Articles written by Ruth Ellen Gruber

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otre-Dame will be rebuilt-but most European Jewish sites never will be

BUDAPEST (JTA)—Architecture and built heritage can be powerful symbols. Notre-Dame de Paris is one of the most famous and familiar buildings in the world, visited by an astonishing 30,000 people a d... Full story


It's always Chanukah in this picture-perfect Italian town

CASALE MONFERRATO, Italy (JTA)-It's always Chanukah in this picturesque town in northern Italy's Piedmont region. Jews have lived in Casale Monferrato for more than 500 years, with the community... Full story


One Ruth Gruber says goodbye to another

(JTA)-When you share a name with someone you respect and admire, you always try to live up to the connection, because sometimes outsiders aren't aware of the difference. That's how it was for decades... Full story


In Krakow, Night of the Synagogues bolsters Jewish pride

KRAKOW, Poland (JTA)-For the sixth year in a row, the seven synagogues in Krakow's historic Jewish district, Kazimierz, opened their doors for 7@Nite-or the Night of the Synagogues, a one-night... Full story


Auschwitz 'showers' highlight challenge of balancing tourism and memory

(JTA)-Pawel Sawicki gets to his desk every morning by 7, but he works no regular office job. Sawicki is an information officer at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Memorial and Museum, the sprawling... Full story


A South Carolina kosher-vegetarian dining hall seeks to bring diverse populations to the table

CHARLESTON, S.C. (JTA)-Renowned for its gracious architecture and signature Southern charm, Charleston is increasingly celebrated as a foodie heaven. The trouble is, in a city whose culinary... Full story


Boycotting government Holocaust commemorations, Hungary's Jews forge new path

BUDAPEST, Hungary (JTA)—It isn’t every day that Jewish organizations reject funding for Holocaust commemorations. But that’s what happened in Hungary this spring when Jewish groups refused nearl... Full story

 By Ruth Ellen Gruber    News    May 30, 2014

A pope, a rabbi and a sheik went to Israel

ROME (JTA)-With a rabbi and a Muslim sheik as his travel companions, Pope Francis headed to the Middle East with what he hoped to be a powerful message of interfaith respect. It was the first time... Full story


Creating modern Israeli heroine, LeBor crosses Lisbeth Salander and biblical Yael

BUDAPEST (JTA)—There’s a new Jewish heroine on the block, a tough but tender Israeli who does undercover work for the United Nations and stars in a new series of thrillers by the British author and jo... Full story

 By Ruth Ellen Gruber    News    May 3, 2013

Remembering Warsaw Ghetto heroes with yellow daffodils

WARSAW, Poland (JTA)—In Warsaw, sirens wailed and church bells rang to mark the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, a valiant but failed revolt by Jewish fighters against the Nazi occupier... Full story


At last, Warsaw's Museum of the History of Polish Jews is dedicated

WARSAW, Poland (JTA)—Krzysztof Sliwinski, a longtime Catholic activist in Jewish-Polish relations, gazed wide-eyed at the swooping interior of this city’s Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Nea... Full story


Jews find early signs from Pope Francis encouraging

ROME (JTA)—When the white smoke rose last week at the Vatican, signaling to the world that the College of Cardinals had chosen a new pope, Catholics weren’t the only ones waiting with bated breath. Je... Full story


Benedict’s papacy: a period of close Jewish relations with some bumps

ROME (JTA)—Pope Benedict XVI’s eight-year reign as head of the world’s 1 billion Catholics sometimes was a bumpy one for the Vatican’s relations with Israel and the wider Jewish community. But it... Full story


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