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Irene Silber Obituary

May Irene’s Memory Be Forever a Blessing https://www.cedarmemorial.com/Obituary/2019/Sep/Irene-H-Silber/

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Michael Bornstein Returns to Iowa

Auschwitz Survivor Michael Bornstein and his daughter, Debbie Bornstein Holinstat, Return to Iowa September 15th & September 16th In 2018, Michael Bornstein and his daughter, Debbie Bornstein Holinstate, were the guest speakers at the Community Yom HaShoah Service, courtesy of the Thaler Holocaust Memorial Fund. Michael Bornstein is one of the youngest survivors of the […]

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Levin Shiva Information

Mitchell Levin will be sitting Shiva at his home, at 7 pm on the following dates — Saturday, August 31st Sunday, September 1st Monday, September 2nd Tuesday, September 3rd Wednesday, September 4th

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Deborah Levin Obituary

There will be a private graveside funeral for Deb in Zwingle, IA later this week. Shiva Service details have not been finalized. May Deb’s memory be forever a blessing. https://www.lensingfuneral.com/obituaries/Deborah-Schueller-Levin?obId=6753946#/obituaryInfo

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Sol Maikon Funeral Information

Visitation Tuesday, August 20th, for Sol Maikon at Cedar Memorial, 5 – 7 pm   Graveside Service at Eben Israel Cemetery, Wednesday, August 21st, 1 pm   Shiva Service at Temple Judah, Wednesday, August 21st, 6 pm  

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Yiddish ‘Fiddler On the Roof’

An interesting interview. NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Yiddish ‘Fiddler On The Roof’. “A new, Yiddish language production of the musical is currently running off-Broadway. Steven Skybell, who plays Tevye, and Joel Grey, who directs the show, explain why the play still resonates.” https://www.npr.org/programs/fresh-air/

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Lights for Liberty

Lights for Liberty July 12, 2019 The candlelight walk begins at 8 pm from parking lot 44 of the Federal Courthouse, across the nearest bridge and back. Facebook link to the event:https://www.facebook.com/events/2334600983483773/

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Ruth Feder Obituary

May Ruth’s memory be forever a blessing. https://www.cedarmemorial.com/Obituary/2019/Jun/Ruth-L-Feder/

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Dan Rogers Obituary

Dan’s funeral at Temple Judah is Friday, June 21st at 10:00 am May Dan’s memory be forever a blessing. https://www.cedarmemorial.com/Obituary/2019/Jun/Daniel-S-Rogers/

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Mazel Tov! Dr. William Carson

From Music at Coe A Year in Review 2018 – 2019 Music Faculty Highlights Dr. Carson returned to Europe for the second year as a guest conductor and lecturer for the European Music Educators Association in October 2018. At this conference held in Belgium, Dr. Carson not only gave presentations to the music educators but […]

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“Who Is God?”, June 18, 2019, 6:30 pm

The Inter-Religious Council of Linn County invites you for a  discussion of the question “Who is God?” Professor Peter Jauhiainen of Kirkwood Community College will moderate a panel of faith leaders, including Rabbi Todd, from the Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Humanist, and Muslim communities. This event will be held at Unity Center of Cedar Rapids, 3791 […]

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Mitchell Levin Letter to the Editor

Thank you to Mitchell Levin for his letter to the editor published in the June 6th edition of the Gazette. “On June 6, we will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Normandy invasion, one of the greatest moments in our history. In Cedar Rapids, we have the unique opportunity to say thanks to one […]

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The Especially For You Race Against Breast Cancer, October 2019

The Especially For You Race Against Breast Cancer Sunday, October 6th The Especially For You Race Against Breast Cancer provides free mammograms and other services to area individuals in need. This year Temple Judah will again be participating as a team in this event! This is a great way to give back to our community […]

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Shavuot & Confirmation June 7, 2019

Shavuot & Confirmation Services Saturday, June 8, 2019 7:30 pm Learn more about Shavuot What is Confirmation

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Congregational Annual Meeting 2019

The Congregational Annual Meeting is this Sunday, June 2nd, at Temple. We will have a BBQ dinner at 5:30 pm followed by our meeting at 6:30 pm. Please bring a dish to share.

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Israel’s Milestones and their Meanings: The Legacy of the Past and the Challenge of the Future

Israel’s Milestones and their Meanings: The Legacy of the Past and the Challenge of the Future This Shalom Hartman Institute class will be led by Rabbi Todd starting August 22, 2019. Thereafter, class will be held the third Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm through March 2020. Click to download list of topics for […]

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Community Yom HaShoah Service 2019

Sunday, April 14th 7:30 pm   Rachel Goldman Miller spent much of her childhood in constant fear. As one of countless “hidden children” of the Holocaust, Miller had to conceal her identity from friends, neighbors and the authorities. Though she survived, her mother, father and three siblings did not. To honor their memory, and the […]

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Barbara Feller, Road to Waubeek

Barbara Feller Road to Waubeek Saturday, April 6th Barbara has one last book signing  for Road to Waubeek. It’s an informal event on Saturday, April 6th, from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm at M and M Bookstore, 212 Edgewood Road NW, Cedar Rapids. If you have an unsigned book now would be a good time for […]

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Anne Frank Museum Railcar Project

In March, the Kitah Dalet class visited the Anne Frank Pen Pal Museum in Danville, Iowa. A student group at Danville High School called ILEAD (Iowa Excel, Achieve and Develop) is raising funds for the shipping/delivery of a pre WWII railroad car that they would like the Anne Frank Museum to incorporate into their exhibit. […]

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Oral Histories LIVE! With Herman Ginsberg

The History Center presented “Oral Histories LIVE!” with Herman on November 27, 2018. Herman discussed his great recollections of downtown retail, especially during the holiday seasons of the past. You can listen to Herman’s talk on The History Center’s website at https://www.historycenter.org/oral-histories-live

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IN IOWA: STARK REMINDERS TO NEVER FORGET

Cedar Rapids Gazette Fri., November 02, 2018 The first time I had the honor of interviewing and writing about a Holocaust survivor for The Gazette, I got an angry phone call after the story ran. A reader was mad about the coverage. The story was about Cesare Frustaci, who was just 7 when his mother put him […]

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Rabbi Todd November 2, 2018 Sermon

Shabbat Shalom everyone. It really is incredible to see so many people here this evening. As anyone who has been through the process of mourning knows, it’s the support of family and friends that can be most helpful during times of grief.  Truly we have a lot of friends in Cedar Rapids. Thank you for […]

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Stronger Than Hate

Service of Remembrance for the Victims of the shooting at Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania November 2, 2018 Prayer for the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh Tree of Life, Revive our souls, Enrich our days, Entreating Your blessings. Oh, God of Peace, Fill our hearts with comfort, a Letting Your Torah shine. […]

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Road to Waubeek by Barbara Feller

Mazel Tov to Barbara Feller on the publication of her book, Road to Waubeek: Discovering Jay G. Sigmund. Barbara was interviewed on KCCK’s Culture Crawl by General Manager Dennis Green, regarding the historical significance in art and culture Jay Sigmund had on Grant Wood and other major artists in Iowa. Road to Waubeek is published by Ice Cube Press. Read […]

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Coe Thursday Forum with Steve Feller

Steve Feller, B.D. Silliman Professor of Physics, will lead the Coe Thursday Forum on October 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th on three of Leon Uris’s historical and important novels, Mila 18, Exodus and Armageddon. The first book to be discussed is Mila 18. This is an extremely moving account of the events that led to the Warsaw Ghetto uprising of […]

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Physics – A reunion, poker and a Feller farewell

Over 125 people attended the physics reunion June 29 through July 1. Alumni were joined by physics faculty, undergraduate student researchers and administration. The reunion weekend featured tours, presentations and introductions. Student and alumni presentations were plentiful as were tours of Peterson Hall, networking, banquet food, poker and some staggering statistics. In total, 871 Coe […]

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Oral Histories LIVE! With Ann Lipsky

The History Center presented “Oral Histories LIVE!” with Ann on August 23rd. Ann discussed the history of the Smulekoff’s store, members of the Smulekoff and Lipsky families and reflections on downtown Cedar Rapids changes over the years. You can listen to Ann’s talk on The History Center’s website at https://www.historycenter.org/oral-histories-live

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Top 100 Iowa Nurse Honorees

UnityPoint Health® – St. Luke’s Hospital nurses to be honored for outstanding work March 5, 2018 Two nurses from UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital were recently named to the Iowa Nurses’ Association list of 100 Great Iowa Nurses for 2018. St. Luke’s honorees include, Diane Handler of Cedar Rapids and Ann Overton of Hiawatha. […]

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Rabbi says anti-Semitic incidents could continue to increase

Rabbi says anti-Semitic incidents could continue to increase CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) – A 57 percent increase. That’s how much the reports of anti- Semitic incidents throughout the country went up last year compared with the year before. It’s a report from the Anti-Defamation League, which defined the incidents as vandalism or harassment of people […]

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Feller Honored at International Glass Conference

B.D. Silliman Professor of Physics Steve Feller was recently recognized by leading glass researchers at the 9th International Conference on Borate Glasses, Crystals and Melts, held on the campus of St. Anne’s College at Oxford University, United Kingdom. The conference was held in honor of Feller in recognition of his unique contribution to the study of […]

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Magda Brown: Injury Can’t Stop Survivor from Sharing Message

Magda Brown was the Thaler Holocaust Memorial Fund Community Yom HaShoah speaker in April 2016. An injury at the beginning of her travels in October would not and did not stop Magda from sharing her message.  

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Notice: Ivan backer Event to be Podcast

Tomorrow night’s event, Ivan Backer’s “My Train to Freedom” lecture, (which the Thaler Holocaust Education Fund is supporting), has received such high interest, we have decided to broadcast the event on Facebook Live. Viewers can tune in to the NCSML Facebook page at 7pm tomorrow evening to watch the lecture via computer.

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Iowa Goes to Israel

Temple Judah and Temple B’nai Jeshurun in Des Moines are heading to Israel! All members are invited to join them on this 10-day trip, June 9 – 18, 2018. Highlights include Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, the Dead Sea and more more Both Rabbis Thalblum and Kaufman will be leading this trip together. Please […]

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First Jewish faculty were refugees

First Jewish faculty were refugees By Cornell Report Staff | June 26, 2017 The first full-time Jewish faculty members at Cornell, Eric Kollman in the history department and Julian Bern in music, both came to this country as refugees from eastern Europe. Julian Bern, left, and Eric Kollman brought a wealth of experiences to the […]

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Passover Seder celebrated among Cedar Rapids Jewish community

Passover Seder celebrated among Cedar Rapids Jewish community Temple Judah draws about 80 to annual dinner CLICK FOR MORE EVENT PHOTOS Apr 11, 2017 CEDAR RAPIDS — Jewish and Gentile alike were invited to Temple Judah in Cedar Rapids Tuesday for an annual springtime fest. Temple Judah, 3221 Lindsay Lane SE, hosted a community dinner […]

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Cedar Rapids expo celebrates diversity to celebrate trust

FROM THE CEDAR RAPIDS GAZETTE Cedar Rapids expo celebrates diversity to celebrate trust First Community Cultural Celebration and Expo honors differences Mayor Ron Corbett unveils a new timeline featuring the history of civil rights advances in Cedar Rapids at the Community Cultural Celebration and Expo at the Cedar Rapids Public Library in Cedar Rapids on […]

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What to do about recent incidents of anti-semitism?

FROM THE CEDAR RAPIDS GAZETTE What to do about recent incidents of anti-semitism? Linn County Inter-Religious Council ponders response Cliff Jette/The Gazette The Inter-Religious Council of Linn County board of directors talk Thursday night about how to respond to recent anti-Semitic acts around the nation. Ideas included billboards, advertising, letters and social media posts. March […]

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Religious leaders, members share support, prayers for refugees and immigrants

FROM THE CEDAR RAPIDS GAZETTE Religious leaders, members share support, prayers for refugees and immigrants The event was hosted by Inter-Religious Council of Linn County February 16, 2017. The event was sponsored by the Inter-Religious Council of Linn County and featured speakers from nine different faiths along with people who work helping immigrants and refugees. […]

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Grammy winner playing music in Cedar Rapids hospital for years

FROM KCRG ABC NEWS Grammy winner playing music in Cedar Rapids hospital for years By Forrest Saunders, KCRG-TV9  | CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) Middays on Friday, music drifts through the UnityPoint St. Luke’s Helen G. Nassif Pavilion. An angelic sound that brings a little cheer to people having to spend part of their day in […]

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