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What The Doctor Ordered: Resistance

Texas researcher uncovers stories of Holocaust-era physicians and nurses who defied the Nazis.
04/03/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Galveston, Texas — At the start of a lecture to two dozen physicians, nurses and academics in a classroom at the University of Texas Medical Branch here one recent morning, Cheyenne Martin poses a question.

Cheyenne Martin

A Seder Comes To Szczecin

In a northwest corner of Poland, an old-timer remembers a once vibrant Jewish community.
04/03/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Szczecin, Poland — The Jewish senior citizens, dressed in casual skirts and suits, began filing into the headquarters of this seaside Jewish community shortly before sunset on the first night of Passover last week.

Róża Król, a lifelong resident of Szczecin, is a leader of the city’s small Jewish community. sztetl.org.pl

What The Doctor Ordered: Resistance

Texas researcher uncovers stories of Holocaust-era physicians and nurses who defied the Nazis.
04/02/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Galveston -- At the start of a lecture to two dozen physicians, nurses and academics in a classroom at the University of Texas Medical Branch here one recent morning, Cheyenne Martin poses a question.

Cheyenne Martin teaching a research seminar in Galveston. Steve Lipman

Rome’s Chief Rabbi In The Spotlight

In one week, Riccardo Di Segni prepares for Passover and a new pope.
03/27/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Rome — Ground zero for Catholic-Jewish relations is Rome, and the man at the center of it all is the city’s chief rabbi, Riccardo Di Segni.

Jewish-Catholic relations are “very complicated,” says Rabbi Di Segni, above. “But this pope shows a good disposition.”

As Jewish Leaders Meet With Pope, New Hopes On Pius XII Archives

Argentine rabbi says Pope Francis wants ‘to learn the truth’ of Pius’ role during Holocaust.
03/19/2013 - 20:00
Jewish Week staff

A dozen Jewish leaders and other clerics were invited to meet with Pope Francis one day after his inauguration Tuesday, among them the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, who said he hopes the pope will lift the “cloud” hanging over the Vatican.

Common touch: Pope Francis greets well-wishers, including a disabled boy, in Rome Tuesday. getty images

Australia’s Voice For Orthodox Abuse Victims

Menachem Waks’ charges about the Chabad institutions in which he grew up, rock Melbourne’s Jewish community.
03/18/2013 - 20:00

Sydney — Menachem (Manny) Waks was on a leadership-training program in Israel in June 2011 when he made a decision that would radically change his life.

Menachem Waks right. JTA

Jerusalem Shop Pays 'Super' Fine Over Unlicensed Kippot

03/18/2013 - 20:00

A Jerusalem shop settled out of court with two comic book companies that charged it sells unlicensed kippahs bearing the images of Superman and Spiderman.

Avi Binyamin, owner of the Kippa Man store on Ben Yehuda Street in central Jerusalem, will pay Marvel Comics and Warner Brothers $17,000 each for the unauthorized use of their superheroes' images. The companies had sued for about $27,000 in damages

Yarmulkes decorated with trademark superhero images are common in Judaica stores and online.

New Pope Seen As Sensitive To Jewish Concerns

03/12/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The selection of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina to be the new pope of the Roman Catholic Church is being seen as a move that will continue to cement Catholic-Jewish relations.

Newly elected Pope Francis I appears on the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica. Getty Images

After Hugo

With Chavez gone, Venezuela's dwindling Jewish population looks to future amid political and economic uncertainty.
03/12/2013 - 20:00

The eyes of a dead man stare at visitors passing through immigration at Simon Bolivar International Airport. They follow drivers making the trek along the tortuous four-lane highway through a mountain range leading to town. And they reappear at public spaces throughout this city.

A pedestrian walking underneath a poster showing the eyes of the late leftist leader Hugo Chavez in downtown Caracas. JTA

WJC Pulls Lauder’s Name From Chavez Condolence Statement

03/10/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

No sooner did the World Jewish Congress issue a statement saying its president, Ron Lauder, and its Latin American Jewish Congress president had sent condolences to the family of the late Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez than Lauder’s phone began ringing.

Ronald Lauder. Getty Images
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