The News Shticker

  • A growing number of Hispanics are discovering their Jewish roots, and one organization, Aliyah Sepharad International, wants to help them make aliyah, the Fort Myers, Fla., News-Press reports.
  • Meanwhile, The Oregonian reports, more Chinese adoptees and other non-whites are being raised as Jews. “But – you don’t look Jewish,” they’re often told.
  • And in Israel, the Jerusalem Post features a group of 22 Polish youth who recently discovered their Jewish roots and arrived in the Jewish state for a three-week seminar in Jerusalem organized by Shavei Israel, a non-profit that strengthens ties to Israel among descendants of Jews around the world.
  • Gregory Levey, the author of “Shut Up, I’m Talking: And Other Diplomacy Lessons I Learned in the Israeli Government,” writes in The New Republic about what happens when a member of the Israeli delegation takes Arabic classes at the U.N.
  • The Chicago Tribune has a piece on how some younger Jews are reclaiming the ancient rite of immersion in the mikvah, seeing it as a way to honor and nurture women in times of transition.
  • Jonathan Freedland has a new novel out on the Jewish avengers who tracked down and executed their Nazi tormentors after World War II.
  • A new “wiki” helps educators design curricula for Torah teaching, thanks to Lubavitch.
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