Bringing Bielski Memoir To Print

07/05/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The Jerusalem Post recently published a lengthy story about a newly discovered manuscript by Tuvia Bielski, the leader of the Polish Jewish brigade that rescued 1,200 Jews from the Holocaust, the largest such rescue in history. To the public, it was a revelation. But it was not to Jonathan Brent, the director of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, which holds the manuscript.  

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Israel Shining Its Light To The Nations

AJC event focuses on Israel’s relief work in Haiti and beyond.
07/05/2010 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Although it probably hadn’t been planned that way, the Westchester American Jewish Committee’s fourth annual “Israel…New Perspectives” gala, focusing on Israel’s humanitarian efforts around the world, offered a particularly timely counter-programming message to the fallout from the Gaza flotilla raid.

Israel’s humanitarian work overseas “transcends policy and diplomacy,” Ambassador Gabriella Shalev told AJC event in Westchester

One Family, Two Faiths, A Multitude Of Questions

Interfaith marriages are hard enough, but a Jewish-Muslim family raising dual-identity children?
07/05/2010 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Her father fled Nazi Germany before World War II, arriving in New York as a refugee; her grandparents and an aunt were murdered at Auschwitz; and another aunt, now 92, somehow survived two years of hiding in Berlin.

His grandfather built a life in India as a renowned Islamic and Persian scholar, a teacher and an imam at the local mosque, and his Muslim family continues to live in South Asia.

With two such markedly different backgrounds, the chances of Helene Lauffer and Muzaffar Chishti meeting, much less falling in love, could be seen as remote by many observers. 

Helene Lauffer and Muzaffar Chishti are hoping their daughter Maryam “examines both sides of her background and synthesizes them

NYT: U.S. Tax-exempt Donations Supoprt Settlements

07/05/2010 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Tax-exempt donations from the United States have helped Jews to strengthen West Bank settlements, preventing the creation of a Palestinian State, the New York Times reported.

As the U.S. government works to bring about an end to Jewish settlements and build a Palestinian state in the West Bank. U.S. Treasury tax breaks have provided $200 million in tax-free funding to the settlements from American donors, the lengthy report published Tuesday in the New York Times reported.

Young Jewish Innovators Gather in Israel

07/04/2010 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Some 120 young Jewish innovators have gathered in Israel for a global summit.

The ROI Global Summit for Young Jewish Innovators, which began Sunday and runs four days, has brought together Jewish business and social entrepreneurs, innovators, thinkers and artists from all over the world to discuss how to strengthen Jewish education and identity, Jewish arts and culture, environmental responsibility, and tikkun olam, repair of the world.

EXCLUSIVE: FBI Expands Probe In Fraud At Holocaust Claims Conference

07/04/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

(POSTED MONDAY, JULY 5, 1:30 p.m.)  The Federal Bureau of Investigation has widened its probe into allegedly fraudulent Holocaust-era claims that could have bilked the German government out of millions of dollars, The Jewish Week has learned.

Turkey Says Will Cut Ties if Israel Doesn’t Apologize

07/04/2010 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Turkey's foreign minister has threatened to cut ties with Israel unless it apologizes for its deadly interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla, a Turkish newspaper reported.

“Israelis have three options: They will either apologize or acknowledge an international-impartial inquiry and its conclusion. Otherwise, our diplomatic ties will be cut off,” Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told the Hurriyet Daily News & Economic Review on Sunday.

U.S. Pledges $15 Million to Auschwitz Preservation

07/03/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The United States pledged $15 million to preserve the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp memorial.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, the U.S. secretary of state, announced the five-year pledge Saturday during a visit to Poland.

The pledge, subject to congressional approval, "illustrates the significance of the Auschwitz-Birkenau site, helps commemorate the 1.1 million victims who perished there, and demonstrates America’s commitment to Holocaust education, remembrance, and research," a State Department statement said.

Rubashkin Appeals Federal Conviction, Sentence

07/03/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) -- Attorneys for kosher meatpacking executive Sholom Rubashkin filed an appeal of his conviction on federal financial fraud charges and long prison sentence.

The appeal was filed Friday in the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis.

Rubashkin was convicted last November on 86 counts of fraud in connection with the Agriprocessors plant in Postville, Iowa. He was sentenced last month to 27 years in a federal prison

Obama, Netanyahu to Focus on Move to Direct Talks

07/01/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Proximity talks between the Israelis and Palestinians have addressed "core issues" and President Obama is ready to move to direct talks, White House officials said.

Ben Rhodes and Daniel Shapiro, two senior staffers on the White House national security council, spoke Friday afternoon with reporters ahead of a summit Tuesday between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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