Hopes Dashed as Obama Avoids Calling Mass Killings of Armenians ‘Genocide’

This year, on Armenian Remembrance Day — when the mass killing of more than 1 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire is commemorated — Armenian-American activists had high hopes that a president who ran on a message of change would indeed change the pattern of previous administrations. That is, they hoped President Obama would use the term “genocide” to describe the human tragedy that occurred nearly a century ago.

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Even-Handed: South African jurist Richard Goldstone earlier headed his country?s Truth and Reconciliation Commission inquiry on apartheid.

Israel Near Nixing UN Probe On Gaza Headed By Sympathetic Jewish Jurist

In the past, when Israel blocked United Nations inquiries into its actions, it could sometimes point to the pro-Palestinian sympathies of those doing the probing.

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Leaders: JTS Chancellor Arnold Eisen, left, and Yeshiva University President Richard Joel.

In Jewish Education, Deep Cuts Shape New Landscapes

As the current economic downturn becomes the longest since the Great Depression, a series of painful cuts at America’s flagship institutions of Judaic scholarship have produced a new and uncomfortable reality: Jewish higher education is shrinking.

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Best Actor: Ulrich Tukur plays John Rabe in the German film of the same name.

‘China’s Oskar Schindler’ Takes German Oscar

A movie about “China’s Oskar Schindler” claimed the top prize at the recent German Film Awards.

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Jewish Sports Hall of Fame Honors Andre Tippett

The image of a 6-foot-3-inch, 250-pound African-American football player doesn’t typically bring to mind “Great Jewish Athlete.” Andre Tippett, five-time All-Pro linebacker for the New England Patriots and National Football League Hall of Famer, is changing that. Tippet, who converted to Judaism nearly 12 years ago, was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame on April 26. The ceremony was held at the Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center in Commack, N.Y.

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