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The great Torah scholar Maimonides affectionately known still to this day as Ramban by rabbis and yeshiva students alike was also a physician who toiled to heal the sick. At the height of his medical career, Maimonides became the personal physician of Saladin, one of the most powerful Arab rulers in history. Ever since Jews and Medicine have appeared to be...
The first comprehensive study of Pittsburgh's Jewish community in 16 years indicates the city's Jewish population has increased and is more residentially diverse than it was in 2002. The Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh analysis also revealed that a quarter of Jewish households have someone suffering from an impairment, disability or chronic physical or mental health problem. Among the study's findings: Pittsburgh...
The Cleveland POPS Orchestra will perform “A Broadway Celebration: Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins: A Centennial Celebration” from 8 to 11 p.m. March 2 at Severance Hall in the University Circle neighborhood of Cleveland. “The two men are icons of American music and made unbelievable contributions to Broadway,” said the show’s conductor Carl Topilow, who also conducts and directs Cleveland...
It’s safe to say there is no Katz’s Delicatessen in Seoul. In fact, until about a decade ago, local Jews relied on the local US Army base for their Jewish needs, such as Shabbat services and Passover seders, which became more difficult as security measures were heightened over the years. Since 2008, Rabbi Osher and Mussy Litzman, South Korea’s first permanent...
Queen Esther and Uncle Mordechai, King Ahasuerus and that rogue Haman. All of them (and even poor old deposed Queen Vashti) would be flummoxed by the sheer volume of lunatic finery donned by Israelis on their holiday. On it, we mark a somewhat serious chapter in Jewish history, when Haman’s villainy was a force that nearly wiped out all the...
When Ariella Jessel and Emily Geagan discovered Temple Beth Abraham in Oakland about three years ago, the synagogue warmly welcomed the Lesbian couple and their young children. "That was probably one of the factors to joining the synagogue for us -- it was diverse, but we weren't going to be the only same- sex couple or family," said Geagan. "The...
Many Americans know that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner both practice Orthodox Judaism. Most Americans have also heard that Ivanka doesn’t practice the same religion as Donald Trump. (The president grew up a Presbyterian. And he still considers himself a member of this Christian denomination.) As you might imagine, Ivanka Trump had to get used to some new rules — including those...
נאומו של נשיא הקונגרס היהודי העולמי, רונלד לאודר, באירוע ההנצחה לציון 500 שנים לגטו יהודי וונציה - ונציה, מרץ 2016.  בנאומו משבח נשיא הקונגרס היהודי העולמי את ממשלת איטליה על ההכרה הפומבית בטעות והעוול שנעשו בהקמת הגטו היהודי בוונציה, שהיה הגטו הראשון בהיסטוריה. בהמשך מזכיר לאודר את עמידותו של העם היהודי בתוך הגטו ושגשוגה של הקהילה לנוכח העובדה שנכלאה מאחורי חומות...
A French national who spied on the Nazis will tell her tale of bravery and risk at the Chabad Jewish Center of Cape Coral's annual dinner next week. Now 97, Marthe Cohn, is a devoutly religious Jewish woman born in Metz, France, just across the German border. As the Nazi occupation escalated, Cohn's sister, one of seven siblings, was sent to Auschwitz....
Jews across the globe are lacing up their skates, strapping on their helmets, and, I don’t know, polishing their curling brooms? Regardless, Israel is sending its largest delegation ever, and multiple Americans are competing in everything from skeleton to figure skating. But before we move forward to new, icy heights (peaks?), let’s take a step back and look at some...

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