Almost 75 years after he died on an ocean voyage, a South African philanthropist and humanitarian was honored last week in Johannesburg. A plaque in the memory of Isaac Ochberg was dedicated on the site of an orphanage where the Ukraine native helped find refuge for some 200 young Jews who lost their parents in his homeland and Poland during pogroms and World War II. Ochsberg, who came to South Africa as a teen and became a wealthy entrepreneur, visited orphanages in Ukraine to select the children and escort them to South Africa.
In its fifth year, Israeli tackle football league attracting natives and newcomers.
Andrew Gershman JTA
Jerusalem — It’s a cold Thursday night in Jerusalem and by the looks of it, you’d think there was a meeting of the United Nations under way. Men are carrying on in Hebrew, English, Arabic, Russian and French, but they’re not talking peace. They’re here to settle the score — literally.
The cross-section of Jews, Arabs and Christians are here to play American tackle football as part of the Kraft Family Israel Football League. Entering its fifth year, the IFL has more than doubled since its beginning, in 2007, to 10 teams.
Almost 75 years after he died on an ocean voyage, a South African philanthropist and humanitarian was honored recently in Johannesburg. A plaque in the memory of Isaac Ochsberg was dedicated on the site of an orphanage where the Ukraine native helped find refuge for some 200 young Jews who lost their parents in his homeland and Poland during pogroms and World War II. Ochsberg, who came to South Africa as a teen and became a wealthy entrepreneur, visited orphanages in Ukraine to select the children and escort them to South Africa.
In South Africa, apartheid-era divisions still linger in Jewish community.
Moira Schneider JTA
Cape Town, South Africa — When anti-apartheid activist Lorna Levy first became involved in politics as a student in the late 1950s, she remembers being the target of hostility from the Jewish community in her native South Africa.
In the 1960s, she and her husband, Leon, made their mark as trade unionists at a time when black trade unions were not recognized and the government viewed attempts at unionizing with extreme suspicion.
Wine, broken promises and ‘Isratine’ part of back-channel diplomatic dance the Libyan dictator had with Jewish community.
Ron Kampeas JTA
Washington — Now it can be told: For the last decade or so, the Jews had secret back channels to Moammar Kaddafy.
What led the pro-Israel community into a careful relationship with Kaddafy 10 years ago were considerations of U.S. national interests, Israel’s security needs and the claims of Libyan Jews.
After his overthrow by Libyan rebels and his killing last week, the conclusion among many pro-Israel figures in America is that it was worth it, despite the Libyan strongman’s erratic behavior and his ignoble downfall.
New domestic, foreign suppliers of lulavim shaking up business, but prices still higher than last year.
Ever since the government of Egypt announced a ban on the export of date palm branches, life in the Sukkot business has been high-stress for everyone — but not David Wiseman.
A British-born Orthodox Jew transplanted to Dallas, Wiseman sells Sukkot’s ritual bundles of flora and has developed a domestic source of palm fronds, better known as the lulav, a key element in the foliage shaken and waved during observance of the harvest holiday.
Following Demjanjuk verdict, Germany to reopen hundreds of dormant investigations.
In the years since the Holocaust, fears have increased that the window of opportunity to bring Nazi war criminals to justice is closing — perpetrators and witnesses are dying, and many countries’ political will to bring charges against old men and women is diminishing.
UPDATE: Veep Agrees to Meet Jewish Leaders on Pollard
UPDATE 7:15 PM. WEDNESDAY OCT. 5
Vice President Joe Biden agreed Wednesday to meet a "small group" of Jewish leaders in the near future to discuss his opposition to clemency for Jonathan Pollard.
Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, said he approach Biden at a Rosh HaShanah reception for Jewish leaders and told him of the Jewish community's "deep concern" about his position.
Jewish groups balk at joining anti-Durban III rally featuring reputed Messianic Jew, even as Israeli pols support it.
The controversial Jewish-Evangelical Christian alliance became frayed this week on the eve of the opening of the United Nations General Assembly, with mainstream Jewish groups refusing to participate in a rally against UN Israel-bashing for fear it would legitimize a co-sponsor, a reputed Messianic Jew.
At conference in Sweden, sparks of an emerging renaissance.
Special To The Jewish Week
Uppsala, Sweden — Chaim Potok’s “The Chosen” changed Valentina Marcenaro’s life. The Italy-born Marcenaro read it in Italian as an undergraduate at the University of Trento. That book led her to study Jewish texts in order to better understand the novel, and eventually to study — and return to — her own Jewish roots. She eventually wrote her thesis about women in Potok’s work.