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The White House National Security Council spokesman issued the following statement about UNRWA “The United States has supported the work of UNRWA and has been among its leading donors, having provided over $359 million in assistance to UNRWA in FY 2017.  Like other UN agencies, UNRWA has been directed to use the curriculum of the relevant governing authority in its...

Campuses have role to play in survival of Judaism

Colleges today are constantly trumpeting the importance of diversity, of having a student body that includes multiple minorities in terms of race or ethnicity, gender and — yes — religion. If you are a Jewish student on campus, you may not think of yourself as a minority, but you are. Worldwide, there are only 15 million Jews out of a...
Oct. 12, 2017, UNESCO and UNRWA officials ​convened ​a panel on the topic of  “UNRWA education​”​. https://www.unrwa.org/newsroom/videos/unrwa-and-unesco-discuss-education-refugee-children-european-parliament ​Moderator asked: What values does UNRWA teach? The answer: UNRWA teaches “human rights”; term. Some insight as to what is they mean: DAGEN Newspaper in Norway Has Commissioned an Evaluation of New “Human Rights Curriculum” Published by UNRWA ​No mention of the real values taught by UNRWA:...
If you go to the website of the publication, San Diego Jewish World, you will see the motto, “There Is a Jewish Story Everywhere!” Owner and publisher, Don Harrison, delights in traveling, meeting people, and sniffing out that Jewish story. You can read about his latest adventures in his third book, “77 Miles of Jewish Stories”.  These stories take place...

Which comes first, Jewish or American?

The conversation at a Rosh Hashanah brunch turned to self-identification, to issues of race, gender, religion, ethnicity and sexual orientation and which of these held primacy for the individual. That prompted my return to a question I had considered asking around the Fourth of July: Do you think of yourself as an American Jew or as a Jewish-American? This is a...

Yiddish theater lexicon available online

די וואָס פֿאַראינטערעסירן זיך אין דער געשיכטע פֿונעם ייִדישן טעאַטער האָבן איצט אַ נײַעם מכשיר, וואָס זיי קענען נוצן אויסצופֿאָרשן די טעמע. דער „דיגיטאַלישער ייִדישער טעאַטער־פּראָיעקט‟ האָט לעצטנס געלאָזט וויסן, אַז ער האָט, בשותּפֿות מיטן „ייִוואָ‟, דיגיטאַליזירט דעם ביז־אַהער ניט פּובליקירטן זיבעטן באַנד פֿון זלמן זילבערצווײַגס „לעקסיקאָן פֿון ייִדישן טעאַטער‟, וואָס מע האָט לכתּחילה אַרויסגעגעבן פֿון 1931 ביז 1969. די ערשטע זעקס בענד...

A Holocaust survivor’s daughter visits Poland

Long before I could speak of it, I knew my mother had blue numbers on the soft skin of her inside forearm. My father had a similar stamp, as did my aunt and uncle. I understood they were very happy in our small family circle, but once upon a time, in a past I did not comprehend, they were...

Konosi Una Ermosa

Era de edad de diziocho a los vente, Una kara linda,kon mirada inosente Su avla kalma i de sonriza muy kayente, Su kaminada de pasharos,boz no se siente. Kaveyos sedozos, fin la taya estirados Eran kon una brosh i kon flores dekorados. Me bazava a las kozas ke mi ojo via En su enterior komo era? yo no savia. Deseava ver sus ermosuras envisibles Konoser sus sentimientos si...
נאָך אַ ריי ערנסטע ענינים ווילט זיך שוין אַריבערגיין אויף אַ לײַכטערער, זיסערער טעמע — שאָקאָלאַד מיט צוקער. דאַכט זיך, אַז כּמעט יעדער מענטש האָט ליב סײַ שאָקאָלאַד, סײַ צוקער — ווער מער, ווער ווייניקער. (דער שרײַבער פֿון די שורות האָט זיי ביידע זייער שטאַרק ליב.) פֿון דער שפּראַך־וויסנשאַפֿט ווייסן מיר, אַז ווען ס׳קומט אָן קיין אייראָפּע עפּעס נײַעס, קלײַבט...
Walking through central London last week, and with a spare half hour on my hands, I decided to pay a quick visit to the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. Inside, I spent most of my time intently studying a painting that I could not recall having seen before: “The Philosopher,” a 1645 canvas by the Italian painter Salvator Rosa. Rosa depicts...

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