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Algerian Chaabi Musicians Reunite in the Band El Gusto

Algerian Chaabi Musicians Reunite in the Band El Gusto | Cleveland Jewish Community | Scoop.it
A reunion of Muslim and Jewish Chaabi musicians from Algeria has led to concerts and a new film, “El Gusto.”...
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Garber Library to close after 40 years; Agnon to use space

Garber Library to close after 40 years; Agnon to use space | Cleveland Jewish Community | Scoop.it
The Aaron Garber Library in Beachwood – the central library of the Greater Cleveland Jewish community for nearly 40 years – will close at the end of August, the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland announced Aug. 8.
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Sad the library is closing, but glad The Agnon School will get a chance to expand its library space!

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Protesters demonstrate at Jewish Federation in Beachwood

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Susan Schnur identifies as Jewish, but that didn’t stop her Aug. 1 from driving to Beachwood with three signs in hand to demonstrate against Israeli missile attacks in Gaza. In fact, she had no problem being the first demonstrator to stand in front of th
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short article and shorter video about the protest on Friday, August. 1

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Delta cancels all Israel flights over missile fear

Delta cancels all Israel flights over missile fear | Cleveland Jewish Community | Scoop.it
Delta Air Lines is canceling all flights to Israel until further notice, citing reports that a rocket landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport.
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Ohio buys $47.8 million in Israel bonds

Ohio buys $47.8 million in Israel bonds | Cleveland Jewish Community | Scoop.it
For the second straight year, Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel is making history.
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According to information provided by Mandel’s office, Israel bonds are an attractive investment option for state and municipal public funds because they maintain a high credit rating, are dependable and yield a competitive interest rate.

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philanthropist's efforts to boost young audiences at orchestra in new york times

philanthropist's efforts to boost young audiences at orchestra in new york times | Cleveland Jewish Community | Scoop.it
In a New York Times post titled, "Maintaining a Classical-Music Miracle in Cleveland," writer Craig Duff covers efforts by local philanthropist Milton Maltz to increase the number of young audience members at Cleveland Orchestra performances.
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The aging of the audience is something all orchestras are grappling with, but Mr. Maltz decided to do something about it. He and his wife, Tamar, donated $20 million to help the orchestra build a younger audience by offering all-you-can hear “FanCards” to young concertgoers that allow them to attend as many concerts as they like each season for $50.

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Maltzes raise CWRU gift to $30 million

Maltzes raise CWRU gift to $30 million | Cleveland Jewish Community | Scoop.it
Now that Milton and Tamar Maltz have more than doubled their commitment to Case Western Reserve University, Maltz family and foundation funds will make up close to half the cost of the transformation of The Temple-Tifereth Israel in University Circle into a complex also accommodating a performing arts center for CWRU.
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This is exciting in many ways --  the University Circle building is both a beautiful architectural landmark and an important piece of Cleveland's Jewish history. Among the many pluses to this plan: transforming the building into a new CWRU performing arts complex ensures that the building's sizable upkeep costs will be taken care of.

 

Between this and the Maltz Museum, Milton and Tamar Maltz have made particularly effective use of their philanthropy, contributing creative, substantive and public-minded projects which enhance the literal and metaphorical landscape of Cleveland, Jewish and otherwise. 

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The Jewish Week

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"A recent visit to Ohio’s Jewish and cultural capital revealed a downtown in its second renaissance of recent decades, with enough urban energy o warrant exploration even during these freezing months."

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Abba Hillel Silver, Man of the Zionist Hour

Abba Hillel Silver, Man of the Zionist Hour | Cleveland Jewish Community | Scoop.it
The forgotten story of the arrogant, overbearing egotist who, with one speech, united the American Jewish community behind the Zionist idea and helped secure the Jewish future.
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Mosaic Magazine article argues "Abba Hillel Silver's contribution to the creation of Israel has been all but forgotten.  But he deserves to be remembered as the greatest American Zionist of all."


A forgotten bit of Jewish history.

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Menorah Park stages Thanksgivukah parade - Cleveland Jewish News

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Menorah Park stages Thanksgivukah parade
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Menorah Park Center for Senior Living will host a Thanksgivukah parade at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 27100 Cedar Road in Beachwood.
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It's your last chance to see a Thanksgivukkah parade for another 80,000 years.

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Celebrate Chanukah with Columbus Blue Jackets - Cleveland Jewish News

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Celebrate Chanukah with Columbus Blue Jackets
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Columbus Blue Jackets fans will have a chance to celebrate the first night of Chanukah with the National Hockey League team when it faces the Nashville Predators at 7 p.m.
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Hillel’s Roth wins top professional award

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Rabbi Julie Roth, executive director of The Center for Jewish Life: Hillel at Princeton University, has been awarded one of the international Hillel movement’s highest honors for professionals.
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"Roth’s own journey began in her native Cleveland. She fondly recalls her Sunday school days, when one of her teachers was a future member of Congress, Eric Fingerhut, the incoming president of Hillel International. Fingerhut presented her award last month."

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royberko.info: Winsor French, Cleveland legend, to come to alive at Beck Center

royberko.info: Winsor French, Cleveland legend, to come to alive at Beck Center | Cleveland Jewish Community | Scoop.it

Who is Winsor French?   From the early 1930s until the late 1960s, Winsor French, an about-town columnist for the Cleveland News and later the Cleveland Press, and founder of PARADE magazine, was the darling of Cleveland society. 

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I've never heard of Winsor French (or, for that matter, “Jewish Jolly Set,” ), but he sounds fascinating:

 

"French . . . was “in” with the “Jewish Jolly Set,” the most influential Jews in Cleveland. . . . French was able to . . . espouse Jewish causes due to his connections not only with Hanna, but with Cleveland Indian’s owner Bill Veeck.


"In an era of racism, French often wrote about local Black night clubs and, in the age of prohibition, told about illegal speakeasies, and even commented on the cost of their booze."

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Atheist group fights Holocaust memorial

Atheist group fights Holocaust memorial | Cleveland Jewish Community | Scoop.it
Does a Star of David create a constitutional conflict?
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"We are a nation that is supposed to keep its faith and its politics separate, however poor a job we often make of it. But there’s a world of difference between acknowledging religion and enforcing it. There’s a difference between handing out bibles to school kids or erecting someilliterate version of the Ten Commandments at your state capitol and ignoring history. Most of us who strongly support the separation of church and state can also accept that if you’re talking about the Holocaust, it really ought to not be a big problem to identify its impact on the Jewish community. "

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All God’s Griffins Got Wings at Cleveland Synagogue

All God’s Griffins Got Wings at Cleveland Synagogue | Cleveland Jewish Community | Scoop.it
Winged lions and Orthodox temples don’t usually go together. In the midst of a renovation, Cleveland’s historic Green Road Synagogue ponders removing the griffins for aesthetic reasons.
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At Green Road Synagogue, the Ark is guarded by two fierce beasts, which may or may not survive the planned renovations. Carved into the wood, the winged lions (neo-Gothic griffins, according to an expert) may symbolize the tribe of Judah and "the rabbinic injunction to be 'strong as a lion' for morning services," but some synagogue members object to them on aesthetic and religious grounds. 

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Solidarity Rally for Israel, 7/22

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About 2800 people gathered at the JCC on 7/22 to show support for Israel.  "We came together as a Jewish community, together with friends in the broader community, to take a stand against terror and forIsrael. We are a community that stands for peace."

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BREAKING NEWS: Former Maccabi Tel Aviv coach Blatt to lead Cavs

BREAKING NEWS: Former Maccabi Tel Aviv coach Blatt to lead Cavs | Cleveland Jewish Community | Scoop.it

Former Maccabi Tel Aviv coach David Blatt has been hired as the next head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to David Pick, senior correspondent at Eurobasket.com and ONE.co.il, who tweeted that Blatt confirmed the deal.

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The complete story is located at http://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/features/sports/local_sports/article_43838f4e-f8a5-11e3-b4f5-0019bb2963f4.html

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Maintaining a Classical-Music Miracle in Cleveland

Maintaining a Classical-Music Miracle in Cleveland | Cleveland Jewish Community | Scoop.it
The Cleveland Orchestra is trying to attract the youngest audience of any in America by its 100th birthday in 2018.
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The aging of the audience is something all orchestras are grappling with, but Mr. Maltz decided to do something about it. He and his wife, Tamar, donated $20 million to help the orchestra build a younger audience by offering all-you-can hear “FanCards” to young concertgoers that allow them to attend as many concerts as they like each season for $50.

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Siegals give $1.25 million to create program for overnight campers

Siegals give $1.25 million to create program for overnight campers | Cleveland Jewish Community | Scoop.it
Jewish philanthropists Michael and Anita Siegal announced June 3 a $1.25 million dollar endowment to establish the Michael and Anita Siegal One Happy Camper Program.
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Another boost for Jewish camping!

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Turoff new general legal counsel for Hillel International

Turoff new general legal counsel for Hillel International | Cleveland Jewish Community | Scoop.it
Twenty years ago, Tracy A. Turoff worked alongside Eric Fingerhut as a legislative aide in Washington, D.C., when he represented Ohio’s 19th congressional district. Turoff will be working with Fingerhut once again as she prepares to serve as the first general legal counsel of Hillel International.
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Local gal makes good story. Not that she wasn't already doing good {and well) before this.  She's on the Cleveland Jewish News board, lives in Solon, went to CWRU and the Cleveland Marshall School of Law and was a partner at a Cleveland Law firm. She first worked with Eric Fingerhut, the president and CEO of Hillel International, as a legislative aide when he was a congressman.


 An aside: For decades, Fingerhut's mom, Alice, sat at the Cleveland Jewish News's front desk welcoming visitors She was smart and brisk and lovely and it was a shame when she was retired (although she could be a stickler when doling out office supplies.)  

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Jerry Fine dies, he brought Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster together

Jerry Fine dies, he brought Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster together | Cleveland Jewish Community | Scoop.it
Jerome "Jerry" Fine, the man who brought together Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in the early 1930s, has died.
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Peter Lewis is praised at his funeral for his drive, creativity and generosity

Peter Lewis is praised at his funeral for his drive, creativity and generosity | Cleveland Jewish Community | Scoop.it
Speakers at Peter B. Lewis' funeral on Tuesday lauded his generosity, wit, drive, ethics, honesty and love of life.
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Photo: "Rabbi Richard Block speaks Tuesday at the funeral of insurance executive Peter B. Lewis, whose body rested in a simply pine casket with a black stetson "Lone Ranger" hat atop the lid." (Lynn Ischay, The Plain Dealer)

 

One of Cleveland's most notable citizens, his company, Progressive Insurance, "created 26,000 jobs across the nation. Lewis amassed a fortune estimated at $1 billion at his death, and gave away $500 million to Princeton and Case Western Reserve universities, the American Civil Liberties Union and other causes."

 

His casket was wheeled out of the chapel of the The Temple-Tifereth Israel main building in University Circle to the accompaniment of the Mahogany Brass Band of New Orleans.

"Once the casket was outside, the band picked up the tempo by playing 'When the Saints Go Marching In.'

"It was, as several attendees said, exactly what Lewis had wanted."

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Let's light the menorah - Cleveland Jewish News

Let's light the menorah - Cleveland Jewish News | Cleveland Jewish Community | Scoop.it
Let's light the menorah
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6 p.m., Waterstone Medical Center, 14100 Cedar Road, University Heights. Sponsored by Waxman Chabad Center. 216-381-1770 or www.chabadofcleveland.com.
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Public menorah lights are all over the place next week.

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Schechter schools considering embracing patrilineal descent

Schechter schools considering embracing patrilineal descent | Cleveland Jewish Community | Scoop.it
Synagogues aren’t the only institutions in the Conservative movement changing their policies to become more welcoming to non-Jews and interfaith families.
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I didn't know they didn't accept it now!  A missed opportunity for Conservative Judaism, for sure.

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Two Plain Dealer staffers will be inducted into Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame

Two Plain Dealer staffers will be inducted into Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame | Cleveland Jewish Community | Scoop.it

Also being inducted in the the Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame:

 

• Violet Spevack has been writing her "Cavalcade" column for the Cleveland Jewish News for the past 48 years, starting a few months after the publication debuted as a weekly newspaper. She was honored by the CJN Foundation last year at a gala that raised money to create the Violet Spevack Internship Endowment in her honor.

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Yasher Koach, Vi!

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The Murders That Still Haunt My Family

The Murders That Still Haunt My Family | Cleveland Jewish Community | Scoop.it
Who are they? What is their background? Do they like the danger and the money? Or hate it. Stay or leave? If they're religious, how do they reconcile their ethical teachings? How are their lives affected?
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"My mother met my father in 1912 when she was 15, after graduating from the Jewish Orphan Home in Cleveland, Ohio. He was considered a catch for an orphan girl -- good looking, with money in his pocket and a shiny Winton automobile. They were married in 1915, and when Prohibition became law in 1919, he found the career he was born to." 

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