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  • 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…

  • 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…

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

    NEW YORK, Jan. 6 (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…

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

    NEW YORK, Jan. 6 (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…

  • Christmas Eve is now time for Jewish singles to meet

    NEW YORK, Dec. 28 (JTA) — ‘Twas the night before Christmas — and more than 3,000 Jewish singles gathered at a Manhattan hot spot to socialize the night away. They came from all of New York’s boroughs, New Jersey and Connecticut, and from as far away as Toronto, and paid $25 — $20 if they…

  • Take me out to the ballgame for Israeli music, kosher food

    NEW YORK, Aug. 5 (JTA) — The banner yet waved — the Israeli blue-and- white banner, that is. Before Tuesday night’s baseball game at Shea Stadium between the New York Mets and the San Francisco Giants, a group of youngsters stood in center field, holding both the American and Israeli flags. As the more than…

  • Volkswagen’s decision could influence other German firms

    NEW YORK, July 8 (JTA) — Volkswagen’s decision to establish a fund for Jewish slave laborers ups the ante on other German companies to make similar payments. Just three weeks after the German car company rejected demands to compensate 30 Jewish slave laborers who had worked for the company during World War II, the auto…

  • Israeli hoopster in limbo because of NBA lockout

    NEW YORK, July 7 (JTA) — An Israeli point guard’s dreams of playing in the NBA have been put on hold by a labor dispute. Oded Katash opted out of his contract with the Israeli team Maccabi Tel Aviv this week in the hopes of signing with the New York Knicks. If his dream comes…