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Any recounting of the life of Marthe Cohn – a French, Jewish spy in Germany during the Holocaust – revolves around numbers: At age 24, she said yes to an assignment spying for French Intelligence. In 2002, she co-authored a book with Wendy Holden on her wartime experiences titled “Behind Enemy Lines,” which is available on Amazon. This living legend – 4’9” tall – will turn 97 in April.
A new voice with a familiar name can now be heard over the Valley airwaves.
First it was butterflies. Then mirror and laser mazes. Last month, sharks, sea lions, otters, penguins and thousands of sea creatures were added.
When Bill and Ina Levine moved from Brooklyn to Arizona in 1960, the Valley had a small, tightknit Jewish community with its locus in central Phoenix. “I thought it was the greatest place I’d ever seen,” said Bill Levine in a 2008 interview with the Arizona Jewish Historical Society.
The new film “Denial” is a thriller of a different sort. Based on the true story of self-proclaimed historian (and Holocaust denier) David Irving’s libel suit against Professor Deborah Lipstadt in British court, the movie recounts the strategic and emotional stakes of the case as well as how it affected all the immediate participants. The film stars Rachel Weisz as Lipstadt, Timothy Spall as Irving, Andrew Scott as Anthony Julius and Tom Wilkerson as Richard Rampton. The Jewish News recently interviewed Lipstadt about her role in the making of the film, seeing the pivotal moments of the trial replicated for the camera, and her thoughts on contemporary advocates of Holocaust denial.
Being the “most hated man in the room” hasn’t gotten easier for Morgan Abraham, but he embraces the challenge of changing people’s minds.
The fundamentals of leadership are very simply stated by Rabbi Avi Weiss. “Leadership is, in fact, the recognition of a need and responding to that need with change,” he says.“The second step is people resist change, and leadership is navigating that resistance and trying to find consensus, a collective whole that comes along with you.”
Last Friday, March 25, retired Israeli basketball star David Blu spoke to more than 400 Jewish young professionals, JNF board members and donors at JNFuture’s second annual “Shabbat in the Desert” event. Blu, a California native, spent over a decade playing professional basketball for the Israeli national team, the European League, for Maccabi Tel Aviv, and a brief stint in the NBA, among other teams. Jewish News caught up with Blu to ask him about JNF, playing basketball in and for Israel, and his views on the state of Judaism today.
Talk-radio host Dennis Prager once said, “I’m just truly interested in everything, and talk radio is the perfect vehicle for someone who’s interested in everything.” (His show airs 10 a.m.-1 p.m. weekdays in the Valley on KKNT, 960 AM.) Prager will be in town Sunday, Feb. 21, to speak at Congregation Beth Tefillah’s fifth annual gala (see details box). Jewish News caught up with Prager via email recently.
Between the challah bake, the Shabbat Project and conferences in Washington, D.C., it's been a busy week.
Shabbat in Jerusalem was like no Shabbat I have ever experienced.
Valley residents Esther and Don Schon write about a program that two ex-IDF soldiers developed to help teach disadvantaged teens to surf and in turn to become surfing teachers for wounded warriors.