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  • HOLIDAY FEATURE Rabbis head for the Gulf, Bosnia to bring taste of matzah to military

    NEW YORK, March 15 (JTA) — Somewhere on a ship in the Persian Gulf. That’s where Rabbi Joel Newman will lead a seder this Passover. He’ll also lead seders, throughout the Passover week, in Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, bringing the holiday to Jewish personnel in the U.S. military. The seder provides servicemen and women…

  • HOLIDAY FEATURE Rabbis head for the Gulf, Bosnia to bring taste of matzah to military

    NEW YORK, March 15 (JTA) — Somewhere on a ship in the Persian Gulf. That’s where Rabbi Joel Newman will lead a seder this Passover. He’ll also lead seders, throughout the Passover week, in Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, bringing the holiday to Jewish personnel in the U.S. military. The seder provides servicemen and women…

  • In medieval Moroccan city, a synagogue is rededicated

    FEZ, Morocco, March 2 (JTA) — Tens of thousands of Jews once lived in the Old City of this former capital of Imperial Morocco. Now only a handful remain within its walls — most have emigrated to France, Israel or Canada. But last week about 200 Jews — Moroccans and visitors — braved a driving…

  • Lithuania anxious for YIVO to return Jewish documents

    NEW YORK, March 17 (JTA) — A slew of documents chronicling Eastern European Jewish life — sent to an American Jewish institution from Lithuania for cataloging — is at the center of an international dispute. In a recent Lithuanian newspaper article, archival officials in the Baltic nation charged that the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research…

  • Kafka, prophet of 20th century, finds home with ‘Seinfeld’ fans

    NEW YORK, May 26 (JTA) — It’s an absurdity that Franz Kafka himself would appreciate. Some 1,500 people recently crowded into New York’s Town Hall for an evening devoted to a new translation of an unfinished novel that its author, now dead, had asked not be published. As Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Remnick put it…

  • Extremists held in scheme to bomb ADL headquarters

    NEW YORK, March 9 (JTA) — The Anti-Defamation League has long received threats from anti-Semitic extremists. What’s changed in recent years, said the group’s national director, is the increased level of seriousness with which U.S. law-enforcement officials take these claims. Since the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the 1995 attack on the Alfred P….

  • After Smithsonian debacle, NIF launches own Israel 50

    NEW YORK, March 11 (JTA) — Stung by criticism over a now-canceled lecture series for Israel’s 50th anniversary, a liberal Jewish fund-raising organization is plowing ahead with its efforts to commemorate the Jewish state’s jubilee. The program will include one of America’s top envoys in the Middle East peace process as well as a leader…

  • Kosher restaurant crowns new champion of matzah ball-eating

    NEW YORK, Feb. 3 (JTA) — As the other eight competitors milled nervously around, the defending champion paced, his fists clenched tightly. It wasn’t the Olympics, the World Series or even the Maccabiah Games. No, this was a truly important test of athletic prowess — the matzah ball-eating contest at Ben’s restaurant in Manhattan. “I’m…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Jewish groups using stars to attract younger generation

    NEW YORK, Jan. 24 (JTA) — George Costanza might be coming to a Jewish fund-raiser near you. So might the Fonz. And don’t be surprised when you see the cast of the television show “Friends” making public service announcements on behalf of a Jewish organization. All of these celebrity icons are members of a new…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Holocaust survivor loses battle, vows to fight on for compensation

    NEW YORK, Jan. 18 (JTA) — After more than five decades, a window of opportunity opened for Holocaust survivor Edith Golden. Then, quickly, the window shut again. As a result of a 1995 U.S. court ruling, which awarded Hugo Princz and 10 other Americans imprisoned by the Nazis in concentration camps some $2.1 million, Golden…