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  • Boston museum pays heirs for 18th-century figurines to settle Holocaust restitution claim

    BOSTON (JTA) — The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has settled a Holocaust-era restitution claim with the estate of a Jewish collector that allows the museum to retain seven pieces of 18th-century German porcelain that were sold in Berlin in 1937 during Nazi-era persecution. The settlement for an undisclosed amount of money to the heirs…

  • 7 new kids’ books for Passover, from seder guides to stories

    (JTA) — From the wizardry of Harry Potter that echoes with Passover’s themes to a cartoon frog who wisecracks his way through the seder, this year’s new crop of Passover books for kids offers something for all ages and interests. The selection of fresh reads, including two family-friendly Haggadahs, also includes an unusual Jewish immigrant…

  • Ted Cutler, Boston philanthropist, businessman and arts patron, dies

    BOSTON (JTA) – Ted Cutler, a philanthropist, businessman and visionary arts patron whose charitable giving included Jewish causes, hospitals and feeding the hungry in Boston and Israel, has died. Cutler died March 30 of complications from a lung disorder. He was 86. Cutler, who served in the early 2000s as board chairman of the Combined Jewish…

  • Control over oldest US synagogue and its $7.4 million silver bells back in court

    BOSTON (JTA) — Ownership of the country’s oldest synagogue and its valuable religious and ritual objects is being decided by a federal appeals court. The hearing of the case by a three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston is the latest development in a closely watched legal battle pitting New…

  • Edgar Krasa, a Holocaust survivor who sang in the Theresienstadt chorus, dies at 95

    BOSTON (JTA) — Edgar Krasa, a Holocaust survivor who sang in the Theresienstadt concentration camp’s chorus, has died. His death Tuesday was confirmed by a spokesperson for the Defiant Requiem Foundation, which performs the music created by inmates at Theresienstadt (also known as Terezin). Krasa, who had moved to Boston with his family in the 1960s, was…

  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg picture bio takes a top honor in Jewish children’s book awards

    BOSTON (JTA) — A picture book biography about the trailblazing life of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was among the top three winners of the Sydney Taylor Book Awards for Jewish children’s books. The awards were announced Wednesday by the Association of Jewish Libraries. “I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark,” the lively and…

  • Harvard Law School dean, initiator of Jewish and Israeli program, to step down

    BOSTON (JTA) — After seven years as dean of Harvard Law School, Martha Minow, a noted legal scholar, expert in human rights and a leader in Jewish causes, will step down at the end of the academic year. Minow, who began teaching at the law school in 1981, says she will remain on the law…

  • Jewish author Ezra Jack Keats honored in new children’s book

    As 2016 winds down to a chilly close, it’s time to say “Happy 100th Birthday” to Ezra Jack Keats, the celebrated author of “The Snowy Day.” The classic book for children, published more than 50 years ago, is a tender story of a young African-American boy — clad in a now iconic red-hooded snowsuit — as he…

  • Massachusetts governor heads to Israel as BDS fight heats up

    (JTA) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is headed to Israel for the first time as a legislative battle heats up over a proposed state law banning investments in companies that boycott Israel. The trip is being organized by the New England Israel Business Council. It is focused on cybersecurity and digital health, and aims to…

  • 6 new Hanukkah kids’ books to help enlighten the holiday

    (JTA) — From a new audio version of “Hanukkah Bear” — a holiday favorite by National Jewish Book Award winner Eric A. Kimmel — to a novel for young teens set during the Festival of Lights, there is a fresh crop of Hanukkah books that are sure to delight young readers of all stripes. The…