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  • 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

  • Pulitzer goes to novel on Holocaust, comic books

    NEW YORK, April 17 (JTA) – Michael Chabon’s sprawling novel about a young Jew who escapes from Europe on the eve of World War II and makes it big in New York’s comic book industry has made him a literary superhero. Chabon’s “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay” won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction…

  • Rich pardon casts shadow over Holocaust museum

    NEW YORK, April 10 (JTA) – Rabbi Irving “Yitz” Greenberg has built a reputation as a man of letters, but not of the kind that have swirled around him lately. In the latest volley in an escalating war of words, a majority of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council is defending Greenberg, the embattled council chair,…

  • 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

    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…

  • New York’s first Jewish mayor dies

    NEW YORK, Feb. 13 (JTA) – Abraham Beame, the first Jewish mayor of New York, died Saturday at 94 of complications from open-heart surgery. The son of Polish Jewish immigrants who grew up on the Lower East Side and attended City College, Beame was mayor between 1974 and 1977. His tenure was plagued by New…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES

    LA PAPALOTA, El Salvador, Feb. 6 (JTA) — David Rodriguez stands near the remains of his family’s house in the impoverished Salvadoran countryside. The simple adobe structure has been reduced to rubble, one of tens of thousands of homes destroyed by the Jan. 13 earthquake that claimed more than 700 lives. Now Rodriguez’s wife and…

  • Blue ribbons for kidnapped Israelis

    NEW YORK, Jan. 25 (JTA) — The idea to campaign for three Israeli soldiers being held hostage by Hezbollah blossomed out of a meeting in November with the families of the hostages. “In a very poignant way, they asked not to be forgotten,” said Steven Nasatir, the president of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago….

  • Survivors’ stories collected, preserved

    NEW YORK, Jan. 22 (JTA) — A Polish Jew worked as a doctor in the Warsaw Ghetto before he was sent to Treblinka and Dachau. A Dutch Jewish girl’s family used diamonds to bribe its way through Europe and eventually settled in Miami. A German Jewish teen-ager was sent on a children’s transport to England…