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  • 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 ▸

  • In Britain, Darfur Genocide Begins to Mobilize Community

    Long after Darfur became a cause celebre for American Jews, Jewish communities in the United Kingdom are beginning to mobilize against the genocide. Under the banner “No more excuses, protect the people of Darfur,” British Jews demonstrated outside the Prime Minister’s Residence on April 29 as part of a worldwide effort to build momentum to… More ▸

  • For Remote Community’s Matriarch, the Road to Judaism Was Winding

    Bella Leidental remembers exactly where she was the day she decided to walk away from Judaism. Her co-workers on a Moscow ambulance crew, apparently remembering that she was Jewish, had sought to reassure her after a session of anti-Semitic jokes. “Don’t be insulted, you’re not really a Jew,” they told her that day in 1953…. More ▸

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    Habima, Israel’s leading theater group, performed in Budapest for Israel Independence Day. Hungary’s cultural and political elite and members of the Jewish community turned out for Tuesday evening’s performance of Swedish playwright Lars Noren’ s drama “War” at a downtown theater. It was Habima’s first visit to Budapest, artistic director Ilan Ronen told JTA. The… More ▸

  • Updated Travel Guide Sets Sights on Jewish Revival in Eastern Europe

    When she set out to write the first comprehensive Jewish travel guidebook on the countries of the former Eastern bloc, Ruth Ellen Gruber might as well have been documenting the secret life of a New Guinea tribe of cannibals. Seventeen years ago, little was known among mainstream U.S. travelers about the Jewish heritage of the… More ▸