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  • Sharansky Lauds Solzhenitsyn’s Influence on Soviet Jewry Movement

    Amid the haystack of laudatory prose evoked this week by the death of one of the titans of Russian literature was this far less flattering needle: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was dogged, particularly in his later years, by charges he harbored deep anti-Semitic prejudice. Natan Sharansky, who along with Solzhenitsyn is among the most famous inmates and… More ▸

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    Rome will host Italy’s first International Festival of Jewish Literature. State, city and Jewish institutions, as well as the Israeli embassy, are organizing the Sept. 20-24 festival. Italian, American, Israeli and other authors will discuss and read from their works. A prize will be awarded in a competition for the best new short story on… More ▸

  • June Walker, Leader of Presidents Conf., and Hadassah, Succumbs to Cancer

    June Walker was in working mode last week. On July 21, she presided over a farewell reception for outgoing Israeli U.N. Ambassador Dan Gillerman. Two days later she led a meeting of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, which she chairs. Late in the week, however, tests revealed the cancer she had… More ▸

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    The son of a high-profile Australian Holocaust survivor pleaded the Fifth Amendment before a U.S. Senate investigation into tax havens. Peter Lowy, his father, Frank, and brothers David and Steven are accused of hiding $68 million in a secret bank account in Liechtenstein. The Lowy family vehemently denies the allegations, claiming the funds were donated… More ▸

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    Eric Silver, who wrote an acclaimed biography of Menachem Begin, died at the age of 73. The veteran Middle East journalist died early Wednesday morning while undergoing cancer treatment. Silver, a native of Leeds, England, in 1967 covered the aftermath of the Six-Day War for the The Guardian of London after working his way up… More ▸

  • Seeking to Relaunch Career, Disgraced Rabbi Fights Against Sexual Allegations

    A disgraced American rabbi with a tangled history of alleged sexual misdeeds is relaunching his career as a spiritual mentor and backtracking from an apparent confession he signed two years ago. Rabbi Mordechai Gafni acknowledged his “sickness” in 2006 after several students at his Israeli institute claimed they were lured into sexual liaisons through deception… More ▸

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    A new Web site will create comprehensive, interactive online memorials. is a free initiative that permits a family administrator to capture the history and impact of a loved one. It can include a biography, timeline, photos, videos, family tree and funeral information. Family and friends can visit the site and contribute stories and memories,… More ▸

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    A book about the preservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah is Australia’s Book of the Year. “People of the Book,” by Geraldine Brooks, a Pulitzer Prize-winning former Middle East correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, was selected at the Australian Book Industry Association’s awards ceremony on Monday night. Brooks was inspired to write the bestselling… More ▸

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    Aharon Appelfeld became the latest Israeli author to win an Italian literary prize. Appelfeld was awarded the Grinzane Cavour’s 2008 special prize for his novel “Badenheim, 1939.” Other Israeli authors to receive a Grinzane Cavour Award include A.B. Yehoshua; David Grossman, who won for foreign literature in 1994 and 1997; Amos Oz, for Mediterranean culture… More ▸

  • In Campaign Season, Pelosi Takes Israel Fight to Gop

    Almost eight years of President Bush have “made matters worse for Israel” — that’s how the Democrats intend to make their case to Jewish voters. This was the message from the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, in an exclusive interview May 20 with JTA, just hours after her return from Israel…. More ▸