Shimon Peres’ Condition Deteriorates Dramatically

09/27/2016 - 13:05

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The condition of former Israeli President Shimon Peres has dramatically deteriorated, Israeli news outlets are reporting.

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres in Tel Aviv, Nov. 30, 2015 (Tomer Neuberg/ Flash90)

He’s Confucian, His Expertise Is Judaism

09/21/2016 - 12:11
Staff Writer

The child of a Vietnamese father and Chinese mother, Pan Guang developed an interest in Jews that was strictly personal — one of his childhood playmates in Shanghai some five decades ago was the son of a Jewish family that lived in his apartment building.

Pan Guang, founder of Shanghai’s Jewish Studies center, lectured at CUNY about Jews in China. Wikipedia

Archaeologists Dig Up Nazi Time Capsule In Poland

Artifacts from World War II found in capsule excavated from Nazi training school.

09/20/2016 - 13:31
Editorial Intern

Polish archaeologists excavated a Nazi time capsule from 1934 containing World War II newspapers, photographs, and other artifacts, according to The Independent.

Opening the time capsule at the Polish National Museum. Screenshot/Twitter

Portuguese City Unveils 16th-Century Torah Used By Crypto-Jews

09/16/2016 - 14:35

(JTA) — A small city in northeast Portugal unveiled for the first time a 400-year-old Torah scroll that a local contractor had found 10 years ago at a demolition site and kept wrapped up in linen.

Covilha, Portugal (Feliciano Guimarães/ Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

Israeli Director’s Star-Studded English-Language Debut Premieres in Toronto

The latest offering from multiple-award winning director and screenwriter Joseph Cedar receives standing ovation at the Toronto Film Festival

09/16/2016 - 10:05
Editorial Intern

The highly-successful Israeli director Joseph Cedar received a standing ovation at the premiere of his first English-language film, entitled “Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer,” at this year’s Toronto Film Festival, according to the organizers. The film, Cedar’s first since 2011’s Oscar-shortlisted “Footnote”, tells the story of a fictitious New York “fixer” who forms a bond with a low-ranked Israeli minister, who soon after becomes Prime Minister.

Director Joseph Cedar, whose new film is expected to reach cinemas in early 2017. Anne-Christine Poujoulat/Getty.

Guatemalan Officials Raid Jewish Cult Lev Tahor

The raid, one in a long line, comes amid allegations of child abuse just two years after the group fled Canada.

09/15/2016 - 14:33
Editorial Intern

Guatemalan police raided Lev Tahor’s homes and removed children Israeli media reported citing unconfirmed Guatemalan reports. The raids were conducted by the Public Ministry and personnel from the Attorney General Office’s following allegations of child abuse in the ultra-orthodox cult, reported The Jerusalem Post.

Guatemalan police raided Lev Tahor’s homes and reportedly removed children. Screenshot/CBC Youtube

Remembering Mother Teresa

09/13/2016 - 13:29
Special To The Jewish Week

The canonization of Mother Teresa last week brings back memories of an encounter with her some years ago in her Children's Shelter in Kolkata (formerly called Calcutta) India.

Kolkata's kaleidoscope of teeming streets, sprawling markets and chaotic taxis has always mesmerized me.

This file photo taken 12 December 1979 shows Mother Teresa in Oslo with the Nobel Peace Prize she received. Getty Images

Two Israeli Biochemists Awarded The Horwitz Prize

Howard Cedar and Aharon Razin were granted the award for advancing understanding of epigenetics.

09/13/2016 - 12:57
Editorial Intern

Two Israeli professors from Jerusalem’s Hebrew University have walked away with this year’s Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize. The prize is the latest in a long list of prestigious honors for New York-born Dr. Howard Cedar, 73, and his long-time collaborator, 81-year-old Dr. Aharon Razin.

Aharon Razin and Howard Cedar, winners of this year's prestigious Horwitz Prize. Hebrew University.

Israeli Rower, Moran Samuel, Wins Bronze At Rio Paralympics

The medal, awarded Sunday morning in the 1,000-meter final, is Israel's first at the event.

09/11/2016 - 11:14

Israeli rower Moran Samuel won a bronze in the 1,000-meter final at the Rio Paralympics.

Israel's Moran Samuel (back) competing in the in the London 2012 Paralympics. Getty Images

German Judge On Hot Seat For Helping Survivors?

09/07/2016 - 09:09



Hero to Holocaust survivors or a judge overstepping his bounds and meddling in politics?

A German judge could lose his job at a disciplinary hearing Tuesday for going out of his way to help Holocaust survivors receive the monthly German pensions they deserve.

Jewish leaders rally behind German Judge Jan-Robert von Renesse.
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