and civilians began in Israel on Tuesday evening as part of Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism.

According to the Defense Ministry’s Families and Commemoration Department, 56 casualties were added to the count this year,...
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700 rockets, 240 intercepts, 4 dead Israelis: Is the Iron Dome getting worse?

By SAM SOKOL

TEL AVIV (JTA) — After the weekend’s fighting between Hamas and the Israeli army, some Israelis have raised questions about the strength of their country’s missile defenses.

Over the course of the weekend, Hamas and Islamic Jihad launched nearly 700 rockets from Gaza at Israel, killing four people...
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Touro’s 28th Annual Jazz Fest Shabbat features Lost Bayou Ramblers

By ALAN SMASON

For the first time in its hallowed history, the sounds of Cajun music emanated from inside the sanctuary at Touro Synagogue as part of its annual Jazz Fest Shabbat celebration. The music of the Lost Bayou Ramblers with special guest performer, clarinetist and saxophonist Aurora Nealand, filled...
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ADL audit: anti-Semitic acts more than doubled in 2018

The American Jewish community continued to experience “near-historic levels” of anti-Semitism, according to the latest figures from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). The data released on Tuesday, April 30 confirms 2018 was the third-highest year on record for attacks since 1979,  the year ADL began keeping track of  these...
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Remembering Lori Gilbert-Kaye, 60, who ‘thought of others before herself

— Lori Kaye loved greeting cards; she had one for nearly any occasion. Whether a birthday, anniversary or condolence, someone leaving on a trip or returning from one, Kaye pulled one out from her vast collection, wrote a message and delivered it.

“She knew what everyone was up...
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Shooting suspect detained in fatal shooting at Chabad in Poway, CA

Police confirm they are holding and questioning a suspect, identified only as a white 19-year-old male from nearby San Diego, CA –  in a fatal shooting incident that occurred earlier today at the Chabad of Poway on the final day of Passover.

Authorities responded to reports of a “man with...
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Are our Passover seders contributing to the problems dividing Jews?

By JONATHAN S. TOBIN

— For those who worry about the future of American Jewry, Passover is always a hopeful moment. It remains the holiday that is observed by the bulk of Jews, including a great many of those who are not in any way observant.

According to...
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6 Jewish takeaways from the Mueller report

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN and LAURA E. ADKINS 

NEW YORK (JTA) — Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report about Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election was released to Congress and the public Thursday, adding new details to what had been disclosed about its findings by Attorney General William Barr when Mueller concluded his...
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