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Hebrew School Merger
August 15, 2007

MILFORD/STRATFORD — In two nearby towns, two synagogues plus two rabbis, plus curious young children, equals Yachad, a newly combined religious school. Congregation Sinai of Milford and Temple Beth Sholom of Stratford have joined together to create Yachad, which in Hebrew means together. Yachad is… Read more...

Camp Laurelwood hosts children of IDF soldiers killed in action
August 7, 2007

MADISON — For 47 special Israeli children, Madison, Connecticut is truly a second home. For the fourth year in a row, Camp Laurelwood has again welcomed children of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers killed during their military service. Twenty-eight boys, 19 girls, and seven volunteer madrichim… Read more...

Fairfield man will play in the Israel Baseball League
June 13, 2007

FAIRFIELD — Banking or baseball? Nathan Mittag of Fairfield nearly had to make that choice — between a job offer with a Manhattan investment bank and an offer to play baseball with the Raanana Express of the newly formed Israel Baseball League. Mittag, a recent graduate with honors from Bucknell… Read more...

A historic Ner Tamid for Yeshiva of New Haven
May 22, 2007

NEW HAVEN — Rabbi Daniel Greer searched high and low for the perfect Ner Tamid for his Yeshiva of New Haven synagogue. The Ner Tamid (eternal light), which hangs in every synagogue in the world, is a symbolic reminder of the menorah which burned continuously in the inner sanctuary of the Holy… Read more...

A Day in the Life of a Mashgiach
May 8, 2007

NEW HAVEN — While kosher consumers are enjoying a slice of pizza, a few Oreos or some kosher wine from Australia, “mashgichim” (kosher supervisors) around the globe are checking, blow-torching, and “toveling” (koshering utensils) in the mikvah. In China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam, the Star… Read more...

West Haven synagogue to move to Milford
April 24, 2007

WEST HAVEN — Congregation Sinai, located in West Haven since 1929, recently sold their 78-year-old building in West Haven, and started construction of their new Milford synagogue space, located on the second floor of an existing commercial building at 55 Old Gate Lane. Rabbi Dana Bogatz, who grew… Read more...

Playwright bases play on his mother
April 10, 2007

NEW HAVEN — When Professor Doron Ben-Atar was growing up in Israel, his mother, Roma Nutkiewicz Ben-Atar, seldom spoke of her Holocaust experiences. When she did start speaking - “some time after the Six-Day War,” reports Professor Ben-Atar — her incredible story filled an entire book, “What Time… Read more...

Conversation with... Dr. Andres Martin: Yale child psychiatrist edits book of his mentor
March 21, 2007

NEW HAVEN — Dr. Andres Martin, associate professor of child psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine and medical director of the Children’s Psychiatric Inpatient Service at Yale-New Haven Hospital, credits his mentor, the late Dr. Donald Cohen, with his own decision to become a child… Read more...

Yale "eruv" creates Shabbat community
February 20, 2007

NEW HAVEN — Thanks to the construction of a new eruv (fence), life just got better for Jews at Yale. The eruv, which is attached to the eruv which already serves Westville and several other New Haven neighborhoods, will enable Sabbath observers on the Yale undergraduate and graduate campuses and… Read more...

Rabbi Hodakov's Jewish Radio Hour seeks new home
February 6, 2007

Sundays may never be the same for Florence Katz or Andy Bedford — unless Rabbi Yossi Hodakov of New Haven finds another station to host his weekly radio program. Rabbi Hodakov’s Jewish Radio Hour, broadcast on WYBC AM for four years on Sunday mornings from 10am to 11 a.m, has come to an end…. Read more...

New Haven woman creates upscale kosher gift boxes
February 2, 2007

You need a beautiful, up-scale kosher gift basket. What are your options? You can do-it-yourself, purchase a standard gift basket and hope there are enough kosher items to satisfy the recipient, or you can call or e-mail Sharon Salem, the New Haven entrepreneur, who is the founder and owner of The… Read more...

Connecticut teens share b'nai mitzvah with Righteous Gentiles
February 2, 2007

Two young men from Connecticut recently celebrated their b’nai mitzvah in a special way - dedicated to Righteous Gentiles who saved Jews during the Holocaust. Joshua Genn of Greenwich, and Adam Ehrman-Shapiro of Litchfield, chose to participate in the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous’ (JFR)… Read more...

New Haven rabbi goes on solidarity mission to Israel
December 7, 2006

NEW HAVEN — Rabbi Wesley Kalmar recently participated in a whirlwind rabbinic mission to Israel, designed to show U.S. rabbis the status of Israeli towns in the North and South which were ravaged by rockets earlier this year. Rabbi Kalmar, of the Westville Synagogue in New Haven, was the only… Read more...

Healthy and delicious new products at Kosherfest 2006
November 22, 2006

As I raced from my home in New Haven to the Manhattan bound Metro North train, enroute to Kosherfest 2006 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, I realized that I first needed a few groceries. The nearby Stop & Shop in Woodbridge has a nice selection of fresh and frozen kosher foods, so I… Read more...

Milford writer spins tale of 'Murder at the Statue of Liberty'
November 1, 2006

MILFORD — Manny Strumpf is the man responsible for the first wedding and the first murder at the Statue of Liberty. But he is neither a rabbi nor a criminal. Milford resident and long-time Jewish Ledger columnist, Strumpf knows a thing or two about Lady Liberty — he served for 22 years as the… Read more...

Westville Synagogue members purchased vests for Israeli soldiers
October 11, 2006

NEW HAVEN — When a New Haven doctor received an email with a plea for help from an Israeli doctor, he knew it was time to mobilize-especially since the lives of Israeli soldiers were at stake. Just before the start of Shabbat in mid-August, Dr. Arthur Levy, a New Haven oncologist and chairperson… Read more...

Book on Jonah by New Haven professor offers new interpretation
September 27, 2006

As the sun begins to set on Yom Kippur day, hungry congregants know that one “fishy” Bible story stands between them and their bagels. The biblical Book of Jonah, read during Mincha, the afternoon service of Yom Kippur, is so well-known that a Google search of the words “Book of Jonah” delivers… Read more...

New Haven Kollel provides an anchor in Torah
September 27, 2006

NEW HAVEN — Five yeshiva students-from Brooklyn and Monsey, New York and Edison, New Jersey and their wives and children - have moved to New Haven to spend their days learning and teaching as part of the New Haven Community Kollel. In describing the mission of a kollel, which in New Haven is… Read more...

Kosher Advocacy Group formed to support local businesses in New Haven
September 20, 2006

NEW HAVEN — When the Westville Kosher Bakery and Deli closed this past June, customers from all over Connecticut felt a sense of loss. A group of New Haven rabbis and congregants from several New Haven area Reform, Conservative and Orthodox shuls decided to take action. Wes Kalmar, rabbi of the… Read more...

Fans cheer on Israeli players at Pilot Pen
August 30, 2006

NEW HAVEN — Fans of New Haven’s Pilot Pen tennis tournament know about the legendary J-Bloch, the often raucous cheering section in the main stadium for local hero James Blake. Childhood friends and other fans cheered Blake to victory in last year’s tournament, and they screamed in support during… Read more...

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