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Community activist brings Holocaust to Bridgeport classroom

Community activist brings Holocaust to Bridgeport classroom

By Cindy Mindell   BRIDGEPORT – Four young teens stand in front of a backdrop showing the silhouette of a high wall topped with barbed wire and interspersed with watchtowers…. Read more »

Spotlight on… Just Sydney (and Cate)

Spotlight on… Just Sydney (and Cate)

Simsbury teen reflects on a unique friendship By Cindy Mindell   SIMSBURY – Sydney Winnick was just five when she and her family moved from Bloomfield to the suburb of… Read more »

Israel mourns and vows Hamas ‘will pay’ as slain teens laid to rest

Israel mourns and vows Hamas ‘will pay’ as slain teens laid to rest

By Lilach Shoval, Shlomo Cesana and Israel Hayom/JNS.org, with additional reporting The following report was filed as the Ledger went to press on Tuesday, July 1.   The citizens of… Read more »

The State of the Community – A Look at Connecticut’s Jewish Federations

The State of the Community – A Look at Connecticut’s Jewish Federations

New hires, executive directors coming and going, lay leaders steering the ship, even a merger – Connecticut’s Jewish Federations are making changes to keep up with the economy, Jewish demographics,… Read more »

On the move again – Southbury synagogue finds a new home

On the move again – Southbury synagogue finds a new home

By Cindy Mindell   WOODBURY – As the first Byzantine-style synagogue in Connecticut, Beth El Synagogue made headlines when it opened its new building on Cooke Street in Waterbury in… Read more »

David Letterman’s sidekick on his ‘dream job,’ Jewish upbringing 

David Letterman’s sidekick on his ‘dream job,’ Jewish upbringing 

By Robert Gluck/JNS.org   A Jewish upbringing taught Paul Shaffer, David Letterman’s musical director and sidekick for 32 years, the value of giving back. After the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks,… Read more »

IDF Finds Bodies of Kidnapped Teens near Hebron

IDF Finds Bodies of Kidnapped Teens near Hebron

(JNS.org) The Israel Defense Forces said it found the bodies of the three kidnapped Jewish teens near Hebron. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called an emergency cabinet meeting in the… Read more »

Birth of a 21st century phenomenon: Becoming a mother in midlife

Birth of a 21st century phenomenon: Becoming a mother in midlife

By Cindy Mindell   WEST HARTFORD – Cyma Shapiro was 46 when she decided to adopt a child. She had helped raise her husband’s two children from a previous marriage,… Read more »

Building a strong financial future

Building a strong financial future

New community endowment campaign sets an unconventional course By Cindy Mindell   WEST HARTFORD – It may take a village to raise a child, but who sustains the village? This… Read more »

Reflections on The Rebbe – The 20th Yahrzeit of Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson

Reflections on The Rebbe – The 20th Yahrzeit of Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson

Rabbis write up the Rebbe By Jacob Kamaras/JNS.org   Two well-known contemporary rabbis. Two prolific authors. Two personal journeys. One Rebbe. Rabbis Joseph Telushkin and Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz have come… Read more »

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