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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.”

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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, Gert Berliner, who as a boy in Berlin in the 1930s rode his bicycle around the city. Clipped to the handlebars was the toy monkey.”

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Common Ground 11/14!

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 way to Macy’s Herald Square on Oct. 27, when a hurried straphanger rushed past them on a subway platform in Penn Station, the police said. The man shoved the couple out of his path with an arm that knocked them both to the ground, Mr. Salzinger’s family and the police said, before disappearing on a southbound 3 train headed to Brooklyn.”

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Join us for Arts at Earl on 11/18!

 

Common Ground 11/7 at 7 pm in Earl Hall!

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

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

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 rooted Jewish neighborhoods in America. And on this Saturday morning, it was the site of what one of the city’s chief federal law enforcement officers called “the most horrific crime scene I have seen.””

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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.”

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