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  • 9 Jewish pop culture moments from 5775

    This year, as always, Jews contributed to the worlds of art, music, literature, film, television, comedy — and even Instagram modeling. Here are some of the moments that made members of the tribe stand out in the increasingly bizarre, fast-paced whirlwind of American pop culture. 1. Jon Stewart’s montage of his Jewish moments on “The Daily Show” In July —… More ▸

  • Preserved remains of Jews used for Nazi medical experiments laid to rest

    The preserved remains of two Holocaust victims subjected to gruesome Nazi medical experiments finally received proper burial rites last weekend after being kept in a Nazi laboratory for 72 years. The remains — belonging to a Polish Jew named Menachem Taffel and another unidentified victim — were buried in the Strasbourg-Cronenbourg Jewish Cemetery in France in… More ▸

  • Read rabbi Barry Freundel’s full apology letter

    Rabbi Barry Freundel is serving a 6 1/2 year prison sentence for voyeurism for secretly filming 52 women in the shower room of the mikvah adjacent to Kesher Israel, the prominent Orthodox Washington synagogue he led for some 25 years. On Wednesday, he published this apology letter in the Washington Jewish Week: No matter how many times I attempt… More ▸

  • Why Putin embraces Jews, but not gays

    For the Kremlin, the interfaith roundtable last Thursday at Kazan’s Hall of Culture provided the perfect propaganda moment. Before the meeting, dozens of journalists snapped pictures of Russian Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar posing alongside the mufti and archpriest of Tatarstan — a predominately Muslim state with its capital, Kazan, 800 miles east of Moscow. Set… More ▸

  • Shanghai opens park to honor its 20,000 Jewish Holocaust refugees

    Beginning in 1938, as Jewish persecution by the Nazis went into high gear, approximately 20,000 Jewish refugees fled to Shanghai, one of the few safe havens in the world that did not require a visa. On Sunday, a Jewish Memorial Park was opened at the Fushouyuan cemetery in that city’s Qingpu district in their honor…. More ▸

  • Did the Israeli soccer team use the ‘dark arts’ to dodge defeat?

    Israeli soccer player Tal Ben-Haim may be a witch, according to the British press.  In a match Sunday between the Israel and Wales national soccer teams, the center back, who plays for Maccabi Tel Aviv at home, threw peculiar hand gestures at the ball before his opponent took a free kick. Moments later, Wales striker Gareth… More ▸

  • Will 5776 be your Jewish year? There’s a website to help

    A personal and confidential annual review will arrive in nearly 31,000 inboxes Wednesday. This isn’t a project of some Big Brother-ish, corporate entity; nor is it a super-early report card for students at a state university. Rather, it’s a key part of the yearly 10Q project, an “online reflection portal” that asks participants deep questions — and sends back their responses one… More ▸

  • Former Israeli Olympians say they must seek ‘gold’ abroad

    Fifteen years after standing atop a podium in Sydney to become Israel’s fourth Olympic medalist, Michael Kolganov last week announced he was leaving the Holy Land for Germany. “My heart is in Israel, but my future is in Germany,” Kolganov told Israeli daily Israel Hayom. “My closet at home is full of medals and trophies,… More ▸

  • WATCH: Patriots star Julian Edelman tries to sell cars

    Fresh off his first trip to Israel, Jewish Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is back to his satirical ways. The Super Bowl hero has a YouTube channel where he regularly posts funny videos to bolster his robust Internet presence – but he may have just completed his masterpiece. On Monday, Edelman posted a video in which… More ▸