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

World Marks Holocaust Remembrance Day

01/27/2016 - 11:42

Wednesday (Jan. 27)  is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the date the United Nations has chosen to commemorate victims of the Holocaust during World War II. Six million Jews were murdered by Germany’s Nazi regime, along with 5 million non-Jews who were killed.

The anniversary, marked each year since 2005, falls on the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in Poland by the Russian army in 1945. One million people died there.

Visitors gather on the grounds of the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. RNS

$100 Million To Fight Israeli Brain Drain

Mortimer Zuckerman to fund STEM program to strengthen U.S.-Israel ties, counter BDS.

01/27/2016 - 08:33
Deputy Managing Editor

To curb the Israeli academic “brain drain” and increase cooperation between the U.S. and Israeli scientific communities, newspaper publisher, businessman and philanthropist Mortimer Zuckerman has committed more than $100 million to attract postdoctoral researchers from Western countries to Israeli universities and lure Israeli academics back.

Mort Zuckerman, right, with Hebrew Univ. Pres.Menachem Ben-Sasson, at The Harvard Club Monday. Courtesy of Jeff Weiner/Technion
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