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  • Reclaiming Legacy of Slain, Forgotten Jewish Labor Leader

    Any student of American labor history knows the name Samuel Gompers, founder of the American Federation of Labor in 1886. He was hugely influential in U.S. politics and left an indelible mark on the lives of millions of working Americans. Not so familiar is the name Edward Cohen, a fellow Jewish immigrant cigar maker from… More ▸

  • From Bear Stearns to Bava Metzia: an Ex-employee Finds His Silver Lining

    In the months since the 86-year-old financial giant Bear Stearns disappeared in the midst of a financial crisis, I’ve learned five important life lessons. Somehow, I had missed them in my 25 years on Wall Street, 20 of them with Bear Stearns. Here is what I learned: a.. God runs the world. b.. Your prayers… More ▸

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    The museum at the Auschwitz death camp is warning that its historic buildings will collapse without funding from world governments. The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland is hoping that the European Union will foot some of the $100 million needed to reinforce and restore deteriorating structures, including wooden barracks, as well as to create new… More ▸

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    Nearly 5,000 artworks collected by Adolf Hitler can now be seen online. The virtual museum is a joint project of the German Historical Museum and Federal Office for Central Services and Unresolved Property Issues. It was established to help locate the legal heirs of stolen works, as well as to provide research material on the… More ▸

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    The Jewish community of Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, is building a towering community center with the backing of two local billionaires. The center, which will cost between $60 million and $70 million, will be built around the city’s 19th century synagogue on Shalom Aleichem Street, local community leaders told JTA. The center includes seven towers that together… More ▸

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    An art exhibition dedicated to the Jewish painter Jonasz Stern opened in Western Ukraine. “Returning to Ukraine: View of Silence,” which opened last week in the Lvov National Museum, presents Stern’s works devoted to the Holocaust and the liquidation of the Lvov Ghetto. The exhibition also includes the screening of a film about Stern’s life… More ▸

  • In Sderot, Obama Seen As ‘man of the People’

    At the New Age Beauty Salon in a run-down strip mall here, the manicurist and hairdresser swap opinions of Barack Obama, the latest in a series of high-profile visitors to come through this southern Israeli town. “Is there a chance I’ll be able to give him a hug?” jokes Yaffa Malka, 44, the salon’s hairdresser… More ▸

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    The United States should back Israel’s peace efforts with Syria without pressuring it to make dangerous concessions, Barack Obama said in Jerusalem. The U.S. senator and presumptive Democratic candidate to succeed President Bush met Wednesday with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak during a visit to Jerusalem. He also met with President Shimon Peres and opposition… More ▸

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    A senior Australian rabbi welcomed Pope Benedict XVI to Sydney. Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence of Sydney’s Great Synagogue on Friday commended the Catholic Church on four decades of rapprochement with the Jews while recalling that his grandparents had to flee Berlin 70 years ago. Some 40 interfaith leaders, including Jews, Buddhists, Muslims and Hindus, attended a… More ▸