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  • Pope reaches out to the Jews during whirlwind visit to St. Louis

    NEW YORK, Jan. 27 (JTA) — A 90-year-old St. Louis rabbi was slated to read a biblical passage from the book of Isaiah at the prayer service of Pope John Paul II during his visit to Missouri this week. The participation of Rabbi Robert Jacobs, executive vice president of the St. Louis Rabbinical Association, was…

  • List of passengers whose fates are unknown

    The Survivors Registry of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is seeking documentation on the fate of passengers from the 1939 voyage of the SS St. Louis. Anyone with information about a St. Louis passenger, particularly any of the passengers on this list, should contact: Scott Miller United States Holocaust Memorial Museum 100 Raoul Wallenberg…

  • Prize in Jewish journalism awarded

    NEW YORK, Jan. 12 (JTA) — A columnist for the Israeli daily newspaper Ha’aretz and a contributing editor for the Jerusalem Report magazine are dividing this year’s JDC-Smolar Award for journalism. The judges gave the awards to Eliyahu Salpeter for his writing on Israel-Diaspora issues, noting that Salpeter is the only journalist with a Hebrew-language…

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  • Where to find all kinds of menorahs

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Here are some places to contact for Chanukah menorahs and other holiday accoutrements: HaMakor Judaica: The Source for Everything Jewish 800-426-2567 www.jewishsource.com GalerieRobin Fine Judaica 800-635-8279 www.judaica-online.com Artistic Judaic Promotions 303-789-3879 www.ajp.com Art Judaica 800-304-0557 www.artjudaica.com Bloomingdales 212-705-2000 Lord & Taylor 800-223-7440 J. Levine Judaica 212-695-6888 (in New York) 800-553-9474 (elsewhere)…

  • Jews in the 106th Congress

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 (JTA) — The number of Jews serving in the 106th Congress will shrink from 25 to 23, even though only one Jewish incumbent lost his seat, and three new Jewish representatives were elected in Tuesday’s races. The three new members of the House of Representatives are Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.)…

  • Hurricane Mitch levels synagogue in Honduras

    NEW YORK, Nov. 3 (JTA) — Members of the tiny Jewish community of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, were proud when earlier this year they were able to make the final payments on the small house that serves as their synagogue. The members of Communidar Evreya B’Tegucigalpa also purchased prayer books and an air-conditioning unit and installed a…

  • Puerto Rico synagogue survives wrath of Georges

    NEW YORK, Sept. 28 (JTA) —Shaare Zedeck Congregation in Puerto Rico purchased a back-up generator following last year’s electrical blackout on Yom Kippur. Now, exactly one year later, that purchase will come in handy: That generator allowed Shaare Zedeck, San Juan’s largest shul, to hold services this week. Like the rest of the island, the…

  • Member of Hamas killed after bomb blast goes off early

    JERUSALEM, Sept. 29 (JTA) — A Hamas militant was killed and two others wounded when a car rigged with explosives blew up prematurely near the West Bank town of Ramallah. Israel has been bracing for Hamas terror attacks in the wake of threats of retaliation from the movement’s leaders for the Sept. 10 killings by…