Articles from the April 27, 2018 edition

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A welcoming display at Passover

One aspect of a Jewish home is decorating with Judaica including a mezuzah and holiday decor. Many Jewish homes may have various kiddish cups, Chanukiah and wall art tastefully displayed throughout... Full story


History of Israel through the eyes of a tree

Seeing trees blossom and grow fruit in the Land of Israel as I leave my house every late winter and early spring morning makes me realize another way in which I am grateful to be able to live and rais... Full story


Israel boasts population growth

Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) released its traditional statistics report on the citizens of Israel in honor of Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day, which is celebrated this year on Wednesday night and Thursday. Israel boasts... 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... Full story



Sarah Shirley Finer, age 95, of Longwood, passed away at her residence at Brookdale Island Lake, on Monday, April 9, 2018. Shirley, as she was known to her family and friends, was born to the late Henry and Rebecca Newlander Berman, on May 10, 1922,... Full story



Leah T. Goldsmith, age 94, of Sarasota and formerly of Orlando, passed away on Friday, April 13, 2018, at Ashton Place an assisted living facility in Sarasota. A native of New York, she was born on Dec. 16, 1923, to the late Abraham and Becker... Full story


'Schindler's List' at 25: How Steven Spielberg's deeply Jewish story spoke to the masses

LOS ANGELES (JTA)-1993 was a dramatic year in the memorialization of the Holocaust. In April, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum opened its doors; 45 million visitors later it is a fixture... Full story

 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    April 27, 2018

Anne Frank House employee waited 6 months to find out if he could wear a kippah

AMSTERDAM (JTA)—When Barry Vingerling asked his employers at the Anne Frank House whether it was okay for him to start coming to work wearing a kippah, he did it mostly as a courtesy. “I hadn’t expected this to be an issue,” Vingerling, 25,... Full story


Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Plenty of mazel tovs to go around on birth of #RoyalBaby (JTA)—Although the British royal family presumably does not speak a word of Hebrew, there were plenty of mazel tovs to go around after the announcement that the Duke and Duchess of... Full story


Seven treasures from a centennial exhibit on Leonard Bernstein

(JTA)-From his birthplace in Boston to New York, Berlin, South Africa, China and Israel, Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), the larger-than-life conductor, pianist, composer, educator and bon vivant, is... Full story


The music of Holocaust victims returns to the Dutch concentration camp where they suffered

WESTERBORK, Netherlands (JTA)-On a foggy Sunday, cheerful cabaret music pierces the silence that hangs over this former concentration camp, one of the largest facilities of its kind in Nazi-occupied... Full story


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