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The Only Hasid in North Korea & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

The Only Hasid in North Korea & Other Orthodox Jews in the News


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An Ultra-Orthodox Jew in Pyongyang
Meir Alfasi has added 40 more countries to his list since his journeys across the globe were last documented by Ynet. But this one is a record even for him. The ultra-Orthodox photographer, also known as Chabad’s “emissary at large,” made it into North Korea, one of the most closed-off countries in the world.

Speedy Beatie: Israel’s First Female Haredi Marathon Runner
It may sound improbable, perhaps preposterous, but 29-year-old Bracha “Beatie” Deutsch is the real deal. The first female Haredi athlete shocked everyone by winning Israel’s National Half Marathon Championship in December, with a personal best of 1 hour, 19 minutes and 51 seconds.

At The Finish Line: As Neil Schloss Retires From a 36-Year Career at Ford, He Looks to the Future
The new year will find Neil Schloss on a beach in Florida not in the Glass House in Dearborn. Schloss, vice president and chief financial officer of Ford Smart Mobility, a subsidiary of the Ford Motor Co. dedicated to providing specialized mobility products and services, officially retires Dec. 31 after a 36-year career with the automaker.

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A former Hollywood script editor, Jerusalem event planner, non-profit fundraiser and professional blogger, Sara Levine is an accomplished writer and editor. After graduating from USC's School of Cinematic Arts, her first screenplay was well-received by story executives at major studios. As a journalist, her articles have been published internationally in popular magazines and websites. With over 18 years experience as a story consultant, her notes and critiques on novels and scripts have been used to select and improve material by top studios, networks, agencies and writers in Hollywood and beyond. She is currently at work on her first novel.

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