Photo by Michael Datikash/Text by Adam Dickter
In case daily reports of the carnage in Israel and the Palestinian-controlled territories wasn’t stark enough in the abstract, hundreds of mock coffins lined up in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza Tuesday offered a gripping visual aid.
“It is shock therapy,” said Yehezkel Landau, a native New Yorker now living in Israel and founder of Open House, an Arab-Israeli peace project in Jerusalem, as he surveyed the exhibit. “It helps us appreciate the qualitative and quantitative cost of this needless war we are suffering through.”
It’s not in Kansas anymore.
Marc Chagall’s “Study for Over Vitebsk,” an 8-by-10-inch oil painting valued at $1 million that was stolen from The Jewish Museum last year, returned for a day to the East Side Jewish institution last week.
It had turned up at a post office in Minnesota and was shipped to Topeka, where it was first identified. The painting was later authenticated by Bella Meyer (pictured), granddaughter of the late, Vitebsk-born artist.
Naftali Weisz went to Israel along with 400 Yeshiva University students on the Operation Torah Shield II in January, studying Torah as a form of solidarity with Israelis, attending seminars on how to act as “ambassadors” back home, meeting families of the Jews killed during the current Palestinian Arab uprising.
How do we apply everything we learned there, Weisz and some fellow YU students asked themselves when they returned to the United States.
Their answer is on page 34 of this week’s Jewish Week.
by Debra Nussbaum Cohen
Looking down from the walls of thousands of synagogues, day schools and Jewish community centers nationwide today are images of labor activist-anarchist Emma Goldman, dancer Anna Sokolow and civil rights activist Gertrude Weil.
They aren’t the faces that usually get put up in Jewish settings alongside retired rabbis, former Sisterhood presidents, David Ben Gurion and the occasional portrait of Golda Meir.
Poland should pay $40 million in monthly “rent” to Polish Jewish Holocaust survivors for property they once owned that is now managed by the Polish government.
So says a new initiative put forth by a coalition of Holocaust survivor groups who fear Poland’s continued delay in passing a private property restitution law will mean that sick and elderly survivors with property claims may wind up with nothing.
What does a Brooklyn yeshiva have to do with the president of Uzbekistan?
Plenty, if you ask Pearl Kaufman, executive director of Be’er Hagolah Yeshiva, an oasis of Jewish learning for 1,000 kids from the former Soviet Union, located just off the Belt Parkway in the Starrett City section.
Be’er Hagolah, Hebrew for “well in the diaspora,” planned to give President Islam
Karimov its “international leader award” at a gala Plaza Hotel reception Wednesday night.