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The new synagogue in Mainz, Germany. Inaugurated in 2010 on the site of the elaborate 1922 synagogue destroyed by the Kristallnacht pogroms. The replacement synagogue’s bombastic, sculpted silhouette reads kedusha, or “sanctification,” and bears the name “Light of the Diaspora,” after the nickname of the 11th-century Jewish sage, Rabbi Gershom ben Yehuda, who established Mainz’s reputation as a Jewish spiritual center. Credit: Sascha Kopp via Mainz Tourism Office

Jewish ruins of the Rhine

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In recent months, the Rhine city of Mainz captured worldwide headlines for the murder and rape of one of its Jewish members, 14-year-old Susanna Feldmann, allegedly at the hands of an Iraqi asylum-seeker, now in...

August 12 and After

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In August 1941, just months after the start of Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of the Soviet Union, leaders of the Soviet intelligentsia gathered in Moscow to form the Jewish Antifascist Committee. Among them...
Archiwum Muzeum Podlaskiego (Collections of the Biala Podlaska Museum)

75th Aniversary of the Białystok Ghetto uprising

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The Białystok Ghetto uprising against the Nazi German occupation authorities during World War II was launched on the night of August 16, 1943 and was the second-largest ghetto uprising organized in Nazi-occupied Poland after the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of April–May 1943. It was led by the Anti-Fascist...

Fez to Welcome a Moroccan Jewish Memorial Museum

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Following Qotbi’s visit, Wednesday, July 18, to the Jewish Cemetery of Fez and the Batha Museum with the wali (governor) of Fez-Meknes, the governor of Fez prefecture, Essaid Zniber and the mayor of Fez,...
A Jewish Revival: Communities Return to Poland, Sicily and Myanmar

A Jewish Revival: Communities Return to Poland, Sicily and Myanmar

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The ornate colonial building on a bustling alleyway fits right in with the neighborhood. To enter, visitors don’t need to pass through any security checks or barriers — increasingly commonplace around the world, given...
The Jewish cemetery in Lodz, Poland. May 11, 2017. Photo by Isaac Harari/Flash90.

Historical truth is in peril

“This is giving in to the Polish narrative, an attack on the memory of the Holocaust, and a danger to any future independent research that people might want to conduct in Poland,” says eminent...
Opening of the collective art exhibition of Turkish-Sephardic artists, “1492: Göke” (Twitter)

UK exhibit remembers Sephardic Jews’ journey to Turkey

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An exhibition of works by 35 Turkish Sephardic artists has opened for art lovers in London to honor the journey of tens of thousands of Sephardic Jews to Turkey in the 15th century. The exhibit...
A rare coin minted 1,949 years ago was found last ‎week ‎in a dig in the City of ‎David in ‎Jerusalem.‎ Photo courtesy of the City of David.

Rare coin minted 1,900 years ago discovered in ‎Jerusalem ‎

A rare coin minted 1,949 years ago was found last ‎week ‎in a dig in the City of ‎David in ‎Jerusalem.‎ Reut Vilf of the ‎City of David Foundation said the ‎coin, discovered ‎in the...
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New Jersey affirms Jewish connection to Jerusalem

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The New Jersey Legislature on Thursday voted unanimously on a measure which affirms the historical connection of the Jewish people to Jerusalem and condemns efforts by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)...
Herbert W. Armstrong college students digging on Ophel in 2018. Credit: Courtesy of Eilat Mazar.

Beneath the surface: The untold story of Americans unearthing Israeli archaeology

Can archaeology bring biblical history to life? According to historian and Deputy Minister Michael Oren, it depends who you ask. Speaking at a June 10 Jerusalem event celebrating the opening of the “Seals of Isaiah and...