April 15, 2004

Centenarian Recalls Steps of Survival

When she was in her 30s, Hansi Goetter developed a mysterious illness. Although her doctors couldn\’t determine the cause, they told her she had only a few months to live.

Polish City Unveils Its Jewish History

Czestochowa is known around the world as the site of the Jasna Góra Monastery, a pilgrimage place for Poles and other Catholics who flock there to see the famous painting of the Black Madonna.

Bus Girl

The fictional Carrie Bradshaw saw her image on a bus placard because she wrote a popular sex column. But Carol Taubman sees her image go by each day on the side of MTA buses for a very different reason.

Manual Offers Advice on Survivor Care

At many nursing homes and other senior residences, a visit from some friendly canines during "pet therapy" is a welcome source of comfort and cheer. But while the furry companions bring smiles and laughter to the majority of residents, they can be a source of terror to aging Holocaust survivors who suffer from post-traumatic stress or Alzheimer\’s disease.

Your Letters

It\’s a shame that in her zeal to pin the state\’s budget problems on the Democrats, Jill Stewart attacks the community colleges and the disabled community in her opinion piece, \”Math Problem\” (March 19).

For the Kids

In Parshat Shemini, this week\’s portion, a very sad thing happens: the two older sons of Aaron — Nadav and Avihu — die. No one is quite sure why God chooses to kill them; the only clue the Torah gives us is that they have brought "strange fire" before God.

Abraham Spiegel

Abraham Spiegel, a survivor of four concentration camps, who built a new life in America as a successful businessman, philanthropist and ardent supporter of Jewish life in the United States and Israel, died April 10 in his home at the age of 97.\n\nAmong his major legacies are the Children\’s Memorial at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, the Spiegel Family Building at the Museum of the Jewish Diaspora in Tel Aviv and the Spiegel Family Park, also in Tel Aviv.

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Israel Worried About U.S. Iraq Withdrawl

As Shiite and Sunni resistance to the American presence in Iraq intensifies, Israel\’s defense establishment is worried that a U.S. withdrawal under fire could have devastating consequences for the battles against weapons of mass destruction and global terrorism.

Most Ethiopians in Israel Find Life Hard

The mix of Western and African culture at the Zamena club, one of a small number of discos that cater to Israel\’s young Ethiopian immigrant set, appears to be an extension of these young Ethiopians\’ experience in life in Israel, in general.

Some were born in Israel or came here as young children. Along with their parents, they made their way to Israel as part of the modern exodus-style airlifts of Operations Moses and Solomon in 1984-85 and 1991.

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