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  • Tolerance museum head to address Republicans

    NEW YORK, Aug. 2 (JTA) — The founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center was scheduled to address the importance of tolerance and combating hate in remarks to the Republican National Convention this week. Before he delivered his three-and-a-half-minute speech in Philadelphia on Wednesday evening, Marvin Hier said he would address the lessons of…

  • Tolerance museum head to address Republicans

    NEW YORK, Aug. 2 (JTA) — The founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center was scheduled to address the importance of tolerance and combating hate in remarks to the Republican National Convention this week. Before he delivered his three-and-a-half-minute speech in Philadelphia on Wednesday evening, Marvin Hier said he would address the lessons of…

  • Tolerance museum head to address Republicans

    NEW YORK, Aug. 2 (JTA) — The founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center was scheduled to address the importance of tolerance and combating hate in remarks to the Republican National Convention this week. Before he delivered his three-and-a-half-minute speech in Philadelphia on Wednesday evening, Marvin Hier said he would address the lessons of…

  • Syrian Jewish immigrants on road to U.S. citizenship

    NEW YORK, July 11 (JTA) — After three years at New York’s Yeshiva University, Marko Alsaygh received a letter explaining that he would lose $4,000 annually in financial aid because he didn’t have a green card. Now Alsaygh, a 22-year-old Syrian immigrant living in Brooklyn, is one step closer to obtaining his residence and work…

  • School helps haredim join high-tech boom

    JERUSALEM, July 9 (JTA) —When the dean of the Haredi Center for Technological Studies first attempted to find jobs for his school’s graduates, he met some reluctance. The attitude was, “We’ll take one of your students or two as an experiment,” Rabbi Zvi Weinberger recalls of his attempts in 1996 to find jobs for his…

  • Assad’s legacy evident in U.S. enclave

    NEW YORK, June 13 (JTA) — As the funeral of Hafez Assad neared, two Sephardi Jewish leaders from Brooklyn rushed to Kennedy airport, armed with private invitations to the ceremony for the late Syrian president. Assad dealt “earnestly and honestly with the Jewish community,” said one of the men, Jack Kassin. His father, Saul Jacob…

  • Assad’s legacy evident in U.S. enclave

    NEW YORK, June 13 (JTA) — As the funeral of Hafez Assad neared, two Sephardi Jewish leaders from Brooklyn rushed to Kennedy airport, armed with private invitations to the ceremony for the late Syrian president. Assad dealt “earnestly and honestly with the Jewish community,” said one of the men, Jack Kassin. His father, Saul Jacob…

  • Assad’s legacy evident in U.S. enclave

    In the early 1990s, Syria allowed 4,000 Jews to emigrate. Many of them settled in a Brooklyn neighborhood, where their community remains almost as close- knit as it was under now-deceased dictator Hafez Assad. What they have to say about the Syrian leader

  • Syrian dictator leaves unfinished legacy

    NEW YORK, June 11 (JTA) — After U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger negotiated the cease-fire that ended the 1973 Yom Kippur War, he tried to set up a regional peace conference. But Kissinger found that Syrian President Hafez Assad had no intention of taking part in a meeting on a comprehensive settlement with Israel….

  • Good health news for some Jewish women

    NEW YORK, May 8 (JTA) — There’s finally good health news for Jewish women of Eastern and Central European descent. A genetic mutation that links some Ashkenazi women to ovarian cancer makes these women more responsive to chemotherapy, according to a new study. Patients with what are known as BRCA mutations who had advanced ovarian…