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Visiting teacher learns about the Holocaust – and the life of Varian Fry

Visiting teacher learns about the Holocaust – and the life of Varian Fry

By Cindy Mindell   NEWTOWN – Xiafeng “Fosfor” Wang, 39, has been teaching Mandarin Chinese at Newtown High School since August 2012, as part of the international guest teacher program… Read more »

On the bimah…at age 92

On the bimah…at age 92

West Hartford woman chants her 198th haftorah By Cindy Mindell WEST HARTFORD – Gloria Bein is a sort of path-breaker. Twenty-five years ago, she chanted her first haftorah. Next month,… Read more »

BDS antidote may come from China

BDS antidote may come from China

By Alex Traiman/JNS.org An apparent antidote to the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is coming from a once unlikely source. Chinese magnate Li Ka-Shing, among Asia’s richest businessmen,… Read more »

‘Fiddler’ coming to Connecticut — Still heart-warming and wise…after all these years

‘Fiddler’ coming to Connecticut — Still heart-warming and wise…after all these years

By Mara Dresner For a few days this November, the main stage of the Warner Theatre in Torrington will be transformed into the little village of Anatevka, where Tevye, a… Read more »

Bridging the Gap — Keeping Jewish teens connected, post bar/bat mitzvah

Bridging the Gap — Keeping Jewish teens connected, post bar/bat mitzvah

By Cindy Mindell No matter how one might interpret the recent Pew survey of American Jews, the fact remains that engaging Jewish kids is a priority of the organized Jewish… Read more »

A Life Dedicated to Civil Rights: Rabbi Stanley Kessler marks a milestone

A Life Dedicated to Civil Rights: Rabbi Stanley Kessler marks a milestone

By Cindy Mindell WEST HARTFORD – On Saturday, Sept. 21, Rabbi Stanley Kessler, founding spiritual leader of Beth El Temple, was called to the Torah during Shabbat morning services at… Read more »

Conversation with…Shoshannah Nambi

Conversation with…Shoshannah Nambi

Young Ugandan Jewish leader says times are changing for women in her community By Cindy Mindell Judaism came to Uganda in 1919, when Mugandan military leader Semei Kakungulu came to… Read more »

Deadly Deception at Sobibor: A conversation with filmmaker Gary Hochman

Deadly Deception at Sobibor: A conversation with filmmaker Gary Hochman

By Judie Jacobson The University of Hartford’s Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies will host a sneak preview of the film “Deadly Deception at Sobibor” on Monday evening, Oct. 14… Read more »

New cemetery database tells New Haven’s Jewish history

New cemetery database tells New Haven’s Jewish history

By Cindy Mindell NEW HAVEN – Rabbi Eliezer Greer and his wife, Rena, knew that one of the twins they were expecting would not be born alive. With several weeks… Read more »

Greater Hartford welcomes new Israeli “ambassador”

Greater Hartford welcomes new Israeli “ambassador”

By Cindy Mindell WEST HARTFORD – If Mae West was right, “too much of a good thing can be wonderful.”  In the case of the Jewish community, the “good thing”… Read more »

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