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SAR Dinner Historic Success, Raises $3.7 Million

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Riverdale — SAR Academy’s 46th Anniversary Dinner, held recently at SAR High School was filled with warmth and tremendous school pride.  Emotions ran high as each honoree took center stage while videos highlighted his or her achievements, and Rabbi Binyamin Krauss (‘84)...

Judith Kallman: With a Candle in Her Heart

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Holocaust Survivor, Author, and Lecturer Honored by Greenwich ADL

A toddler in hiding during the Holocaust, Judith Kallman of Greenwich is an author and lecturer who travels across America to talk to students about being a 4-year-old child on the run with her brother, 10, in Slovakia and Hungary. Judith’s goal is to use her story to teach students to prevent genocide by explaining why it’s important to stop hate and respect everyone. Chosen by the Jewish Ledger as one of 2014’s top movers and shakers in the Connecticut community, Judith was honored last month by the Anti-Defamation League of Greenwich with the Daniel R. Ginsberg Humanitarian Award for outstanding leadership in...

Netanyahu: Israel Must Speak Our Mind About the Dangers to Our People

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(JNS.org) Against the backdrop of the Obama administration’s opposition to his upcoming address before Congress on the Iranian nuclear program and radical Islam, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on International Holocaust Remembrance Day that Israel “must speak out” against the threats it faces.

“We share a special bond with the United States, which is built on common values, and it’s reflected in our expansive cooperation, especially on matters of security. … Yet it is the government of Israel that holds the ultimate responsibility for the security of the one and only Jewish state,” Netanyahu said Tuesday at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. “And here we...

Israel’s President Rivlin Expresses Strong Support for Recently Launched Unity Prize

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Jerusalem—Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin has expressed support for the recent launch of the Jerusalem Unity Prize in Memory of Eyal, Gil-ad, and Naftali in a ceremony attended by the families of the three boys and Jerusalem’s Mayor Nir Barkat, who has been the main initiator behind the prize. It was conceived in partnership with the families of the three boys and a Jerusalem-based organization, Gesher, as a way to perpetuate the spirit of unity felt across Israel and around the world during the days following the boys’ kidnapping.

In his remarks the president said, “In the shadow of the events of last summer, and inspired by that spirit of mutual responsibility which we...

Goodbye Chicago, Hello Riverdale!

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Only a bit more than a year ago, our family embarked on a transition of a lifetime. I switched careers from a pulpit rabbi—18 years at Anshe Sholom, a Modern Orthodox shul in Chicago with nearly 400 members—to running a yeshiva, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, a Modern Orthodox yeshiva with nearly 50 students. Yet, truth be told, the job transition was easy for me: Anshe Sholom was a creative synagogue that sought to connect with Jews everywhere and be welcoming to all types; Yeshivat Chovevei Torah carries that same message: training Orthodox rabbis to become rabbis to the entire Jewish community. The most daring change was moving a mid-western family—Rachel, my wife grew up in Detroit...

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