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  • Lodz Ghetto Photos—My article in The Jewish Quarterly

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    1 week ago

    Downtown Lodz today

     

    The Jewish Quarterly publishes my review of the book Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross, a fascinating collection of posed photographs and unexpected snapshots taken in the WW2 Lodz Ghetto and hidden underground until after the...

  • Rare Holocaust-era hideout preserved near Warsaw

    July 10, 2015 | 9:51 am

    Polish officials registered a rare hideout used by Jews during the Holocaust as national monument.

    The hideout in Rekowka, a village situated 90 miles south of Warsaw, was used by two non-Jewish families, the Skoczylas and Kosioróws, for sheltering several Jews in 1942, according...

  • Getting the hang of it: Helpful hints for displaying artwork

    By Jonathan Fong

    July 8, 2015 | 1:44 pm

    People love having art on their walls, but they’re often not so keen on hanging it. I understand. It can be intimidating just to get started. How do you decide what goes where? How high do you hang it? What if you put a hole in the wall then want to change where the picture goes? ...

  • Survivor: Sidonia Lax

    By Jane Ulman

    July 8, 2015 | 1:12 pm

    Early on the designated morning in December 1943, 16-year-old Sidonia Lax (née Sydonia Lewin) and her parents, Cyla and Isaac, left their bunker in the Przemysl ghetto, where they had been living for three months, and made their way to a building near one of the gates. Having heard...

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  • Fragments of Jewish tombstones removed from Polish river

    July 7, 2015 | 2:38 pm

    Fragments of about 100 tombstones from a Jewish cemetery destroyed by the Nazis were removed from a riverbed in Poland.

    Archaeologists removed the tombstone fragments from the Warta River, located in Mstow, Silesia, on the border with the Czech Republic, Radio Poland reported...

  • Ukraine office to help prospective immigrants to Israel prove Jewishness

    June 30, 2015 | 11:35 am

    Rabbis from Israel and Ukraine opened an office in eastern Ukraine that will help prospective immigrants to Israel prove they are Jewish.

    The office, which opened last week in Dnepropetrovsk, aims to facilitate the process for those seeking to immigrate to Israel under its Law of...

  • Anti-Semitic attitudes down in France, Belgium and Germany

    June 30, 2015 | 9:47 am

    Anti-Semitic attitudes fell in two countries where Jews were attacked over the last year while rising significantly in Italy, Romania and the Netherlands, a new Anti-Defamation League poll found.

    The survey of 10,000 respondents in 19 countries in March and early April was a...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 26, 2015 | 2:13 pm

    This weekend, I would like to present you a movie you've probably heard of before, since it was nominated for the 2015 Golden Globe Awards, for the Best Foreign Language Film category. This drama, which tackles one of the most delicate topics in the Jewish community in Israel, is...

  • British teens arrested in theft of Auschwitz artifacts

    June 23, 2015 | 2:37 pm

    Two British teenagers were arrested in Poland after police found in their backpacks items believed to be stolen from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum.

    On Monday, museum security guards notified Polish police of the suspected theft of buttons, a fragment of a hair clipper and a piece...

  • Charleston Church Shooting is a Crime Against all of America

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    June 19, 2015 | 4:04 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with the victims' families and community. My prayers are especially with the African American community, and their spiritual leaders and communities; they work hard to bring Godliness into the world. These shining examples of selflessness and Godliness...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 19, 2015 | 1:09 pm

    Israeli singer-songwriter Aviv Gefen does not have the most beautiful voice in the world. In fact, he often refers to himself as “having the singing voice of a toad,” but still, he managed to become one of the most important musicians in Israeli culture. It happened in the 90’s,...

  • A Jewish commune and lessons of sharing

    By Avishay Artsy

    June 19, 2015 | 9:37 am

    One of the hardest lessons to teach a young child is the value of sharing. How do you explain to your son or daughter that they should hand off their cherished teddy bear or toy truck to another child? The word “mine” is one of the first words to come out of a toddler’s mouth, and...

  • Poem: In my hands

    June 17, 2015 | 2:44 pm

    In my hands I lift

    the goblet of red wine

    in the middle of a field

    up toward the sky

    and bless the red strength

    that flames

    like a torch

    in dark

    bony hands.


    “In My Hands” is translated by Sarah Traister Moskovitz. The poem is from the Ringelblum Archives and appears in poetryinhell.org

    Simkha Shayevitch died 1944 in Auschwitz of typhoid. He was one of the best-known poets in the Lodz Ghetto and his poetry was popular throughout Jewish Poland.

  • Saving the World—one painting (or sculpture) at a time

    By Mindy Leaf

    June 14, 2015 | 5:43 am

    Once I would have been called an "art groupie." From creating art as a kid to following in the footsteps of my favorite masters--both in technique and training--I allowed art to rule my life. At least for a time, before the hard knocks of reality took hold.

    But I never totally...

  • Price-Less Art

    By Mindy Leaf

    June 11, 2015 | 10:54 am

    A new musician-friend of mine recently handed me his latest CD, which I happily accepted. It was "Volume 7" in a professionally produced series, all available free of charge. I knew I wasn't on his "preferred recipient" list, as his entire output was also laid out neatly in a box...

  • Synagogues with predatory rabbis must protect their members, not their reputations

    June 9, 2015 | 1:38 pm

    When I read the recent article in The New York Times detailing the accusations against Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt of the Riverdale Jewish Center, I was deeply saddened.

    This is the synagogue and community where I grew up. My parents moved to Riverdale in the 1950s and are among...

  • Agnieszka Kurant and the art of what’s missing

    June 1, 2015 | 2:58 pm

    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

    May 22, 2015 | 12:10 pm

    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

    May 21, 2015 | 1:25 pm

    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

    May 13, 2015 | 3:42 pm

    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...

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

    May 12, 2015 | 12:17 pm

    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...

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