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  • ADL to recognize Ottoman Empire’s massacre of Armenians as ‘genocide’

    BOSTON (JTA) — The Ottoman government’s massacre of 1.5 million Armenians in the early 20th century was “unequivocally genocide,” the head of the Anti-Defamation League said in the group’s strongest position on the subject. Jonathan Greenblatt, the civil rights group’s CEO, also said in a blog post Friday that the ADL will support U.S. recognition of…

  • Daniel Aaron, pioneer of American studies who taught JFK, dies at 103

    BOSTON (JTA) – Daniel Aaron, the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants who pioneered the field of American studies and taught the likes of John F. Kennedy, has died at 103. A prolific writer and hugely influential intellectual, Aaron, who died on Saturday in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is acclaimed for combining his interests in history and literature. The founding president of the…

  • College students across US join #SolidarityHavdalah in unity with European Jews

    BOSTON (JTA) – Hundreds of college students gathered across North America and Israel Saturday to conclude Shabbat with #SolidarityHavdalah, a campaign to show unity with their European peers facing anti-Semitism. The students came together at Brandeis University in suburban Boston, as well at more than a dozen other locations in North America, from Harvard to Emory, along with two…

  • Historic Boston-area synagogues vote to join forces on shared campus

    BOSTON (JTA) — Two historic Boston-area Conservative synagogues are planning to join forces and cohabit on a shared campus following votes by the leaders of both institutions. In a joint meeting on April 6, the board of directors and trustees of Congregation Mishkan Tefila voted to sign a memorandum of understanding with Congregation Kehillath Israel,…

  • Passover books for one kid — or many

    (JTA) — Afikomen hunts, a rambunctious pup and the catchy classic “Dayenu.” All are featured in a half-dozen new Passover books for children that will inform and entertain even the littlest kid — or a whole herd of ‘em. The eight-day holiday kicks off this year on the evening of April 22. Why not pick up…

  • American Jewish figure skater Max Aaron finishes 8th at Worlds

    BOSTON (JTA) — Scoring a new personal best, American Jewish figure skater Max Aaron was part of a trio that landed the U.S. skaters in the top 10 at the ISU 2016 World Championships. The six-day event being held through Sunday at the TD Garden marks the first time in its 130-year history the international competition…

  • Printers at Princeton, other campuses hacked with anti-Semitic message

    BOSTON (JTA) – Printers at a half dozen college campuses in Massachusetts and Rhode Island were hacked with an anti-Semitic, racist flier in a breach of the schools’ computers that also turned up at several other colleges across the country. The flier reads: “White man, are you sick and tired of the Jews destroying your…

  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Louis Brandeis inspired my work for women’s rights

    BOSTON (JTA) – One hundred years to the day of the nomination of Louis Brandeis to the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg paid tribute to the first Jewish justice at a program at the university that bears his name. Ginsburg, who is Jewish, told a crowd of some 2,200 students, faculty, staff, elected…

  • Israeli Holocaust survivor wins literary award for 1st children’s book

    The celebrated Israeli novelist Aharon Applefeld won the Sydney Taylor award for a tale on teens’ survival in Eastern Europe based on his own life.

  • Book on 8-year-old Warsaw Ghetto boy wins Jewish literature medal

    “The Book of Aron: A Novel,” by Jim Shepard, won the 2016 Sophie Brody Medal for achievement in Jewish literature.