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JCC/NH opens teen lounge, new caf
August 23, 2006

While New Haven residents are still enjoying the final days of summer, the JCC of Greater New Haven is already thinking ahead to the fall and winter months. As part of the JCC Annual Facility Fix-Up and Cleaning, the JCC will remain closed through Sunday, Aug. 27. The JCC will re-open on Monday… Read more...

"Mixed Blessings" on display at Yale's Slifka Center
August 2, 2006

A Ned Harris photo on display at the Slifka Center. Photo courtesy Ned Harris. NEW HAVEN — Rockland County photographer Ned Harris has an eye for Jewish themes and Jewish humor. In his photograph entitled, “Mixed Blessings,” Harris captures the word “Jewish” on New York’s Time Square news… Read more...

Israelis at Camp struggle with torn obligations
July 20, 2006

PALMER, Mass. — While Israelis sat in bomb shelters in the north of Israel, more than 60 staff members of Camp Ramah in New England - Americans and Israelis, sat in the staff lounge together-listening to the latest news from Israel, sharing concerns about family members and friends living in… Read more...

Kids, Inspiration, Wisdom, Integrity (KIWI): Couple Starts Publishing Company
June 22, 2006

WOODBRIDGE — When Andre Bello met the Battat family in Jamaica, they were the first Jewish people he had ever met. Trinidadian-born Bello and his wife developed such a strong connection with the Battats that they recently stayed in their Woodbridge home to share in the celebration of Sivan… Read more...

Westville Kosher Bakery closes its doors
June 22, 2006

NEW HAVEN — Getting a fresh loaf of rye bread or a large babka in Connecticut just got a little harder. The Westville Kosher Bakery, located on Whalley Avenue in New Haven, was closed for the Jewish holiday of Shavuot and never re-opened. The Westville Kosher Bakery and Fox’s Deli featured a… Read more...

Paintings by Yale grad on display at Slifka Center
June 1, 2006

NEW HAVEN — Most painters use paintbrushes or even fingers in their work. Joshua Meyer, a Yale College (1996) graduate and current resident of Cambridge, Mass., uses neither-he paints only with knives! Meyers uses knives to layer the paint and move the colors around for his oil paintings. In the… Read more...

New Haven Businessman Barry Vine Helps Send Kids to Camp
May 25, 2006

NEW HAVEN — As the summer of 1952 was drawing to a close, the New Haven Register featured a photo of eight smiling children wearing birthday hats and blowing out candles, as they stood gathered around a large birthday cake. The caption read, “Jewish Center Campers End Season with Birthday Fete.”… Read more...

Conversation with... David Margolick
May 18, 2006

Homegrown author inspired to write book on Louis-Schmeling fight David Margolick has worked for the past nine years as a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, where he mainly covers politics, media and culture. Prior to that, Margolick was the national legal affairs editor at the New York Times. For… Read more...

It's a long way from Afula, Israel to Yale Law School
May 11, 2006

NEW HAVEN — For Karin Carmit Yefet, it has been a long, exciting journey from Afula, Israel, to Yale Law School. And the enthusiastic, charismatic 26-year-old female may just have what it takes to become a future justice of the Israeli Supreme Court. Prior to arriving in New Haven in 2004 to begin… Read more...

Exhibit of posters of prominent New Haven residents on display
April 27, 2006

NEW HAVEN — The Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven will host “Prominent Jewish-Americans with New Haven Connections,” an exhibit of ten posters by local artist Alan Falk. The exhibit will officially open on Sunday, April 30 from 1-4 p.m. at the Ethnic Heritage Center on the campus of… Read more...

New program to offer intensive Judaic studies for teens
April 26, 2006

NEW HAVEN — Starting next September, Jewish students in New Haven entering grades nine and ten will have a new option for continuing their Jewish studies - the New Haven Judaic Academy. The Judaic Academy will serve as an after school program, offering students a fairly intense curriculum of… Read more...

New Haven Rabbi adds Mohel to his list of accomplishments
April 6, 2006

Rabbi Dov Greer of New Haven has traveled around the world in his quest to become a mohel (one skilled in performing ritual circumcisions). A graduate of Yale University, Greer notes that he was always interested in mila - so much so that he would take off time from his studies at a yeshiva in… Read more...

Educators go on 'Mitzvah Heroes Tour' to Israel
March 23, 2006

When Heather Fiedler, a Judaic Studies fifth grade teacher at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford found out that she had been selected as one of 30 North American educators on the ZIV Foundation Mitzvah Heroes Tour for Educators - a program founded by Danny Siegel — she was… Read more...

Camp Yofi for families with autistic children
March 2, 2006

For the Katten family of West Hartford, Clayton, Georgia was a perfect destination for their summer vacation-though it is not easy to reach this tranquil spot in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Kattens were one of 20 families lucky enough to participate this past year in Camp Yofi… Read more...

Jewish Reconstructionist Foundation purchases new camp in the Poconos
March 2, 2006

The Jewish Reconstructionist Federation (JRF) has big plans to build Jewish identity and community-and it involves a swimming pool, a lake, an arts center, sports fields, courts, and acres of untouched forest in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. According to Rabbi Jeff Eisenstat, director of… Read more...

Prof. Hazan says Israeli politics shifting with the opinion polls
February 15, 2006

NEW HAVEN-With the Israeli elections only one month away, and the situation in Israel uncertain given the condition of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and the recent Hamas victory, experts on the Israeli political situation are in great demand. CNN, Fox News, NPR and the Jewish communities of the… Read more...

Wesleyan hosts Israel Film Festival
February 15, 2006

MIDDLETOWN — This spring, Israeli culture will be alive and well in Middletown. Thanks to Dalit Katz and her colleagues at Wesleyan University, students, faculty and the simply curious are invited to the Ring Family Wesleyan Israel Film Festival. The festival, which started Feb.14 and runs six… Read more...

Student organizes 'Songs of Love' project
February 9, 2006

CHESHIRE — Tenth-grader Jochai Ben-Avie was attending a shabbaton at Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel with his family in September when he became inspired. The scholar-in-residence that day was Danny Siegel, also know as “The Mitzvah Man.” Director of the Ziv Foundation, Siegel speaks around the… Read more...

The sun will shine on BEKI bar mitzvah
January 5, 2006

When Tsvi Benson-Tilsen celebrates his bar mitzvah on Feb. 18, the sun will surely shine on Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel (BEKI) in New Haven. Tsvis bar mitzvah project, which involves installing a 6,000 watt photovoltaic system on the BEKI roof, is designed to harness solar power for the… Read more...

Conversation with... Avi Silberschatz
December 22, 2005

Yale Professor talks about his work in Computer Science NEW HAVEN — When Israeli Avi Silberschatz moved to the United States in the 1970s to begin his studies at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, he intended to major in industrial engineering. But after taking a course in the… Read more...

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