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  • Across the Former Soviet Union in Ukraine, Teachers, Musicians Enjoy Distance Learning Program

    Fostering the spiritual rebirth among Jews in post-Communist Ukraine is no simple matter, particularly because the physical distance between communities can impede efforts. Enter Kiev’s Jewish Education Center, which has the first distance-learning education program for Jewish teachers in Ukraine. Co-sponsored by the Dutch Jewish Humanitarian Foundation and the Jewish Agency for Israel, the distance-learning… More ▸

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    A series of programs on Yiddish radio won a Peabody Award for excellence in electronic media. The Yiddish Radio Project aired on U.S. public radio in the spring of 2002. In addition, a film on the failure of the Oslo peace accords also won a Peabody. More ▸

  • Prague Shul Damaged by Flood Among Recipients of Grant Money

    A flood-damaged medieval synagogue in Prague. A shul in Shanghai used by World War II Jewish refugees. The oldest synagogue in Rio de Janeiro. These sites were among this year’s recipients of restoration grants from the World Monument Fund. The fund’s Jewish Heritage Grant Program has announced 14 grants for this year, totaling nearly $236,000…. More ▸

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    Seymour Rexite, a longtime Yiddish theater performer, died Monday in New York at 91. Rexite, a child sensation as a singer in Poland, began appearing in theaters on New York’s Second Avenue soon after he came to the United States in 1920. He and his wife, actress Miriam Kressyn, had their own radio shows on… More ▸

  • Half a Century Later, Events Honor Jewish Writers Executed by Stalin

    Fifty years after their execution on trumped-up treason charges, 13 Soviet Jews, including several prominent writers, are being honored on two continents. “The Night of the Murdered Poets,” as the events of Aug. 12, 1952, are known, was part of a wave of postwar anti- Semitic repression orchestrated by Stalin. Events this week in Moscow… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World Argentine Center for Needy Backs Up Words with Action

    From the street, the thin, large house with high ceilings and wooden doors has none of the telltale signs of a Jewish building in Argentina. There are no security fences, no police guards, no “parking is prohibited” signs — all of which became common after bombings rocked Jewish sites here in 1992 and 1994. In… More ▸

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    Zypora Spaisman, one of the mainstays of post-World War II Yiddish theater, died May 18 at 86. Spaisman, who supported herself by working as a recreation director at senior centers, earned several awards for her acting with the Folksbiene Theater. More ▸