Sealing the Heart and the Truth

By Rabbi Moshe ben Asher, Ph.D. In Shir Hashirim (Song of Songs), we read: “a seal on your heart.” If that text is unfamiliar, you might wonder whether it promises an exciting love-life or romantic heartbreak. Actually, our masorah (religious tradition) teaches that we can best understand this seal as confirming the faithful loving relationship […]

“What a Wonderful World”

Did you ever have a song pop into your head whose lyrics echo what you are thinking at the time? Below is what I wrote for our February Indiana edition. To remind myself and others that even in the midst of challenging times it is also possible to have positive experiences, the phrases below are […]

Upcoming Indianapolis Opera events

What: Eve of Liberation: Honoring 75 Years Since Terezin When: March 25 at 7 p.m. Where: Indianapolis Artsgarden Description: The Indianapolis Artsgarden hosts the Indianapolis Opera’s “Eve of Liberation” concert event, which will honor the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Terezin concentration camp. This event will feature Holocaust survivor and Indianapolis resident Frank […]

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Anticipating Auschwitz

By Dr. Miriam L. Zimmerman Not many couples celebrate retirement by going to a death camp. My husband Richard and I have joined the CANDLES tour to Krakow and Auschwitz-Birkenau for the 75th anniversary of its liberation. “CANDLES” is an acronym for “Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiment Survivors,” an organization of surviving “Mengele […]

Indiana Edition–December 18, 2019

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 […]

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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 […]

Words and thoughts matter

When I first started writing more than 15 years ago, I expressed words matter – those we speak, write and even those we think have ramifications. Therefore my goal for the newspaper was to publish more words that heal and fewer words that hurt. I wrote about the emotional effects of words of encouragement, praise, […]