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    Rabbi Judah Nadich, the longtime rabbi at The Park Avenue Synagogue-Agudat Yesharim in New York City, died Sunday. He was 95. Nadich served at Park Avenue, one of the largest Conservative synagogues in the country, from 1957 until 1987, according to his successor and the current spiritual leader, Rabbi David Lincoln. Nadich also served a… More ▸

  • Russia Hillel Finally Hires a Director: Can She Heal an Ailing Agency?

    Leia Berlin apparently harbors no illusions about the difficulties she is facing as the new permanent country director for Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life in Russia. “I’m a little overwhelmed, to tell the truth,” she says, laughing. It’s no wonder. After all, Berlin is responsible for revamping what is widely seen as a… More ▸

  • Slain Soldier Known As ‘g.i. Jew’ is Mourned in South Florida

    The Army had big plans for Daniel Agami when he returned from Iraq. “They were going to use his talents and center an advertising campaign around him as an ambassador for the United States Army,” said Lt. Col. Douglas Maddox Jr., a casualty assistance officer. “The campaign was slated to commence in three months when… More ▸

  • JTA Series on Unrwa Wins Top Jewish Journalism Award

    JTA earned six journalism awards at last week’s gathering of the American Jewish Press Association in San Francisco. The Simon Rockower Awards for Excellence in Jewish Journalism, established in 1980, recognizes outstanding journalism in 14 categories. For the fourth year in a row, JTA took top honors in the investigative reporting category with a five-part… More ▸

  • Babs in Deutschland: Germany Kvells over Streisand Concert

    For the first time in her 47-year career, Barbra Streisand performed in Germany. Berliners loved her–and she gave them love back. The event was a long time coming for the 65-year-old performer, who reportedly once said she never wanted to set foot in the country responsible for the Holocaust. But standing onstage at the Nazi-era,… More ▸

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    A group of children from Sderot is staging performances in the United States about living under the threat of rockets. The children, all Russian-speaking immigrants, will spend a month at a Chabad-Lubavitch camp and a math camp near Boston before touring the East Coast and staging performances for other children. The plays will be performed… More ▸

  • With Few Trappings of a Blockbuster, Slow Start for Pearl Film Not Surprising

    It was perhaps of little surprise that “A Mighty Heart” had a modest opening. The film about the search for slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, which opened Friday, has few of the markers of a Hollywood blockbuster. It is a distinctly low-budget affair, shot in a documentary style on location in India and… More ▸

  • Israel Studies Programs Bolstered by $15 Million Gift to Brandeis

    Academics and funders see a $15 million gift to establish a center for Israel studies at Brandeis University as a first step in a new philanthropic push to beef up Israel education on American campuses. The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation has committed $15 million to Brandeis to create an interdisciplinary Israel curriculum that… More ▸

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    The Nine Gates Jewish Festival kicks off June 11 in Prague focusing on composer George Gershwin who died 70 years ago. The seven-day festival will include a photographic exhibition of Jewish personalities who survived the Holocaust at the University of Economics. The opening concert on June 12 will present Gershwin’s works played by the Czech… More ▸

  • Wwii Vets Recount Experiences on a Trip Back to the Battlefield

    When Stanford “Shep” Waldman landed on the beaches of Normandy 62 years ago, he saw body parts of fellow soldiers washing onto the shore. “You hated to look at it, but it was right there looking at you in the face,” said Waldman, a staff sergeant from Denver who was in an infantry unit. He… More ▸