Articles written by Cnaan Liphshiz

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 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    August 16, 2019 

Author David Grossman eulogizes settler teen who was murdered hugging his book

(JTA)-Those close to Dvir Sorek, the 19-year-old student who was murdered Thursday in a West Bank terrorist attack, described him as a unique young man. One of his friends from the West Bank...

 

Gymnast Agnes Keleti survived the Holocaust to win 10 Olympic medals-at 98, she's as feisty as ever

BUDAPEST (JTA)-When journalists ask Agnes Keleti about her health, she gently smiles and slowly extends her right hand in apparent gratitude for the question. Keleti yanks anyone who is foolish...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    August 9, 2019

2,300 Jewish athletes gather in Budapest for European Maccabi Games

\BUDAPEST (JTA)-More than 2,000 Jewish athletes from 42 countries and thousands of spectators gathered at a stadium in the Hungarian capital for the opening of the 15th European Maccabi Games. With...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    August 9, 2019

In Eastern Europe, Holocaust museums are missing from key historical sites

(JTA)-In the capital of Lithuania, an institution formerly known as the Museum of Genocide Victims barely mentions the murder of nearly all the country's Jews by Nazis and locals, focusing instead on...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    August 2, 2019

5 Jewish things to know about Boris Johnson

(JTA)—No matter their political affiliation, all sides can agree that Boris Johnson, who has secured his Conservative Party’s vote to become the United Kingdom’s next prime minister, is a colorful character. As the mayor of London, a position...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    July 19, 2019

50,000 flock to Lubavitcher Rebbe's grave in New York

(JTA)-An estimated 50,000 people have visited the resting place of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, ahead of the 25th anniversary of his passing. The pilgrimage to the burial site in...

 

When elders reveal they are Jewish on their deathbeds, their children often return to Judaism

(JTA)-In a few months, Simone Azoubel will realize a lifelong dream and move to Israel with her husband. A 56-year-old Jewish woman from Recife in northern Brazil, Azoubel is brushing up on her...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    June 21, 2019

A famed French-Jewish philosopher is afraid to leave his home

PARIS (JTA)-As a French celebrity philosopher, Alain Finkielkraut belongs to a tiny group of VIPs who get to lead normal, paparazzi-free lives despite having film star-like recognizability here....

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    June 7, 2019

Undone by Brexit, May resigns

(JTA)-Theresa May, who announced her resignation on Friday as the prime minister of the United Kingdom, will be remembered as one of her country's shortest-serving and least popular leaders. Blamed...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    May 10, 2019

Survivor Ed Mosberg, 93, braved cancer to march at Auschwitz, perhaps for the last time

KRAKOW, Poland (JTA)-At the age of 93, Holocaust survivor Ed Mosberg is saying his goodbyes to the city of his birth. Flanked by two physicians who accompanied him all the way from New Jersey,...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    May 10, 2019

French Jews say officials are reluctant to call out anti-Semitism by Muslims

(JTA)—For most of his adult life, Sammy Ghozlan has worked with French authorities fighting crime. Ghozlan, 75, started as a police officer, ascending through the ranks to become a police commissioner in the Paris area. And since 2002 he has...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    April 26, 2019

2 Jewish billionaires pledge $122 million for Notre Dame

(JTA)-Two Jewish billionaires have pledged a total of $122 million toward the restoration of Paris' Notre Dame cathedral, which was ravaged in a fire. Lily Safra, a Brazilian philanthropist, said she...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    March 29, 2019

Brexit is pushing Jews to seek passports from countries that persecuted their ancestors

(JTA)-Portugal used to be little more than a sunny holiday destination to Adam Perry, a 46-year-old Londoner who works in procurement. But following the United Kingdom's 2016 vote to leave the...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    March 29, 2019

Jewish journalist's Purim prank about fleeing anti-Semitism shocks Holland

AMSTERDAM (JTA)-The Netherlands' main Jewish weekly is the kingdom's oldest commercial magazine and one of its most reputable publications. Which is why many Dutch were shocked to read a column...

 

On this Spanish island, Purim used to be the biggest holiday for persecuted Jews

PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain (JTA)-On this island south of Barcelona, Jews celebrate Purim these days pretty much as they do most anywhere else in Europe. There's the reading of the Book of Esther at the...

 

Meet the Jewish artist behind the haunting Purim puppets of Paris

(JTA)-Though he may be one of France's best-known puppet makers, Michel Nedjar insists he does not really create the acclaimed and haunting figures that he calls his "Purim puppets." A former...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    March 15, 2019

Belgian carnival float features puppets of grinning Jews

(JTA)-Participants in a street celebration in the Belgian city of Aalst paraded giant puppets of Orthodox Jews and a rat atop money bags. Dutch Chief Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs condemned the float Sunday a...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    March 8, 2019

In Britain, Labour Party rebels give Jews hope of a new political home

(JTA)—Even before he was old enough to vote, Justyn Trenner was already a supporter of Britain’s Labour Party. Trenner, now a 54-year-old financial adviser from London, had felt at home there thanks to Labour’s mild socialism and anti-racist...

 

Rabbi Eckstein, IFCJ founder, dies

(JTA)-To the many employees and partners of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, who died Wednesday at the age of 67, he was a man of vision whose enormous drive to succeed both facilitated and complicated his...

 

A wave of anti-Semitism is bringing secular UK Jews closer to their roots

(JTA)-For most of her adult life, Rachel Riley was only vaguely aware of her Jewish ancestry. A moderately famous daytime game show television host, Riley, 33, is one of countless unaffiliated Jews...

 

Nelly Ben-Or risked all to play the piano-it helped her survive the Holocaust

LONDON (JTA)-Like countless world-class pianists, Nelly Ben-Or began playing piano at the age of 5 and never stopped. That discipline helped Ben-Or, 86, became an international concert pianist and...

 

A Dutch couple find forgotten Holocaust history in their countryside home

AMSTERDAM (JTA)-Despite its rustic charms, the dream home that Roxane van Iperen and her partner bought nearly ruined their marriage. Van Iperen, a 42-year-old novelist, underestimated the amount of...

 

Genetic study finds Sephardic genes in Latin America

(JTA)—In a genetic study of 6,589 people from five Latin American countries, about a quarter displayed traces of what may be Sephardic Jewish ancestry. Geneticist Juan-Camilo Chacón-Duque and his colleagues published their findings last week in...

 

The latest poll on anti-Semitism in Europe looks bad-trust me: it's true

AMSTERDAM (JTA)—The last time that a stranger directed an anti-Semitic insult at me, I was carrying supplies for my son’s birthday party. It was on a Sunday afternoon on Dam Square. Carrying Star of David party decorations in a see-through bag,...

 

This Dutch Christian boat maker wants to sail his life-size replica of Noah's Ark to Israel

KRIMPEN AAN DE IJSSEL, Netherlands (JTA)-For two years, the world's only seaworthy life-size replica of Noah's Ark has been wowing passengers traveling along Holland's Maas River. Built according to...

 

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