Men, Apparently Armed, Threaten Paris Cops Outside Synagogue

06/15/2014 - 20:00

Two men pointed what looked like firearms at police stationed outside a Paris synagogue in part of a weekend string of anti-Semitic incidents in and near the French capital.

Germany Ordered To Pay Restitution To Schocken Family

06/12/2014 - 20:00

Berlin — Germany was ordered to pay the heirs of a Jewish department store chain nearly $68 million in restitution and interest for properties confiscated by the Nazis.

Bringer Of Solar Energy To Kerosene-Dependent Wins Charles Bronfman Prize

06/11/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The 2014 Charles Bronfman Prize, an annual $100,000 award for “young humanitarians whose work is inspired by their Jewish values and is of universal benefit to all people,” was given this week to Sam Goldman, founder of a San Francisco-based company that brings solar energy to millions of people around the world who are dependent on kerosene light.

French Birthright Expected To Increase Tenfold This Year

06/10/2014 - 20:00

The number of French participants in Taglit-Birthright Israel is slated to increase to 1,000 this year from approximately 100 a year ago.

Before Auschwitz Was Auschwitz

Exhibit examines the shtetl that was prelude.

06/10/2014 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Once upon a time, so long ago, long before the end of the story, the Jews of Central Europe would take trains to Auschwitz for the privilege of dying in its mystical terrain. In “Sefer Oshpitzin,” the town’s yizkor book, compiled by residents of the now extinct shtetl, one man recalled those “whose entire lives revolved around the desire that, after their demise, they should be interred in Oshpitzin,” as the town was known in Yiddish. Some “lived for many years in wealth and dignity in Vienna. Yet in their declining years they moved to Oshpitzin.” They said, according to the book, “It is really good to live in Vienna, but one ought to die in Oshpitzin.” So many saintly and scholarly people were buried in the Auschwitz earth that it was thought to be transformed into holy ground. “Anyone who merited to be buried there,” said an old Auschwitz legend, “would not suffer travails at the time of resurrection.”

The Hotel Schmiedler in 1912, when many believed Auschwitz was a holy place to die, and better for resurrection. Miroslaw Ganobi

Box Office Hit Sets Kiss Scene in Anne Frank House, Provoking Debate

06/08/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

“I believe we have a choice in this world about how to tell sad stories,” says Hazel Grace Lancaster, the protagonist of John Green’s recent best-selling novel, "The Fault in Our Stars." The recent film adaptation of the novel, directed by Josh Boone, topped charts this past weekend, grossing $48.2 million during its debut. The film grappled with looming questions about suffering, tragedy and how to truthfully tell sad stories.

A statue of Anne Frank in front of the house in which she hid from the Nazis. Wikimedia Commons

World’s Oldest Man Dies Two Months After Achieving Title

06/08/2014 - 20:00

The world’s oldest man, a New Yorker who attempted to flee the Nazi rise to power in Poland in 1939, died at the age of 111.


Jewish, Nigerian Brit Wins Tony, Sparking Twitter Storm

06/08/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

At last night’s Tony Awards, British-Jewish actress Sophie Okonedo took home the award for best performance by an actress in a play with her Broadway debut in "A Raisin in the Sun." Okonedo is Jewish, the daughter of an Ashkenazi British woman and a Nigerian civil servant who abandoned the family when she was 5.

Jewish Agency Accused Of Leaking Ukraine Evacuation Plans

05/28/2014 - 20:00

JERUSALEM — Israel’s Foreign Ministry accused the Jewish Agency for Israel of leaking a plan to evacuate Jews from eastern Ukraine.

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