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December 19, 1908: Photographer Gisele Freund was born in Berlin

The first woman to work for Magnum, the cooperative photography agency founded in 1947 by Henri Cartier Bresson, Robert Capa, and others, Gisele Freund was born near Berlin on this date in 1908. An...

Moe Berg’s surprising double life

The Spy Behind Home Plate, a documentary on the life of Moe Berg by Aviva Kempner, opening June 28 at the Landmark Ken Theater, 4061 Adams Avenue, San Diego. In baseball, an all-around player is one...
Newly elected Israeli President Isaac Herzog visits the grave of his late father, Chaim Herzog, at Mount Herzl Cemetery in Jerusalem, on June 2, 2021. Photo by Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90.

Groups welcome Israel’s next president; Herzog brings ‘deep understanding of world Jewry’

Jewish leaders in the United States and elsewhere welcomed the election of Isaac Herzog as Israel’s next president, with most praising his deep understanding of the worldwide Jewish community. “I cannot think of a better or...
A “haredi” woman works in a robotics lab at the Jerusalem College of Technology. Credit: Jerusalem College of Technology.

Israel launches tech program for ‘Haredi ‘ men and women

The Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services is starting a new program to help haredim find jobs in high-tech industries in Israel. The program will have a budget of approximately $2.8 million and offer scholarships...
2018 Eurovision Song Contest winner Netta Barzilai with participants at an event in Ra’anana celebrating the start of Masa Israel Journey’s 2019-20 programming year. Credit: Courtesy of Masa.

Thousands gather at largest event for young Diaspora professionals in Israel

Thousands of Masa Israel Journey fellows, alumni and community members joined together on Monday at Ra’anana Park Amphitheater in Israel to celebrate the start of Masa Israel Journey’s 2019-20 programming year. The Oct. 28 event marks Israel’s...

Jewish Poets, Voices to Feature Salovey, Thall, Gottleib

Todd Salovey, Lorraine Thall and June Gottleib are the three local poets to be featured in Jewish Poets—Jewish Voices’ opening program of its  2020-21 season. The virtual event will be streamed on Zoom Tuesday...
Visitors tour the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial museum in Jerusalem on International Holocaust Day, Jan. 26, 2017. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90.

Undying resiliency: ‘The survivors are giving us strength’

Each year, Yom Hashoah brings with it memorial gatherings across the world, candle-lighting ceremonies with elderly survivors and speeches by dignitaries. Across Israel, the children and grandchildren of survivors publicly read of the names of...
A member of the Jason family from Houston shows off his new protective gear, April 2020. Source: Screenshot.

Jewish family in Texas converts kipahs to face masks for homeless community

A Jewish family in Houston is turning kipahs into face masks for their town’s homeless population to wear during the coronavirus pandemic. The Jason family has already collected nearly 700 from donations and has dubbed their campaign “Kippahs to...

George Rosenkranz, one of the inventors of the birth control pill, dies at 102

George Rosenkranz, a chemist who synthesized the key ingredient in the birth control pill, has died. Rosenkranz is survived by his wife and two of his three sons, and nine grandchildren. Following a harrowing escape...
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and his children at the Mount Herzl cemetery for the funeral of Nechama Rivlin, who passed away on June 4, one day before her 74th birthday on June 5, 2019. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90.

Israel’s First Lady Nechama Rivlin laid to rest; praised as a devoted mother, grandmother...

Israel’s First Lady Nechama Rivlin was laid to rest on Wednesday at Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl cemetery after a solemn ceremony where she was praised by her husband, President Reuven Rivlin, as a devoted mother,...