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Chai Mitzvah – Indy Overview

By David Heilbron The Jewish tradition tells that Jews learn best when in a group and commends the practice of learning in pairs saying that “a [learner] sharpens the countenance of their friend.”(Talmud Bavli, Ta’anit 7a) Now what would happen if you acquired not only study partner with which to study but also joined a […]

Excellent Musicians, Varied Music is Professional and Effective

By Morton Gold A new release (Nov. 2019) has come out of a CD titled: Rejoice! Honoring the Jewish Spirit. (Essential Voices USA). It was published by Acis (APL97092). The CD contains nine compositions, all selected and conducted by Judith Clurman. The excellent accompanist is James Cunningham, and the fine cellists are David Miller in […]

“The Soap Myth” starring Ed Asner by Playwright Jeff Cohen

On April 30, the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis presented their 2019 campaign kick-off. One of the special events for that evening was a provocative play titled, The Soap Myth by American playwright Jeff Cohen. It starred Ed Asner, a seven-time Emmy Award and five-time Golden Globe Winner, famous for his role as Lou Grant […]

Forgiving the Nazis

By Miriam L. Zimmerman This column originally appeared in our July 12, 1995 edition. In remembrance of Eva Kor, who passed away in Poland on July 4th we are posting it now. Eerily, I recently met what could have been a mirror image of my own family: a doctor, his daughter, the son who followed […]

Tracing Family Roots in Mannheim, Germany: A Trip of a Lifetime for Stolperstein Ceremony

By Tracie Freudenthal-Mrakich On March 21, 2019, my sister Linda and I boarded a flight to Frankfurt, Germany. Packed in my suitcase were three tins, each containing a dozen hamantashen baked by my friend, Beth Valinetz-Grimm. Beth sells thousands of hamantashen every year to benefit the JCC Early Childhood Education program. I also carried a […]

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Vital addition to Holocaust filmography

By Miriam L. Zimmerman Multitalented filmmaker Roberta Grossman just completed a feature documentary, Who Will Write Our History (WWWOH)? Having seen other Holocaust and Jewish-themed films by Ms. Grossman, including 2008’s Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh and 2013’s Hava Nagila, The Movie, I can think of no other filmmaker […]

Pittsburgh Pogrom

Holocaust Educator By Miriam L. Zimmerman My first Lyft ride took me to Pittsburgh International Airport from Seton Hill University, the scene of a conference that I attended Oct. 21–23, 2018 titled “Women, the Holocaust, and Genocide”. (See conference coverage in JP&O, Oct. 31, 2018). The 75 minute drive from Greensburg, Pa., passed through downtown […]

Community in solidarity

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Ian Plaskoff’s Bar Mitzvah project

On May 5, 2018, Ian Plaskoff became a bar mitzvah at Congregation Beth El Zedeck. One important lesson from his Torah portion, Be’har was that when we give tzedakah, we must not be thinking about what we will receive in return. We are simply to help others for the sake of helping out. As part […]

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3rd annual gathering for children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors

Holocaust Memorial Center: 28123 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334 Adat Shalom Synagoge: 29901 Middlebelt Road, Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334 It is important for everyone to RSVP to Rosa as shown on the flyer

The German-Jewish Cookbook review

By Tracie Mrakich My late father, Kurt Freudenthal, immigrated with his family to the United States from Mannheim, Germany in 1939. Arriving in New York City on the SS Noordam, they continued their journey to Richmond, Ind., where their sponsor, an aunt, lived. Eventually, my grandparents moved to the Washington Heights neighborhood of NYC (upper […]

Helen Farkas – A day in the life

By Miriam L. Zimmerman A day in the life of a Holocaust educator: Jan. 28, 2014. Today, I must pick up Helen Farkas to take her to Mercy High School in San Francisco, where she will talk about her experiences in the Holocaust. Auschwitz survivor, speaker, and author of the memoir, Remember the Holocaust, at […]

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Tzedekah – Righteous Acts

Over winter break my brother Benzion’s oldest son and his wife traveled by van for a one day visit from Buffalo, N.Y., with six of their seven children for a family reunion. In a conversation with my niece, I told her about this column below that we had published. On the Subway By Aryeh Ben […]

Indiana Edition — December 6, 2017

Wiener’s Wisdom

Dealing with Stress the Jewish Way

A lecture by Edward Hoffman, Ph.D., given at the San Francisco Jewish Community Center in 1988 By Jennie Cohen The following list offers Jewish beliefs, customs and practices to help us cope with a myriad of challenges and situations: 1. HAVING A SPIRITUAL OUTLOOK “People who see life as having a larger purpose, as something […]

Pesach from a Kabbalistic perspective

By Rabbi David Zeller, z”l Temple Beth Abraham, Oakland, Calif., March 22, 1987 One can’t talk about Passover without mentioning a little bit about Purim. Purim is about costume – what we wear and don’t wear. The very first Purim costume was God dressing up in the universe. It says in the psalms, “He puts […]

Open house for Bar/Bat Mitzvah Venue

502 Event Centre Open House LOOKING FOR A BAR OR BAT MITZVAH VENUE? Come tour 502 East! (317) 843-1234 www.502east.com Sunday, March. 6 from 3–5 p.m., at 502 East Event Centre in Carmel. Join us for a complimentary Bar & Bat Mitzvah party tasting. The tasting will include a specially crafted menu from our award-winning […]

Four Firsts — American women rabbis at Beth-El Zedeck in Indianapolis 4-30-15