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A tribute to Matt Cohen

On March 21, Congregation Sinai of Clermont had a special Shabbat service to honor Matthew Cohen, who, along with his late wife Bea, have been Congregation Sinai’s largest benefactors. Cohen has generously contributed the synagogue’s two Torahs,...

 

From Bible heroines to Bernie Madoff: Alicia Jo Rabins strikes new chord

BERKELEY, Calif. (JTA)-Plucking a violin on an empty stage, an animated scene of Manhattan skyscrapers scrolling behind her pregnant body, the musician, poet and Torah scholar Alicia Jo Rabins begins...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    April 25, 2014

Tragedy and fancy dinners at new Anne Frank theater in Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM (JTA)-To millions worldwide, she is a symbol of heroism and a haunting reminder of the dangers of discrimination. But for one Dutch entertainment firm, Anne Frank is a brand name powerful...

 

Seeking Kin: In Berlin, giving wronged Olympians their glory

The "Seeking Kin" column aims to help reunite long-lost relatives and friends. BALTIMORE (JTA)-Nancy Glickman was a teenager when she heard the story about her father at the 1936 Summer Olympics in...

 

Maccabi Tel Aviv in the NBA? It may not be a hoop dream

BALTIMORE (JTA)-Maccabi Tel Aviv reportedly is heading back to the United States this fall for its first exhibition games against NBA teams in five years – but greater developments appear to be in...

 
 By Maayan Jaffe    News    April 25, 2014

Rocket-induced trauma inflicts deepening wounds on Israeli society

Fifteen seconds. That's how long a resident of Sderot has from the time a Code Red alert is announced until a Palestinian rocket strikes the town or is intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense...

 

U.S., terror victims' families agree on sale of Iran-linked New York skyscraper

(JNS.org) In the largest terrorism-related forfeiture in U.S. history, the U.S. government has agreed to distribute the proceeds of the sale of an Iran-linked Manhattan skyscraper and other buildings to the families of the victims of...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Report: Abbas threatens to dismantle Palestinian Authority JERUSALEM (JTA)—Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly threatened to dismantle the P.A. Citing unnamed Palestinian sources, the Israeli daily Yediot Acharonot wrote...

 
 By Uriel Heilman    News    April 25, 2014

Holocaust restitution moves slowly in Eastern Europe

NEW YORK (JTA)—When a 2009 Holocaust-era assets conference concluded with a landmark statement of principles on Holocaust restitution, many restitution advocates had high hopes that a corner had been turned in the struggle for survivor justice....

 

With a nudge from advocates, more Jewish groups embracing paid parental leave

NEW YORK (JTA)-The United States is the only industrialized country in the world not to mandate paid maternity leave, and only 11 percent of private-sector American employees have access to it. But a...

 

U.S. denies visa to U.N. ambassador

(JNS.org)—The Obama administration notified Iran and the United Nations that it would deny a visa to newly appointed Iranian Ambassador to the U.N. Hamid Aboutalebi, who was part of an extremist student group that stormed the U.S. Embassy in...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 25, 2014

After his hunger strike, Alan Gross' backers ramp up calls for U.S. action

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Alan Gross did not warn his family he was launching a hunger strike, but hearing the news, they understood why: The U.S. government subcontractor languishing in a Cuban prison feels forgotten. Gross, a 64-year-old Jewish father of...

 

Remembering famed Jewish astronomer Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan fans old and new have been gazing at their televisions in awe as host Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson’s resurrection of the science epic “Cosmos” takes them on a journey from the Big Bang, to microscopic one-celled organisms, to the ascent...

 

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