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  • Books: Wrap up new worlds for your young readers

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Many inns throughout the Mid-Atlantic states claim that George Washington slept here or there, but a new book makes an altogether new claim about the first president: that he learned about Chanukah from a Polish-born soldier at Valley Forge in 1777, when he noticed the young man...
  • Eight ways how ‘tis better to give back

    By Sara Shereen Bakhshian

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Having trouble finding the perfect gift for the one who has everything? Want to give back to the community this holiday season and into 2007? Here are eight great ways to contribute.

    • Make a Relief Donation: Israel has cease-fires in Gaza and with Hezbollah. Hurricanes Katrina...

  • Has your gift list got game?

    By Adam Wills

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    With Chanukah gift shopping well underway, three video game systems are jockeying for the top position on teen wish lists. Demand for PlayStation 3 and Nintendo's Wii is outstripping the available supply, and analysts predict the shortage could lead to increased demand for...
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  • What did you say your name was?

    By Leisah Woldoff

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    After the ceremony and after the reception, when all the guests have gone and the tables are cleared, there you are: Mr. and Mrs.
     
    The next morning, the groom wakes up with his name intact. However, the bride wakes up with a different identity.
     
    Every few days during the wedding...
  • Same-sex unions roil Jews in former Soviet Union

    By Vladimir Matveyev

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The resignation of a longtime leader of one of the largest Reform congregations in Ukraine has thrown the spotlight on a bitter controversy over homosexuality within the post-Soviet Reform movement.
     
    Boris Kapustin, 70, founder and chairman of the Reform congregation in the Crimean...
  • Scenes from 50 years of marriage

    By Tom Tugend

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    An acquaintance of mine, the late screenwriter Michael Blankfort, wrote a book with my favorite title, "I Didn't Know I Would Live So Long."
     
    If I were to write a sequel, it would be, "I Didn't Know I Would Be Married for 50 Years, and to the Same Woman."
     
    Well, Rachel and I are...
  • Finding their way home to Judaism: three same-sex couples share their conversion stories

    By Nick Street

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "My parents were old hippies," said Felicia Park-Rogers, who grew up in the Bay Area. "They were very suspicious of organized religion and anything else smacking of authority."
     
    When Park-Rogers, 35, met Rachel Timoner, her partner-to-be, in San Francisco in the early 1990s, she was...

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