Distorted Memories of the Past: Israeli Discovers Who Really Saved Him From the Nazis

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 12:00am
By Ofer Aderet for Haaretz

On the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Levie Kanes received an email: 'Are you the baby who was taken off a train in mid-journey that departed The Hague on April 23, 1943?'

A year ago, on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Levie Kanes of Kfar Haroeh, north of Tel Aviv, received a surprising email with a question that took the 75-year-old lawyer back to his infancy: “Are you baby Jantje de Ridder, who was taken off a train in mid-journey that departed The Hague on April 23, 1943?”

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Now, More than Ever, Holocaust Memory Matters

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 12:00am

AP Photo/Markus Schreibe


April 12 is Holocaust Remembrance Day




Memory and Judaism are inseparable.


Yes. That’s the answer to a question posed by the headline of Shmuel Rosner’s latest piece in the New York Times. Yes: Israeli students need to visit Auschwitz. All Jewish students should. Plenty of non-Jews, too.

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Good and Evil, Right and Wrong

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 12:00am

School massacres and the conscience supply.

It’s sad that following the massacre of their classmates, the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida should immediately turn to government for action instead of to their own communities. The obvious question suggested by these crimes is: What’s wrong with us? Do I know potential mass murderers who would kill if they had a weapon? How could we have failed to notice—and failed to demand action when our police and the FBI were too criminally negligent to take the necessary steps? 

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The Modern Jewish Passover Details

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 12:00am
From Modern Jewish Wedding


This article is featured in Jvillage Network's Passover Guide

Spring has definitely sprung~I can tell because I’m sniffling and relying on my FloNase twice a day.  That means it is time for the annual Spring festival of Passover.  Did you know that Passover is THE most celebrated Jewish holiday of the entire year?

More so, then either of the High Holidays or Chanukah. I personally think it is because every Jewish child has a memory (or two) of Passover Seder:  the fear of having to chant the Four Questions in front of everyone, finding the afikomen or getting drunk for the first time on Mogen David.

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Chiune Sugihara: Heroism in the Face of Evil

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 12:00am
By Lisa Hostein for Hadassah Magazine

Dalia Tzura never expected to be reminded of the tragic fate of her family while traveling with an Israeli tour group through the bucolic heartland of Japan. Yet here she was in late November, emerging from a small Holocaust memorial museum in the town of Yaotsu with tears in her eyes. “I was deeply affected,” said the 74-year-old, whose father and mother both lost their entire families to the Nazis and rarely discussed the devastation with their daughter.

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My Early Life with Arabic

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 12:00am
Menahem Milson for Mosaic

We were the descendants of Isaac. The Arabs, descendants of Ishmael, were therefore not only our neighbors but also our family members, our cousins.

The launch in 2015 of the online Arabic-Hebrew dictionary—a massive, fully searchable database complete with notes, examples, and expressions drawn from many historical layers of the Arabic language—capped many years of dedicated labor by Menahem Milson, professor of Arabic language and literature emeritus at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In the essay below, adapted from remarks delivered on the 90th anniversary of the university’s Institute of Asian and African Studies, Milson reflects on the opening stages of his lifelong involvement with the language.

The attraction was evident from a very early age. In 1936, when I was about three, a scandalized neighbor informed my mother that her darling son had been overheard saying words that did not bear repeating. Evidently, during a quarrel with the neighbor’s son, I’d uttered phrases in colloquial Arabic containing, among others, the words for mother, father, and religion. Without going into further detail, suffice it to observe that, for the purpose of cursing, many Hebrew-speaking Israelis resort to certain Arabic formulations in which all three words figure prominently.

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Nazis in Tinseltown

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 12:00am
By LESLIE EPSTEIN for The Weekly Standard

Spies, sympathizers—and the watchful Jewish operatives who thwarted their plans.

In the late 1930s, or perhaps it was as late as 1940, my father and uncle, the screenwriters Philip and Julius Epstein, sought to join the American armed forces. The Army turned them away; it apparently considered their anti-fascism premature. That, at any rate, is family lore, and I have every reason to believe it. At that point, in the view of much of the government and the country at large, to be against Hitler was to be for Stalin; to be against fascism was to be for communism—by far the greater evil, if indeed Nazism and its ideals were considered evil at all. Add to this equation a third element, the Jews, for in much of the popular imagination the distinction between being an anti-fascist, a Communist, and a Jew did not exist. Even the horrors of World War II did not change public opinion; in one 1945 survey, two-thirds of respondents agreed with the proposition “Jews have too much power and influence in this country.”

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Brooklyn, the Most Jewish Spot on Earth

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 12:00am
By Hilary Danailova for Hadassah Magazine

A dozen years ago, I moved from a Park Slope brownstone to a rent-controlled apartment south of Kings Highway in Brooklyn. It turned out to be next door to the Ocean Avenue building where my grandmother, Shirley, had spent her first married years. “Tell me,” she demanded over the phone, her Brooklyn accent undimmed by 20 years in Florida, “is it one of those units with a sunken living room? Those were the hot ticket!”

​It was indeed. And as I unpacked my Ikea sofa into that sunken living room—60 years after Shirley snared her own—my family’s Brooklyn story had come full circle.

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Temple Aliyah Welcomes You!

Temple Aliyah is an egalitarian Conservative congregation in Needham, Massachusetts, with a warm and inviting atmosphere.  We are a dynamic and diverse community that embraces people of all ages, backgrounds and lifestyles.  With the guidance of Rabbi Carl Perkins, we encourage our members to enrich their Jewish lives, to enhance their Jewish identities, and to engage in lifelong learning.

Join us for Shabbat services and schmooze during kiddush following services. Check out the exciting Temple Tots programming for our youngest members.  Attend the Rabbi's Adult Education classes. Participate in one of our many Social Action projects. Become a member of our Sisterhood or Men's Club.    

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In celebration of Rabbi Perkins’ more than 25 years at Temple Aliyah, here is this week's question: Do you know how many books are in the Rabbi’s Office library at the synagogue? If you guessed 1,223 you would be correct! What would you add to your own home library to round it out Jewishly? Here are some suggested books you might want to consider.

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Shabbat Morning Services  9:15 am
Sunday Morning Minyan* 9:00 am
Monday Morning Minyan   7:00 am
Weekday Evening Minyan 7:30 pm

* During the summer, minyan meets on Monday morning, and Tuesday and Thursday evenings.


Under the direction of our Adult Education Committee and as part of our commitment to lifelong learning, Temple Aliyah offers a wide range of opportunities for our members and others to enrich their Jewish lives throughout education.  Click here to see all of our current Adult Education offerings.

Sisterhood welcomes all women of our community, sharing our passion for Judaism, our families and ourselves. We invite you to learn more about becoming part of our amazing community. Whether you're looking for camaraderie, spiritual connection, social action, or the opportunity to get involved, Sisterhood is here for you. Click here to see our full calendar of events for 2017-18.