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Bikers ride in Israel to raise funds for Alyn Hospital
November 30, 2005

WOODBRIDGE-When Judith Hess saw a Jewish Ledger article last year about a Hazon environmental fundraising bike ride in Israel, she cut it out and saved it, hoping that one day she too, could participate in such a ride. Recently, the Woodbridge mother of two did just that. Hess just returned from… Read more...

Comedian to appear at two fundraisers
November 30, 2005

On a recent trip to Israel with his wife and four-year-old twin daughters, comedian Joel Chasnoff was called on to perform his comedy routine at the spur of the moment. “Someone recognized me from a performance I had done at a conference in England,” Chasnoff explained. “Next thing I knew, I… Read more...

New Haven area hockey player member of Israel National Team
November 30, 2005

Hockey is alive and well in Israel. The Israel National Team played in the highly competitive Spartak Tournament in Moscow this past August, and they will play in the 2006 World Championships in France (against Germany, Hungary, Japan and France) this April. And Jeff Russell of Orange is proud that… Read more...

Kosherfest 2005 offers tasty new foods for the kosher consumer
November 22, 2005

Madonna didnt make an appearance, but Kabbalah Energy drink did. There were rumors that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg would show up, but the thousands on hand had to settle for Kirk Rademaker, as he put the finishing touches on a hummus bust of the mayor. The Bloomberg sculpture was on display… Read more...

Alan Falk paints "artistic midrash"
November 17, 2005

Artist Alan Falk paints what can best be described as artistic midrash. Falks work includes paintings depicting the biblical characters of Adam, Abraham and Hagar and the creation story. His wide-ranging Jewish art also depicts holiday scenes, acts of human kindness, peace, and Chaim Potok. But… Read more...

"The Bar and Bat Mitzvah Across America"
November 11, 2005

NEW HAVEN — Who attends more bar and bat mitzvahs in a year - rabbis and cantors, seventh graders, or Mark Oppenheimer? If the year in question was 2002, the award probably goes to Oppenheimer, editor of the New Haven Advocate and author of the recently published “Thirteen and a Day: The Bar and… Read more...

Urim Minyan maximizes participation of men and women
November 10, 2005

NEW HAVEN — On a recent Shabbat morning, the third floor Zucker Reading Room in Yale Universitys Slifka Center had lots of singing and camaraderie, a mechitza (the divider separating male and females during prayer) n and male and female prayer leaders and Torah readers. While college students… Read more...

"Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad" comes to New Haven
October 12, 2005

Mix one part Jewish outreach with equal parts comedy and irreverence and the result is “Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad.” According to Susannah Perlman, known by such titles as “hostess, ringleader, comedian/chanteuse and Goddess Perlman,” the show is a “refreshing mix of comedy, music, spoken-word and… Read more...

Ezra fundraiser will be tour of New Haven mansions
September 22, 2005

When Doron Ben-Atar left Israel in 1979 to attend Brandeis University, he had no idea that his life would become so interconnected with American history. Ben-Atar received a PhD in American history, he teaches American history at Fordham University (following a long stint at Yale), and he lives in… Read more...

The Towers boasts their own "rabbi"
September 22, 2005

NEW HAVEN — In one New Haven synagogue, all members live in the building, some walk to shul, and the rabbi, despite his graying beard, is still younger than every single congregant. Dr. Arnold Carmel serves as rabbi of Tower One/Tower East, an independent living facility in New Haven, with its… Read more...

Conversation with... Paul Reiser
September 22, 2005

Actors based new movie partly on his Jewish family NEW YORK — Paul Reiser is a well-known screen, TV and stage actor, stand-up comedian, author and musician. He was co-creator and star of NBCs critically acclaimed series, Mad About You, and he has starred in such movies as Get Bruce, Beverly Hills… Read more...

Update: Cubs' Greenberg on Road to Recovery
September 15, 2005

Marc and Wendy Greenberg of Guilford were in the stands at Dolphins Stadium in Miami the July night when their son Adam was hit in the head by a fastball in his first Major League baseball game. Adam, 24, had been called up from Double A West Tennessee for his first major league appearance with the… Read more...

New group of young emissaries arrive
September 8, 2005

MADISON — Camp Laurelwood turned into an instant absorption center for an eager group of Israelis last week as the new crop of Young Emissaries from Israel’s Afula-Gilboa region arrived in America. They spent four days last week at Laurelwood of intensive training, bonding, meetings with Jewish… Read more...

Florida teen won Wimbeldon Juniors doubles
September 1, 2005

In many ways, Jesse Levine is a typical 17-year-old-he enjoys hanging out with his friends, listening to hip hop music, playing basketball and soccer, and using the Internet. In fact, it is easier to connect with Levine by email than by phone. Levine and partner Michael Shabaz won the Wimbeldon… Read more...

Jewish players at Pilot Pen
September 1, 2005

NEW HAVEN-In the second round of the men’s doubles at the Pilot Pen Tennis Tournament last week, Jewish players were on both sides of the net Israelis Andy Ram and Jonathan “Yoni” Erlich faced Justin Gimelstob and his (non-Jewish) partner, Jim Thomas. Andy Ram, 25, was one of four male qualifiers… Read more...

Thanks to Morris Trachten and others, UConn students can enjoy three kosher meals a day
September 1, 2005

When Morris Trachten attended the University of Connecticut in the 1940s, very few students kept kosher. “I survived on tuna and egg salad,” recalls Trachten, who entered UConn in 1942, left to serve in the military, then completed his studies in the School of Business Administration in 1948. Now… Read more...

Enjoy a kosher nosh at the ballpark
July 23, 2005

NEW HAVEN-When Jonathan Fleisig was a boy, all the kids in the neighborhood knew his house was kosher. Now, when kids and adults eat in his ballpark, they can also enjoy kosher food. New York resident Fleisig, 39, is the majority owner of the New Haven County Cutters. “The idea of serving food to… Read more...

Conversation with... Lillian Vernon
July 23, 2005

Catalog pioneer honored by Shaare Zedek Medical Center On June 6, Lillian Vernon, catalog pioneer, philanthropist and Greenwich resident, received the Woman of Achievement Award at the 18th annual luncheon for the Women’s Division of Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. Lillian Vernon is the… Read more...

Two honored for commitment to Westville Synagogue
July 21, 2005

NEW HAVEN — Two area men were recently honored for quietly keeping Judaism alive in Westville for nearly half a century. William ("Bill”) Ledewitz and Albert ("Al”) Hourwitz have each been attending the daily minyan at the Westville Synagogue for 45 years. “These men truly teach us what it means… Read more...

Camp Laurelwood hosts Israeli children affected by terror
July 21, 2005

MADISON — When Ruth Ann Ornstein received an email from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) last year, she knew Camp Laurelwood had an important job to do. Ornstein, executive director of Camp Laurelwood, and other camp directors around the country were asked to apply to be the host camp for Israeli… Read more...

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