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Franz Molnar’s Heirs Fight Over His Bank Account, And Their Identity

By Nathaniel Popper

Novelist and playwright Franz Molnar’s life was always high on drama. He wrote works that were tuarned into Hollywood movies and Broadway musicals, including the Rodgers and Hammerstein favorite “Carousel.” In his personal life, Molnar fled Hungary to escape the Nazis and lived the high life in New York City until his death in 1952.Read More


Harmony Silenced at Egyptian Music Fest

By Alex Weisler

Wendy Sternberg was thrilled when the organization she founded, Genesis at the Crossroads, was invited to perform at the eighth annual International Music Festival at Egypt’s Alexandria Library.Read More


Prague Conference May Be Last Chance To Settle Holocaust Property Claims

By Nathan Guttman

In what may be the final opportunity for many Holocaust survivors, the international community is launching a new effort to reach understandings on restitution of property that belonged to Jews in Europe before the Nazi occupation.Read More


Support Grows In Congress for Iran Sanctions

By Nathan Guttman

Like Israel, pro-Israel activists in Washington have avoided taking sides on Iran’s internal issues. But even before Iran’s June 12 election, they were pushing hard for legislation that would impose tough measures against Tehran. And the unrest and government repression now taking place there appear to have bolstered their cause.Read More


Iran Turmoil Emboldens Opponents of Obama Outreach

By Nathan Guttman

Critics of the Obama administration’s call for negotiations with Iran have gained new life with the unrest there following disputed election results.Read More


A Polish Priest’s Dream of Aliyah

By Donald Snyder

When Romuald Jakub Weksler-Waszkinel applied to immigrate to Israel as a Jew under the Law of Return last October, Israeli authorities delayed responding to his request for months.Read More


When Bad People Want To Be Jewish

By Rebecca Dube

Can someone be too evil to convert? That’s one question raised by the reported conversion to Judaism of former Liberian dictator Charles Taylor, who is currently awaiting trial on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in The Hague. Taylor’s wife, Victoria, told the BBC that the accused war criminal is “now a Jew. He’s practicing Judaism.”Read More


Pakistani Rock Star Builds Cultural Bridges

By Rebecca Dube

Salman Ahmad, M.D., knows that he is an unlikely rock star. Make that an unlikely rock star, klezmer jam-session collaborator, celebrity to the Muslim world and United Nations goodwill ambassador.Read More


Bibi Bails on UNESCO Flap, Angering Wiesel

By J.J. Goldberg

Israeli-Arab diplomatic sniping over the choice of a new head for the United Nations cultural arm, UNESCO spilled over into an unlikely arena recently, emerging unexpectedly as a sore point in Israel’s relations with the Jewish Diaspora.Read More


Pro-Palestinian Advocates Sense Winds of Change in Washington

By Nathan Guttman

Changes in America’s policy toward the Middle East conflict are sending positive vibrations throughout the small and struggling pro-Palestinian advocacy community.Read More





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