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  • At 80, Yaacov Agam Still Vibrant with His Artwork and Other Ideas

    It would be easy to characterize Yaacov Agam as a painter in the twilight of his career. The celebrated Israeli artist, who turned 80 last month, is focused on preserving his legacy of great public works and building an eponymous museum in his birthplace, Rishon LeZion. Agam is set in his ways and topics he… More ▸

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    Political and popular sentiment about an Adolf Hitler model at the unopened Madame Tussaud’s wax museum in Berlin appears to be divided. The museum is due to open in July in the Unter den Linden — the historic center of the city. Politicians and historians are arguing that the figure should be melted down. According… More ▸

  • San Francisco’s New Museum Owns No Art, Focuses on Ideas

    The Contemporary Jewish Museum, set to open June 8 in its new San Francisco location, is a mind-blowingly grand celebration of what Jewish sensibilities can contribute to the American cultural experience. It’s also the latest example of the Jewish museum as event rather than institution. Several things set this ambitious new creation apart. First is… More ▸

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    A museum devoted exclusively to kabbalah will open in Jerusalem. The Jerusalem Kabbalah Museum — the only musem devoted exclusively to Judaism’s mystical tradition, according to its founder — is scheduled to open June 25. It will display artifacts such as amulets, garments and historical manuscripts; provide education, including personal kabbalah training; and offer tours… More ▸

  • Music from Israel Striking Chord with Jews in U.S.

    Singing in unintelligible gibberish as her hands strike the darbuka drum with frantic intensity, the short, pretty brunette at center stage holds the audience transfixed as she reaches the song’s crescendo. When she sounds her final note, the audience rises for a standing ovation. Though it is her New York debut concert, Israeli singer-songwriter Din… More ▸

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    An Australian Jewish leader blasted a mayor’s bid to apologize for making anti-Semitic comments by invoking a Shakespeare character. Greg Watson of Shoalhaven, a city south of Sydney, suggested at a heated public meeting last week that his citizens be a “good Jew” and “screw every last dollar” out of developers. The mayor, who told… More ▸

  • Rabbis Aim to Press China Without Hurting Israel or Olympic Athletes

    A large group of rabbis spanning Judaism’s religious movements says it has an answer to the vexing question of how to send China an Olympic-sized message without harming the interests of athletes or Israel. In an appeal issued Wednesday and timed for this week’s commemoration of Yom Hashoah, 185 Jewish leaders — mostly clergy —… More ▸

  • Center Near Hiroshima Educates the Japanese on Holocaust

    About an hour north of Hiroshima, where the world’s first atomic bombing incinerated an entire city in a matter of seconds, a statue of a young girl stands in memory of another holocaust half a world away. Anne Frank might seem out of place in rural Japan, but the man who founded the Holocaust Education… More ▸

  • Students Urge Jerusalem’s Absentee Homeowners to Rent

    When the masses of visiting American Jews who own vacation homes in Israel’s capital leave Jerusalem to return home after Passover, they’ll be leaving behind mostly empty apartments — and frustrated Jerusalemites. While many Diaspora Jews consider their Israeli homes an important investment in the Jewish state, many locals say absentee homeowners have driven up… More ▸

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    Croatian Catholic officials chided Croatia’s president for saying the Church sided with the Ustasha government. President Stjepan Mesic, speaking Sunday at commemoration for those killed at the Jasenovac concentration camp in northern Croatia, said “it is sad but true that the Ustasha had a considerable help from the majority of the Catholic Church clerics, who… More ▸