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  • Leader of Darfur Project Wins a $100,000 Humanitarian Prize

    The simplest innovations sometimes lead to the greatest rewards, as Rachel Andres learned this week when she was named the 2008 recipient of the $100,000 Charles Bronfman Prize. The annual prize is awarded to a person or team of people younger than 50 whose Jewish values spark humanitarian efforts that help improve the world. Andres… More ▸

  • Record Anti-semitism in Britain is Stoking Unease Among Jews

    With anti-Semitism in Britain at record levels, life is changing in subtle and not-so-subtle ways for the country’s Jews. Armed guards escort Orthodox Jews in Manchester walking to synagogue. Vendors sell Arabic-language editions of “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” outside train stations. Academic and labor unions routinely issue calls to boycott the Jewish… More ▸

  • News Brief

    The National Yiddish Book Center received a $2 million gift. The donation from the Kaplen Foundation of New Jersey was the largest single gift in the 27-year history of the center in Amherst, Mass., according to a release. More ▸

  • News Brief

    The National Yiddish Book Center is to receive $750,000 for a Yiddish fellowship program for college students. More ▸

  • Arts & Culture Cuban Salsa Combined with Klezmer

    Klezmer music, rooted in the Jewish shtetls of 19th-century Eastern Europe, is making an unprecedented comeback. So is Cuban salsa, whose distinctive Afro-Caribbean rhythms are enjoying a wave of global popularity. It was only a matter of time before some enterprising musician came along and combined the two. That would be Havana-born drummer Roberto Juan… More ▸

  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸