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  • Kibbutznik’s history becomes performance art

    November 22, 2013 | 4:38 pm

    Yael Davids was frustrated. After more than a week of trying to set up a time to talk from her home base in Amsterdam, she was finally on Skype, but there was a problem. “I want to see you!” she said, somewhat defeated, as she realized that her video connection just wasn’t going to...

  • Light-up Nation: What Israel can teach America about medical marijuana

    By Simone Wilson

    October 2, 2013 | 10:23 am

    Just over six years ago, in the lush Upper Galilee of northern Israel, the nation’s first large-scale harvest of legal medical marijuana was flowering on the roof deck of Tzahi Cohen’s parents’ house, perched on a cliff overlooking the bright-green farming village of Birya. Until...

  • Holland’s largest Hebrew bookstore shutters doors

    August 14, 2013 | 9:13 am

    One of Western Europe’s largest Hebrew bookstores closed in Amsterdam as its former owners prepare to immigrate to Israel.

    Samech, located in southern Amsterdam, has been supplying Hebrew-language books to members of Holland’s Jewish community for nearly 40 years and possessed a...

  • Anti-Zionist rabbi blames Israel for his assault in Amsterdam

    June 25, 2013 | 10:47 am

    An anti-Zionist rabbi said he was attacked in Amsterdam because of Israel.

    Rabbi Josef Antebi, 50, an Orthodox Jew who lives in Amsterdam, told JTA he was assaulted on Sunday in the Dutch capital by a young man who “had relatively dark skin and didn’t look very Dutch, or at least...

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  • The importance of Anne Frank

    by Joe Winkler, JTA

    June 14, 2013 | 1:49 pm

    Last week was the 84th birthday of Anne Frank, as well as anniversary of the first post in her diary in which she famously wrote, “I hope I will be able to confide everything to you, as I have never been able to confide in anyone, and I hope you will be a great source of comfort...

  • Sports-related incidents spark slight rise in Dutch anti-Semitism

    May 23, 2013 | 9:14 am

    The doubling of sports-related anti-Semitism last year led to the first increase in overall anti-Semitic incidents in three years in the Netherlands.

    In its annual monitor report on anti-Semitism, released Thursday, the Hague-based Center for Information and Documentation on...

  • Anne Frank House defends Bieber’s visit, guestbook entry

    April 15, 2013 | 7:56 am

    The Anne Frank House defended Justin Bieber's visit to the museum and his guestbook message hoping that the teen diarist "would have been a Belieber."

    "The Anne Frank House was pleased to welcome Justin Bieber to the Anne Frank House last Friday. We think it is very positive that...

  • Dutch researcher who exposed anti-Semitism hid out based on mayor’s advice

    April 4, 2013 | 9:51 am

    A Dutch-Turkish researcher who exposed anti-Semitism among Muslims went into hiding, following the advice of a Dutch mayor.

    Mehmet Sahin left his home for several days last month after being advised by Pauline Krikke, the mayor of the eastern city of Arnhem, according to De...

  • Dutch Jewish museum wins national popularity contest

    April 4, 2013 | 6:05 am

    Holland’s Jewish Historical Museum won a $130,000 prize for finishing first in the country’s national museum contest for 2013.

    The Jewish museum, which was established in 1932, received 40 percent of the popular vote in the online competition among four museums. Some 29,000...

  • April 3, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 3, 2013 | 3:05 am

    The US

    Headline: Abbas to meet Kerry Sunday in Jordan: Palestinian source

    To Read: Aaron David Miller takes a look at President Obama's lack of control over his Middle East legacy:

    Had the Arab Spring moved in the right direction, Obama would have been hailed as a...

  • Amsterdam tram company won’t punish conductor accused of anti-Semitism

    August 22, 2012 | 10:30 am

    Amsterdam’s transport company, GVB, announced it would not punish an employee accused of making an anti-Semitic remark.

    Two people told the Jewish Community of Amsterdam, NIHS, that they had heard a tram conductor aboard Line 17 say on Aug. 8 that the Anne Frank House was how “the...

  • Amsterdam Jewish community warns U.S. Jews of ‘dangerous’ Dutch politician

    August 22, 2012 | 10:18 am

    The chairman of the Jewish Community of Amsterdam asked a Dutch politician to warn U.S. Jews about a “dangerous” rightist Dutch legislator.

    Ronnie Eisenman, chairman of the executive board of the Jewish Community of Amsterdam, or NIHS, wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that the “Amsterdam...

  • Brazil’s Jewish community announces creation of Anne Frank ‘educational network’

    August 17, 2012 | 10:31 am

    Brazil’s Jewish community sent directors of five Brazilian schools named after Anne Frank on a Holocaust study tour in Amsterdam.

    The study trip is the first step in the creation of an educational network, according to an announcement by CONIB, the central body representing the...

  • Amsterdam to name bridge for WWII savior of 350 Jewish children

    August 14, 2012 | 11:30 am

    The City of Amsterdam will name one of its last remaining nameless bridges for Pieter Meerburg, who saved 350 Jewish children during the Holocaust.

    Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan and other dignitaries are scheduled to christen bridge 234 the Pieter Meerburg Bridge on Sept. 2....

  • A conversation with Anne Frank’s cousin

    By Tom Tugend

    May 15, 2012 | 7:35 pm

    Generations of readers, theater patrons and movie goers have been touched and moved by “The Diary of Anne Frank,” but perhaps no one was more astonished by the adolescent girl’s deep inner life – while in hiding from the Nazis – than Anne’s father.

    “I didn’t know my...

  • Anne Frank’s Amsterdam App

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    May 8, 2012 | 8:00 am

    Hmm. I spent much of the morning in Warsaw today talking with an E-Book and App publisher about creating apps and interactive E-Books from my own writing,  on various platforms. So I am quite convinced that going mobile is the way to get around. Still, I’m somehow a little teentsy...

  • The Rest of Passover Cooking [RECIPE]

    By Rob Eshman

    April 6, 2012 | 12:34 am

    The food challenge of Passover is not the seder.  It’s the seven days that come after.

    After all, you know what to make on seder.  Torah and tradition are right there by your side, cooking: matzo, charoset, chicken or brisket, kugel if you’re Askenazi, something people actually...

  • Looking into Anne Frank’s unblinking eyes

    March 22, 2012 | 11:44 am

    Is the image of Anne Frank heading in the same commercial direction as Edvard Munch’s “The Scream”?

    Munch’s Expressionist painting, once an iconic representation of horror, for years has been available as a party inflatable, an action figure mask, even a bobblehead. With the...

  • Reinstated Amsterdam chief rabbi rues using title on ‘curing’ homosexuality document

    February 2, 2012 | 10:58 am

    The chief rabbi of Amsterdam, who was suspended for signing a statement on “curing” homosexuality, reportedly has been reinstated and said he was wrong to sign the document using his chief rabbi title.

    Rabbi Aryeh Ralbag of New York, who travels to the Netherlands several times a...

  • Suspension of Amsterdam chief rabbi seen as ‘verging on facism’

    January 23, 2012 | 10:44 am

    The suspension of Amsterdam’s chief rabbi for signing a statement on “curing” homosexuality is “verging on fascism,” the committee of Orthodox Jews that sponsored the statement told a Dutch newspaper.

    The Committee for the Declaration on the Torah Approach to Homosexuality said in a...

  • New book: Man who arrested Anne Frank served West German intelligence

    April 11, 2011 | 10:27 am

    The man who arrested the family of Anne Frank in their Amsterdam hiding place 67 years ago worked for the West German intelligence agency for years, a new book has revealed.

    SS Oberscharfuhrer Karl Josef Silberbauer, an Austrian-born Nazi, worked for the West German secret service,...

  • Author Ian McEwan to receive Jerusalem Prize

    January 19, 2011 | 11:07 am

    British author Ian McEwan was chosen to receive the prestigious Jerusalem Prize.

    The biennial prize, which will be awarded next month in a ceremony on the opening night of the Jerusalem Book Fair, is Israel’s highest literary honor for foreign writers. The award is given to an...

  • Same-sex Jewish couple united in Amsterdam shul

    January 18, 2011 | 1:13 pm

    Holland’s first same-sex Jewish commitment ceremony was held in Amsterdam.

    The couple, who were not named in the Radio Netherlands report, was united Sunday in the synagogue of the Liberal Jewish Community.

    The Council of Rabbis of the Dutch Union of Progressive Judaism recently ruled that such ceremonies may be held in the country’s nine Liberal synagogues. The ceremony, called a brit ahava, or covenant of love, is not an official Jewish wedding, a rabbinic spokesman told reporters.

    Same-sex marriage has been legal in the Netherlands since 2001.

  • Anne Frank’s tree collapses

    August 23, 2010 | 10:55 am

    The giant chestnut tree that Anne Frank wrote about several times in her diary collapsed in stormy weather.

    The tree, at more than 150 years old, had developed a fungus that weakened it, and it fell over Monday in heavy wind and rain, according to reports. Weighing about 27 tons,...

  • Old-World charm, modern life mingle in Holland

    By Soriya Daniels

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm


    Here's a travel riddle that might send you packing: It's a European capital where culture abounds and permissiveness pervades. Its terrain is marked by 17th-century canals and floating houseboats, and it's home to a relatively small percentage of Jews despite its rich Jewish...
  • Amsterdam’s Split Personality

    By Anthea Gerrie

    October 17, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Anne Frank's house, a fabulous 17th century synagogue and an excellent heritage museum give Amsterdam special appeal for Jewish visitors. But they are all sites whose very existence reflect the city's incurable split personality, making for a sightseeing experience that constantly...