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  • A Jewish ‘Dreamer’ is scared, but refuses to despair

    BOSTON (JTA) — At 15, Elias Rosenfeld became a “Dreamer.” At the time, the Venezuela native was attending Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School in Miami, where he had lived since he was 6 years old, when his Jewish family moved to South Florida from Caracas. His mother was a media executive and they…

  • 5 new kids’ books for the High Holidays

    (JTA) — A challah-baking Jewish giant, a young baseball champ and an endearing boy in a pumpkin patch are among the stars of five delightful new books for kids published just in time for the High Holidays. This year’s crop includes new stories by two of the country’s most prominent children’s book writers, David A….

  • Krakow JCC’s new preschool signals hope for a community’s rebirth

    KRAKOW, Poland (JTA) — Michal Zielinski, a 47-year-old from this city, grew up unaware of his Jewish roots. Thirty years after discovering that his paternal family is Jewish, following the death of his grandmother, Zielinski and his wife, Elizabeth are active members of the Jewish Community Center of Krakow, participating in programs with their 3…

  • Brandeis University reopens after bomb threat

    (JTA) — Brandeis University reopened its campus following an email bomb threat. The suburban Boston campus closed Wednesday morning after the university received the threat. People on campus were moved to a secure facility and anyone not on campus was told not to enter. After law enforcement surveyed the campus and declared it safe, the…

  • Boston Holocaust memorial vandalized for second time this summer

    BOSTON (JTA) – A pane of glass was shattered Monday evening at the New England Holocaust Memorial, the second time in less than two months the Boston memorial was vandalized. A 17-year-old male suspected of the vandalism is in custody, a spokesman for the Boston Police Department told JTA. Two passers-by tackled the  suspect and…

  • Festival organizers in Krakow ask: Who speaks for Jewish culture?

    KRAKOW, Poland (JTA) – For four days this summer, a trio of artists and performers dressed in rabbinical-looking garb took turns sitting at a table behind an open air booth hawking good luck to passers-by alongside a bustling street in the heart of Kazimierz, this city’s lively Jewish quarter. Playing the character of the “Lucky…

  • Massachusetts Democrats reject anti-settlements plank

    BOSTON (JTA) — An effort to amend the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s platform with language that calls Israel’s settlements in the West Bank “obstacles to peace” was ruled out of order at the state’s convention, ending a months-long effort to push through the controversial resolution. The move by proponents to amend the party’s platform at the…

  • 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…