Articles written by Debra Nussbaum Cohen

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'Labyrinth of Peace' shatters the myth of Switzerland's neutrality in WWII

It’s Switzerland in 1945 and the war has just ended. A group of deeply traumatized, ragged-looking Jewish teenagers recently liberated from Buchenwald have been sent to live in a former Swiss school building. A young Swiss woman named Klara cares f...


Tending wounds and distributing supplies: Minneapolis Jews care for a city in turmoil

(JTA) - Dr. Vivian Fischer spent five hours Saturday walking toward Minneapolis's devastation from her home in a suburb immediately outside the city. The family physician put on gray scrubs, her...


New Age guru Marianne Williamson talks about her Jewishness and 2020 presidential run

NEW YORK (JTA)-Had she received a better Jewish education, Marianne Williamson says, she might have become a rabbi. Instead, Williamson has become one of the country's best-known New Age self-help... Full story


Psychology association faces pressure to boycott Israel

NEW YORK (JTA)-As its name suggests, relationships are key to members of the International Association of Relational Psychoanalysts and Psychotherapists. But there is one relationship some members... Full story


Brooklyn synagogue pulls its money out of Chase bank

NEW YORK (JTA)—Congregation Kolot Chayeinu in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood is removing its savings from JPMorgan Chase, making it the first U.S. synagogue to publicly divest from a bank or other corporation “to explicitly oppose the fundi... Full story


A tour guide uncovers Passover secrets in the Met Museum's Egyptian wing

NEW YORK (JTA)-I have roamed the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Egyptian wing many times, marveling at sarcophagi, statues of Horus and Ra, and portraits of young men on ancient panels who gaze back at... Full story


For women in Jewish fundraising, harassment is an occupational hazard

NEW YORK (JTA)-She was young, Jewish and the founder of a nonprofit organization that aids deprived children in Southeast Asia. He was a potential funder more than twice her age, promising donations a... Full story


Women's March renounces Farrakhan's anti-Semitism, but supports a leader who embraced him

NEW YORK (JTA)-Organizers of the Women's March renounced the anti-Semitic views of Louis Farrakhan, but they stood behind one of its co-presidents who attended a speech last month by the Nation of Isl... Full story


Germany recognizes Algerian Jews as Holocaust survivors

NEW YORK (JTA)-Nearly 80 years after being persecuted by the Nazi-allied Vichy French government, some 25,000 elderly Algerian Jews are being recognized for the first time as Holocaust survivors by th... Full story


Nevada welcomed this Israeli marijuana scientist- US immigration threw him out of the country

NEW YORK (JTA)-It shouldn't have been complicated. Shimon Abta, an expert Israeli cannabis agronomist, was sent by his employer to consult with American companies in states where medical marijuana is... Full story


Jewish Federations representatives to now visit Israeli settlements

Jewish Federations of North America and its predecessor organizations have had a longstanding policy of not officially traveling beyond Israel’s 1967 borders. In reality, however, representatives have already done so. Top leaders of JFNA held a s... Full story


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