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The Library of Congress has selected Shari Rosenstein Werb and David S. Mandel to be the directors, respectively, of the Center for Learning, Literacy and Engagement and the Center for Exhibits and Interpretation. These key posts are at the helms of newly established offices that are central to executing the Library’s strategy of informing, inspiring and engaging the public. “I am...
I had heard on NPR that Steve Costa and Kate Levinson wanted to sell a bookstore they had owned since 2002 in this delightful Northern California coastal town, and get on with new life opportunities. In 2016 they interviewed prospective buyers. Karen and I looked at each other in 2016 and silently said no. We had a small book...
The Helsinki Synagogue, erected in 1906. (Credit: Chabad.org/News)
As the world’s eyes turn toward Helsinki’s hosting of U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in one of the Finnish capital’s traditional summit meeting places, the Presidential palace, Rabbi Benyamin Wolff has his eyes set more on the building next door. Wolff and his wife, Frumma Ita, co-directors of Chabad-Lubavitch of Finland in Helsinki, have helped grow the city’s...
Courtesy: Leslie Cagan, Via Facebook
Though the content of our mission is not specifically feminist, we have modeled feminist activism... – Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz, an activist, active since the early 1960s civil rights movement in Harlem died Monday from Parkinson’s disease, her partner, Leslie Cagan, wrote on Facebook. She was 73. Born Melanie Kaye in 1945 in Brooklyn, New York, her parents had anglicized their last name...
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Testimony by UN Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer, delivered before the UN Human Rights Council, July 3, 2018: Mr. President, one year ago in this chamber I asked the Arab states a simple question: 'Where are your Jews?' My question was met with dead silence. Millions of people worldwide watched the video, witnessing for themselves the hypocrisy and double standards that...
A view of St. Ottilien monastery in 1945 (dphospital-ottilien.org)
ohn Glass bowed his head as the cantor’s melody echoed through the cemetery in prayer for the children buried beneath the grassy-green surface. Church bells sounded in the distance, a reminder of the unlikely setting for a Jewish mourning ritual, along with the monks in black hooded robes among the minyan. The leader of the prayer recited el mal’eh rachamim, a...
A group of Holocaust survivors known as the “Tehran children” in the Supreme Court of Jerusalem, where they filed an appeal against the state. They argued that they are entitled to their rightful share of reparation money paid to Israel by West Germany under the 1953 Reparations Agreement. Nov. 11, 2013. Photo by Flash 90
Germany has agreed to pay another $88 million to fund social-welfare services for Holocaust survivors, according to the New York-based Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany on Tuesday. The country, which perpetrated mass murder against Jews and other minorities between 1933 and 1945, also agreed to increase pensions to 55,000 Holocaust survivors in Central and Eastern Europe, as well...
Holocaust Survivor Roman Kent sharing his experience with German State Secretary Dr. Rolf Bosinger, in a cattle car like those used to deport Jews, at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum during negotiations for increased social services for Holocaust survivors.
Julius Berman, President of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference), announced on Tuesday the outcomes from the organization’s negotiations on behalf of Jewish Holocaust survivors with the German government. “The significant increase for social welfare services secured by our negotiating team will lead to more home care, food support, medicine and transportation services for Jewish...
This past week, President Reuven Ruvi Rivlin - ראובן רובי ריבלין ,met with the winners of the Katz Prize. Among the winners is Rabbi Asher (Osher) Zelig Weiss, the posek for Shaare Zedek Medical Center, who was unable to attend the special meeting. The Katz Prize was established to identify and recognize individuals and projects that deal with the implementation...
French filmmaker Claude Lanzmann at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem, March 19, 2015. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90.
Claude Lanzmann, a French filmmaker perhaps best known for the nearly 10-hour oral-history project “Shoah,” died on July 5 at the age of 92. Originally from an Eastern European Jewish family who moved to France, Lanzmann was born in Paris on Nov. 25, 1925. He, his brother Jacques and his parents, Armand and Paulette (Grobermann) Lanzmann, went into hiding during...

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