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  • Unique museum tells story of Polish family murdered for hiding Jews during Holocaust

    This story is sponsored by the Polish Cultural Institute New York. MARKOWA, Poland — Memorial plaques bearing the names of Poles killed for rescuing Jews line the pathway leading to a small, austere structure built into a hillside in this rural village in southeastern Poland. In the center courtyard, a large slab is inscribed to the memory of…

  • Century-old Boston synagogue receives $500,000 in city funds for historic preservation

    BOSTON (JTA) – A century-old synagogue in Boston that now serves as a Jewish cultural center will receive $500,000 from the city for historic preservation. On the recommendation of Mayor Martin Walsh, the City Council last week unanimously approved the grant for the Vilna Shul, Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture, under the Community Preservation Act….

  • The fight over the oldest synagogue in the US is headed to the Supreme Court

    BOSTON (JTA) — The legal fight over ownership of the country’s oldest synagogue is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week denied a petition filed by Congregation Jeshuat Israel, which worships in the historic synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island, for a rehearing of a ruling from August…

  • Boston-area city council turns away BDS resolution

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (JTA) — A campaign calling on the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts to not renew its contract with Hewlett Packard because of its business ties with Israel was dealt a setback, at least temporarily, when a group behind the proposed boycott failed to get its resolution placed on the City Council’s agenda for its…

  • Leonard Bernstein at 100: 7 treasures from the Library of Congress’ celebration of the Jewish maestro

    (JTA) — From his birthplace in Boston to New York, Berlin, South Africa, China and Israel, Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), the larger-than-life conductor, pianist, composer, educator and bon vivant, is being celebrated in a two-year bonanza of concerts, stage productions and programs marking the centennial of his birth. The American-born son of Ukrainian Jewish immigrants, Bernstein’s…

  • Harvard’s first-ever summit on Israel brings Amar’e Stoudemire and good news to campus

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (JTA) — During his freshman year at Harvard University, Max August thought twice about expressing his support for Israel among his classmates. He was uncomfortable with the vitriolic language and tactics of anti-Israel protests he encountered. “I was worried about putting myself out there and being the face of Israel on campus,” August,…

  • Massachusetts college investigates ‘act of blatant and deplorable anti-Semitism’

    BOSTON (JTA) — Campus police at a Massachusetts college are investigating an incident of harassment against a Jewish student. The incident took place last week at Hampshire College, a small liberal arts school in Amherst, about 90 miles west of Boston. The college’s president, Jonathan Lash, condemned the incident, but no further details have been…

  • Here are some new children’s books for Passover — and spring, too 

    BOSTON (JTA) — A talking parrot saves the family seder and a moose-musician is eager to host his perfect first Passover meal in a pair of delightful new children’s books for the holiday, which begins on Friday night. A third book celebrates the rich diversity of the Jewish people through photographs. Looking beyond Passover, a new crop of…

  • 30 years later, the author of ‘The Devil’s Arithmetic’ has a new young adult Holocaust novel

    BOSTON (JTA) — More than 30 years ago, Jane Yolen had already made her mark in the world of children’s literature. Among the nearly 100 books she had written were fantasies and folk tales, picture books and the popular “Captain Toad” chapter book series. Her gift for spinning original fairy tales earned her the reputation as…

  • Boston mourns Jewish girl and best friend killed by motorist

    BOSTON (JTA) — A synagogue, a Jewish summer camp and the wider Boston community are mourning two teenage best friends who died over the weekend after being struck by a car. Talia Newfield, 16, who is Jewish, and Adrienne Garrido, 17, were hit late Saturday afternoon while they were crossing a street near Needham High…