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Why Chernobyl’s Jewish History Still Matters — 31 Years After The Accident

My aunt recently reminded me that everything changed on April 26, 1986. I knew this, of course, but it wasn’t often that my family talked about the accident or the evacuation. When I was growing...

German foreign minister says his country must support its Jewish community

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s refusal to meet with German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and the media attention it received simply helped Gabriel’s image. While President Reuven Rivlin usually follows the government line on foreign policy,...

Ronald Lauder reelected President of the World Jewish Congress

-“I have done many things in my life, but there is no accomplishment, no title, no honor that I am more proud of than being president of the World Jewish Congress… we are one...

Review: ‘Genius,’ a Portrait of the Man Behind the Equation

National Geographic, a network hoping to fashion itself a new image, has invested quite a lot in “Genius,” its first scripted series, which begins on Tuesday night. The commitment has paid off admirably. Judging from...

Biblioteca Ets Haim

In the late 1500s and early 1600s, as Sephardic Jews were establishing a community in Amsterdam, they founded a school for themselves that would become the oldest continuously operating Jewish library in the world.Top...

Remembering the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

The following speech was delivered at Der Shteyn (The Stone), Riverside Park, New York City, on April 19, 2017, the 74th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. It’s been hard for me to focus on...

New UN chief demands: ‘Israel must be treated fairly’

The new United Nations Secretary General insisted Israel must be treated like any other state at the world body as he delivered the first ever address by an occupant of his office to a...

European nations not returning Jewish properties taken during Holocaust era

Many European nations behind the former Iron Curtain have failed to return property taken from Jews before and during World War II, according to a report released Monday, which also is Holocaust Remembrance Day. The...

What the North Korea crisis tells us about the Iran nuclear deal

The Trump administration last week endorsed a narrative long promoted by critics of the Iran nuclear deal: It’s North Korea all over again. “An unchecked Iran has the potential to travel the same path as...

Israel’s President Warns Against Using The Holocaust To Justify Israel

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin spoke against using the Holocaust as the only lens through which to understand Jewish history, warning that such an approach could damage Israel’s relations with the world community. “We need to...

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