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Digitizing The Jewish Past

02/04/2015
Staff Writer

In 1941 the Nazis destroyed the headquarters of the YIVO Yiddish research institute in Vilna, Lithuania, ransacking the library and archives. Some material was sent to Frankfurt, Germany, to serve as the basis for the Third Reich’s Institute for the Study of the Jewish Question, and some was hidden in Vilna.

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N.Y. Phil Puts Israeli Classical Music In The Spotlight

The program displays the richness of the contemporary creative scene of Israel as well as Israeli composers living abroad, says Hanna Arie-Gaifman of the 92Y.

02/03/2015
Managing Editor

In what is being described as a first, the New York Philharmonic will present a program of contemporary Israeli classical music by some of that country’s leading composers. The “New Music From Israel Program,” which takes place Monday, Feb. 9 (7 p.m.), is a co-presentation with the 92nd Street Y and is part of the N.Y. Phil’s CONTACT! series. The composers on the program are Josef Bardanashvili, Yotam Haber, Shulamit Ran and Avner Dorfman. The Jewish Week discussed the program with its brainchild, Hanna Arie-Gaifman, director of the 92Y’s Tisch Center for the Arts. The interview was conducted via email.

Hanna Arie-Graifman: “Richness” in Israeli classical scene. Joshua Bright

A Shore Thing

02/03/2015
Travel Writer

Some people come to Santa Cruz to surf; others come to stroll the boardwalk and ogle the sea lions. There are thrill rides for children, redwood forests for nature lovers and sunsets for everyone.

On the boardwalk in Santa Cruz. Amy Larson

'Dear' Bibi, Don't Do It

Your acceptance of the House Speaker's invitation to speak before Congress as unconscionably arrogant.

01/30/2015
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Dear Mr. Prime Minister:

The news of your impending visit to deliver an address to a joint session of our Congress, at the invitation of Speaker of the House John Boehner, has generated a major controversy here in America, both within and outside of the Jewish community. I know that it is a subject of much discussion in Israel as well. My reason for writing is simple. I am, with the greatest of respect for your office and your responsibilities, asking you to reconsider your visit, and not deliver the address.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

Anniversary Of Budapest Ghetto’s Liberation

01/27/2015
Staff Writer

For more than two months near the end of World War II, several blocks in the Jewish area on Budapest, on the Pest side of the Danube, became a site of death and suffering. Surrounded by barbed wire and a stonewall, Budapest’s Jewish ghetto became the home of some 200,000 Jews, who died there of disease and starvation, or were shipped to Auschwitz from a nearby train platform.

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Pulpit Rabbi To Lead Interfaith Group

Rabbi Jack Moline will head the D.C.-based Interfaith Alliance.

01/27/2015
Staff Writer

Rabbi Jack Moline, who served as spiritual leader of Agudas Achim Congregation in Alexandria, Va., for more than two decades, was recently named executive director of the Washington-based Interfaith Alliance, a progressive, ecumenical organization that “celebrates religious freedom by championing individual rights.” His appointment follows his short-lived stint as director of the National Jewish Democratic Council.

Rabbi Jack Moline: From pulpit to political organization to Interfaith Alliance.

Irish Pluralism On Display

01/27/2015
Travel Writer

Tucked into the Gothic arches and dank, mossy halls of Trinity College Dublin is the Weingreen Biblical Antiquities Museum. It’s a small collection of artifacts from around the eastern Mediterranean, spanning the ninth millennium B.C.E. to the late Middle Ages, and it was renamed in the 1970s to honor one Professor Weingreen, a Hebrew scholar who taught at Trinity for 40 years.

Dublin’s Temple Bar, in the city’s cobblestoned central nightlife district. Wikimedia Commons

How Green Was My Wadi

01/27/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

We will soon be celebrating Tu b’Shvat, the day that marks the new year for trees, and while it is cold and grim in New York, the plant world is awakening in Israel and the agricultural year is coming to life. Think of it as the beginning of the magic that leads to the harvest festival of Sukkot.

Sura Jeselsohn

What’s Wrong With This Selfie?

01/22/2015
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Unless you were in a cave this week or otherwise out of touch with the world, you will surely have heard or read about the great ‘selfie incident” at the Miss Universe pageant.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

Miss Universe Selfie Spat

01/21/2015

When can beauty pageants turn ugly? When Middle East politics get involved.

A selfie featuring Miss Israel and Miss Lebanon smiling side by side ignited a raging debate between Israel and much of the Arab world over the weekend.

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