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Polish Jewry Museum’s Creator Resigns Under Pressure

By Rukhl Schaechter

The recent departure under pressure of the creator and overseer of Warsaw’s Museum of the History of the Polish Jews is provoking concern about the future of the ambitious, large-scale project, which aims to preserve a legacy of 1,000 years of Jewish life in Poland.Read More


Strauss-Kahn’s Journey From Acceptance to Sex Scandal

By Marc Perelman

Just weeks ago, Dominique Strauss-Kahn worried aloud that his Jewish identity would be exploited during France’s upcoming presidential campaign. In what were to have been off-the-record meetings with writers and editors of the French newspaper Libération and the newsmagazine Marianne, Strauss-Kahn in late April cited money, women — he had admitted to a 2008 extramarital affair with a subordinate at the International Monetary Fund — and his Jewish identity as the issues his political opponents were most likely to seize on as the election season got under way.Read More


Ukrainians Cling to Belief That Demjanjuk Is Innocent

By Paul Berger

Forget for a moment that John Demjanjuk is guilty. Forget what a German court has just concluded: that he was a camp guard at Sobibor between March and September 1943, when 28,060 mostly Polish Jews were murdered. Imagine instead that Ukrainian-born Demjanjuk, 91, is an innocent, elderly man who has been hounded for 34 years by three governments — American, Israeli and German — for crimes he never committed. You’ll begin to understand the very different way that most people in the Ukrainian-American community have come to view this epic case.Read More


Should USAID Use Public Funds For Religious Entities Overseas?

By Nathan Guttman

A seemingly minor proposal buried in the Federal Register is sparking debate over the extent to which separation of religion and state should be maintained beyond American borders. At issue is an attempt by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to ease existing regulations to allow funding for the construction and upkeep of religious institutions overseas.Read More


Bibi Prepares To Address a Friendly Congress, an Impatient White House

By Nathan Guttman

When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to America’s Congress on May 24, he will be appearing in front of some of his greatest fans in the United States. But his remarks will be addressing the Obama administration, a much more critical constituency.Read More


Treasured Judaica Library, Feared Lost, Is Back On the Market

By Paul Berger

One of the world’s largest and most valuable private Judaica libraries is up for sale, again.Read More


After Bin Laden: Revisiting Loss, Questioning the Nature of Justice

By Nathan Guttman

News of the killing of Osama bin Laden sent many out to the streets and glued many others to TV screens. But for some in the Jewish community, the news offered an opportunity to revisit an event that touched them individually more than it did most others.Read More


In Remote Kyrgyzstan, Jews Secure Ties With Local Elite Amid Political Turmoil

By Josh Tapper

Josh Tapper travels to Kyrgyzstan to report on the precarious situation of the nation’s 1,500 Jewish residents, who have been the target of a series of anti-Semitic incidents during the past year.Read More


Did a Private Meeting Prompt Goldstone To Change His Mind?

By Larry Cohler-Esses, Gal Beckerman and Claudia Braude

When Richard Goldstone returned home to South Africa last May for his grandson’s bar mitzvah — an event that he was almost unable to paticipate in because of protests planned against him — he also attended a separate meeting whose details were kept secret until now. In the wake of Goldstone’s bombshell retraction of a key finding in the famous report that bears his name, those present at that meeting, individuals who have known him through the years, felt moved to disclose what happened. They joined many others in puzzling over what had prompted the famous jurist to change his mind — and, they hoped, Israel’s fate.Read More


Ford Foundation, Big Funder of Israeli NGOs, Pulling Out

By Nathan Guttman

After being a target for political attacks during the past year, progressive nongovernmental organizations in Israel are now bracing for another hit: the loss of one of their largest donors. The Ford Foundation, which has provided $40 million to civil society NGOs in Israel since 2003, will not resume its funding for programs in Israel once its current grant round ends in two years. The reason, the organization explains, has to do with changing priorities, not with politics.Read More


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