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  • Agnieszka Kurant and the art of what’s missing

    1 day ago

    On June 5, Agnieszka Kurant will become one of only a handful of artists to have their work adorn the famous curved facade of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum here.

    Kurant’s “The End of Signature,” a neon white projection created from the actual signatures of museum visitors with...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 weeks ago

    This weekend. I would like to present you with the new SMS- based therapy, which is about to help many.


    So long couch, hello cellphone. Instead of undergoing psychotherapy, some people find it easier and more discreet to text-message their therapist. Enter Talkspace, a provider...

  • From a Romanian village to Jewish Los Angeles

    By Avishay Artsy

    2 weeks ago

    The journey to Judaism was a long one for Kinga Dobos. She grew up in a poor village in Romania and struggled to fit in as a teenager in Hungary. She worked for years as an au pair in Great Britain and the United States, and it was the Jewish families that took her into their homes...

  • Film tells of synagogue ceiling that builds bridge to the history of Polish Jews

    3 weeks ago

    Nearly 300 years ago, two Jewish artists inscribed their names on the upper walls of the Gwozdziec Synagogue, located in a bustling trading town in the Polish-Lithuanian countryside.

    With its spectacular, newly remodeled towering ceiling, a painted tapestry of luminous colors and...

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  • With a $180 million Picasso, art market enters a new frontier

    3 weeks ago

    When Picasso's "Les Femmes d'Alger (Version O)" set a record on Monday as the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction, it was by a wide margin of nearly $40 million, fetching just under $180 million.

    Christie's' sale of 35 works spanning the 20th and nascent 21st centuries...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 8, 2015 | 3:52 pm

    Yehudit Ravitz is one of the most appreciated Israeli artists. With a career spanning over 30 years and 12 solo albums, the singer-songwriter stands behind songs that every single one of us knows by heart.


    Ravitz’ musical career began in the army, when she was accepted to the...

  • FBI chief tells Poland’s U.S. envoy he regrets Holocaust remarks

    April 23, 2015 | 9:02 am

    The head of the U.S. intelligence service told the Polish ambassador to the United States that he regretted his remarks on what Poland has said was an accusation of complicity in the Holocaust, the Polish foreign ministry said on Thursday.

    Poland now considers the matter settled,...

  • Will Russia’s missile deal with Iran end Israel’s silence on Ukraine?

    April 21, 2015 | 12:04 pm

    After Russia invaded Ukraine in March 2014, Israel resisted pressure to join the United States and its European allies in condemning the move — citing in particular its concern not to antagonize Russia for fear it could provide Syria with a powerful anti-aircraft missile called the...

  • Polish fashion guru called out for posing with SS hat

    April 21, 2015 | 11:06 am

    Holocaust commemoration activists in Warsaw filed a complaint against a Polish fashion celebrity who posed for pictures while wearing Nazi SS symbols.

    Jonny Daniels, founder of the From the Depths commemoration group, filed the complaint with Warsaw prosecutors on Tuesday against...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 17, 2015 | 12:12 pm

    This week’s Israeli creation doesn’t really need an introduction. Balkan Beat Box (BBB,) is one of the most famous Israeli musical groups in the world, and chances are you already know all of their big hits, even if you’ve never actually heard of them before.


    Balkan Beat Box...

  • Passing an art legacy on to the next generation

    April 17, 2015 | 11:04 am

    During the lengthy visits she would have with her great-uncle and great-aunt, David and Rivka Labkovski, at their home in South Africa, Leora Raikin — who was a young girl at the time — recalls these relatives being a bit eccentric.

    David owned one pair of shoes, and Rivka — the...

  • Thousands march at Auschwitz to remember the Holocaust

    April 16, 2015 | 10:30 am

    Thousands of young people from at least 45 countries participated in the March of the Living in Poland at the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex of concentration camps.

    The 27th International March of the Living took place Thursday on Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day. Each...

  • Josef Kreitenberg

    By Jane Ulman

    April 15, 2015 | 2:57 pm

    As the transport from Tacova, Czechoslovakia (then called Tecso, Hungary), pulled up to the Birkenau platform in late May 1944, the doors of the cattle cars slammed open. “Raus, raus,” the SS shouted, directing those fit for work into separate men’s and women’s lines. The others,...

  • ‘Letters to Afar’: Glimpses of a lost world

    By Tom Teicholz

    April 2, 2015 | 7:51 pm

    “Once upon a time” is a phrase we use for fairy tales and fables. Yet most Jews carry with them another time, another land, another city. It could be the Pale of Settlement or Vilnius, Krakow or Lvov or, in more recent times, the Lower East Side, the Bronx, Tehran, Moscow, Buenos...

  • Jewish-Christian charity helps Ukrainians move to Israel

    April 1, 2015 | 1:30 pm

    Tatyana Orul would have moved to Israel years ago if not for her job as a television journalist in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, which interested her too much to give up.

    But when bombs started falling next to her house last year, she reconsidered. The war between...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 27, 2015 | 3:54 pm

    Do you enjoy your occasional opera and classical music? Do you enjoy it even better when it’s mixed with modern pop? If so, you must start listening to Israeli singer David D’Or – an Israeli singer, composer and songwriter, who has a vocal range of more than four octaves (which is...

  • Ukrainian Jewish surgeon claims attackers shouted anti-Semitic epithets

    March 27, 2015 | 11:07 am

     A Jewish physician from Ukraine was severely beaten in what he said was an anti-Semitic assault.

    Oleksanr Dukhovskoi, a chief pediatric neurosurgeon in the east Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, told the television station 9 TV that he believed the assault Sunday was ordered by...

  • In eastern Ukraine, a unique matzah factory puts food on Jewish tables

    March 23, 2015 | 11:49 am

    With one eye on a digital countdown timer, Binyamin Vestrikov jumps up and down while slamming a heavy rolling pin into a piece of dough.

    Aware of his comical appearance to the journalist watching, he exaggerates his movements to draw laughs from a dozen colleagues at the...

  • British PM pledges additional millions for security for Jewish schools, synagogues

    March 19, 2015 | 11:03 am

    British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged millions of dollars in new funds to Jewish schools and synagogues to be used for security.

    Cameron, speaking Wednesday at the annual dinner of the Community Security Trust, Britain’s Jewish security watchdog group, pledged about $14.9...

  • The March Jewish Heritage Europe Newsletter is out!

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    March 18, 2015 | 1:55 pm

    The new Jewish Heritage Europe Newsletter is out!

    Click here to read it in your browser.

    News & info from Poland, Italy, Latvia, Croatia, Portugal and the UK and more... with a focus on synagogue history,  architecture & preservation.


    There also are calls for fellowship applications, papers, workshops and conferences as well a links to a photo gallery of the symbolic decorative image of the hands raised in priestly blessing.

    Check it out -- and subscribe to both the monthly newsletter and the regular item-by-item news feed!

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 13, 2015 | 2:29 pm

    The best way to describe Israeli singer Shlomo Artzi would probably be “one big, timeless rock star.” With more than 50 years on stage and more than 1.5 million albums sold (big numbers in a country with a population of 7 million,) he is probably the most successful musician in...

  • For Ukraine Jews, Purim holiday merely a respite

    March 5, 2015 | 11:00 am

    Jewish perseverance, and more than a bit of chutzpah, lies at the heart of the Purim holiday we celebrate this week. It is one of the reasons we are instructed to mark this raucous holiday with boundless joy and why thousands of Ukrainian Jews, despite the odds they face, will join...

  • Haimish and tasty Savannah, Georgia

    March 2, 2015 | 2:41 pm

    The absolute funniest thing I ever heard as a kid was comedian Steve Landesburg’s imitation of his Southern in-laws: “Esther, you goin’ to Hadassah, or wha’?” In my mind, Jews could be from New York or the Midwest, have New York or Midwestern accents, with New York or Midwestern...

  • Are there limits to humor?

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    February 26, 2015 | 5:22 pm

    Scandals involving rabbis or celebrities, a massively destructive Web hack, Ebola, Middle East unrest, growing anti-Semitism in Europe, even ISIS — when it comes to brainstorming for Purim content, today’s Jews see every strange or terrifying story as comedic potential. In...

  • Kerry: Russia is lying when it denies its troops are in Ukraine

    February 24, 2015 | 10:42 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday Russia was lying when it said there are no Russian troops or equipment in Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists are fighting government troops.

    Fighting has abated in eastern Ukraine in recent days, raising hope that a ceasefire that...

  • Survivor: Morris Price

    By Jane Ulman

    February 18, 2015 | 11:02 am

    “You remain,” the SS soldier said, pointing at Morris Price  — then Moniek Prajs — instructing him to wait in the open truck that had just arrived at Birkenau from the Krakow ghetto. “You get off,” the soldier told another prisoner. Soon, as the soldier continued to shout commands,...

  • What Ida gets right, and wrong

    February 12, 2015 | 11:11 am

    A Polish farmer standing shoulders-deep in a hole he has dug in wet, black dirt, searching for Jewish skeletons. As Poles uncover and handle Jewish bones, past sins, dirty conscience, betrayal, and buried grief return and have to be faced. In Paweł Łoziński's Miejsce urodzenia (...

  • Jewish woman killed by shelling in eastern Ukraine

    February 11, 2015 | 10:55 am

    A Jewish woman was killed in the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk when shells fired by pro-Russian insurgents hit her home.

    Irina Gregoryivna Shelkayeba, a retiree, was killed Tuesday night, Donetsk community chairman Yehuda Kelerman told JTA.

    She will be buried Thursday in the Jewish cemetery of Donetsk, Kelerman confirmed.

    The attack came less than a day after two rockets hit the nine-story building housing the Hesed social welfare center in the eastern Ukraine city of Kramatorsk. The rockets failed to explode and no one was hurt.

  • David Shapell, developer and philanthropist, dies at 94

    February 10, 2015 | 6:11 pm

    David Shapell, real-estate developer and philanthropist, died Feb. 8.  He was 94.

    For 60 years, Shapell and his wife, Fela, played a major role in furthering Jewish education and building the State of Israel. In 2013, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum announced the...

  • Kremlin says Putin, Obama urge swift end to bloodshed in Ukraine

    February 10, 2015 | 2:41 pm

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama highlighted in a phone call on Tuesday the need for a political solution to the "internal" conflict in Ukraine to swiftly end the bloodshed there, the Kremlin said in a statement.

    The Kremlin also said the two...

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