Articles from the April 12, 2013 edition

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From Rummikub to the 'God Particle:' A timeline of Israeli innovations

NEW YORK (JTA)—While a great deal of international and media focus has been placed on Israel’s military conflicts, the country quietly has become an energetic, ambitious incubator of ent... Full story


In Germany, some closure for the son of survivors

NEW YORK (JTA)—As a child of Holocaust survivors, I have always managed to avoid visiting Germany. Part of my parents’ legacy was never to visit the country, with its dark past—not even to own any products in our home that were made in Germa... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 12, 2013

Thatcher remembered for her affection for Britain's Jews

WASHINGTON (JTA)—History will remember former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher for relentlessly facing down communism and helping to turn back more than three decades of socialist advance i... Full story


Eastern European communities overwhelmed by costs of cemetery upkeep

(JTA)—Every month or so, a highly emotional email lands in the inbox of Martin Kornfeld, CEO of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Slovakia. The authors invariably are Western tourists appalled b... Full story

 By Michel Stors    News    April 12, 2013

Open-mindedness another casualty in Syrian fighting

SALMA, Latakia, Syria—The village of Bayt Swalkha in the coastal province of Latakia bears the physical scars of the Syrian civil war. Piles of stones are all that remain of rows of houses. Municipal buildings have been reduced to blackened skeletons... Full story


New book focuses on secularization in Israeli life

BEERSHEVA, Israel—Dramatic secularization changes have occurred in significant aspects of Israelis’ public and private lives, according to a new book, “Between State and Synagogue” (Cambridge University), by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (... Full story

 By Bob Jacob    Features    April 12, 2013

For Naama and Toledo, it's been a love affair

The love affair between Naama Shafir and the city of Toledo, Ohio, began five years ago. That’s when the 18-year-old girl from Hoshaya, Israel, packed her bags and went to the Glass City. She knew n... Full story

 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    April 12, 2013

Pact of pariahs forming between Iran and Hungary's Jobbik

BUDAPEST, Hungary (JTA)—The potholed streets leading to Tiszavasvari’s rusty train station offer no clue that this sleepy town of 12,000 in eastern Hungary is considered the “capital of Jobbi... Full story


Seeking Kin: A towed car hooks up cousins again

The Seeking Kin column aims to help reunite long-lost relatives and friends. BALTIMORE (JTA) – Some people search the world for those they knew before time and circumstance intruded. David Scherr w... Full story


Job burnout can severely compromise heart health says TAU researcher

TEL AVIV—Americans work longer hours, take fewer vacation days and retire later than employees in other industrialized countries around the globe. With such demanding careers, it’s no surprise that many experience job burnout—physical, cognitive and... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 12, 2013

Security prep for Memphis Klan rally seen as national model

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (JTA)—Cantor Ricky Kampf descends from the bimah, adjusts his prayer shawl and strides up the aisle, cutting through the cavernous sanctuary to greet the familiar out-of-towner. ... Full story

 By Gil Shefler    News    April 12, 2013

Kosher scandals like Doheny are rare, but not unheard of

NEW YORK (JTA)—Less than a day before the start of Passover, the phone rang at the Brooklyn home of Rabbi Yisroel Belsky. On the line were concerned members of the Rabbinical Council of California, a rabbinical association in Los Angeles that p... Full story


Yes, you can hike in a wheelchair

Thirty years ago, Israeli hiker Amos Ziv observed a group of visually impaired teens out on a nature trail. They were having a rough time of it, and Ziv decided the only solution was for him to find... Full story


Jewish rebel pursues interracial romance in a controversial Dutch film

AMSTERDAM (JTA)—The dreamy expression of a child at a chocolate factory slowly spreads across Geza Weisz’s handsome face as he watches the quivering breasts and buttocks of young black women dan... Full story


Broadway musicals and the Holocaust

Can Broadway musicals teach us about changing American attitudes to the Holocaust? In “Echoes of the Holocaust on the American Musical Stage” (McFarland and Co., Inc, Publishers), Jessica Hillman, an assistant professor of theater and dance at the St... Full story

 By Gil Shefler    News    April 12, 2013

In aftermath of Boston Marathon bombings, Israeli Independence Day fetes are toned down

NEW YORK (JTA)—Israeli Independence Day celebrations in Boston were muted and security was increased in the wake of bombings that left three dead and dozens injured at the finish line of the Boston Ma... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 12, 2013

Who bombed Boston? Word for now is caution

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The day after the Boston Marathon bombing, President Obama called it an “act of terrorism.” What kind of terrorism, no one was ready to say—a caution that derives from years of wron... Full story


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