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Spider-Man’s web of Jewishness

By Joe Spier CALGARY, Alberta, Canada — Spider-Man is Jewish At the risk of boring devotees of the flagship character and corporate mascot of Marvel comic books and of the hugely successful Spider-Man movie franchise, those who know the origin story much better than I do, the Spider-Man narrative begins with Peter Parker who becomes […]

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Flashback to Jerusalem, April 2013

By Joe Spier JERUSALEM –It is April 9, 2013 after a long night in the air, my plane has landed at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport. I have arrived in Israel a couple of days in advance of 27 Calgarians who will begin “Israel @ 65”, the Calgary Jewish Federation tour that my wife […]

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Zvika Greengold, one-man tank battalion

By Joe Spier CALGARY, Alberta, Canada — The “Medal of Valor” is Israel’s highest military decoration awarded for acts of extreme heroism in combat, in the face of the enemy, at the risk of life. Only 40 have ever been awarded, none since the 1973 Yom Kippur War. The Arab offensive against Israel which began on […]

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WWII Canadian ace died en route to fighting for Israel

By Joe Spier CALGARY, Alberta, Canada — On September 1, George Frederick “Buzz” Beurling, recognized as “Canada’s most famous hero of the Second World War,” was posthumously honored by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum with the unveiling of a life-sized bronze statue of his likeness at a ceremony at Hamilton’s International Airport. Among the dignitaries paying […]

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Marcel Marceau: The sound of silence

CALGARY, Alberta, Canada — Marcel Marceau, famed French mime, passed away on September 22, 2007 Yom Kippur, at the age of 84. While most remember Marceau as the preeminent performer of silent art; the unsurpassed entertainer who could say more with silence than an actor with volumes of lines; the incomparable artist who could make his […]

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The village that saved the Jews

By Joe Spier JERUSALEM– As I walk the grounds of Yad Vashem, I approach the Avenue of the Righteous Gentiles. At the entrance stand three plaques placed in an honored position. Raul Wallenberg, whose exploits in saving over 100,000 Jewish lives are well known, Irena Sendler, not so well known, saved 2,500 Jewish children from the […]

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Cairo Geniza more important than Dead Sea Scrolls

By Joe Spier CALGARY, Alberta, Canada— It is a short hour and a half plane ride by EL Al from Tel Aviv to Cairo as we, four Calgarians, in the year 2010, leave the Israel part of our trip and embark upon our Egyptian adventure.  To sail down the Nile, the longest river in the […]

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Morris ‘Two-Gun’ Cohen a hero in China

By Joe Spier CALGARY, Alberta, Canada — What is a nice Jewish boy from Western Canada doing as a General in the Chinese Army? Well, not exactly a boy, maybe not so nice, but definitely Jewish. Morris Abraham Cohen was born on August 3, 1887 in a Polish shtetl. While an infant, his family fled Poland […]

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Chiune Sugihara rescued Jews at cost of his own career

By Joe Spier  CALGARY, Alberta, Canada — It was early December 1939, just before Chanukah, in Kaunas, Lithuania. The Nazis had yet to occupy the City. Eleven-year old Zalke Genkind wanted to go to the movies, a Laurel and Hardy slapstick comedy, one of his favorites. His parents had refused to give him the money […]

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Superman, such a nice Jewish mensch!

By Joe Spier CALGRARY, Alberta, Canada–Look to the sky. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s Superman, the most famous comic book, radio, television and movie superhero. He is faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. He is also […]

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Portrait of Chabad’s last rebbe

  By Joe Spier CALGARY, Alberta, Canada — Hasidism had its beginnings in Eastern Europe in the eighteenth century, a philosophy that moved away from the primacy of Torah study, but without veering from a commitment to Torah.  It created a way of Jewish life that emphasized the ability of Jews to move closer to G-d […]

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SDJW thanks its March 2016 contributors

SAN DIEGO — San Diego Jewish World expresses its appreciation to the byliners and staff photographers whose works appeared in March 2016 editions. They included: David Amos Eitan Arom Judy Lash Balint Kenneth Bandler Laurie Baron Amber Bartlett Jeremy Ben-Ami Boaz Bismuth Ronnie Blair Dan Bloom Shoshana Bryen Stephen Bryen Cynthia Citron Richard L. Cravatts Jack Forman […]

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The Straus brothers made and donated fortunes

By Joe Spier CALGARY, Alberta, Canada — Isidor Straus was born in Otterberg, Bavaria in 1845 and his brother Nathan in 1848. They were the sons of Lazarus Straus, an observant Jew. Lazarus emigrated to the U.S. in 1852, settling in Talbotton, Georgia where he started out as a pushcart peddler and then established a general […]

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The story of 3 Troop, 10 Commando

By Joe Spier  CALGARY, Alberta, Canada — In Quentin Tarantino’s World War II revenge film the Inglourious Basterds, a team of Jewish American soldiers wreaks panic and havoc on the Third Reich in German-occupied France by killing as many Nazi soldiers as possible. They do so with relish, one nicknamed “The Bear Jew,” with a baseball […]

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