B'nai B'rith Condemns Rant Against Gilad Shalit In Affiliated Newspaper


B’nai B’rith International disassociated itself from an article critical of Gilad Shalit published in a Canadian Jewish newspaper closely associated with B’nai Brith Canada.

In anticipation of Shalit’s four-city visit to Canada in September, the Jewish Tribune criticized the former captive Israeli soldier.

There's a danger of Gilad Shalit becoming an Israeli icon, a columnist warned. Getty Images

Michelle Obama And First Daughters Visit Berlin Holocaust Museum


First lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha visited the Holocaust memorial in Berlin amid tight security.
Obama and her daughters spent about a half-hour Wednesday morning visiting the sea of 2,711 steles that comprise the memorial, according to Uwe Neumaerker, its director.

First Lady Michelle Obama and family visit Berlin memorial garden as President Obama met with German leaders. Marco Priske

Startup Nation Takes On Hebrew School

American publisher and Israeli nonprofit team up on groundbreaking Jewish ed-tech incubator.

Associate Editor

In a move likely to give the fledgling Jewish educational technology field a much-needed shot of capital and know-how, an Israeli nonprofit and an American publishing company best known for its Hebrew school textbooks are teaming up to create the first-ever incubator focused on developing Jewish educational games, apps, software and other high-tech resources.

Entrepreneurs in a new Jewish ed-tech incubator will interact with participants in Israel’s MindCET incubator.

The Last Jews Of Ethiopia

Israel to conclude Falash Mura aliyah by August.

Staff Writer

The remaining members of the Ethiopian Jewish community will make aliyah by the end of this summer, and the Jewish Agency educational compound in the northern part of the country that has prepared them for their new lives in Israel will be turned over this month to the Ethiopian government.

Omens In Mitteleuropa

Under tight security and alongside protest, World Jewish Congress gathering highlights region’s growing anti-Semitism.

Israel Correspondent

Budapest, Hungary — Close to the parliament building, dozens of shoes from a bygone era stand at the edge of the Danube River, the focal point of this picturesque central European city.

A Holocaust memorial in the shape of a weeping willow bears the names of many of nearly half a million Hungarian Jews.

Swiss Fund To Hasten Fuller List Of Victims

$4.5 million allocation to Yad Vashem puts milestone in reach; 5 million names seen as goal.

Staff Writer

A milestone in Holocaust history — compiling all the names possible of the Nazis’ Jewish victims — appears within reach as a result of the proposed allocation of $4.5 million from the Swiss bank settlement with Holocaust victims and survivors.

Judge Edward Korman: Overseeing distribution of $1.2 billion settlement.

Ukrainian Savior Of Synagogue Honored


KIEV, Ukraine -- A Ukrainian Christian who saved a dilapidated rural synagogue was honored at an interaith forum in Kiev.

Turning A New Page In Poland’s Jewish History

Major Warsaw museum, opening April 19, has attracted support from non-Jewish Poles and Polish-born Holocaust survivors.

Staff Writer

Warsaw — Nine months before the start of World War II, a Jewish friend of Jerzy Prezdziecki wrote in a poem that “our friendship will never change to smoke.”

A replica of a 17th-Century synagogue in the museum. Photo courtesy Warsaw’s Museum of the History of Polish Jews

A Taste Of Poland’s Jewish Past

Non-Jewish Poles establish Jewish-style restaurants throughout the country.

Staff Writer

Warsaw — At a corner table in the Pod Samsonem restaurant, under framed etchings of the Bible’s Samson and of old Warsaw streetscapes, a middle-aged woman cuts up her “Jewish style” trout one recent evening.

Maria Ryczwolska, left, who is not Jewish, manages Warsaw’s Jewish-style Pod Samsonem restaurant. “How can it not be here?”

Thatcher Remembered For Her Affection For Britain’s Jews

Iron Lady’s strength praised in England, Israel.


Washington — History will remember former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher for relentlessly facing down communism and helping to turn back more than three decades of socialist advance in her country.

Margaret Thatcher developed close ties with several Israeli leaders. Here, she visits Prime Minister Yitzchak Shamir in 1986.
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