by Debra Nussbaum Cohen |
Casablanca, Morocco: At Narcisse Leven, the Jewish elementary school in Casablanca, about a quarter of the 200 students are Muslim.
Every student there studies Arabic, and the Muslim students, along with the Jews, study Hebrew, though Muslims don't participate in Jewish religious studies.
Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Auschwitz last Sunday triggered mixed reaction from the Jewish community — praise for adding the stop to his schedule and criticism for failing to even mention the anti-Semitism that laid the foundation for the mass killing of Jews there, hatred that continues throughout Europe today.
Victor Markowicz, a Siberian-born philanthropist who grew up in Poland and later moved to the United States, spends much of his time these days asking fellow Jewish philanthropists in the U.S. to contribute to a Jewish museum to be built in Warsaw in the next few years.
Markowicz's friends, in turn, ask him something: "Why in Warsaw? Why in Poland?"
Many American Jews (born here or in the Old Country) support the idea of a museum devoted to Jews from Poland, to which a majority of American Jewry can trace their roots.
by James D. Besser And Larry Cohler-Esses |
Washington Correspondent and Editor at Large.
President Bush is risking a backlash that could injure the Jewish community — and his own cause — by repeatedly citing Israel as his top rationale for possible U.S. military conflict with Iran, Jewish leaders and Middle East analysts warned this week.