Yaakov Birnbaum: ‘A Hero Of Biblical Proportions’

Remembering the man who launched the Soviet Jewry movement here.

04/16/2014 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Jacob Yaakov Birnbaum, widely recognized as the founder of the Soviet Jewry movement in the United States, was remembered last week as a “hero of biblical proportions,” someone who “put his life on the line in this struggle.”

Yaakov Birnbaum, “never got the credit, recognition or thanks he deserved,” said Rabbi Yitz Greenberg.  Michael Datikash/JW

Hungarian Jewish Leader Resigns To Protest State's Holocaust Commemorations

04/09/2014 - 20:00

Gusztav Zoltai, the director of Hungary’s federation of Jewish communities, or Mazsihisz, resigned in what community leaders said was a protest against the government over Holocaust commemorations.

Kaifeng To Host First Seder Since Mid-19th Century

04/07/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The descendants of Jews who live in the ancient Jewish community of Kaifeng, China, are expected to participate in the first traditional Passover seder held there since the mid 19th century, accoding to a press release from Shavei Israel, a group that seeks to strengthen ties between Jews, the State of Israel and the descendants of Jewish communities worldwide.

Does Hairbrush Show Hitler's Mistress Had Jewish Roots?

04/07/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Eva Braun, Adolf Hitler’s longtime mistress whom he married in the hours before his suicide, may have been of Jewish ancestry, according to an analysis of her DNA done for a British TV documentary.

Warsaw Demolishing Ghetto Wall, Promises Reconstruction

04/01/2014 - 20:00

WARSAW — Workers began demolishing a wall in Warsaw near the spot where Jews were gathered for transport to the Treblinka concentration camp.

Leaders Conflicted On Pollard Release As Talks Teeter

Some question tying convicted spy to peace negotiations.

04/01/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Jewish leaders here expressed conflicted emotions and policy differences this week about reports that President Barack Obama was willing to consider the release of imprisoned Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard as part of a last-minute bid to keep alive Palestinian-Israeli peace talks.

Reports of a deal for Jonathan Pollard’s release appeared to fall through Tuesday.

Spanish Citizenship, 500 Years Late

Some 150,000 Jews may soon apply if Madrid ‘reverses injustice’ of Inquisition, opening business and family ties for many.

03/24/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

A member of New York’s Sephardic community approached Dina Siegel Vann, director of the American Jewish Committee’s Latino and Latin American Institute, after a luncheon at the AJC headquarters in Manhattan last week.

Spanish Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon speaking last week in New York. Courtesy of AJC

In Hungary, Nationalist Rhetoric On The Rise

As Jobbik popularity grows, ruling party sounding ominous notes.

03/24/2014 - 20:00

Budapest, Hungary — A lone heckler tried to disrupt him, but Hungarian lawmaker Janos Hargitai was undeterred as he spoke earlier this month at a memorial day gathering in Hungary commemorating the 1848 revolution there.

A rally in Budapest against government plan to erect a statue presenting Hungary as an innocent victim of Nazi occupation. JTA

Iran Hiker Josh Fattal: Captors Knew I Was Jewish

03/16/2014 - 20:00

Josh Fattal, an American hiker freed by Iran in September 2011 after two years in captivity, said the Iranians knew he was Jewish even though it was never explicitly stated.

“I was so scared in those first months about being a Jew with an Israeli father, but at a certain point I embraced it,” Fattal told the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent. “They know already. If they are going to do something to me for my heritage, then they will — but I am not going to change myself. I am not going to hide who I am.”

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