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  • 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…

  • Film features the Jewish way of dealing with death

    NEW YORK, March 8 (JTA) — Though death is a topic many keep quiet about, a documentary geared toward helping parents discuss the subject with children is making noise in the film industry. The Detroit-based film “From Generation to Generation: Jewish Families Talk About Death,” was recently awarded the Golden Eagle Award from CINE, the…

  • Ethiopian-Israeli kids get dolls that look like them

    NEW YORK, March 5 (JTA) — Ethiopian Jewish children in Israel are playing with black-skinned dolls as part of an attempt by Jewish and black communities worldwide to bridge gaps between the two groups. The Project People Foundation, an African American organization that works on interfaith projects, distributed more than 1,000 dolls to Israel through…

  • Online love for ‘Generation A

    NEW YORK, March 2 (JTA) — From religion to romance, one Jewish author has stepped out of the Middle East and into the Midwest for a unique twist on an old pastime. Naomi Ragen, an American-born novelist who has lived in Jerusalem for almost 30 years, is penning her first novel that does not revolve…

  • Polish Jewish couple marries in secret

    NEW YORK, Feb. 27 (JTA) — The Judaism of their mothers’ generation may have been extinguished by the Nazis, but one couple in Poland has embarked on a mission to rekindle the flame. They do not, however, want the fire to burn brightly enough for everyone to see. Avraham and Margolit, children of Holocaust survivors,…

  • Cuban native returns to find dad’s name

    NEW YORK, Feb. 24 (JTA) — The writing on the wall was clear for Natan Wekselbaum in 1961. The time had come to leave his native Cuba. Almost 40 years later, the writing on the wall of a synagogue in Havana made his trip back worthwhile. Wekselbaum, who now lives in New York, traveled back…

  • Cuban native returns to find dad’s name

    NEW YORK, Feb. 24 (JTA) — The writing on the wall was clear for Natan Wekselbaum in 1961. The time had come to leave his native Cuba. Almost 40 years later, the writing on the wall of a synagogue in Havana made his trip back worthwhile. Wekselbaum, who now lives in New York, traveled back…

  • Jews reach out to Chechen refugees

    NEW YORK, Feb. 21 (JTA) — An American Jewish organization has launched a major fund-raising campaign to aid both Jewish and non-Jewish Chechen refugees fleeing Russian troops. “We’ve found that Jews want to respond to not only narrowly defined Jewish concerns,” according to Martin Horowitz, director of the Jewish Community Development Fund in Russia and…