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  • Anti-Barak Web sites get graphic

    NEW YORK, July 18 (JTA) — As Israeli and U.S. activists turned up their rhetoric in the days preceding the Camp David summit, they hurled some of their most incendiary language on the Internet. Microsoft last week removed a Web site calling for the assassination of Prime Minister Ehud Barak from its MSN Web Communities….

  • Jewish group, bank fail to cut deal on WWII assets

    NEW YORK, July 18 (JTA) — The World Jewish Congress and Chase Manhattan Bank have failed to work out a deal to pay former Chase customers whose assets were frozen as part of the bank’s collaboration with the Nazis. A 1998 investigation by Chase, and a subsequent broadcast by the BBC, revealed that the Paris…

  • Argentines know little about Shoah, survey says

    NEW YORK, July 11 (JTA) — A majority of Argentines say the Holocaust should be remembered, according to a new survey, but few can answer basic questions about it. The survey results illustrate the widely varying opinions Argentines have toward Jews, said David Singer, the American Jewish Committee’s director of research. “When you look at…

  • A compromise on religious liberty

    NEW YORK, July 11 (JTA) — Due to overcrowding, parents at the Young Israel of New Rochelle, N.Y., synagogue are not able to pray with their children, many members cannot find a seat for Shabbat or holiday services and celebrations like Bar Mitzvahs must often exclude much of the community. The synagogue members have stared…

  • Holocaust film draws on director’s family story

    NEW YORK, July 9 (JTA) — The true story that inspired director Joan Stein’s award-winning Holocaust film may be just as suspenseful as the film itself. Near the end of World War II, Stein’s grandmother fled her Eastern European village to hide in Budapest. The residents of her village were later killed by the Nazis…

  • Timeline of ‘Iran 13’ trial

    NEW YORK, July 2 (JTA) — The following is a timeline of key events in the trial of the “Iran 13”: January-March 1999 — 13 Iranian Jews are arrested in the southern province of Fars. June 7, 1999 — The Iranian government charges the 13 Iranian Jews with spying for the United States and Israel….

  • Jewish books are cultural ambassadors

    NEW YORK, July 2 (JTA) — Jewish books aren’t just for Jews any more. This summer, the Los Angeles library initiates a national summer reading program aimed at children in preschool through sixth grade. But even though the books read must be Jewish, the children do not. “We can exchange between different cultural centers,” said…

  • 4 JTA reporters earn Jewish press awards

    NEW YORK, June 28 (JTA) — The American Jewish Press Association has honored four reporters from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. The Simon Rockower Awards for Excellence in Jewish Journalism were presented last week at the AJPA’s 19th annual conference in Washington. Correspondents Michael J. Jordan, Ruth E. Gruber and Avi Machlis received honorable mention in…

  • U.S., Israel sign housing accord

    NEW YORK, June 28 (JTA) — Israel and the United States have signed an agreement to work together to solve housing problems. The agreement was signed last week during Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo’s first trip to Israel. The Binational Commission on Housing and Community Development “will strengthen ties between the United States…

  • Birthright death cuts short student’s Jewish journey

    Joseph Ferraro, 20, traveled on the Birthright Israel program looking to explore his Jewish heritage. His advisers say Ferraro found a connection to Judaism during his 10-day trip to Israel, but barely had time to absorb it before his life was cut short.