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A Vibrant Reform Jewish Synagogue in Bergen County.

Temple Avodat Shalom

Serving northern New Jersey since 1952.

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How the “Schindler of Iran” Saved Hundreds of Persian Jews

Posted on September 17th, 2018
BY ZACHARY SOLOMON for Jewniverse


A dispatch from the annals of forgotten righteous gentiles:

Abdol Hossein-Sardari, the Iranian Consul in Nazi-occupied France, saved hundreds of Iranian Jews from certain death with a heroic ingenuity worthy of his nickname, “Schindler of Iran.”

 

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An Insider’s Guide to the Most Important Story on Earth

Posted on September 10th, 2018
By Matti Friedman  for Tablet Magazine 


A former AP correspondent explains how and why reporters get Israel so wrong, and why it matters


This story originally appeared in August, 2014. We are reprinting it today to mark four years since Israel and Hamas accepted a cease-fire to end the Gaza War.

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The Israel Story

Is there anything left to say about Israel and Gaza? Newspapers this summer have been full of little else. Television viewers see heaps of rubble and plumes of smoke in their sleep. A representative article from a recent issue of The New Yorker described the summer’s events by dedicating one sentence each to the horrors in Nigeria and Ukraine, four sentences to the crazed génocidaires of ISIS, and the rest of the article—30 sentences—to Israel and Gaza.

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Israeli and Arab Doctors Break Every Stereotype in the Middle East

Posted on September 3rd, 2018
By Phil Schneider for Israel Video Network 


Israeli and Arab doctors work together every day of the year. And they service Israeli Jews and Arabs every day of the year.  Hadassah hospital serves as an island of the best side of humanity in the State of Israel.


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Growing Older Beats Getting Old

Posted on August 27th, 2018
By Rahel Musleah for Hadassah Magazine


Before Batya Perman parted with the heirloom oak bookcase that stood sentinel in her home for 43 years, she carefully perused its volumes in order to distribute and discuss them with her family. She located a master woodworker to disassemble the bookcase into smaller pieces so it could fit through the doorway of her son Uri’s new home. A legacy from her great-uncle, New York State Supreme Court Justice Harry Lewis, it now holds Uri’s own books and mementos as well as the law and Judaica titles he inherited, including a chumash inscribed to his great-grandfather.

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Tel Aviv on the Black Sea Odessa, the Cradle of Israeli Culture, Enjoys a Jewish Renaissance

Posted on August 20th, 2018
By Rebecca Greig for Haaretz

 

The Ukrainian port city of Odessa, once home to hundreds of thousands of Jews, is experiencing a ‘golden age’ - with modern Israel proving an unlikely inspiration


If you know where to look, the ghosts of Odessa’s Jewish past are everywhere, haunting and playful: in the pizza restaurant blaring “Hava Nagila” across from the Potemkin Steps in the forshmak (chopped herring), tzimmes and gefilte fish served in the city’s oldest eating establishments; in the Jewish jokes and Yiddish words that pepper local patois; to the sign above an overgrown courtyard that reads “The State of Israel was born here.”

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