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Congressman pledges to end delay to U.S. gift for Auschwitz-Birkenau preservation

By Jonah Lowenfeld

December 26, 2013 | 8:09 pm

In 2010, the U.S. pledged $15 million to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, towards the $160 million endowment that will help preserve the structures at the Nazi death camp -- including the guard towers seen here -- in perpetuity. None of that money has reached the foundation to date, making the U.S. the only country among the 28 supporters of the project that has not made good on any part of its contribution. Photo Peter Thorpe / Courtesy Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation.

Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi death camp where 1.1 million Jews and other victims were murdered, was not built to last forever. But that’s exactly what the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation is... read on

  • With diamonds in the seams of their coats

    by Revital Belz

    December 24, 2013 | 11:29 am

    I am not particularly into jewelry, and I don’t have very much. However the little jewelry that I do have has lots of significance. On my wedding day I wore a beautiful diamond necklace which was given to me by my maternal grandmother. As she put it on me, we both cried, knowing... read on

  • Watch “Israel Apartheid”: Why word choice matters

    By Julie Bien

    December 18, 2013 | 12:05 pm

    With the American Studies Association's resolution this week to boycott of Israeli academies aligned with the BDS movement (boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel) movement, the debate about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has reignited on campus colleges and beyond.The... read on

  • “Jews Can’t Stop”: Parodying Miley while making a statement

    By Julie Bien

    December 16, 2013 | 2:26 pm

    Jewish Journal blogger, and American settler, Orit Arfa, is raising eyebrows here and abroad with her controversial music video, "Jews Can't Stop," a re-write of Miley Cyrus's party anthem, "We Can't Stop," and part of a recent blog post on our website.

    Arfa, who lives in Ariel,... read on

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  • Jewish/Israel-themed movies vie for Oscar

    By  Tom Tugend

    December 16, 2013 | 1:23 pm

    Producers and directors in 76 countries will be biting their nails when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces the Oscar nominees for best foreign language film.

    Besides providing a test of cinematic skills in countries ranging from Afghanistan to Venezuela,... read on

  • Believe

    Chris Stuke

    December 16, 2013 | 9:58 am

    Every year Politifact.com awards one unlucky schmuck the not-so-prestigious Lie of the Year Award. This year’s recipient was our very own commander in chief Barack Obama. Now as far as I’m concerned politicians should just be exempt from this whole thing because every last one of... read on

  • When Mandela and Sharansky met in LA

    By  Tom Tugend

    December 6, 2013 | 12:35 am


    My only encounter with Nelson Mandela was on June 29, 1990 at the Biltmore Hotel, and the initial impression was more comical than awe-inspiring.

    The reserved, soft-spoken Mandela, released only four months earlier after 27 years in South African prisons, stood next to the... read on

  • Banish the darkness with a Festival of Light- no matter what your religion

    Rivkah Ben-Yisrael

    November 25, 2013 | 2:23 pm

    My aversion to Hanukkah streetlights, national-religious pride and surprising similarities between different light festivals- all explored here.

    The lights put up in Israel around the time of the winter festival of Hanukkah evoke mixed feelings for me. You probably think that's... read on

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