Newsletter Issue # 70 - March 6, 2013

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The Besht Center held its first ever event for women of the community. Over 60 women attended the event which was on the topic of communication within marriage. Mrs. Bronya Shaffer gave an inspiring speech covering many different aspects of how couples relate and passed on some tips to enhance the communication we already have with our spouse.

A Dutch appeals court has upheld a €60 fine against an Orthodox Jew who refused to show police an identity card, citing religious reasons. The Hague Appeals Court ruled that a law which makes it mandatory for all people older than 14 to carry ID cards and show them to police upon request does not have a religious exemption.

For years, Holocaust survivor Pinchus Gutter has told the tragic story of watching his parents and 10-year-old twin sister herded into a Nazi death camp’s gas chambers so quickly that he had no time to even say goodbye. This time the elderly, balding man wasn’t really there as he recounted the horror of the Holocaust to an audience gathered in an auditorium at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.

A group of 18 Crown Heights residents scurry through the crowds of Jews leaving synagogue and make their way to a second-story apartment on Rogers Avenue for Shabbat dinner. Inside, hippie art and vintage John Lennon photos share wall space with drawings of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. A large glass table holds the evening’s spread: sauteed vegetables, kale salad, vegan cholent and a challah so perfect, attendees say, only a gay man could have baked it.

The Jewish Week asked to try and summarize the last year in technology from a Jewish angle. This was not an easy task since technology is increasingly so much a part of our lives and it affects all areas of our world including religion. So it was decided to come up with the ten big Jewish/Technology-related stories. After all, there are a lot of worthwhile news stories about technology and a lot of interesting topics in the Jewish world.

The New York Times article in yesterday’s review section titled The Holocaust Just Got More Shocking uncovers the recent scholarly discoveries that the Holocaust was in fact even more catastrophic than researchers once thought. The Holocaust researchers, according to the Times article, have cataloged some 42,500 Nazi ghettos and camps throughout Europe, spanning German-controlled areas from France to Russia and Germany itself.

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