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  • 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…

  • Harvard Hillel sought a kosher deal for striking food workers

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (JTA) – When Harvard University students Gabe Hodgkin and Grace Evans started the new school year, they had no way of knowing they’d be spending a good deal of their time on picket lines and at union rallies. But a strike by the university’s 750 dining hall workers struck a deep chord with…

  • Michael Bloomberg donates $50 million to Boston Museum of Science

    BOSTON (JTA) —  Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg donated $50 million to Boston’s Museum of Science, crediting his hometown institution with sparking his intellectual curiosity. The contribution, announced Tuesday, is the single largest in the museum’s history and will fund an endowment to support the institution’s education division that is now named the William…

  • Staples hires Boston Jewish community leader as CEO

    BOSTON (JTA) — Staples appointed longtime Boston Jewish community leader Shira Goodman as the office supply chain’s president and CEO following a worldwide search. Goodman, 55, had been serving in the top executive position on an interim basis since June following the departure of former CEO Ron Sargent. She will helm a company with nearly…

  • Study shows how Jewish vote could play crucial role in key states

    BOSTON (JTA) — A new study, touted as the first-ever state-by-state, county-by-county Jewish population estimate, shows how the Jewish vote could play a crucial role in key battleground states. The study, released Thursday and conducted by the Steinhardt Social Research Institute at Brandeis University in suburban Boston, found that in Bucks County, Pennsylvania — one of the areas closely watched this election cycle — Jewish…