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Thursday, September 21, 2017

It’s 2017, and the best athletes are Jews

By half-time at the Rose Bowl this weekend, UCLA was trailing 38-10. By the end of the third quarter, Texas A&M managed to widen its lead to 44-10. And even though the Bruins started scoring in the fourth, many fans were slouching towards their cars, considering the game over. Enter Josh Rosen: With 43 seconds remaining, the Bruins’ quarterback faked...
Aaron Brown is an aerospace engineer specializing in trajectory analysis, design, and operations at NASA's Johnson Space Center. Aaron has worked as a Trajectory Operations Officer for the International Space Station program. He is now engaged in algorithm and technique development for the next generation of trajectory software that will support NASA's new Orion vehicle. Aaron is also currently pursuing a...
Two Jewish centenarians in Britain celebrated their 83rd wedding anniversary, becoming what is thought to be the country’s longest married couple. Helen and Maurice Kaye, aged 104 and 105, celebrated their anniversary last week surrounded by their family at home in Bournemouth, the Jewish Chronicle of London reported Thursday, noting the longevity milestone. The couple met when Maurice Kaye was a traveling salesman...
Latif Jiji looks over this year’s crop at Chateau Latif with an expression of satisfaction. If you’ve never heard of Chateau Latif, you’re not alone. In fact, your favorite sommelier probably hasn’t heard of it, either. It’s not from the south of France, nor is it from Napa Valley. Rather, it’s terroir is the Upper East Side of Manhattan. As far...
Shannon Sarna, 35, of South Orange has baked new life into old standards, and she’s got me believing in the power of resurrection when it comes to Jewish carbohydrates. If you swoon over the buttery cream cheese dough of rugelach; if your babka lives or dies on the quality of its cinnamon; if you think prune, apricot, and raspberry are...
In September 1939, while Nazi Germany invaded Central Poland and initiated World War II, Polish Jews were ordered to wear signifying markers on their clothing to identify them as such. Germany was already steeped in anti-Semitism. As early as 1933, Jews had been removed from their positions in government, the army, and at universities and newspapers; 1935’s Nuremberg Laws stripped...

Jerry Lewis, Jewish comedy great, dies at 91

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Jerry Lewis, the high prince of low-brow comedy on stage and in movies as well as a fund-raising powerhouse with his annual Labor Day telethon, died on Sunday of "natural causes" at the age of 91, his family said. "Famed comedian, actor and legendary entertainer Jerry Lewis passed away peacefully today of natural causes at 91 at his home in...
British-Jewish striker Nick Blackman, who is currently playing for Derby County, was flown to Israel at the invitation of BMaccabi Tel Aviv to meet the team and examine the option of relocating to coastal city's club. This isn't the first time the Jewish athlete visited Israel. He took part in the Maccabiah games when he was 13 years old. He...
A Philadelphia taxi driver, Sanford Jacobs, 21, and his wife, Louise, have been notified by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service that they will have to take their 2-year-old daughter, Lesley, out of the country because she is an alien in the eyes of the law. Jacobs, who joined the U.S. Air Force in 1950, spent three of his four...

A Dutch filmmaker searches for his Jewish roots

“My father, Marcel Bregstein, was a successful professor of civil law. He later became Rector of what was, at the time, Amsterdam Municipal University. My father forced me to study law. As a Jew, he was a convinced assimilationist.  He died as a result of a fall from a hotel window in Palermo, Sicily in 1957. “I completed my law...

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