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  • Illinois boy becomes youngest `major donor’ to Holocaust museum

    NEW YORK, Dec. 30 (JTA) — A 9-year-old boy from Illinois has become the youngest “major donor” to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Daniel Obeler donated the money he won in an international art contest for children to the museum. Obeler won one of the first prizes in the Northwest Airlines-sponsored contest for his…

  • Time names Holocaust survivor this year’s `Man of the Year

    NEW YORK, Dec. 23 (JTA) — Time magazine has named a Jewish Holocaust survivor its 1997 “Man of the Year.” The magazine honored Andrew Grove, who is the chairman and CEO of Intel, which produces nearly 90 percent of the world’s personal computer microprocessors. In honoring Grove, 61, Time said he possessed a “paranoia bred…

  • Mazel tov — times 30,000

    NEW YORK, Dec. 10 (JTA) — It sounds like a wedding planner’s nightmare — you plan a marriage and 30,000 people come. But that scenario happened recently at the Tel Aviv exhibition hall when a couple from two different Chasidic families exchanged wedding vows. The bride, Machla Hager, is the daughter of Rabbi Menachem Mendel…

  • Poland removes controversial crosses displayed at Auschwitz

    NEW YORK, Dec. 8 (JTA) — Jewish groups are claiming victory in the latest battle at Auschwitz. Under orders from the Polish government, eight crosses and 11 Stars of David were removed last week from the grounds of the Nazi death camp. “This is a great achievement,” Kalman Sultanik, the vice president of the Auschwitz…

  • New game show on television: The Bible tries to beat `Jeopardy

    NEW YORK, Dec. 1 (JTA) — The Bible has been around for more than 3,000 years — but can it beat out “Jeopardy”? That’s the question that will be answered beginning next spring if a game show based on the Bible hits the airwaves. The show, tentatively titled “In the Beginning,” is the brainchild of…

  • Refrigerator magnets aid revival of Yiddish language

    NEW YORK, Oct. 5 (JTA) — The campaign to revive Yiddish is receiving a boost from an unlikely source: the refrigerator magnet. “Oy Vey! Yiddish Talk!” is the brainchild of Fridge Fun, a firm based in Santa Rosa, Calif., that produced more than 100 word-based magnet sets that can be affixed to the refrigerator to…

  • ZIONISM AT 100 In his quest for a Jewish state, Herzl even contemplated Uganda

    NEW YORK, Aug. 26 (JTA) — Even the most casual student of Zionism learns the story of how Theodor Herzl was willing to accept Uganda as the future homeland of the Jewish people. As is often the case, however, the reality behind this confounding fact about the founder of modern political Zionism is a little…