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When sixth graders celebrate heroines – opinion

July 15, 2022 When sixth graders celebrate heroines – opinion By Barbara Sofer For two years we made do with celebration by Zoom. We heard bar mitzvah Torah readings and watched babies enter the Covenant of Abraham, danced at weddings and cried at funerals through our computers. We lifted glasses and shouted “L’chayim!” to the …

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How a woman with Down syndrome swims across the Kinneret – opinion

July 1, 2022 How a woman with Down syndrome swims across the Kinneret – opinion By Barbara Sofer Imagine swimming the Kinneret holding hands. That’s how Ayelet Wilk has done it for the last nine years. Meet Ayelet. She’s a petite brunette, with cinnamon hair and tawny eyes. She’s quick to share a hug with …

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Holocaust survivor Rena Quint answers remaining questions – opinion

May 6, 2022 Holocaust survivor Rena Quint answers remaining questions – opinion By Barbara Sofer Rena Quint is speaking in person to three groups and then by Zoom to people in the Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam, India and Hong Kong. One more group, Jerusalem adults, want her to come to a meeting at night, but she’s too …

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Passover massacre: 20 years later, Israel’s terror response has changed

April 15, 2022 Passover massacre: 20 years later, Israel’s terror response has changed By Barbara Sofer I was with my family in Tiberias that night, the eve of Passover 2002. I noticed that extra guards were reinforcing the hotel entrance. That’s before I heard there had been an attack in a hotel in Netanya. Even …

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Elad Riven Youth Awards: Teens who care – opinion

March 25, 2022 Elad Riven Youth Awards: Teens who care – opinion By Barbara Sofer Worried about the next generation? Catch a rerun of the Education Ministry’s Elad Riven Youth Awards for Volunteering, broadcast on Educational TV on March 6. I was privileged to attend this year’s ceremony because our granddaughter Oriya Rahamim was one …

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