| By DOV BEN-SHIMON |
| Thursday, 24 April 2014 14:57|
“Saratov has the most beautiful women in Russia.”I was in Westport, Conn., the other day, giving a briefing to the Jewish Federation on Russia and Ukraine and the work we [the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and federations] do together. And a random factoid came up, which I want to bring up here. We were talking about Saratov, the unofficial second capital of the Volga region of Russia. I made a joke about Yuri Gagarin, Russia’s first cosmonaut, who not only came from Saratov but also landed his Soyuz capsule there. (The joke was that he wanted to go home to his mom and dad for dinner. It was funny; you had to be there.)
| Thursday, 24 April 2014 14:52|
Violinist Daniel HeifetzCongregation Jeshuat Israel of Touro Synagogue, in celebration of Israeli Independence Day, Yom Ha’Atzmaut, will sponsor a concert by “Heifetz on Tour” on May 6 at 7 p.m. at Touro Synagogue, 85 Touro St., Newport, R.I.
This special concert is sponsored by the Jamestown Arts Center in partnership with the acclaimed Heifetz International Music Institute. During their residency in Jamestown from May 4 to 11, they will present “in-school” educational sessions as well as “musicales” in private homes, the public concert at Touro Synagogue and a public concert at the Jamestown Arts Center on May 10 at 7:30 p.m. (Tickets at www.jamestownartcenter.org).
The Heifetz International Music Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the artistic growth and career development of some of the most talented and promising young musician in the world.
| Thursday, 24 April 2014 14:51|
University of Rhode Island AEPi Fraternity brothers Alex Goldman, Ben Richter, Ben Nachtigal and Reuven Hoffman ready to eat at URI Hillel’s Annual Matzah Brei Dinner./Amy Olson
| By Noah Levy |
| Thursday, 24 April 2014 14:50|
Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi), [a Jewish college fraternity] at the University of Rhode Island, is nearing the close of a banner year, one that’s seen it grow in size and achieve what all fraternities strive for: a charter.
All of AEPi’s successes this year have been building up to one event – rechartering. On April 19 the Alpha Epsilon Pi Rho Colony was rechartered and once again became the Rho Chapter. This begins a new chapter for AEPi, a fraternity with a long presence at URI, beginning with the original chartering on April 1, 1928, and including rechartering on Oct. 21, 1978. Members of the fraternity, which was restarted in 2009, eagerly anticipated this event.
| By Matan Graff |
| Thursday, 24 April 2014 14:44|
altThe consecutive days of Yom HaZikaron (Israel Memorial Day), which is observed on the 4th of Iyar, and Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Israel Independence Day), observed on the 5th of Iyar, are a time of extraordinary importance in Israel and in Jewish communities all over the world.
During the first day, we commemorate and remember the people who have fallen fighting and defending the State of Israel both before and after the establishment of the State on May 14, 1948, as well as people who died in terror attacks. The second day, we celebrate the independence of Israel as well as its people and achievements. We remember the past while we look toward the future.
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