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Shiran Cohen

Yom HaZikaron is the national Remembrance Day observed in Israel for those who have fallen in defense of the country since 1860. As of May 2016, that number was 23,447.

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More than half a century after the Holocaust, I found myself on the steps of the Kahal Kadosh Shalom Synagogue, built in 1577 in Rhodes, the largest of Greece’s Dodecanese islands.

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Campus indoctrination

College campuses are making our grandchildren agnostic or atheist. A recent Pew Research Center found 71 percent among non-Orthodox are intermarrying.

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AIPAC policies transcends party politics

Having just attended another AIPAC Policy Conference, it’s hard to accept the annual mischaracterization of what occurred, and the criticism of AIPAC as partisan.

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My life’s purpose is to “Connect, Inspire and Empower Community.” That is the mantra I live by — not just in business, but in everything that I do. If we seek to come together as united citizens of the world, there is no telling the heights we can reach. And yet, from time to time, someone tries to prove me wrong. To challenge the assumption that none of us is as strong as all of us.

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In his Feb. 9 letter, Lee Levin articulately challenged the premises of the many articles in the Chronicle decrying the executive order delaying (not stopping, just delaying) refugee immigration from several Muslim countries. Levin raised some simple, direct questions for the community and asked for answers, not pejoratives.

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April 22 marks Earth Day, which has been celebrated worldwide since 1970. It is celebrated in more than 192 countries every year. I would suggest that bringing a more specifically Jewish consciousness to Earth Day will help us deepen our commitment to practices that help and don’t hurt God’s creation.

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Israeli emissaries Shiran Cohen (from left), Bar Sananes of Palm Beach and Dana Berman of Delaware were among the 19,000 delegates that attended the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference last week.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, AIPAC, is a lobbying group that advocates pro-Israel policies to the Congress and executive branch of the United States. AIPAC has more than 100,000 members and 17 regional offices all over the U.S. and was founded in 1951.

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Dangerous reporting

Although my wife, Rachel Perkal, and I currently reside in the Chicago area, we have kept a subscription to the KCJC for all of the years since we have moved away from Kansas City because we both have very strong ties to our former home.

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A treasure lost

With the passing of Anita Loeb we have lost a true treasure. Anita helped countless numbers of people in all the endeavors with which she was involved.

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 “A Horse Walks Into a Bar” by David Grossman. (Knopf, 2017)

While this novel portrays the performance of an Israeli stand-up comedian, it is not funny.

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