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  • 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….

  • Computers to teach Judaism in Russia

    NEW YORK, May 14 (JTA) — A collaboration among Israel, the Russian government and Jewish philanthropy is producing high-tech centers in eight Jewish schools in the former Soviet Union. The schools, which accept Jewish and non-Jewish students, are being equipped with technology centers that will help teach Jewish studies with computers. The schools are run…

  • 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…

  • Pittsburgh’s Jews shaken by deadly shooting spree

    NEW YORK, May 2 (JTA) — Some Jewish facilities in Pittsburgh are under increased security following last week’s shooting rampage that killed five minorities, including one Jewish woman. Police are adding patrols and keeping marked police cars parked near some Pittsburgh Jewish institutions. “We live in an era of random risk, and I’m watching Jewish…

  • Pittsburgh’s Jews shaken by deadly shooting spree

    Jewish facilities in Pittsburgh are increasing security measures following last week’s shooting rampage that killed five minorities, including one Jewish woman. The suspect is an apparent white supremacist who reportedly spent time in a mental institution

  • Forward editor being forced out

    NEW YORK, April 11 (JTA) — When Seth Lipsky was negotiating to launch the English-language edition of the Forward more than a decade ago, many touchy subjects came up, but perhaps none more combustible than that of Ze’ev Jabotinsky, Menachem Begin’s ideological forefather. Lipsky knew that Jabotinsky was the archenemy of the Labor Zionism that…

  • Librarian of Jewish life dies at 90

    NEW YORK, April 5 (JTA) — Dina Abramowicz, a survivor of the Vilna Ghetto and a longtime librarian at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, died Monday at the age of 90. A small, slim woman, with a tall intellect, Abramowicz was a “bookworm” supremely dedicated to intellectual pursuits, said David Rogow, a longtime friend….