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  • 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…

  • New controversy over the U.S. Holocaust museum

    NEW YORK, Jan. 9 (JTA) — A speech by the chairman of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council has led to calls for his replacement — and responses that he is the victim of a McCarthyite smear campaign. Critics charge that a speech by Rabbi Irving “Yitz” Greenberg in November at the United Jewish Communities’ General…

  • New controversy over the U.S. Holocaust museum

    NEW YORK, Jan. 9 (JTA) — A speech by the chairman of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council has led to calls for his replacement — and responses that he is the victim of a McCarthyite smear campaign. Critics charge that a speech by Rabbi Irving “Yitz” Greenberg in November at the United Jewish Communities’ General…

  • Champion of synagogue renewal dies at 65

    NEW YORK, Dec. 31 (JTA) — Charles Schusterman, a Jewish philanthropist who spearheaded a synagogue renewal effort, died Saturday of complications from leukemia at the age of 65. Schusterman directed a foundation that gives generously to Jewish causes, including those promoting Jewish education and culture. Schusterman, who made his money in the oil business, had…

  • Hail Sid Caesar

    NEW YORK, Dec. 12 (JTA) – When the dean of Jewish comedy took the stage Monday night, he spoke French, German, Italian, Japanese and Yiddish. The problem is, Sid Caesar doesn’t really speak any of these languages. He just imitates their sounds perfectly. That comic genius Monday earned Caesar the Third Annual Alan King Award…

  • Chanukah kids’ books are everywhere

    NEW YORK, Dec. 7 (JTA) — Judy Brookover has seen the world of Jewish children’s books go from famine to feast. “When I was a child, the only Jewish books that were read to me were the stories of the people of Chelm,” says Brookover, 53, referring to the legendary town populated by fools. “There…

  • The Chanukah kids’ bookshelf

    NEW YORK, Dec. 7 (JTA) — The following are some recommended Chanukah children’s books: • “Judah Who Always Said ‘No!’ ” by Harriet Feder. Illustrated by Katherine Janus Kahn. Kar-Ben Copies. (For ages 3-4) A little boy in Jerusalem — Judah Maccabee, no less — whose propensity for saying no turns into political resistance. •…

  • Author writes about Lubavitch in Iowa

    NEW YORK, Nov. 9 (JTA) – Stephen Bloom admits that the first draft of his book about a Lubavitch enclave in rural Iowa lacked something: his own personal story. In this early account, he wrote about the culture clash between members of the Chasidic group, who settled in Iowa beginning in the mid-1980s around a…

  • Strong peace advocate loses House race

    NEW YORK, Nov. 8 (JTA) – No stranger to political cliffhangers, longtime U.S. Rep. Sam Gejdenson finally fell in Tuesday’s elections. Gejdenson (D-Conn.) was the ranking Democratic member on the House International Relations Committee, which like all other committees in the Republican-dominated House, will be headed by a GOP representative in the 107th Congress. But…

  • Strong peace advocate loses House race

    NEW YORK, Nov. 8 (JTA) – No stranger to political cliffhangers, longtime U.S. Rep. Sam Gejdenson finally fell in Tuesday’s elections. Gejdenson (D-Conn.) was the ranking Democratic member on the House International Relations Committee, which like all other committees in the Republican-dominated House, will be headed by a GOP representative in the 107th Congress. But…