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Pilot Pen Tennis Tournie is part of long journey for Israeli players in 2009
August 26, 2009

Freelance writer Howard Blas reports on the Pilot Pen Tennis Tournie in New Haven - from a Jewish perspective. The tournament was still in full swing as the Ledger went to press. Ezra Academy makes a night of it Ezra Academy of Woodbridge joined thousands of fans at the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament… Read more...

Q & A: Professor Doron Ben-Atar
July 1, 2009

New play addresses demonization of Israel among intellectual elite NEW HAVEN — Professor Doron Ben-Atar’s play, “Peace Warriors,” which he co-wrote with Debbie Pollak, will be performed at the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, D.C. in July and at the New York International Fringe Festival in… Read more...

"Dr. Ruth" recalls Kindertransport experience at Yale's Slifka Center
April 29, 2009

NEW HAVEN — Dr. Ruth Westheimer shared her experience as part of the Holocaust’s Kindertransport at “Orphans of the Holocaust,” the opening event of the Yom Hashoah-Holocaust Remembrance Day commemoration at Yale University’s Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life. Westheimer is co-teaching a… Read more...

Q & A: Prof Ori Sivan
April 22, 2009

Israeli students are more preoccupied than American students, says visiting Wesleyan prof. MIDDLETOWN — Ori Sivan is the head writer and co-creator of “BeTipul” - “In Treatment” - an award winning, five-night a week Israeli television program about therapist Reuven Dagan, his patients, and his… Read more...

Q & A: Dr. Baruch J. Schwartz
April 15, 2009

NEW HAVEN — Dr. Baruch J. Schwartz, native of Philadelphia and long-time resident of Efrat, Israel, is spending the academic year at Yale University as the Jacob Perlow Visiting Associate Professor in Judaic Studies. In the fall semester, Schwartz taught a seminar entitled “Worship in Ancient… Read more...

Idan Raichel Project opens World Tour in Ridgefield
March 13, 2009

RIDGEFIELD — The Idan Raichel Project, one of Israel’s most unique and popular musical groups, kicks off its 2009 World Tour with a March 22 appearance at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield. The “Project” is so much more than its namesake, the dreadlocked, 31-year old keyboardist, composer… Read more...

Kosherfest: The Connecticut Connection
November 25, 2008

While no Connecticut companies had booths at Kosherfest 2008, there were several people in attendance with strong Connecticut connections. Barbara Hodes, who with her husband, Andrew, is the owner of Judaica of New Haven, was scouting out potential merchandise for her Judaica shop. A Kosherfest… Read more...

New Day School to Open in New Haven
November 25, 2008

NEW HAVEN — The Jewish Community School of New Haven (JCS) is moving ahead rapidly with plans to open its doors in Sept. 2009. Founded by Rachel Light and Rebecca Silvera Sasson, the trans-denominational day school will offer a pluralistic Jewish envionment for children in kindergarten through… Read more...

Kosherfest 2008
November 25, 2008

SECAUCUS, NJ — Thousands of buyers, retailers and other food professionals attended the two-day Kosherfest 2008 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, N.J., showcasing products from 28 countries. In addition to 250 exhibitors and hundreds of new products, Kosherfest also included a… Read more...

Biking for the Love of Children
October 22, 2008

NEW HAVEN — For New Haven residents Dov and Nechama Langenauer, this Israel trip will be different from all previous trips Dov will be viewing Israel from his bike, and Nechama will be supporting riders on the Wheels of Love International Alyn Charity Bike Ride. The ride will take place November 9… Read more...

Jewish Players Stop In New Haven On The Way To The U.S. Open
August 29, 2008

NEW HAVEN — For two Jewish tennis players, New Haven is a great place to stop by on the road to the U.S. Open. American Jesse Levine, the 106th ranked mens player in the world, and Israeli Dudi Sela, ranked 75, spent last week at the Pilot Pen Tennis Tournament at Yales Connecticut Tennis Center… Read more...

Cooking Up a Summer at Camp Ramah
August 11, 2008

PALMER, MA — Finding a four course gourmet kosher meal in Palmer, Mass. is nearly impossible — unless Chef Paula Shoyer is in town. This summer, Chef Shoyer has returned to Camp Ramah in New England where she teaches a “select” group of campers about healthy, mouth-watering, kosher… Read more...

Wesleyan to screen cutting-edge Israeli films
March 30, 2008

MIDDLETOWN — For seven special nights this semester, Wesleyan University will seem more like artsy Tel Aviv than a college town in Connecticut. Thanks to the tireless work of Professor Dalit Katz and the Ring Family, Wesleyan will screen seven cutting-edge, contemporary Israeli films as part of… Read more...

Actor Bruce Altman leads Shakespeare workshop in Woodbridge
March 30, 2008

WOODBRIDGE — When Debbie Roth wanted to make Shakespeare come alive for her eighth grade English class at Ezra Academy in Woodbridge, she had a clever idea: Why not bring in a real actor who has performed Shakespeare on the stage? And so she did - enlisting the aid of Bruce Altman, a veteran actor… Read more...

Art exhibit showcases the work of Dr. Barry Zaret
January 22, 2008

WOODBRIDGE — Dr. Barry Zaret of Woodbridge is as passionate about his oils on canvas as he is about his cardiology research, teaching and clinical practice. Zaret’s work is the subject of a soon to open exhibit, “Prague Paintings and Other New Works,” at the Westville Gallery jn New Haven. The… Read more...

Visiting professors bring a taste of Israel to New Haven
December 19, 2007

NEW HAVEN — Connecticut has an illustrious history of hosting visiting Israeli professors on sabbatical.  Over the years, Israeli professors have come from Bar Ilan University, Hebrew University, Ben Gurion University, The Schechter Institute and other esteemed Israeli institutions to teach… Read more...

New Rabbi at Yale hopes to help enhance Shabbat programming
October 23, 2007

NEW HAVEN — Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt, new assistant rabbi at Yale Universitys Slifka Center, has quickly fallen in love with her job and the Yale community. One of the great things about Jewish life at Yale is that you dont have to define yourself here, she notes. There are people who are… Read more...

Chester synagogue welcomes new rabbi
October 23, 2007

CHESTER — Rabbi Rachel Goldenberg is Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedeks spiritual leader, activist, and cheerleader/publicity director all rolled into one. What attracted me was the people, reports Goldenberg. They are wonderful, creative people who participate with gusto. The spirit of the… Read more...

Yale to host conference on Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai
October 16, 2007

NEW HAVEN — Yehuda Amichai lived most of his life in Israel until his death in 2000. Now, the famous Israeli poet lives on at Yale University. Amichais extensive personal papers and literary archive are the first of a major writer in Hebrew to be added to Yales Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript… Read more...

Boston's kosher 'lobster' is Israeli tennis player
September 11, 2007

A kosher lobster has been spotted in Boston this summer. And it is the Israeli variety. Israeli tennis player Amir Hadad is one of five players on the co-ed Boston Lobsters World Team Tennis (WTT) team. World Team Tennis, co-founded by Billie Jean King in 1974, features 11 teams from across the… Read more...

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