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France Returns Art To Grandchildren Of Jewish Owners Forced To Sell It Before War

The 16th-century painting sold by a Jewish couple as they were escaping Nazi Germany was returned to their grandchildren.

12/01/2016 - 15:02
Editorial Intern

In a ceremony at the French Ministry of Culture in Paris last week, the French government returned a 16th-century Flemish painting to Henrietta Schubert and Christopher Bromberg, descendents of the painting’s original Jewish owners, the New York Times reported.

French Culture minister, Audrey Azoulay, with Henrietta Schubert & Christopher Bromberg  at the ceremony in Paris. Getty Images

Two Iranians Charged In Planned Attack On Israeli Embassy In Kenya

12/01/2016 - 13:33

 Two Iranians were charged in plotting an attack on the Israeli embassy in Nairobi, Kenya.

Skater In Holocaust-Themed Ice Dance: 'I Don't Understand What Upset People'

Putin aide stands by wife’s reality show entry, which aimed to help people ‘remember that terrible time.’

11/30/2016 - 16:33
Editorial Intern

The Olympian wife of Vladimir Putin’s high-ranking aide, Dmitry Peskov, sparked outrage after she and her partner performed a Holocaust themed ice skating routine on the Russian reality TV show Ice Age on Saturday, Nov. 26, reported CNN.

The four-minute routine won top marks on Russian 'Dancing with the Stars'-like reality TV, but ire abroad. Screenshot/Youtube Re

Israel’s Newest (Pretty) Face

11/30/2016 - 09:33
Editorial Intern

Jewish college students are bombarded with images — most of them unflattering — of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Israel Apartheid Week, mock security barriers and die-ins on the quad.

A sight for sore Buckeyes: Miss Israel “Titi” Aynaw at 2013 contest. JNF/Media Matters

Egyptian Movie Star Reveals He’s Jewish

11/30/2016 - 09:15

If an actor talked about his Jewishness in an interview in the United States, he wouldn’t make headlines. But in Egypt — where levels of anti-Semitism are high and Jews are often ridiculed on TV shows and in other aspects of popular culture — that kind of revelation is a big deal.

Cairo cousin: Karim Kassem, a nice Jewish Egyptian boy. Screenshot from YouTube via JTA

Is Facebook Doing Enough to Protect It’s Users from Hate Speech?

German authorities take action after a post containing names and addresses of Jewish businesses were published to Facebook.

11/29/2016 - 14:43
Editorial Intern

When an far-right Facebook group published a post on Facebook listing the names and addresses of Jewish businesses and institutions in Berlin (under the words “Jews Among Us”), Yorai Feinberg found himself the target of anti-semitic trollers, The New York Times reported.

Facebook executive, Mark Zuckerberg, plans to take action against the site's "fake news." Photo/JTA.org

7 Moments That Defined Castro’s Relationship With Jews And Israel

11/29/2016 - 11:57
JTA

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, whose death was announced late Friday, had a complicated history with Jews.

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro (Carlosar/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0 BR)

Fidel And The ‘Jewbans’

Castro’s rejects and Hitler’s survivors, together in 1972 Miami Beach.

11/28/2016 - 12:14
Special To The Jewish Week

Editor’s Note: As the 1,500 Jews in Cuba ponder an uncertain future without Fidel Castro, who died last Friday, and what might happen to the diplomatic opening launched by President Obama, we take a look back to the days of the Cold War as experienced in the sunny tropics.

Cuban Jews were among the hundreds of thousands who fled Castro’s revolution and landed in Miami Beach, where they rubbed shoulders with other immigrants — aging Holocaust survivors who fled the cold of the Northeast to warmer climes in South Florida. Thane Rosenbaum’s novel, “How Sweet It Is!” (newly out in paperback from Mandel Vilar) — a funny and poignant work, set in the summer of 1972 and with iconic Miami figures such as Jackie Gleason, Frank Sinatra, Muhammad Ali and Fidel Castro making cameos — captures the cultural moment when Miami was the center of American life as it hosted both national political conventions. In this excerpt, Castro, the Cuban revolutionary, appears as a one-time pitching prospect masquerading as a Little League umpire.

The excerpt reveals the tangled relationship between the “Jewbans,” as the Cuban Jews were called, and the host city they would ultimately transform.

"How Sweet It Is!" Cover by Thane Rosenbaum (Mandel Vilar Publishing)

Cuba’s Fidel Castro Dead At 90

11/27/2016 - 12:17

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, whose 49-year rule was marked by an anti-Israel stance to match his deep antagonism to the United States and the west, is dead at age 90.

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro's 49-year rule was marked by an anti-Israel stance. Getty Images

Poem Handwritten By Anne Frank Gets $150,000 At Auction

11/23/2016 - 14:57

A poem handwritten by Anne Frank was sold for $150,000 at auction, more than four times the minimum bid of $32,000.

A rare handwritten poem by Anne Frank, penned shortly before she went into hiding, dated to March 28, 1942. JTA
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