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  • Survivor: David Lenga

    By Jane Ulman

    1 week ago

    David Lenga was riding a streetcar in Lodz, Poland, on Sept. 1, 1939, traveling across town on an errand for his mother, when the city’s air-raid sirens began blasting. The streetcar halted abruptly, and within minutes the 11-year-old saw German warplanes swooping down,...

  • Ukraine leader mocks Russia’s call for anti-terrorism coalition

    1 week ago

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Tuesday derided Russia's call for the creation of an international antiterrorism coalition, saying the Russians inspire terrorism on their own doorstep and back bellicose puppet governments.

    Russian President Putin on Monday called for the...

  • 19th century Polish synagogue to be renovated for cultural center

    1 week ago

    A former 19th century synagogue building in northern Poland will be renovated and used as a cultural center.

    The municipality of Koronowo signed a contract this week to renovate the dilapidated building, which it owns, for $ 625,000. The works are to last until May 2016.


  • Important quotes from President Obama’s U.N. speech

    2 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama addressed a range of global topics in a speech to the annual United Nations General Assembly on Monday, including the war in Syria, where he said the United States was willing to work with Iran and Russia to end the conflict. 

    The following is a selection...

  • A Polish spy named Magda

    By Tom Tugend

    2 weeks ago

    “I don’t know how I did it, but I did it,” declares 93-year old Magda Kasprzycki, a West Hollywood resident, in the eponymous documentary “Magda.”

    The “it” unwinds gradually in the 60-minute film, starting with a sheltered childhood in an affluent, scholarly family in the Polish...

  • From selfies to spirituality

    3 weeks ago

    Mel Alexenberg is an artist, educator, writer and blogger working at the interface between art, science, technology and culture whose artworks are in the collections of more than 40 museums worldwide. Now the conceptual artist is offering the digital generation a way to find life’s...

  • Israeli artist’s stained glass creations bring life, light to community

    By Gerri Miller

    3 weeks ago

    Inside the sanctuary at the Academy for Jewish Religion, California (AJRCA), a transdenominational seminary located in Koreatown, the atmosphere is rather dark and somber. Except, that is, for the brightly colored ner tamid above the ark.

    Made of stained glass, the 60-pound...

  • Is the Nazi ‘gold train’ a hoax?

    September 4, 2015 | 12:22 pm

    The story that a Nazi-seized train containing Jewish gold has been found in a tunnel in Poland is a hoax, according to Poland’s central bank governor.

    On Wednesday, Marek Belka said nobody at the bank was taking the reports seriously.

    “I think nobody even thought to devote a...

  • On Starting a Synagogue and Balancing a Life

    By Craig T.

    September 3, 2015 | 1:50 pm

    Two and a half years ago my wife and I purchased the oldest synagogue building in Los Angeles, founding the Pico Union Project: a multi-faith cultural arts center and house of worship dedicated to the Jewish principle to “love your neighbor as yourself.” We are home to four faith...

  • Art, man and God

    September 3, 2015 | 12:04 pm

    I wonder what our prayers sound like to God during these Days of Awe. As the earth spins on its axis and Jews across the globe gather together to worship, I imagine that God hears our longings as a symphony - each soul a note, singular, exceptional, and essential to the whole....
  • For aliyah promoters, Ukraine’s troubles provide a boost

    September 1, 2015 | 1:50 pm

    Until April of last year, Julia Podinovskaya felt like she had a pretty good handle on where her life was going.

    Born to a middle-class Jewish family in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, Podinovskaya, who is in her 20s, was volunteering with the local Jewish community while...

  • Polish governor tamps down expectations of Nazi gold train

    September 1, 2015 | 10:54 am

    The Polish governor of the province in which a fabled Nazi train loaded with stolen treasures reportedly has been located tried to lower expectations of the discovery.

    Tomasz Smolarz, the provincial governor of Lower Silesia, in southwest Poland, said at a news conference Monday...

  • Plunder-filled Nazi train worth millions has likely been found

    August 28, 2015 | 12:52 pm

    With evidence mounting that a Nazi train loaded with millions of dollars worth of plundered items has been found in Poland, the World Jewish Congress urged the Polish government to ensure any goods stolen from Jews be returned to their legitimate owners or their heirs.

    On Friday,...

  • Exploring Jewish-Tunisian heritage through food

    By Avishay Artsy

    August 27, 2015 | 1:00 pm

    Artist Orly Olivier’s work revolves around the food and heritage of her Jewish-Tunisian family. She hosts group dinners, cooking workshops and makes visual art under the name Petit Takett. The name is a reference to Takett’s, her paternal grandmother’s restaurant in La Goulette,...

  • Why join a synagogue?

    August 27, 2015 | 12:23 pm

    Why join a temple? When a b’nai mitzvah or a funeral comes along, why not just “rent a rabbi”? After all, you save the dues and you “pay only for what you need.” The problem, of course, is that in this complex world, troubling news and a search to find meaning, “what we need” is a...

  • Seder lessons for the High Holy Day services

    August 25, 2015 | 10:55 am

    For the greater part of the last decade, my wife Rachel and I have led communal Passover sedarim and services, as well as High Holy Days Services for both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, in Manhattan. The first seven years of leading services were geared towards unaffiliated young...

  • Matisyahu Played, but BDS Racism is Winning

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    August 23, 2015 | 7:21 pm

    We won the battle, but are losing the war.

    As much as anyone I’m thrilled that Matisyahu performed “Jerusalem” at the Rototom reggae festival this past Saturday night in Spain.

    Organizers had to apologize and re-invite him after they cancelled him.

    The cancellation was...

  • Poroshenko to visit Israel for first time as Ukraine president

    August 21, 2015 | 12:41 pm

    In a move that may anger Russia, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reportedly scheduled to visit Ukraine soon and host its president in Jerusalem.

    Ukraine’s ambassador to Israel, Hennadii Nadolenko, announced the plans for the visits in an op-ed published this week...

  • Two men say they found loot-filled Nazi train in Poland

    August 21, 2015 | 12:05 pm

    Two men claim to have found a Nazi train full of stolen treasures, but won’t reveal its location until they are guaranteed a 10 percent finder’s fee.

    Marika Tokarska, an official at Poland’s southwestern district of Walbrzych, said that the men, one German and one Polish,...

  • Lodz to have first Jewish kindergarten in decades

    August 18, 2015 | 2:09 pm

    A Jerusalem-based group announced the opening of the first Jewish kindergarten in decades in the Polish city of Lodz.

    Shavei Israel, which tries to bring people with Jewish roots back into the Jewish fold, said Monday that the kindergarten would open in partnership with the...

  • Art, Medicine, and a Real Education

    By Mindy Leaf

    August 5, 2015 | 9:49 am

    More and more doctors today are using methods taught in art class to help diagnose their patients. Yes, art class.

    At a time when budget cuts are marching in lockstep to slash, or eliminate, art lessons at the elementary and high school level, universities are embracing the study...

  • Lodz Ghetto Photos—My article in The Jewish Quarterly

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    July 27, 2015 | 2:51 pm

    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...

  • 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...

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