December 7, 2006

Milken School head gets the surprise of her life

\”I want to recognize and celebrate a person whose intelligence, whose leadership, whose commitment and compassion have made a profound difference in our community, a person who has positively impacted thousands of young people\’s lives,\” said Lowell Milken, chairman of the Milken Family Foundation, which gave the naming gift and maintains close ties to the high school.

Hitting the century mark doesn’t stop this translator

Dobkin doesn\’t play bingo, and she doesn\’t own a television. She occasionally attends a lecture or musical event, but generally, when she isn\’t working, she is reading, usually The Forward in Yiddish or English or The Jewish Journal. She reads without glasses, except for very small print.

Getting kicked out of shul

Biston\’s public airing of his story and his threat to file suit have brought to light a number of complaints from others who also have been asked to leave Beth Jacob. They claim the rabbi is autocratic and mercurial and bars people who don\’t fit his image of an appropriate congregant.

Holy Doubt

This week\’s Torah portion contains a story that most of us skipped in Hebrew school — the story of Dina.

Depression grips Sderot as rockets continue to fall

Sderot is far, by Israeli standards, from the country\’s more prosperous center. But in the last six years, it has found itself unwittingly on one of the front lines of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Its location, about two miles from the Gaza border, has made Sderot an easy target for terrorists\’ Qassam rockets. Before a surprise and partial truce went into effect about a week ago, fighting had escalated, especially in recent months, between the Israeli army and Palestinian terrorist groups.

Debate on ‘minorities’ law worries Turkey’s Jews

Jewish and Christian leaders were optimistic when the Turkish Parliament began debating a bill regulating minority foundations and organizations.The draft version — part of a reform effort driven by Turkey\’s bid for European Union membership — contained provisions making it easier for minority groups to operate and reacquire properties that had been confiscated by the state. But after a heated debate on the measure, with many parliamentarians objecting to its liberal approach, the version that passed Parliament offered little improvement over the past.

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