HaLapid Spring 2007

Some Youthful Memories

Some Youthful Memories

I have been asked over and over again “When did you find out you were Jewish?’ It’s as though being Jewish is something that can be acquired at some precise time and place. How does one qualify to being Jewish? At what time in life does one acquire all of the attributes that define a […]

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The visitor made a most unusual request… How the Crypto Jews of El Paso Transformed My Work

The visitor made a most unusual request… How the Crypto Jews of El Paso Transformed My Work

I will never forget her wrinkled, glistening elderly eyes. It was a beautiful spring day in 2001 and my secretary informed me that there were three people who had just rushed into the Synagogue and insisted on seeing me immediately. I invited the three strangers to come in and asked them to please be seated. […]

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Belmonte: Community Needs Trained Leaders

Belmonte: Community Needs Trained Leaders

My parents came to Canada from Zabludow, a small, poor Shtetl (a Jewish town) in Poland, famous for its beautiful 16th C. wooden synagogue. It was burnt down by the Germans and their willing helpers during World War 2. My parents experienced anti-Semitism, hunger and a pogrom, in which my mother’s younger sister was killed. […]

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Porto Report: “Lively Scene for Marranos”

Porto Report: “Lively Scene for Marranos”

The presence of Marranos at the Kadoorie Mekor Haim Synagogue in Porto, Portugal has completely changed since the dedication of a new sefer Torah and the visit by grand rabbi Shlomo Amar in September 2004. Since then, there has been a full time rabbi in Porto paid for by the Israeli organization Shavei Israel. With […]

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Porto Report: “Lively Scene for Marranos”

Porto Report: “Lively Scene for Marranos”

The presence of Marranos at the Kadoorie Mekor Haim Synagogue in Porto, Portugal has completely changed since the dedication of a new sefer Torah and the visit by grand rabbi Shlomo Amar in September 2004. Since then, there has been a full time rabbi in Porto paid for by the Israeli organization Shavei Israel. With […]

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