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  • Pardon Granted to Man Who Flew Planes to Israel

    A posthumous pardon was granted to a man who provided planes and weapons to Israel’s armed forces during its 1948 War of Independence. Charles Winters, a Protestant from Miami who died in 1984 and was buried in Israel, served 18 months in prison for violating the Neutrality Act, which prevents U.S. citizens from providing assistance… More ▸

  • Sale of Rare Judaica Sparks Debate

    A U.S. buyer purchased a pair of rare silver Torah crowns amid a dispute in Australia over the sale of valuable Judaica. The rimonim, which date back to 1719 and which Sotheby’s described in its catalog as “exceptionally rare,” were sold for $338,500 by the auction house in New York on Dec. 17. The items… More ▸

  • Bush Pal Lauded for Leadership of Holocaust Museum

    As a close friend of George W. Bush and a top Republican Party fund-raiser, Fred Zeidman knew that his appointment as chairman of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council nearly seven years ago looked like a gift from the new president to a political crony. So Zeidman stood up at his first meeting and told the… More ▸

  • Dour, Driven, Dedicated to the Prez? This May Be for You

    Seeking well-heeled professionals to contemplate one of the grimmest episodes in human history. Requirements include lots of time on your hands and an ability to cull meaning from savagery. And it helps to be on a first-name basis with the most powerful person on earth. Far below the stratospheric rivals who now occupy President-elect Barack… More ▸

  • Ukrainian Charity Accused of ‘ethnic Incitement’

    Ultranationalist lawmakers in a western Ukrainian city demanded the arrest of members of a Jewish charity over a Holocaust film screening. Members of Svoboda, or the Freedom Party, in the Lvov City Council requested that the regional prosecutor’s office open an inquiry leading to criminal charges against members of the Lvov Hesed Ariye organization, according… More ▸

  • Kiev Marks Sholom Aleichem’s 150th Birthday

    A Kiev museum kicked off national observances of the 150th anniversary of the birthday of Yiddish writer Sholom Aleichem. An exhibition on the Jewish writer, who was born in Ukraine and spent much of his life there, opened last week at the Kiev Museum of Books. His birthday will be celebrated on the state level… More ▸

  • Osi to Publish Its Nazi Cases

    The U.S. Department of Justice will publish more than 30 years worth of texts relating to cases against Nazis who entered the United States illegally after World War II. The department’s Office of Special Investigations, which has been investigating and prosecuting cases against Nazi offenders since 1979, will turn over thousands of pages of court… More ▸

  • Op-ed: the Bush I Know

    President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush will watch Monday night as the grandsons of Harry Truman and David Ben-Gurion light a menorah on the State Floor of the White House. It will be the eighth year the president has devoted an evening to celebrate Chanukah, and more than 600 Jewish friends and guests will… More ▸

  • Jewish Girls’ Magazine Wins $100,000

    – A magazine published by and for Jewish girls won a $100,000 prize. The $100,000 grand prize in the Wells Fargo Bank “Someday Dreams” contest was awarded to Yaldah Magazine founder and publisher, seventeen-year-old Leah Larson, and her mother, Evelyn Krieger, of Sharon, Massachusetts, at a ceremony on Wednesday at the Wells Fargo History Museum… More ▸

  • Chabad Seeks to Transform Tragedy into Opportunity

    Chabad-Lubavitch leaders are working overtime to transform the Mumbai attacks into an unparalleled opportunity for spreading the movement’s message. Chabad has received unprecedented media exposure since terrorists struck its center in Mumbai, killing two of its emissaries to the Indian city — Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife, Rivkah — along with four other Jews…. More ▸