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  • Poll: Brazilians don’t know much about Holocaust history

    NEW YORK, July 25 (JTA) — Nearly one-third of Brazilians are unaware of the Holocaust, the highest level of Holocaust ignorance in 13 countries surveyed over the last decade by the American Jewish Committee. Only 5 percent of the 1,000 respondents in Brazil correctly identified Auschwitz, Dachau and Treblinka as concentration camps. Jews make up…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES

    NEW YORK, July 24 (JTA) — Anat Radberg doesn’t mind giving up her cell phone and e-mail for the summer in exchange for a free trip to the United States, the pristine country air and the opportunity to teach. Radberg is one of 25 shlichim, or emissaries, hired to work at Camp Ramah in Pennsylvania’s…

  • Producers,’ Brooks sweep Tony Awards

    NEW YORK, June 4 (JTA) — Say goodbye to Hollywood. Mel Brooks has discovered that the hot place for him is Broadway, where his outrageous musical comedy “The Producers” swept the 55th annual Tony Awards on Sunday night, winning a record 12 awards. Not since “A Chorus Line” in 1975, or “Hello, Dolly!” — which…

  • Leader of Reconstructionist Jewry dead at 94

    NEW YORK, July 1 (JTA) — Rabbi Ira Eisenstein, one of the founders of the Reconstructionist movement, died June 28 near Washington at the age of 94. Eisenstein was a close confidant of Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, the founder of Reconstructionism, and was the main founder and first president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, the movement’s…

  • In N.Y., Jewish teens rally for Israel

    NEW YORK, July 5 (JTA) — For a couple of hours this week, Central Park was awash in Israeli blue and white. Bearing pro-Zionist signs and the Jewish state’s flags, an estimated 1,000 Jewish teen-agers gathered in Manhattan on Tuesday to show solidarity for Israel in the face of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian violence. The Young…

  • North Carolina community reacts to rabbi’s arrest

    NEW YORK, July 3 (JTA) — A North Carolina community, already reeling from the news that a local Chasidic rabbi took part in an armed robbery a decade ago, is now dealing with the rabbi’s recent arrest for indecent exposure. Rabbi Pinchas Lew, 31, of Chapel Hill, was arrested on misdemeanor assault charges on May…

  • Leader of Reconstructionist Jewry dead at 94

    NEW YORK, July 1 (JTA) — Rabbi Ira Eisenstein, one of the founders of the Reconstructionist movement, died June 28 near Washington at the age of 94. Eisenstein was a close confidant of Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, the founder of Reconstructionism, and was the main founder and first president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, the movement’s…

  • Emotional meeting for Jewish stem cell donor, recipient

    NEW YORK, June 27 (JTA) — They were two strangers who had never met, never spoken, never even been told each other’s name. But a bone marrow transplant has given them a connection as real as family. Anita Spitz-Slade, the 43-year-old woman who received the lifesaving marrow, was waiting on stage at a midtown Manhattan…

  • Former rabbinical seminary president dies at 79

    NEW YORK, June 21 (JTA) — Rabbi Bernard Mandelbaum, a former president of the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary, died Tuesday night in Florida at the age of 79. Mandelbaum, an author and influential voice in the Conservative movement, spent much of his life at JTS. In addition to serving as president of the seminary…

  • 2.00E+07

    NEW YORK, June 17 (JTA) — The end of senior year usually is a time to set aside the books and party, but some graduating seniors at a Florida yeshiva high school wanted something more meaningful — so they spent two weeks teaching school in Ukraine. “They were so eager to listen to me and…