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  • Little-known Orthodox Group Inflames Jews Across Spectrum

    When a little-known organization of Orthodox rabbis disseminated a statement declaring Reform and Conservative Judaism “not Judaism at all,” angry reaction emanated from both Orthodox and liberal Jewish quarters. Nearly everyone — from the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, which many mistakenly thought was the source of the statement, to the organization of… More ▸

  • Writer Leo Rosten Dies; Popularized Yiddish in U.S.

    Leo Rosten, who translated his mamaloshen into English and helped make words like `shlep’ and `nosh’ part of the American vernacular, has died. He was 88. Perhaps best known for “The Joys of Yiddish,” which was published in 1968, Rosten also authored dozens of books of fiction, including mysteries, and non- fiction, as an amateur… More ▸

  • Canadian Scholar Collects Rare Accounts of Holocaust

    A Canadian university has become the home of a rare collection of eyewitness accounts of the Holocaust. The University of Western Ontario’s recently established Holocaust Literature Research Institute is unlike most other Holocaust libraries around the world because it specializes in eyewitness accounts rather than documentary or historical sources, says Alain Goldschlager, who assembled the… More ▸

  • Loan Society Fulfills Tradition of Aiding Indigent with Dignity

    In 1892, 11 immigrants from Lithuania met at their synagogue, the Vilna Shul on Henry Street on New York’s Lower East Side, to find a way to thwart the seeping poverty in their community. Amassing $95, they opened the Hebrew Gemilath Chassodim Association of New York, where, based on the Jewish tenet of revered behavior,… More ▸

  • Restored Postwar Jewish Film on Holocaust Lauded in Israel

    There was not a dry eye in the house Saturday night, when judges at the 13th Annual Jerusalem Film Festival awarded a special “In the Spirit of Freedom” prize to the post-Holocaust film “Long is the Road.” The festival jury singled out the feature, even though it was filmed in 1947-48 and therefore was ineligible… More ▸

  • Joseph Green, 96, Pioneer of Yiddish Filmmaking, Dies

    Joseph Green, the theatrical and film producer who revitalized Yiddish-language motion pictures, has died. Green, who was 96, died June 20 in Great Neck, N.Y. While working shortly before the Holocaust, Green produced four films in three years capturing Jewish life in Poland. “His impact was enormous on the generation that he was creating the… More ▸

  • Russian Scholars Believe Jewish Studies Provide Key to Renewal in Their Homeland

    In a small room in the Copley Plaza Hotel here, llya Dvorkin held forth in Russian-accented Hebrew on Nachman Krochmal. Dvorkin, rector of the Petersburg Jewish University in St. Petersburg, broke little new ground in understanding the work of Krochmal, the 19th century Jewish philosopher and a father of modern Jewish studies. But his central… More ▸

  • Israeli Yiddish Film Wins Award

    An Israeli film made in Yiddish has won the special jury award at the seventh international Documentary Film Festival, held here last week. The Israeli entry, “Choice and Destiny,” made by Tsipi Reibenbach of Tel Aviv, focuses on the lives of a couple who are Polish-born Holocaust survivors. The film, in which Yiddish is the… More ▸