(JTA) — Hundreds of volunteers across America participated in the Areyvut organization's National Mitzvah Day.
The seventh annual day for volunteers to become involved in community service activities focused on providing individuals with basic necessities such as food and shelter.
(JTA) — Israeli lawmaker Avi Dichter was heckled by protesters during a speech at Brandeis University.
Students from the group Brandeis Students for Justice in Palestine stood up as Dichter began speaking Tuesday during a panel discussion before an audience of several hundred students and called him a war criminal in English and Hebrew, Haaretz reported. The incident can be viewed on YouTube.
Dichter, a member of the Kadima Party, served as director of the Shin Bet security service during the second Palestinian Intifada.
(JTA) — A new report warns of a sharp rise in child poverty in Britain's haredi Orthodox Jewish community.
The report says the rise in child poverty is due to the haredi community's large families, lack of secular education and work skills, and cuts in both charitable giving and state social benefits.
The issue is "most acute" among the haredi community, where "the alarm bells should be ringing loudly," according to the report, which was issued last week by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research in London.
(JTA) — A recently renovated Chabad House in Thailand has been ravaged again by flooding.
Heavy rains and flooding this week once again put the Chabad House in Koh Samui underwater. The center recently completed a $50,000 renovation after floods in November destroyed electrical equipment, furniture, books and computers,
(JTA) — A project to identify child survivors of the Holocaust has been launched.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is asking for the public’s help in identifying photos of 1,100 children, some of the tens of thousands of children who found themselves alone and scattered across Europe at the end of World War II.
The images, found on the museum’s “Remember Me” website, are of Jewish and non-Jewish children whose photos were taken by relief agencies in displaced persons camps, children’s homes and elsewhere.
St. Petersburg State University, one of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the former Soviet Union, has established a Department for Jewish Culture.
The new department, part of the university’s faculty of philosophy, is the successor to the school’s 11-year-old Center for Biblical and Jewish Studies, which was founded in cooperation with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. It will train specialists in Jewish history, culture, religion, philosophy and other areas of academic Jewish study.
(JTA) — The Getty Museum in Los Angeles will return a 17th-century Dutch painting looted by the Nazis to the heir of the Jewish art dealer.
Jewish art dealer Jacques Goudstikker left 1,400 works of art in his Amsterdam gallery when he fled the Nazis in 1940. He died during the escape. His gallery was looted by Hermann Goering shortly afterward. In 2006, the Dutch government returned 202 paintings from its national collection to Goudstikker’s sole heir, Marei von Saher.
(JTA) — Anti-Muslim bigotry in the United States is “significant,” according to the Anti-Defamation League.
“A significant level of anti-Muslim bigotry has surfaced in a variety of public forums over the past year,” said an ADL statement accompanying a letter and background information the ADL submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee, whose civil rights committee was considering anti-Muslim activity on Tuesday.