Monday, April 21, 2014 Nisan 21, 5774

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Armin Rosen, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Juba, South Sudan This city in the world's newest country is not your typical Arabic-speaking capital. For one thing, most of the city's inhabitants are Christian. For another, the Israeli flag is ubiquitous here. "I love Israel," said Joseph Lago, who sells pens, chewing gum and phone cards at a small wooden stall decorated with Israeli and South Sudanese flags...
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Ron Kampeas, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Washington Advocates for Alan Gross, who is serving prison time in Cuba, say that talk of a trade for five Cuban spies is a non-starter. But they acknowledge hopes that the Obama administration will consider lower-level concessions in exchange for Cuban considerations for the jailed American. Insiders say that Gross' advocates want the U.S. government to consider, among other things,...
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Rabbi Steve Stroiman
When a couple dozen former students and staff of the Jewish Educational Workshop convened recently for the 40th anniversary reunion of this innovative program for teens in the early 1970s, the words "profound influence" resonated throughout the room. What was it about this program, we asked ourselves as we reminisced and viewed slides of those years, that made such an...
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The leader of Havana's Sephardic synagogue is urging American Jews to put aside their fears and visit Cuba. The 1,400-member community thrives off contact with the wider Jewish world and can use all the help it can get, according to Dr. Mayra Levy, president of the Centro Hebreo Sefardi de Cuba. "We have our Jewish life with Cuban style. We...
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Michail Kitsos is the first student to travel all the way from Greece to take classes at Gratz College's Melrose Park campus. He's also the first Greek Orthodox Christian to become valedictorian. And the 32-year-old is the first graduate whom Gratz administrators immediately hired to create a brand new certificate program, in Jewish-Christian Studies. On Sunday, the college will recognize...
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