FREEBIES and Care Package Assistance for Soldiers, Families and Friends

Is your family in need of assistance with postage for your care packages? Need a phone card? Want a care package? Check out these sites for assistance: www.operationhomelink.org – Free computers for spouses or parents of deployed soldiers in ranks E1 – E5. www.operationuplink.org – Free phone cards. anysoldier.com – To sign up for sponsoring soldier care packages for theater. […]

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We lost another Jewish warrior

Exeprt from Marine Felt Calling After 9/11 Attacks, by Leef Smith of the Washington Post: Tuesday, September 12, 2006; Colin Wolfe was in sixth grade, fixated on girls, sports and the challenges of being a preteen, when a group of Marines visited his Manassas elementary school. He returned to his Manassas home that afternoon with their presentation swimming in his […]

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High Holidays in the Military

Spending the High Holidays in Iraq is becoming a regular occurrence these days. While the novelty of celebrating such an important Jewish holiday in an Arab land might have worn off, the level of support for those deployed there has only strengthened. A substantial force of reserve, active duty, and volunteer rabbis will be heading to the Sandbox in order […]

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Academy News

A mix of news about the service academies: Auschwitz Tour – Twelve cadets & midshipmen took a 2-week tour of Holocaust sites in Poland that included a trip to the Auschwitz death camp. The program is geared towards military officers and relates the tour to military ethics. This past summer, the Naval Academy had its very first Jewish baccalaureate ceremony […]

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Foster L. Harrington

Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps Sgt Foster L. Harrington, 31, of Ft. Worth, Texas, died Sept. 20, 2004 due to enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. Harrington was assigned to the Marine Corps Reserve‚Äôs 3rd Force Reconnaissance Company, 4th Marine Division, Mobile, Alabama. Harrington was more worried about his fiancee and others in Alabama threatened by Hurricane Ivan than the […]

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Coast Guard Allows Kippot

One of our astute readers pointed out that the Coast Guard recently changed its uniform policy to allow service members to wear yarmulkes while in uniform. The change did not come easy. When Jack Rosenberg went to join the Coast Guard, he explained that his religion required him to wear a kippah at all times. The Coast Guard initially turned […]

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Rabbi Lapp’s Farewell Message

As reported back in June, there was a change of command at the JWB this month. Below is Rabbi Lapp’s farewell message: This will be my final message to you as your JWB Director. If there ever was a definition of ‘mixed emotions’, the ones I am experiencing now certainly qualify. On the one hand, to leave a position which […]

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