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The JW's weekly photo feature, often showcasing the work of photographer Michael Datikash.

Israelis Mark Ethiopian Holiday

11/20/2012
Staff Writer

Every year on the 50th day after Yom Kippur, Ethiopian Jews mark Sigd, a unique Ethiopian Jewish fast day, with prayers and Torah readings. The holiday, which means “prostration” in Ethiopia’s Ge’ez language, marks the day when, according to the Ethiopian Jewish tradition, God first revealed himself to Moses.

On Sigd, Ethiopian Jews symbolically re-accept the Torah.

In Israel, where the majority of Ethiopian Jews have settled in the last three decades, the Ethiopian Jewish community has grown to more than 100,000.

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Missing Stones

11/13/2012
Staff Writer

Throughout Germany and a few other European countries where the Nazis reigned during World War II, German artist Gunter Demnig has installed several thousand Stolpersteine — “stumbling stones” — in city sidewalks in memory of victims (and in a few cases, survivors) of the Holocaust.

This week there are 11 fewer Stolpersteine.

On Kristallnacht last week, the anniversary of the 1938 Nazi-orchestrated “Night of Broken Glass,” police in Greifswald discovered that all its stumbling stones were missing.

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Welcome To Israel

11/06/2012
Staff Writer

This week marked the beginning of the end — the end of Ethiopian Jews’ millennia-old dream to settle in Israel.

Three decades after Operation Solomon, a covert Israeli operation, started to bring the first of thousands of the African country’s Jews to the Promised Land, Israel on Monday brought some 240 members of the Falash Mura, Ethiopian Jews whose forebears had converted to Christianity a century ago. They arrived at Ben-Gurion Airport on a charter flight.

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A Memorial For Hitler’s Other Victims

11/01/2012

On a small, circular reflecting pool in the center of Berlin, across from the Reichstag parliament building, a memorial to some of the often-forgotten victims of the Third Reich was dedicated last week.

The “Memorial to the Sinti and Roma of Europe Murdered Under National Socialism” remembers the Gypsies

An Interactive Engagement With Jewish Wisdom

10/23/2012

Last Tuesday evening there was a presidential debate and a Yankees playoff game. But more than 250 people turned out at Park Avenue Synagogue to hear, and participate in, a discussion on “The Observant Life: The Wisdom of Conservative Judaism for Contemporary Judaism,” a major work published last spring by the Rabbinical Assembly, the rabbinic arm of the movement.

Photographs By Michael Datikash

A Public Exhibit In A Secret Annex

10/16/2012

Hanneli Pick-Goslar was a childhood friend of Anne Frank.

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A Soaring Experience In Israel

10/10/2012

This time, all the hot air wasn’t in the Knesset.

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Memorial At Ukrainian Killing Field

10/03/2012
Staff Writer

For two days in 1941, in the period between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, a ravine on the outskirts of Kiev became of symbol of the Holocaust’s murderous cruelty.

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Sukkot In Israel: Hut 1, Hut 2, Hut 3, Hut …

09/25/2012
Staff Writer

In Israel, you don’t have to look at a calendar to know that Sukkot is approaching.

You just have to look around.

In the Jewish state, the Jewish festival of booths — the literal meaning of Sukkot — makes its presence felt in every street, in every courtyard, in every field, on every rooftop. In every empty space that is open to the sky.

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A New Torah For The New Year

09/19/2012
Staff Writer

On the eve of Tishrei and the Jewish New Year, the small Jewish community of Ahmedabad, in western India, received a new Torah scroll with great fanfare last week.

The sefer Torah, housed in a Sephardic-style wooden casing, came to Magen Abraham Synagogue in a ceremony that included singing and dancing, blessings and a shofar blowing.

The scroll was a gift from supporters in India and Israel.

Magen Abraham, built in 1934, is the only synagogue in the city, whose Jewish population is about 130.

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