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  • Coalition Calls on Claims Conference for Larger Israeli Share of Funds, Power

    An Israeli coalition including the Jewish Agency for Israel, Israeli Holocaust survivor organizations and the Knesset’s pensioner affairs minister is calling on the Claims Conference to give Israel a larger share of Holocaust restitution funds and more control over distribution decisions. Leaders of the coalition announced Sunday that they were launching a unified effort to… More ▸

  • For Hillel, G.A. is Time to Show New Ways of Reaching Students

    While most other heads of major Jewish organizations were downtown at the Los Angeles Convention Center, hobnobbing in suits before the opening plenary of the North American federation system’s annual gathering, the president of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life was in jeans and a T-shirt, very much on the other side of the… More ▸

  • Arts & Culture ‘bay Mir Bistu Sheyn’ and Other Mysteries Solved in Music Archive

    “Bay mir bistu sheyn” may very well be the most famous of all Yiddish songs. It was the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ most popular song of 1938. Renditions have been recorded by the Andrews Sisters, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, the Barry Sisters and Rudy Vallee, among other musical luminaries. Yet until recently,… More ▸

  • Arts & Culture Film Looking at Purim Story Adds to the Faith-based Trend

    ” ‘Christian money makes Jewish film’ — that’s the headline I’d like to see above your article,” Matthew Crouch, producer of “One Night with the King,” suggested in an interview. The film, based on the Book of Esther from the Purim holiday, “brims with adventure, intrigue, romance and wonder,” said Crouch, the son of mega-televangelists… More ▸

  • Sukkot Feature a Sukkot Primer: Twelve Ways to Identify the Holiday in Israel

    How do you know it’s Sukkot in Israel? Let’s count the ways. You know it’s Sukkot because: 1. Israeli tourism officials are hoping that the usual Sukkot tourist trade from abroad will continue despite the recent war with Hezbollah, which inconveniently occurred during vacation booking time. Israelis, meanwhile, are making a point of heading North… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World in Romania and Bulgaria, Jews Welcome Countries’ E.u. Accession

    The Jews of Bulgaria and Romania have something especially sweet to add to their New Year’s festivities: Approval of their countries’ applications for membership in the European Union. The European Jewish Congress welcomed Tuesday’s news. “We have witnessed positive improvements made by both countries in combating anti-Semitism and providing for improved Holocaust education.” EJC President… More ▸