Portman’s Hebrew Accent Whisperer

08/23/2016 - 23:25

While making the film “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” Natalie Portman had to put her palm in front of her mouth, repeat Hebrew words and feel how the air hit her skin.

Natalie Portman studied with an Israeli actress for her role as Amos Oz’s mother.  Ran Mendelsohn/Courtesy of Focus World

Nazi Propagandist Goebbels’ Wife Had Jewish Father, New Document Shows

08/23/2016 - 12:15

(JTA) — The wife of Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels had a Jewish father, according to a new document discovered in the Berlin archives.

Joseph Goebbels with his daughters, at a Christmas celebration in Berlin, 1937. (German Federal Archives)

Senior Paris Rabbi Defends Controversial Burkini Ban

08/23/2016 - 11:07

(JTA) — A senior Paris rabbi defended a string of controversial municipal bans in France on wearing the full-body swimsuit known as a burkini in public.

A Moroccan woman wearing a 'burkini' at the beach near Rabat. Getty Images

At 80, A Munich Olympics And Holocaust Survivor is Still The Sportsman

08/21/2016 - 11:43

OMER, Israel (JTA) – Shaul Ladany, a two-time Olympian, acknowledged that he was “very happy” that the International Olympic Committee finally held an official memorial for the 11 Israelis who were killed in a terrorist raid at the 1972 Munich games.

But Ladany, an Israeli racewalker who still holds a world record, didn’t need the Aug. 3 ceremony at the Rio games to remember the tragedy. He was there, forced to flee the dorms where the Palestinian terrorists held his teammates hostage.

haul Ladany in his suburban Beersheba home with a prized piece of his Theodor Herzl collection, left. JTA

French Jew In Stable Condition After Stabbing In Strasbourg

08/19/2016 - 10:34

(JTA) — A French Jew in his sixties was stabbed in Strasbourg in a suspected anti-Semitic attack.

French policemen controlling access to the city center of Strasbourg, eastern France. (Patrick Hertzog/AFP/Getty Images)

Once A Prop For Anti-Semites, The Talmud Makes A Comeback In Russia

08/18/2016 - 12:03

(JTA) — A century ago, passages from the Talmud were translated into Russian to be used as evidence in the anti-Semitic show trial of Menahem Mendel Beilis, a Jew charged with — and eventually acquitted of – murdering a Christian boy.

The cover of a new Russian translation of the Talmud. (Courtesy of Knizhniki publishing house)

German Officials Say Turkey Bankrolling Hamas

08/17/2016 - 10:22

(JTA) — German government officials accused Turkey’s regime of financing terrorist groups in the Middle East, including Hamas.

Aly Raisman Wins Third Medal At Rio Olympics

08/17/2016 - 10:16

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — American Jewish gymnast Aly Raisman won her third medal of the Rio Olympics on Tuesday — a silver in the floor exercise.

Aly Raisman celebrates winning a silver medal in the floor exercise at the Rio Olympic Arena. (Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Testing Their Medal

08/16/2016 - 17:37
Staff Writer

Two medals, three snubs.

That was the final tally for Israel’s Olympic team, as the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro enter their final days.

Egyptian judoka Islam El Shehaby, right, refuses to shake hands with Israeli Or Sasson after losing. JTA

Nazi ‘Gold Train’ Dig In Poland May Finally Separate Fact From Fiction

08/16/2016 - 12:36

(JTA) — Treasure hunters in Poland will start digging Tuesday for a hidden train long rumored to be filled with Nazi gold from the end of World War II.

A lamp illuminating Nazi tunnels under the Ksiaz castle in the area where the Nazi “gold train” is supposedly hidden. (JTA)
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