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  • Israel Returning Looted Artworks, but They’re Staying in Jerusalem

    Israel has restituted three ancient “medallions” stolen by the Nazis in Poland in 1941. The heirs and an anonymous patron, however, are keeping two of the fourth century artworks at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, where they have resided since their purchase from looters in 1965. Jewish motifs, including menorahs and lions of Judah, decorate… More ▸

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    Ukrainian Jewish leaders are disputing the government’s decision to transfer control of the Babi Yar Memorial Complex to a state institute. The Ukraine Cabinet of Ministers voted June 25 to transfer control of the complex of memorials at the Babi Yar ravine outside Kiev to the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory. The memorials commemorate victims… More ▸

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    A Jewish museum in Chicago closed a controversial exhibit under intense pressure from donors. The Spertus Museum, a division of the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, shut an exhibition of Palestinian and Israeli concepts of homeland, the Chicago Tribune reported. The exhibition, titled “Imaginary Coordinates,” featured historic maps of Israel and included several pieces deemed… More ▸

  • Imaginary independence: Spertus Museum shuts down exhibit in face of Jewish protests

    Back in May, the Chicago Sun-Times had a short write-up hailing “Imaginary Coordinates,” a multimedia exhibit at the Spertus Museum that “juxtaposes the [institution’s] collection of antique maps of the Holy Land against contemporary artworks by Israeli- and Palestinian-born women artists riffing on what you might call cartographic themes: national identity, cultural boundaries, place and… More ▸

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    The UJA Federation in Toronto has received nearly $10 million to build a new Holocaust center. The gift, from Holocaust survivor Michael (Chaim) Neuberger, is the largest on record for the center. Established in 1985, the center will be renamed the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre, and will be part of the Sherman… 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 ▸

  • Organizers Say ‘guerrilla Marketing’ Boosted Israel 60 Festival in D.c.

    If you creatively advertise it, it is not a dream. This would seem to be the lesson from the Israel@60 festival on the National Mall. Oragnizers of the June 1 event, sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, were expecting a few thousand participants. In the end, they say, between 50,000 and 75,000 turned… More ▸

  • El Salvador Seeks Recognition for Little-known Nazi-era Rescue

    El Salvador is home to only 120 Jews, but this small Central American nation of 7 million has long portrayed itself as a solid friend of Israel and the Jewish people. For years, the Salvadoran government has condemned anti-Zionist resolutions at the United Nations, and until August 2006 it was one of only two countries… More ▸

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    An Israeli diplomat in China is compiling a database of Shanghai’s historic Jewish community. The Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum, a former synagogue in the Hangkou District of the city, has begun documenting the influx of tens of thousands of Jews fleeing Nazi persecution in Europe. Many of the refugees were Austrians who received emergency travel… More ▸

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    Yad Vashem launched a Hebrew channel on YouTube. The channel, which began operations Thursday, joins the English and Arabic Yad Vashem channels that were launched last month and have had more than 600,000 views. The Hebrew channel, which will have content and video clips added on a regular basis, contains testimonials of Holocaust survivors, archival… More ▸