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  • Limmud Touches Russian-speaking Jews

    The view of this seaside tourist town twinkling precariously in a narrow gulf between black mountains and a black sea would have been enough to halt any attempt at conversation. But near a top-floor hotel window with panoramic possibilities, Efi Lahav and Katya Milinkaya paid Yalta no mind as they wrestled with the finer points… More ▸

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    Australian author Jacob Rosenberg dies Jacob Rosenberg, a survivor of Auschwitz and an award-winning author, has died. He won several Australian awards for his books about World War II. “East of Time,” which was set in the Lodz ghetto, where Rosenberg grew up, won the 2006 New South Wales Premier’s Award for non-fiction and the… More ▸

  • Australian Author Jacob Rosenberg Dies

    Jacob Rosenberg, a survivor of Auschwitz and an award-winning author, has died. Rosenberg died in Melbourne at the age of 86. He was buried Oct. 31. He won several Australian awards for his books about World War II. “East of Time,” which was set in the Lodz ghetto, where Rosenberg grew up, won the 2006… More ▸

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    The Simon Wiesenthal Center can build its long-planned Center for Human Dignity-Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem. On Wednesday, the Israeli Supreme Court gave its approval eight years after the initial announcement that famed architect Frank Gehry would design the landmark museum and four years after a groundbreaking ceremony attended by Israeli and California dignitaries was… More ▸

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    Israel’s ambassador to Austria was named public relations person of the year. Dan Ashbel was cited by the Austrian Public Relations Association for his work in improving Israel’s image. Israel’s Foreign Ministry has been criticized over the years over its representation of the state, especially regarding the Middle Eastern conflict, but Ashbel has marketed a… More ▸

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    The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival is launching a project to put hundreds of Jewish movies online. In addition to films, the festival’s Web site, www.sfjff.org, will offer other streaming media, educational materials, social networking resources and a forum for new Jewish stories and films created specifically for emerging media platforms. The first $200,000 in… More ▸

  • Halloween or Shabbat? a Tricky Choice This Year

    This election year the calendar has dealt the Jewish community an October surprise. The final Friday of the month is Oct. 31, and many families, in addition to choosing a candidate, will now also need to decide the weightier issue of which Friday eve tradition to favor, Shabbat or Halloween? Some, like me, will try… More ▸

  • The Battle for Congress

    With the polls predicting a big Democratic night, the number of Jews in the U.S. Congress is likely to swell and Jewish GOPers could end up losing a few of their favorite lawmakers. The Senate matchup in Minnesota between two Jewish candidates could end up determining whether Democrats acquire a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate…. More ▸

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    Actor Kirk Douglas was honored at the Shoah Foundation dinner, which featured Billy Crystal and Bette Midler. The three-hour event and show on Oct. 22 at the California Science Center in Los Angeles benefited the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation Institute. Famed director Steven Spielberg, who established the foundation following the triumph of his… More ▸

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    Yukiko Sugihara, who encouraged her diplomat husband to issue the visas that saved thousands of Jews, has died. Sugihara died Oct. 8 in Fujisawa, Japan. She was 94. In 1940, Sugihara encouraged her husband, Chiune, Japan’s consul in Kovno, Lithuania, to issue visas to thousands of Polish Jews trapped in Lithuania, despite the risk to… More ▸