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  • The Holocaust, in the survivors’ words

    NEW YORK, April 6 (JTA) — Stories of Holocaust survival told by the survivors themselves will be featured in a documentary scheduled to make its debut May 1 on PBS. “Witness: Voices From The Holocaust” contains some of the earliest archival footage of Holocaust survivors. Through the survivors’ first-person stories, the pain of the Shoah…

  • Heroic WWII diplomats honored

    NEW YORK, April 4 (JTA) — When the atrocities of the Holocaust came to public light, many unsung heroes remained in the shadows. In a ceremony at the United Nations on Monday, some rescued Holocaust survivors met their unknown heroes, or their close family members, for the first time since the war. The international community…

  • Evangelical’s stealth tactics monitored

    NEW YORK, March 28 (JTA) — Anti-missionary groups are not surprised that a Christian evangelical managed to sneak an ad into more than 80 unsuspecting U.S. Jewish newspapers. It’s all still wrapped into religious Y2K fervor, they said. “The belief is that Jesus will resurrect in the first few years of the second millennium if…

  • March of the Living looks at Poland today

    NEW YORK, March 27 (JTA) — The trail leading from Auschwitz to Birkenau is laden with the memories of Jews who were marched to their deaths on Polish soil during World War II. For many who retrace those steps as part of a student program designed to fulfill the mantra “never forget,” their focus will…

  • Jewish leader dies at 81

    NEW YORK, March 16 (JTA) — Morris Abram, long known as a champion of democracy and equality for Jews and non-Jews, died Wednesday at 81. Most recently known for his efforts in founding U.N. Watch in Geneva, a cooperative effort with international organizations monitoring and combating anti-Semitism, Abram has advocated for social justice in leadership…

  • Rabbi-to-bishop contact proposed

    NEW YORK, March 16 (JTA) — The sweeping apology offered by Pope John Paul II attempted to atone for sins of the past. Using the pope’s historic pronouncement as a tool, Jewish and Catholic leaders around the world are now hoping to build a bridge for the future. “Our concern was what effects will it…

  • Rabbi-to-bishop contact proposed

    NEW YORK, March 16 (JTA) — The sweeping apology offered by Pope John Paul II attempted to atone for sins of the past. Using the pope’s historic pronouncement as a tool, Jewish and Catholic leaders around the world are now hoping to build a bridge for the future. “Our concern was what effects will it…

  • Young Jews make Shabbat connection

    NEW YORK, March 16 (JTA) — Who needs e-mail when you have Shabbat? On March 31, thousands of Jewish college students across North America will share a connection on a level beyond the grasp of technology thanks to an initiative called Shabbat Across America/Canada. Sponsored by the National Jewish Outreach Program, the program is designed…

  • Pope ignores Holocaust in apology

    NEW YORK, March 12 (JTA) — The Vatican has again missed a historic opportunity to apologize for its silence during the Holocaust, say many Jewish leaders. Pope John Paul II issued a broad apology Sunday for sins committed by the church throughout the ages, including those against the Jews. But the pope, who has worked…

  • Flying rabbi lands author book award

    NEW YORK, March 13 (JTA) — A flying rabbi has landed a Southern Jewish author a literary award. Memphis-born Steven Stern is among the authors honored with one of almost 20 National Jewish Book Awards chosen from more than 400 titles and announced earlier this month by the Jewish Book Council. “We are the people…