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Aly Raisman, Jason Lezak shine for Team USA

By JTA Staff

(JTA) – While both took to the podiums in London this week to receive medal, 18-year-old Aly Raisman’s Olympic star was rising as 36-year-old swimmer Jason Lezak’s appeared to be setting. Raisman, of Needham, Mass., helped Team USA take the women’s team gold on Tuesday — the...
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Romney visit reveals falling visibility of Palestinian issue

By BEN SALES

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Mitt Romney’s policy speech in Israel covered plenty of bases: The presumptive Republican presidential candidate spoke about the status of Jerusalem, the threat of a nuclear Iran, the “tumult” of the Arab Spring and the “enduring shared values” that bedrock the U.S.-Israel relationship. But...
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Loyal reader donates kidney to longtime j weekly editor

By SUE BARNETT

SAN FRANCISCO (j. weekly) — Toby Adelman loves to put people together; she has been doing so with gusto her entire life. But last month, the 54-year-old San Jose resident outdid herself with the most extraordinary — and personal — connection she’s ever made. Adelman donated one of...
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Knesset’s Danny Danon: unapologetic Israeli nationalism

By URIEL HEILMAN

JERUSALEM (JTA) – If there’s one thing Danny Danon doesn’t do, it’s shy away from controversy. Danon, a deputy speaker of the Israeli Knesset and chairman of World Likud, has come under fire for describing African migrants in Israel as a “national plague,” for hosting controversial U.S. TV...
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Melton “tastes” to be offered in August

Florence Melton Adult Mini-School director Debbie Pesses has announced two “tastes of Melton” to be held in August. The all-inclusive Melton school is a two-year opportunity for adult Jewish learning taught by rabbis and educators from the local community. Each “taste of Melton” is designed to introduce interested persons to...
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Denver-area Jews mourn, seek to help victims

By CHARLOTTE ANTHONY

(JTA) — As Colorado and the nation tried to absorb the tragic massacre in a suburban Denver movie theater, local synagogues conducted special prayers and the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado launched a response fund for the victims and their families. Early Friday morning, James Eagen Holmes allegedly...
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CCJN announces its first survey

The Crescent City Jewish News is anxious to connect to its readership in many ways. To that end the Voice of New Orleans’ Jewish community is looking for feedback to aid the staff in supporting its mission. A survey to solicit answers to questions has been instituted. The short 10...
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Lee Zurik nabs three N.O. Press Club Awards

Lee Zurik, WVUE Fox 8 investigative reporter, picked up three first place awards last night at the 54th annual Excellence in Journalism Awards sponsored by the Press Club of New Orleans. Zurik, a native New Orleanian and local community member, won a first place nod for  TV Continuing Coverage, along...
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In a new network, cancer survivors are finding understanding

By CHARLOTTE ANTHONY

NEW YORK (JTA) — Roni Bibring was 15 when she was diagnosed with leukemia. Four years later, her treatment completed, she says her biggest challenge — having lost touch with many of her friends — is making new friends who understand what she’s been through. “Most people don’t...
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Rushing to preserve Ladino legacies

By CHARLOTTE ANTHONY

NEW YORK (JTA) — Isaac Azose knew he had a treasure in his hands — a nearly century-old booklet for Ladino-speaking Jews immigrating to the United States that featured English, Ladino and Yiddish expressions to help them acculturate into their new communities.  “I thought to myself, I’ve...
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