The gesture of recognition came very late in the day, but when a major American Jewish organization last week honored Yuri Fedorov — a non-Jewish human rights activist who served 15 years in Soviet prison camps for his contribution to the cause of freeing Soviet Jews — late certainly felt better than never.
The day after terrorist attacks rocked the Jewish community of Casablanca (four of the damaged buildings were identified as Jewish) Natalie called to check on her relatives who still live there. She had moved to Queens five years ago from that Moroccan city.
"They are scared, for sure," she said.
Natalie's relatives are looking to leave after Israel issued an open invitation to Morocco's remaining 5,000 Jews to make aliyah, she said, but added they aren't likely to immigrate soon.
A Falash Mura social welfare compound in northern Ethiopia that closed last week, following threats against its local leadership, was reopened on Sunday, after its director was released from jail, according to Ethiopian Jewry activists. The facility in Gondar, which provides food and education for some 10,000 members of the Falash Mura community, "functions as before, without any change," said Avraham Neguise, general manager of the Jerusalem-based South Wing to Zion advocacy group.
The Rev. Abraham Lopes Cardozo, a descendant of a prominent Dutch Jewish family who served as a cantor for more than six decades and worked to preserve the musical traditions of Spanish and Portuguese Jewry, died Feb. 21 in Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan. He was 91, and had been in poor health since fracturing a hip last year.
Visitors to a new Jewish museum, which opens Thursday in the heart of Munich, will be able to learn on four exhibition floors about Jewish life and culture in Germany’s Bavaria region.
And at the entrance to the building they will learn a bit about a Jewish family from Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
Ten original cartoons from “Everything’s Relative,” a decade-old comic strip that appears in this newspaper and a handful of other Jewish papers in the U.S., will be posted as silk screens on the walls at the front door.