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Thousands of Ethiopian Jews gathered in Jerusalem Thursday to celebrate the festival of Sigd, marking the community’s centuries-old aspirations to return to the holy city. On a sunny, warm winter’s day, busloads of people came from all over the country to participate in ancient prayers led by the kessim, the religious leaders of the community, dressed in traditional robes and shaded...
The Genesis Prize Foundation awarded U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg its first lifetime achievement award. The foundation, which sponsors the annual $1 million Genesis Prize known as the “Jewish Nobel,” in its announcement Wednesday praised Ginsburg’s “groundbreaking legal work in the field of civil liberties and women’s rights.” The five recipients of the Genesis Prize selected Ginsburg, 83, for the...
Rabbi Giuseppe Laras, a leading figure in postwar Italian Judaism, has died. A child survivor of the Holocaust, Laras died Wednesday at 82. He had served from 1980 to 2005 as the chief rabbi of Milan and was the president emeritas of the Italian Rabbinical Assembly. In an essay prepared for release on his death and published Wednesday on the Milan Jewish community news...
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — A rugby team identified with Jews and Israel won the Buenos Aires league championship, the sport’s biggest tournament in Argentina. On Saturday, Hindu Club defeated Alumni, 27-20, to become the Argentine capital’s top team. Hindu is known as the country’s Jewish rugby team because of its Jewish membership and fan base. Starting in the 1960s, large...
„דף עד” מיינט אַ בלאַט עדות. וואָס פֿאַר אַן עדות? עדות פֿון די קרבנות פֿונעם חורבן. מרים מרגלית פון דער משה העס־גאַס אין ירושלים, די טאָכטער פֿון משה און דבֿורה שלאַמבערג, האָט אָנגעשריבן אַזאַ בלאַט עדות. זי האָט געשריבן אַז דער טאַטע איז געווען אַ סוחר. וואָס שייך קינדער שרײַבט זי אַז טאַטע־מאַמע האָבן געהאַט 10 קינדער. אויף עבֿרית: מספר...
Top Jewish boxer Cletus “Hebrew Hammer” Seldin continued his daunting run of victories with a third-round stoppage win over Roberto Ortiz at the Nassau Coliseum on Saturday night. The win brings the Long Island-born 31 year-old’s total to 21 wins out of 21 – including an impressive 17 knockouts. Seldin – who fights with a Star of David on his shorts and...
Mila Kunis and husband Ashton Kutcher tried to visit the actress’ childhood home in Ukraine with her parents, but a local who opened the door would not let them in, she said in an interview. Kunis, who is Jewish and in 2012 recalled experiencing anti-Semitism in her native Chernivtsi, recalled her August trip there with Kutcher in an interview published this month in the Net-a-Porter...
Rabbi Yonah Schiller, executive director of Tulane Hillel, received a mysterious email from a colleague wishing him congratulations last Friday, before the Jewish holiday of Shabbat began. Unable to use the Internet or electronics during the holiday, he had to wait until Sunday to follow up. After the holiday ended, Schiller was given some clarification. He had been chosen as one of Forward’s...
Barbara Kratchman, active in many organizations throughout the Jewish community, and Mary Romaya, active in many organizations throughout the Chaldean community, grew up in the same northwest Detroit neighborhood. They rode their bikes along the same blocks, near Seven Mile and Livernois, and they frequented the same stores and restaurants along what was known in the 1960s as the Avenue...
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Jewish actress, director and social activist Natalie Portman is the winner of the 2018 Genesis Prize, the Genesis Prize Foundation announced on Tuesday. The annual $1 million award, dubbed “the Jewish Nobel” by Time Magazine, honors extraordinary individuals who serve as an inspiration to the next generation of Jews through their outstanding professional achievement, commitment to Jewish values and to...

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