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Shooting The ‘Promise’ Of ‘This Place’

Photographer Frederic Brenner’s massive Israel project seeks to see beyond the conflict.

04/30/2014
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When photographer Frederic Brenner decided to invite a group of the finest photographers in the world to spend time in Israel and the West Bank to create their own portraits of the place, some were intrigued and others were wary of being used for political gain, or were just not interested enough. But Brenner is a man of huge enthusiasm, persistence and vision, and ultimately convinced 11 men and women to take up his invitation to see a land more complicated than headlines suggest. At the same time, he convinced funders to contribute several millions of dollars. The result is an unprecedented international creative initiative launching this spring.

A young family of shepherds in Brenner’s “Judean Hills." Courtesy of Howard Greenberg Gallery

Reform Jews Land Victory In Lawsuit Against Hungary

04/25/2014
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Dresden, Germany  — European Reform Jews landed what they said was an important victory in their legal fight for equal recognition and funding from the governments of Hungary and Poland.

Remembering Shoah Hero Jan Karski In Poland And U.S.

Diplomat alerted world to atrocities of Holocaust.

04/24/2014
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Warsaw — Seven decades after Jan Karski, a low-ranking ex-military officer and Polish diplomat, risked his life to tell the world about the Nazis’ extermination of Europe’s Jews, Poland is telling the world about Karski.

Jan Karski photographed at Yad Vashem. Michal Fajbusiewicz/Polish History Museum

Millennials Altering Landscape Of Holocaust Remembrance

The grandchildren of survivors ‘seeking their own liturgy’ in marking Shoah trauma in iconoclastic ways.

04/24/2014
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In Edinburgh, Scotland, youth worker Jonathan Litewski McKean, whose grandmother was a Holocaust survivor, decides to honor her legacy in a personal way. Next month, on his 26th birthday, he will have her concentration camp number tattooed on his left arm.

In Jane Korman’s video “Dancing Auschwitz,” her father, a survivor, and her children mark his experience in unorthodox fashion.

U.S. Victims Of Hamas Terror Quietly Winning Money From Iran

Millions from sale of Queens house, other seized assets going to American citizens

04/24/2014
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The house, a handsome, three-story Tudor, sits on a leafy street in the posh Forest Hills Gardens section of Queens. Unbeknownst to all but a handful of people, it was the subject of a heated tug-of-war between the Iranian government and relatives of a former Bronx butcher who died of injuries sustained in a Jerusalem suicide bombing.

Bronx native Stuart Hersh, who was injured in 1997 Ben Yehuda mall attack, won judgment against Iran.

Old Traditions, New Faces At Polish Seders

Twenty-five years after the fall of Communism, more signs of renewed Jewish life in small community.

04/23/2014
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Wroclaw, Poland — The American-born chief rabbi of Lower Silesia stood at the head table of the community seders in the historic White Stork Synagogue here last week and witnessed, in a single glance, the changes in the last 25 years of post-communist Polish Jewish life.

Rabbi Tyson Herberger, inset, led the communal seder at White Stork Synagogue in Wroclaw. Wikimedia Commons

Flyers Call On Ukrainian Jews To Register With Pro-Russian Separatists

04/17/2014
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Pro-Russian separatists from Donetsk in eastern Ukraine denied any involvement in the circulation of flyers calling on Jews to register with separatists and pay special taxes.

Sister Of Toulouse Killer Held For Questioning

04/17/2014
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A French court has extended the remand of Souad Merah, sister of the Islamist who killed four Jews in Toulouse.

Yaakov Birnbaum: ‘A Hero Of Biblical Proportions’

Remembering the man who launched the Soviet Jewry movement here.

04/17/2014
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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
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