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  • Students spend spring break rebuilding Salvadoran towns

    NEW YORK, May 8 (JTA) – Even though 11-year-old Albieta and her El Salvadoran sisters had no shoes, they still had a lot to teach American college student Lizzie Heydemann. “In contrast to the Americans, in our sturdy boots and leather work gloves, Albieta and her four sisters went to task wearing no shoes or…

  • Teens organize own trip to Israel

    NEW YORK, May 16 (JTA) – Even though she’s only a teen-ager, Ariella Guttmann is no novice when it comes to planning Jewish events. At 16, she organized a party for 250 Jewish teens in her native Cincinnati – and organized a pro-Israel rally for teen-agers there last fall. But along with a friend, Justin,…

  • 2.00E+07

    NEW YORK, May 15 (JTA) – Rachel Katz already knew about tzedekah. But during her seven months of involvement in a unique project called No Small Change, she learned that philanthropy is about more than just dropping some change into a tzedakah box. “In Hebrew school, I never knew where the money for tzedakah was…

  • Braille institute opens eyes to world

    NEW YORK, April 4 (JTA) — When Barry Wiener turned 13, he wanted to have a Bar Mitzvah. Blind since birth, however, Wiener couldn’t read the Torah. Fortunately for Wiener, the Jewish Braille Institute of America provided him with all the necessary materials in Braille — including a Braille Torah — so he could study…

  • Students spend spring break rebuilding Salvadoran towns

    NEW YORK, May 8 (JTA) – Even though 11-year-old Albieta and her El Salvadoran sisters had no shoes, they still had a lot to teach American college student Lizzie Heydemann. “In contrast to the Americans, in our sturdy boots and leather work gloves, Albieta and her four sisters went to task wearing no shoes or…

  • Chorus connects teens with Jewish musical heritage

    NEW YORK, April 18 (JTA) – Most Bar and Bat Mitzvah parties have DJs or live bands. But this past February, one 13-year-old girl from El Paso, Texas, wanted a more traditional type of entertainment. She insisted that the national Jewish teen chorus regale her and her guests. So a contingent from Hazamir came and…

  • Book club aims at Jewish readers

    NEW YORK, April 18 (JTA) – Two media conglomerates have teamed up to give the People of the Book a U.S. book club. Traditions, a joint venture by AOL Time Warner and Bertelsmann, comes after book clubs for other special interest groups have flourished. The club will be operated by the direct marketing company Bookspan,…

  • Braille institute opens eyes to world

    NEW YORK, April 4 (JTA) — When Barry Wiener turned 13, he wanted to have a Bar Mitzvah. Blind since birth, however, Wiener couldn’t read the Torah. Fortunately for Wiener, the Jewish Braille Institute of America provided him with all the necessary materials in Braille — including a Braille Torah — so he could study…

  • Jacob Hiatt, philanthropist, dies at 95

    NEW YORK, March 11 (JTA) — Jacob Hiatt, one of the major supporters of Brandeis University, died Feb. 25 in Worcester, Mass., at 95. Hiatt immigrated to the United States from Lithuania in the 1930s and became a successful businessman. In addition to his support for Brandeis, he also supported projects in Israel. Before he…

  • Philip Roth tops Jewish book awards

    NEW YORK, Feb. 28 (JTA) – The following are the winners of the 51st annual National Jewish Book Awards. The awards will be presented by the Jewish Book Council in New York on March 29. FICTION “The Human Stain,” by Philip Roth (Houghton Mifflin) NON-FICTION “Jew Vs. Jew: The Struggle for the Soul of American…