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Pizmón Reflection

By Avidan Halivni Pizmon prides itself on being an outreach group. One of the slogans I heard when I first joined the group was that Pizmon is not an a cappella group that does musical outreach, but rather that it is an outreach group that uses a cappella music to carry out its mission. Though […]

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For Jewish Israelis of Yemenite Heritage, Reviving a Past

“Prewedding henna ceremonies have regained popularity in Israel’s Jewish Yemenite community, an expression of ethnic pride in their heritage and traditions.” Read the full story

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A Toy Monkey That Escaped Nazi Germany And Reunited A Family

“The monkey’s fur is worn away. It’s nearly a century old. A well-loved toy, it is barely 4 inches tall. It was packed away for long voyages, on an escape from Nazi Germany, to Sweden and America. And now, it’s the key to a discovery that transformed my family. The monkey belonged to my father, […]

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Scholar Who Escaped Nazis Dies After a Push by a Subway Rider in a Rush

“Among the thousands of commuters traveling through Pennsylvania Station late last month was Kurt Salzinger, a native of Austria who fled the country as the Nazis marched in. He distinguished himself years later in the United States as a scholar in the field of behavioral psychology. Dr. Salzinger, 89, and his wife were on their […]

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Chaplain’s Tea on 10/30/18

Enjoying dinner at Chaplain’s Tea Discussing change experienced at Columbia Listening to peer discussion Responding to a reading by MLK

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UPDATE: The concert in St. Paul’s Chapel on October 31st is canceled.

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Used to Hearing ‘Shabbat Shalom,’ a Historic Jewish Enclave Rings Out With Gunshots

“Saturday morning in Squirrel Hill has for more than 100 years meant certain familiar rituals. The handing out of prayer books as latecomers quietly arrive at temple, the genial shouts of ‘Shabbat shalom’ across neighborhood streets as friends spot old friends after services. This is the heart of Jewish Pittsburgh, one of the most deeply […]

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Matthew Shepard Finally Laid to Rest 20 Years after He was Killed for Being Gay

“Matthew Shepard was finally laid to rest Friday at the Washington National Cathedral 20 years after being killed by two men because he was gay.” Read the full story

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72 Hours in America: Three Hate-Filled Crimes. Three Hate-Filled Suspects.

“Wednesday, a white man with a history of violence shot and killed two African-Americans, seemingly at random, at a Kentucky Kroger store following a failed attempt to barge into a black church. After mail bombs were being sent to people who’d been criticized by the President, a suspect was arrested Friday — a man who […]

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Vigil Tonight at 8pm in Kraft Center for Tragedy in Pittsburgh

https://universitylife.columbia.edu/pittsburgh On yesterday’s tragedy in Pittsburgh Dear Columbia Community, We are deeply saddened by the senseless violence at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday morning. Violence in our nation’s houses of worship is an affront to the freedoms our community holds dear. We stand strongly against these efforts to create fear and terror. For […]

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