Battling Zika, Brazil’s Jews Turn To Bug Repellent And Indoor Activities

03/08/2016 - 13:22

Rio De Janeiro – Despite recent summer temperatures here topping out at 42 degrees Celsius (109 Fahrenheit), Milena Rozenbrah has become accustomed recently to dressing in pants and long sleeves when she leaves home.

A lab technician handling the mosquito that causes the Zika virus at a research facility in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb. 19. JTA

Germany Launches New Attempt To Ban Main Neo-Nazi Party

03/02/2016 - 12:35

Berlin — Germany’s top Jewish organization has applauded a new attempt to ban the country’s main neo-Nazi party.

 Germany's Federal Constitutional Court begins its second day of hearings over a ban of the far-right NPD party. Getty Images

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks Awarded $1.5 Million Templeton Prize

03/02/2016 - 12:30

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, the former chief rabbi of Britain, has been awarded the 2016 Templeton Prize honoring a living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension.

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. JTA

Using Facebook, Dutch Thrift Store Brings Closure To Painful Holocaust Story

02/25/2016 - 11:05

Amsterdam — Two months before they were deported from the Netherlands to Auschwitz, Louis Barzelay and Flora Snatager invited a few guests to their wedding in Amsterdam.

Bob Baars at his thrift shop near Amsterdam, Feb. 18, 2016. JTA

Canadian Parliament Officially Condemns BDS

02/24/2016 - 11:38

Canada’s Parliament passed a motion formally condemning the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.

The Canadian Parliament Building. Wikimedia Commons

At The Intersection Of Style And Tradition

02/24/2016 - 09:00

Jewish history has rarely looked as elegant as in the 12 hand-sewn wedding dresses made by Israeli fashion students now on view at Temple Emanu-El’s Bernard Museum of Jewish Culture.

Shenkar College designer Mor Kfir stands next to her dress. Courtesy of Bernard Museum

Meet The Israeli Composer Of Indian Muslim Music Who Collaborates With Radiohead’s Guitarist

01/28/2016 - 11:46

For most musicians working in the underappreciated genre of world music, recording an album with Jonny Greenwood, the guitarist of the famed English rock band Radiohead, would be something of a pipe dream.

Shye Ben-Tzur had been composing Indian devotional music for over a decade before he was a subject in the documentary Junun. JTA

Iran’s Supreme Leader Releases Holocaust-Denying Video

01/28/2016 - 10:57

Iran’s supreme leader released a video on his official website questioning the authenticity of the Holocaust.

Ali Khamenei. Wikimedia Commons

Eichmann’s Handwritten Clemency Plea Released In Israel

01/27/2016 - 12:37

Jerusalem — Holocaust mastermind Adolf Eichmann asked Israel’s president for a pardon two days before his execution, according to a letter unveiled on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Shown on January 27, 2016 the first page of a decades-old handwritten plea from Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann. Getty Images
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