Museums

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    Cologne’s mayor and a German Jewish leader spoke privately about plans for the city’s Jewish museum. Mayor Fritz Schramma, who has expressed reservations about the size of the winning design and proposed a public referendum on the plan, spoke by telephone Friday with Salomon Korn, the vice president of the Central Council of Jews in… More ▸

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    The mayor of Moscow recognized the president of a Chabad-led umbrella group for his efforts developing the city. Alexander Boroda, the head of the Federation of Jewish Communities, developed a sprawling complex in the Marina Roscha district that includes the largest synagogue and Jewish community center in Eastern Europe, a medical and charity center, and… More ▸

  • Spielberg to give $1 million to Philly Jewish museum

    The Associated Press reports that Steven Spielberg’s Righteous Persons Foundation will give $1 million to the National Museum of American Jewish History to build a new building in Philadelphia. The museum, which is set to open in 2010, has raised $111 million toward its $150 million goal for its capital campaign. Here’s the press release:… More ▸

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    The visa exemption deal between Russia and Israel will go into effect this fall. The Tourism Ministry in Jerusalem announced Tuesday that, as of Oct. 1, Russians will no longer need a visa to visit Israel. A similar exemption will come into play for Israelis visiting Russia. “Given the increased traffic from Russia during the… More ▸

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    A Belarusian driver found a prominent Jewish businessman’s seal that is more than 100 years old. The oval-shaped, metal relic, used to mark official documents, belonged to Moisei Lurie, an important Jewish businessman in the city of Pinsk. Alexander Pilipovich told the Belarusian newspaper BulletinOnline that he found the dirty seal on a small road…. More ▸

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    A man was arrested for beheading a wax figure of Hitler in Berlin. The 41-year-old man was one of the first visitors to the new Madame Tussauds in Berlin, which opened to the public for the first time on Saturday. Police arrested him while still in the exhibit, according the German Press Agency. He was… More ▸

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    An exhibit of Adolf Hitler in a bunker was unveiled at a Berlin wax museum amid criticism. Berlin’s new Madame Tussaud’s waxworks on the famed Unter den Linten Avenue in former East Berlin, which opens to the public officially on July 9, unveiled the Hitler figure Thursday despite protests from politicians and historians. As promised,… More ▸

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    Steven Spielberg’s foundation has donated $1 million to the National Museum of American Jewish History. The grant from the Academy Award-winning director’s Righteous Persons Foundation is earmarked for the museum’s $150 million capital campaign. The museum’s new building, to be located on Independence Mall in Philadelphia between the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, is expected… More ▸

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    Israel has restituted three ancient medallions stolen by the Nazis in Poland in 1941. After payment to heirs of the original owners, two of the 4th century C.E. gold-painted glass pieces will remain at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, where they have been since they were purchased from looters in 1965. The medallions, actually the… More ▸

  • New Cal President Keeps Kosher, Loves Israel

    The new president of the University of California’s 10 campuses and 220,000 students keeps a kosher home, lectures on Maimonides for intellectual stimulation and is an unabashed Israel supporter. “I am what I am,” Mark Yudof says. “What I’ve found works best for me is transparency, being direct and being honest.” As he takes the… More ▸