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  • Trial of admitted Nazi hinges on veracity of witness memory

    NEW YORK, Aug. 17 (JTA) — Is Jakob Reimer a perpetrator of horrors against Polish Jews during the Holocaust or is he a victim of time and place, a former prisoner of war who suffered at the hands of Nazis? In the first Nazi trial ever held in Manhattan, the U.S. government has sought to…

  • HIGH HOLIDAYS FEATURE Reform, Conservative synagogues developing new methods of worship

    NEW YORK, Aug. 16 (JTA) — Walk into services at Congregation Ner Tamid in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., and a member of the Shalom Squad will greet you warmly — maybe even with a hug. You’ll be handed a prayer book, shown the correct page and escorted to an open seat. After services’ end, you…

  • Holocaust survivors attend opening of former Nazi’s trial

    NEW YORK, Aug. 4 (JTA) — It was clear that Jakob Reimer would have preferred to be somewhere else. Reimer, the first former Nazi to face a denaturalization proceeding in a Manhattan Federal District Court, spent most of the first day of his trial picking at his fingernails and at the blue cardigan sweater he…

  • Knesset member finds no proof that Falash Mura are persecuted

    NEW YORK, July 29 (JTA) — Are Ethiopia’s Falash Mura being persecuted as Jews by their gentile neighbors? A recent visitor to the African nation, Israeli Knesset member Adisu Massala, says they are not, disputing reports last month from activist groups. In June, the North American Conference on Ethiopian Jewry charged that the Falash Mura…

  • Trial of admitted Nazi slated to begin next week in New York

    NEW YORK, July 27 (JTA) — After decades of a mostly peaceful existence, delivering potato chips in New York City and then living in the quiet upstate New York countryside, Jakob Reimer is about to revisit his Nazi past. Reimer, 79, admits that he was a member of a Nazi SS unit, the murderous Trawniki…

  • Unity campaign beset by tension; UJA calls for emergency meeting

    NEW YORK, July 21 (JTA) — It has been almost a year since the United Jewish Appeal kicked off a special fund-raising campaign to benefit the Reform, Conservative and Orthodox movements in Israel. And today so much tension and confusion surrounds it that an emergency meeting has been called to straighten things out. UJA leaders…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES In growing numbers, Jewish adults are seeking to fill a knowledge gap

    NEW YORK, July 19 (JTA) — From the outside, it looked like Kenneth Cohen had it all. A founding executive of the software giant Oracle Corporation, Cohen worked for an innovative company in California’s Silicon Valley. With a wife and young daughter at home, life should have felt complete. But something, Cohen says, was missing….

  • Designing the adult chair: Educators teach the grown-ups

    NEW YORK, July 19 (JTA) — Squishing a 6-foot, 200-pound adult body into a kindergartner’s classroom chair doesn’t make for a very comfortable learning environment. So a Baltimore synagogue decided to do something about it. Congregation Chizuk Amuno recently put the finishing touches on a special room just for adult education. Large and flooded with…

  • Boro Park residents hail acquittal of local lawmaker

    NEW YORK, July 14 (JTA) — More than 200 Chasidim erupted in applause and cheers this week as Dov Hikind, newly acquitted of federal bribery charges, emerged from his office on Boro Park’s main thoroughfare. With one arm slung around his lawyer’s shoulders and the other around his wife, the New York state assemblyman, representing…

  • New study finds genetic link between breast, ovarian cancers

    NEW YORK, July 6 (JTA) — A new study has found that women who develop breast cancer because of a particular genetic mutation are 10 times more likely to also develop ovarian cancer than are breast cancer victims without the DNA defect. The genetic mutations that can lead to breast cancer are more frequently found…