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From Georgia to Tel Aviv

28 Tammuz 5772 – July 18, 2012
A group of immigrants from Soviet Georgia in Lod airport, circa 1972. In 1907, my own family, on my mother's side, arrived from Gruzia (I...

Jewish Black Youth Wins Third Irish Dance Competition

24 Adar 5772 – March 17, 2012
What's a good Jewish Press Story for the Irish national day of beer and more beer? We've got one for you! It's about Drew Lovejoy, 17, from Greenville, Ohio, who is the son of a black Baptist from Georgia and a white Jewish mother from Iowa. But his fame is international, after winning the all-Ireland dancing championship in Dublin for a third straight year.

A Mother Remembered: A Year Later (Part I)

8 Adar 5772 – March 1, 2012
In her ninety-eighth year my mother beat pneumonia twice. She always said that she would know when her time was up – and she did. People would ask her what she attributed her many years to. Though she was not raised in a religious home, she would always say that Hashem knew what He was doing. We learn in the Torah when one honors parents the reward is a long life. She was certainly proof of this.

Our Rabbi, My Mentor

23 Shevat 5772 – February 15, 2012
Rabbi Avraham Ginzberg, who passed away earlier this month, will be remembered by many for his fifty-plus years as executive director of Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim in Queens, New York. He will be remembered by his congregants as “our rabbi” – the spiritual leader of our small shul attached to the yeshiva.

Israeli Diplomats Targeted in India and Georgia, 2 Injured

21 Shevat 5772 – February 13, 2012
Although there was no immediate claim of responsibility, suspicions fall on Iran and Hizbollah, as the attacks took place one day after the anniversary of the assassination of Hizbollah's deputy leader, Imad Mughniyeh.

Writing A Kosher Will

4 Shevat 5772 – January 27, 2012
Many people decide against having a last will and testament. They do not want to think about what it implies. Putting one’s head in the sand can be disastrous.

The Early Jewish Community Of Charleston

21 Iyyar 5770 – May 5, 2010
The English first settled at Albemarle Point in what is now South Carolina in 1670. In 1680 this settlement was moved to a peninsula between the Ashley and Cooper Rivers, and became Charles Town (named in honor King Charles II). The new location was more healthful than the original settlement, and, since it was behind the islands of a land-locked harbor, provided safety from attack. The name was changed to Charleston at the end of the War of Independence.

Mordecai Sheftall – Revolutionary War Patriot

13 Tishri 5770 – September 30, 2009
In Savannah, Georgia, there is a memorial to the American Revolution called Battlefield Memorial Park. One of the markers there is for Colonel Mordecai Sheftall.

The Past, The Present, The Future: From Generation To Generation

27 Elul 5769 – September 16, 2009
"Time waits for no man" is an old saying, though I'm not sure where it originated. Other such sayings like, "time flies by too quickly" or "the older you get, the faster time flies by," also contain meaningful messages. For me, I can't believe how quickly the days and years go by. When I think about it, I realize how we must make the very most of each day to accomplish what is important while we still have the opportunity.

The Russian Bear And The Israeli Ant

10 Elul 5768 – September 10, 2008
About a year ago I saw a Russian television broadcast in which Vladimir Putin, riding a noble steed, reaches the edge of a lake, deftly removes his shirt and in an impressive display of muscle, leans over and washes his face in the crystal- clear water.

Russia, Georgia, And The Left’s Double Standards

26 Av 5768 – August 27, 2008
As a shrewd and brutal ploy to break up Georgia, Putin's Russia is in the process of inventing a new "nation in need of "self-determination.

Sweet Home Savannah

12 Heshvan 5768 – October 24, 2007
There's the old joke about two Jews deserted on an island who build three shuls. Like many attempts at humor, there is a certain degree of truth to this adage.

Shame of the Yankees – America’s Worst Anti-Jewish Action

24 Heshvan 5767 – November 15, 2006
This year, the second day of Chanukah will coincide with the 144th anniversary of the worst official act of anti-Semitism in American history.

The Jewish Settlement of Savannah, Georgia

5 Tevet 5766 – January 4, 2006
London, in the late 1720's was overflowing with peoples of many origins.

Maintaining Yiddishkeit In Colonial Times

28 Av 5765 – September 1, 2005
It was not easy to maintain tradition and religious observance in the sparsely settled American colonies.

A Tribe Apart: Jews of the American South

2 Iyyar 5765 – May 11, 2005
They are not the Jews of bagels and lox brunches with the Sunday New York Times.

Bush, Jews And Democrats (Part VI)

22 Kislev 5763 – November 27, 2002
Although it played out more than two years after the fact, the 1976 presidential campaign was overshadowed by the Watergate scandal, with voters still angry over President Gerald Ford's pardon of his predecessor, Richard Nixon, who resigned the presidency to escape impeachment.

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