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Istanbul Jews fight to save their ancestral tongue – The Jakarta Post – Jakarta Post

| January 4, 2020

If there's one thing Dora Beraha regrets in her twilight years, it is not passing on the 500-year-old language of Istanbul's Jews, Ladino, now on the point of extinction. "After us, will there still be people who speak this language?" says 90-year-old Beraha.

‘Uncut Gems’ Cuts Deep | Andy Blumenthal – The Times of Israel

| January 4, 2020

Yesterday, we went to see the new Adam Sandler movie, Uncut Gems. The movie is directed by Joshua and Benjamin Safdie, Sephardic Jews, and Adam Sandler, who is Jewish, plays Howard Ratner, a Jewish jewelry dealer in the famed NYC diamond district on east 47th street

The return of Jose Dominic – The Hindu

| January 4, 2020

Kenny used fish as bait and I took it, Jose Dominic says, his laugh filling the foyer of AB Salem House, his new 10-room guest house in Kochi. He is describing how he got seduced into a second innings as an entrepreneur, just a year after he stepped away from the leadership of the CGH Earth hotels group, which his father founded in 1954. AB Salem House is a historic building, just down the road from the famous Paradesi Synagogue, in Kochis Mattancherry or Jew Town area

Celebration Set for Boyle Heights on Final Night of Hanukkah – NBC Southern California

| January 4, 2020

Free public menorah lighting ceremonies will be held at various locations in Los Angeles County Sunday to mark the final night of Hanukkah, including in Boyle Heights, once the main center of Jewish life on the West Coast. "Chanukah on the Eastside," will be held from 7-10 p.m

New Year’s resolutions and traditions | Street Smarts – News-Press Now

| January 2, 2020

New Years Day finds us with a lot of new people walking around. Even the people we know are strangers today. We may appear strange even to ourselves today.

The New York Times ran a disturbing op-ed. But the backlash misses the mark – The Guardian

| January 2, 2020

Just three days before the dawn of the third decade of the 21st century, one of the worlds top newspapers published a column by one if its full-time opinion contributors arguing that one ethnic group is inherently more intelligent than others. In this case, the superior ethnic group in question was, unsurprisingly, that to which the writer belongs.

10 Ways American Jewish Life Changed in the 2010s Detroit Jewish News – The Jewish News

| December 31, 2019

Featured photo courtesy of Shulamit Seidler-Feller/MaharatBy JTA Staff NEW YORK (JTA) All of the gloom and doom that many in the Jewish community have felt toward the end of this decade should not obscure the fact that the 2010s were full of innovation. Yes, there was an alarming rise in anti-Semitism across the U.S. and the world, which culminated in several violent attacks on Jews and Jewish institutions

Throw a Dish. Dont Eat Lobster. What Are Your New Years Superstitions? – The New York Times

| December 31, 2019

Kiss your lover at midnight. Fling open all your windows and doors.

Our 10 most read stories of 2019: genetics, TV, ‘Barbie Death Camp’ and more – The Jewish News of Northern California

| December 31, 2019

It was quite a year for the Jews of the Bay Area. From TV shows to Barbie Death Camp to white supremacists to racial diversity in the Jewish community, here are the 10 stories our online readers clicked on the most in 2019.

Sephardic and Yemenite Chanukah Lighting In a Yeshiva or University Dormitory, Part II – Jewish Link of New Jersey

| December 29, 2019

By Rabbi Haim Jachter | December 26, 2019 Hacham Ovadia Vs. Ribi Messas Chacham Ovadia (Teshuvot Yechave Daat 6:43) applies the Sephardic practice for only the head of the family to kindle Chanukah lights to even out-of-town yeshiva or university students who reside in an apartment or dormitory


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