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  • Holocaust massacres become historical focus

    NEW YORK, Sept. 25 (JTA) — The word “Auschwitz” brings a recognizable chill to the spine. Adults and children in much of the world are taught about the gas chambers that symbolize the worst of the Holocaust — and of human horrors. But for many, the term “Babi Yar” — where more than 33,000 Jews…

  • Terrorist attacks spark anger, prayer

    NEW YORK, Sept. 12 (JTA) — Even for North American Jews used to thinking about security issues at home — and confronting terrorist acts in Israel — the series of horrific acts that struck Tuesday came as a devastating, unimaginable blow. “This is surreal. This whole situation seems surreal,” said Martin Raffel, the associate director…

  • Surreal’ attacks spark anger, prayer

    Even for North American Jews used to thinking about security issues at home — and confronting terrorist acts in Israel — Tuesday’s series of horrific acts came as a devastating, unimaginable blow.

  • Harmonica virtuoso dies at 87

    NEW YORK, Aug. 14 (JTA) — Larry Adler, a harmonica virtuoso whose musical partners ranged from George Gershwin to Elton John to classical orchestras, died in London on Aug. 7 at the age of 87. Adler also composed music for several film scores, including an Oscar-nominated score for the 1953 film “Genevieve.” The composer William…

  • Orthodox publisher marks ‘surprising’ 25 years

    NEW YORK, June 14 (JTA) — An untimely death led to the creation of one of the world’s most prolific Jewish publishing houses. In 1976, a friend of Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz, then the director of a graphic arts studio in New York, passed away in his sleep a few months before Purim. Zlotowitz, his colleague…

  • Orthodox hoopster skips big game for Shabbat

    NEWARK, Del., March 5 (JTA) – Add Tamir Goodman’s name to the small Hebrew School sports pantheon. Like baseball star Sandy Koufax – who refused to pitch in the first game of the 1965 World Series because it fell on Yom Kippur – Goodman refused to compete in a post-season tournament game because it conflicted…

  • 2.00E+07

    NEW YORK, April 24 (JTA) – A New York Knicks basketball player has more to worry about this week than his team’s current opponent in the NBA playoffs – despite his apology. The American Jewish Congress is calling on Florida’s secretary of state, Katherine Harris, to bench point guard Charlie Ward as the official spokesman…

  • U.S. Jewish history film airs on public TV

    NEW YORK, April 2 (JTA) — A Jewish mother reacts to the news that her daughter has married a non- Jew: “My spirit was for some time so depressed that it was a pain for me to speak or see anyone. My house has been my prison ever since.” Sound like a contemporary lament? Perhaps,…

  • U.S. Jewish history film airs on public TV

    NEW YORK, April 2 (JTA) — A Jewish mother reacts to the news that her daughter has married a non- Jew: “My spirit was for some time so depressed that it was a pain for me to speak or see anyone. My house has been my prison ever since.” Sound like a contemporary lament? Perhaps,…

  • Orthodox hoopster skips big game for Shabbat

    Add Tamir Goodman’s name to the small Hebrew School sports pantheon. Like baseball star Sandy Koufax – who refused to pitch in the first game of the 1965 World Series because it fell on Yom Kippur – Goodman refused to compete in a post-season tournament g