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    Yad Vashem has taken possession of copies of nearly 52,000 Holocaust video testimonies, giving it the world’s largest collection. The USC Shoah Foundation for Visual History and Education, which was started by famed director Steven Spielberg, provided the latest testimonies to Israel’s national Holocaust memorial and museum in Jerusalem. The videos from the foundation at… More ▸

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    Valuable art stolen by the Nazis will be returned to relatives of the original collector, but they will not be able to bring the works home. The 32-piece collection of paintings and drawings had belonged to Jewish lawyer Emil Fruend, who died in 1942 in Poland’s Lodz Ghetto after being deported from Prague. The Jewish… More ▸

  • Mysteries in Port Townsend: What Happened to Two Jews?

    Two of this town’s first Jews came to mysterious ends — one by his own hand, the other simply disappeared. David C.H. Rothschild was a Bavarian who arrived in Port Townsend in 1858. Rothschild — who, according to town tour guide Joyce Cox, would say “I got the family name, but not the money” —… More ▸

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    A Jewish learning institute named for an influential 16th century rabbi and scholar opened in Prague. Judah Loew ben Bezalel, also known as the Maharal, was a chief rabbi of Prague whose writings have influenced countless Jewish scholars. To many Jews and non-Jews, Loew is known as the creator of the Golem, a clay giant… More ▸

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    Germany will release a list of 600,000 Jews who lived in the country during the Nazi period. The German government announced Wednesday that the material will be given to the archives at Yad Vashem in Israel, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, the Claims Conference and the International Tracing Service in Bad Arolsen, Germany,… More ▸

  • Latest Slingshot Guide Highlights Old and New Innovative Programs

    When a group of young philanthropists decided to put together a short Zagat’s-style directory of innovative programs four years ago, the goal was to identify cutting-edge Jewish causes for their peers to invest in. The result was Slingshot, an annual directory of 50 hot nonprofits that has helped put several upstarts on the philanthropic map… More ▸

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    German Jewish organizations have demanded an apology from Liechtenstein’s prince for referring to Germany as the fourth Reich. Prince Hans-Adam’s remark came in a letter made public Sept. 11 in which he refused to lend a painting to the Berlin Jewish Museum for an exhibit on the looting of art from Jews during the Nazi… More ▸

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    A museum focusing on Norway’s Jewish culture opened in Oslo. The museum, at the site of a former synagogue in the country’s capital, aims to educate visitors about Norway’s Jewish history since Jews began to immigrate there 150 years ago, according to the Norwegian news site Aftenposten. The debut exhibit describes the Jewish influence on… More ▸

  • Palin’s Leadership, Experience Make Her Strong Choice for Vp

    If there was any doubt that Sen. John McCain will shake up Washington and institute real change, the selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as the Republican vice-presidential nominee has put that question to rest. Few people can match McCain’s maverick spirit and bipartisan nature like Governor Palin. I’ve known Sarah Palin since her election… More ▸

  • In the Eye of the Storm: a Blogger Lives Gustav

    Lifelong New Orleans resident Alan Smason has been chronicling his experience during Hurricane Gustav on his blog, KosherComputing. Below are excerpts from his reporting, including descriptions of how the city’s Jewish community has responded to the storm. Aug. 27, 2008: It looks like my worst fears have been realized. A storm with the potential to… More ▸