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Q & A with Devra Jaffe-Berkowitz: Update on Greece’s Jewish community from Federation cabinet member

Q & A with Devra Jaffe-Berkowitz: Update on Greece’s Jewish community from Federation cabinet member

By Cindy Mindell STAMFORD – Stamford native Devra Jaffe-Berkowitz is a member of the National Young Leadership Cabinet, a philanthropic and leadership program within the Jewish Federations of North America… Read more »

Chesed shel emet: The truest act of kindness – Reviving Judaism’s “holy society”

Chesed shel emet: The truest act of kindness – Reviving Judaism’s “holy society”

By  Cindy Mindell ~ BRIDGEPORT – Among the cornerstones of a traditional Jewish community is caring for the dead. Considered the highest mitzvah one can perform – because the beneficiary… Read more »

Fairfield native bikes and builds across the U.S.

Fairfield native bikes and builds across the U.S.

By Cindy Mindell FAIRFIELD – While college kids throughout the country are flipping burgers and supervising summer-campers, a group of 32 young adults, ages 18 to 25, are spending their… Read more »

An ounce of (Halachic) prevention: Modern Orthodox rabbis vote on historic prenuptial agreement

An ounce of (Halachic) prevention: Modern Orthodox rabbis vote on historic prenuptial agreement

By Cindy Mindell ~ WESTPORT – According to both the Torah and modern-day U.S. statistics, sometimes marriage works out and sometimes it doesn’t. As with many lifecycle and legal instances,… Read more »

In memoriam: Fred Jacobs was a “pioneer” of the Holocaust commemoration

In memoriam: Fred Jacobs was a “pioneer” of the Holocaust commemoration

By Cindy Mindell ~ WEST HARTFORD – When M. Fred Jacobs died on May 15 at age 91, he left behind a community-wide legacy. A Holocaust survivor who lived through… Read more »

What’s in a (Jewish) name? Hartford family solves a mystery at Ellis Island…

What’s in a (Jewish) name? Hartford family solves a mystery at Ellis Island…

By Cindy Mindell ~   HARTFORD – For years, descendants of the Hartford-based Nassau family couldn’t find a record of their ancestors’ arrival at Ellis Island in 1912. And as… Read more »

New Haven mortgage fraud scheme  extends to Jewish community

New Haven mortgage fraud scheme extends to Jewish community

By Cindy Mindell   NEW HAVEN – Real-estate entrepreneur Menachem Yosef Levitin of New Haven last week pleaded guilty in a mortgage fraud case under federal investigation for nearly two… Read more »

Q & A with Prof. Stuart S. Miller: UConn’s Judaic Studies program enters new phase

Q & A with Prof. Stuart S. Miller: UConn’s Judaic Studies program enters new phase

By Cindy Mindell ~ STORRS –Stuart S. Miller is a professor of Hebrew, history, and Judaic studies and a member of the Classics and Mediterranean Studies section of the Department… Read more »

Mitzvah on the mountain: Stamford teens climb for a cure

Mitzvah on the mountain: Stamford teens climb for a cure

By Cindy Mindell ~ STAMFORD – Four years ago, Jillian Katz, who was then 13 years of age, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and raised $40,000 for the International Rett Syndrome Foundation… Read more »

Westport teen joins first ever high school advocacy trip to Israel

Westport teen joins first ever high school advocacy trip to Israel

By Matthew Ackerman ~ From Birthright and beyond, there is no shortage of ways for young Jews to get to Israel. But high school students looking for a trip that… Read more »

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