AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 66 - February 6, 21013

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An enthusiastic crowd of families celebrated the completion of a new Hewlett Sefer Torah at the Chabad of Hewlett last Sunday. Beginning a little after noon, music, food and drink, dancing, and expressions of  mazel tov set the scene for the happy occasion. We always talk about the ‘joy of Torah’, but last Sunday we actually felt the joy as a community, said Rabbi Nochem Tenenbaum, who presided over the event.

The construction of Budapest’s first synagogue in 80 years began Sunday, as the first stone was laid down in a ceremony. Building commenced on the same date as the world marked Holocaust Remembrance Day, on the anniversary of the 1945 liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp. There hasn’t been a new synagogue constructed in Budapest for 80 years. Our town hall has contributed  by supplying the land for the construction for free.

20-year-old Jewish figure skater Max Aaron will represent the United States at the men’s ice skating world championships after winning the U.S. men’s national championship in Omaha, Neb. Aaron was a surprise winner at this week’s event after landing two quads in Sunday’s free skate program, which vaulted him from fourth place to first.

Shoshana Weiner of Long Island, New York has been a volunteer firefighter for 12 years. In addition to volunteer firefighting, Weiner’s day job as a nurse practitioner at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, then as a paramedic instructor at St. John’s University in Queens. Tazpit News Agency caught up with Weiner during her vacation in Israel, where she took the time to volunteer with the Petah Tikvah fire department.

Three years ago, Rabba Sara Hurwitz made history in the Jewish world by becoming the first publicly ordained female rabbi in the Orthodox community. Since then, the 35-year-old mother of three has been working as Dean of Yeshivat Maharat, an institution dedicated to training women Orthodox clergy, as well as working as Rabba at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale. This June the first three women will graduate t with the title of Maharat an acronym for Religious, spiritual, Torah leaders

The world champion Miami Heat made their visit to the White House. These tend to be ceremonial and trite, a tribute to the team’s perseverance and toughness and a celebration of their success. A few predictable jokes are thrown in along the way, but toward the end of his speech, President Obama mentioned a more important theme.

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