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Jewish Culture Department For St. Petersburg State

03/29/2011

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.

Getty Museum To Return Nazi-Looted Painting

03/29/2011

(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.

ADL: Anti-Muslim Sentiment ‘Significant’

03/29/2011

(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.

Riverdale Shul Apologizes For Graphic Video

03/22/2011

The Hebrew Institute of Riverdale is apologizing to its members after the Purim night screening of a video about a slain West Bank family that included graphic images.

Dutch Soccer Payer Rues Anti-Semitic chants

03/22/2011

(JTA) — A Dutch soccer player apologized for chanting anti-Semitic slogans caught on camera following a victory over a team with traditional Jewish support.

Lex Immers of the Dutch ADO Den Haag team apologized Monday in a statement on the team's website for the remarks made in a bar with team fans.

Immers was caught on camera chanting "we're going to hunt for Jews," referring to the fans of the opposing team, Ajax, which is identified with Amsterdam's Jewish community.

Netanyahu Says He 'Regrets' Hitting Palestinian civilians

03/22/2011

(JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he regretted the accidental killing of four members of a Palestinian family in their Gaza home by Israeli tank fire.

Netanyahu in a statement Tuesday from the Prime Minister's Office emphasized that the shooting was in response to fire by Hamas at Israeli citizens.

Sam Feldman, Survivor And Activist

03/15/2011

Samuel Feldman, a Holocaust survivor who became a leader in several remembrance and Zionist causes in the New York area, died of congestive heart failure on Feb. 27 at his home in Hallendale, Fla. He was 91.

Mr. Feldman was founder and longtime president of Radomer Mutual Cultural Society, an organization of Polish natives, which under his leadership raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the United Jewish Appeal and donated four ambulances to Israel through Magen David Adom.

Tribefest Survey: Many Were Federation First-timers

03/15/2011

(JTA) — New data show that TribeFest met its goal of drawing many young federation first-timers to last week’s conference in Las Vegas, officials said.

“We’re not only satisfied, we’re thrilled,” said Joe Berkofsky, spokesman for the Jewish Federations of North America, which organized last week’s gathering.

Nearly 1,300 Jews, mostly in their 20s to early 40s, showed up for three days of lectures, workshops and performances devoted to politics, religion and culture.

Knesset Committee To Discuss J Street

03/15/2011

(JTA) — The Knesset Immigration, Absorption and Public Diplomacy Committee said March 9 that a hearing on the activities of J Street, which calls itself a pro-Israel, pro-peace organization, would be held as soon as next week.

Americans for Peace Now said it was outraged by the hearing.

Israel Seizes Ship Carrying Weapons

03/15/2011

(JTA) — Israel’s Navy intercepted a ship bound for Egypt that the Israeli military said was smuggling weapons for use by terror organizations in the Gaza Strip.

The Liberia-flagged cargo ship Victoria was seized Tuesday in the Mediterranean Sea 200 miles west of Israel.

“The various weaponry on board the vessel was intended for the use of terror organizations operating in the Gaza Strip,” the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.

The crew did not appear to be aware of the weapons stash, according to reports, and did not resist.

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