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A Jewish world through a camera’s eye

Guler Ugur puts her heart into her photography — to awesome results

Cover Story Published: 03 August 2012

Successful photographers need clarity of vision. Their eyes have to be open to the joy, sorrow, magnificence, poetry, or just plain weirdness that surrounds all of us all the time.

Guler Ugur is blessed with that vision, but that is not the only one of her gifts. She also has an open heart, and that has guided her on her unlikely path to Jewish life.

As she tells her story, she speaks with passion at breakneck speed, in barely accented English. Her energy is cracklingly and tangibly evident.


‘Steaming toward Palestine’

Nathan Nadler of Rutherford, Exodus veteran, dies

Local | WorldPublished: 03 August 2012

This story first ran in June 2003, when Nat Nadler was among 70 American veterans of Israel honored at the Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum on Manhattan’s West Side. Nadler, who is believed to be one of the last survivors of the Exodus, died at home in Rutherford on July 25. His wife, Ann, died in 2002; he is survived by their two sons, Mark and Aaron, and two grandsons.

Nathan Nadler was born in Browns-ville, Brooklyn, in 1927 and was drafted into the U.S. Army when he was 18, right at the war’s end. “When I was raised in Brownsville, nobody ever called me a Jew bastard,” he said. He encountered such name-calling for the first time in basic training in Alabama, when he was put together with young men from the Deep South. “Those 18-year-olds I was in the Army with — I just recently realized that they were the grandchildren of Civil War veterans.


On spending a day in the cemetery

Green-Wood’s charms are deeply American — and somehow that’s also Jewish

LocalPublished: 27 July 2012

It was a steamy Sunday a few weeks ago, the kind of day that covers your skin in greasy slime the second you walk out into it. The kind of day that’s made for sitting inside, curled up by your air conditioner with your iPad, gobbling content. Living in the twenty-first century.

But my sister is a Civil War buff — our mother, a librarian, gave her Rifles for Watie to read when she was in elementary school, and that was it for her. She was casting around for something to do and came up with a guided tour of Green-Wood cemetery. Her persuasiveness overcame our sloth, so her husband, my husband, and I went to Brooklyn to join her in a tour of the 1860s.


Veritans take its frolics seriously

A club, a camp, a campy club, pranks, good deeds, a slice of history, Mrs. Roosevelt — and a reunion

LocalPublished: 20 July 2012

If you wanted to write a social history of mid-20th-century American Jews, you could start your research with a privately published book called Veritans Club, about the Passaic County group’s first 50 years — 1926 to 1976.

Following the club through to today, with a special emphasis on the day camp with which it has shared its name since 1928, is bound to enhance a person’s understanding of American Jewish history, northern New Jersey division.


A rabbi divided

The many wonderful sides of Gerald Friedman

Cover Story Published: 13 July 2012

Satmar. Sharkskin suits. Z’miros. Brooklyn College. Gainsville Gators. Shlomo Carlebach. Butcher shop. Tito Puente. Torah Vodaas. Mambo.

Trying to come up with a paragraph that would string all these nouns together would be more difficult than, say, playing a round of Mad Libs. But put them together, add some verbs — dance, sing, manage, organize, teach, object, digress, laugh — and some adjectives — passionate, funny, Yiddish-inflected, musical, Jewish, Jewish, and (yes) Jewish — and you might begin to approximate Rabbi Gerald Friedman.

Add in the narrative arc of insider/outsider — insider feels like outsider, moves outside, finds himself inside again, feels like outsider — and you’re in business.


Go fourth!

The Fourth: A secular Shavuot?

Local | WorldPublished: 29 June 2012
Celebrating the covenant by which it stands

In mid-spring, usually some time in May, we Jews celebrate the mystical marriage of God and Israel at Shavuot, as concretized by the tablets of the Law that Moshe carried down from Sinai. Of course, we’re Jews! We eat! We celebrate with food, huge lashings of dairy, rich creams and extravagant displays of cheeses and cakes, and the heavenly cheesecake that is the fruit of their union. We celebrate with the soft white foods of springtime. We stay up all night to study, which is a traditional Jewish form of revelry.

In early summer, we Americans celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the document over which Jefferson, Adams, and the other founding fathers agonized as they gave birth to this new nation. Of course, we’re Americans! We eat! We celebrate with food, barbecues, hot dogs, and hamburgers. We stay up well into the night to watch the fireworks bursting in air, making the dark sky bloom and blossom and explode with color.

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Jewish groups praise, question high court’s immigration ruling

WorldPublished: 29 June 2012

WASHINGTON – Most Jewish groups that have weighed in on Arizona’s controversial immigration law thought that the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to repeal three of the law’s four parts was promising, but they were concerned with the decision that law enforcement officials still would be allowed to check the legal immigration status of people they detain.

The three provisions that the high court invalidated on Monday authorized police to arrest illegal immigrants without warrant if there was probable cause that they committed an offense that made them eligible for deportation; made it an Arizona state crime for immigrants not to carry registration papers or some sort of government identification; and forbade immigrants unauthorized to work in the country to apply, solicit, or perform work.

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The business of sacred communities

For Lisa Harris Glass, nurturing synagogues is a step toward strengthening them

LocalPublished: 22 June 2012

What is a shul?

Is it really a business, nonprofit to be sure, but nonetheless an operation that must be managed, its funds raised, its resources husbanded, its leadership groomed and mentored, its facilities maintained? Or is it a k’hillah k’doshah, a sacred community, a place people join to find God and community?

That question is an easy one for Lisa Harris Glass, director of the Synagogue Leadership Initiative (SLI) of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey. It is both. At bottom, she believes, a synagogue is a sacred community, but if it is not also seen clearly as a business, it will not be able to function.

It is her job to help shuls work.

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