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Movement Creates Shoah Scroll To Ritualize Holocaust Holiday

By Sheldon Gordon

TORONTO — In a revolutionary attempt to ritualize the observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Conservative movement has produced the first-ever formal liturgy for the holiday.Dubbed “Megillat Hashoah” — “The Scroll of the Holocaust” — the document was recited publicly for the first time in North America during an AprilRead More


Illinois Senate Candidates Eyeing State’s Jewish Voters

By E.J. Kessler

Illinois State Comptroller Dan Hynes is considered the early favorite for the Democratic nomination in the race to succeed his state’s Republican senator, Peter Fitzgerald, who decided last month not to run for re-election. The son of another popular politician, Hynes, 34, can count on the support of Cook County’sRead More


Writer Discovers Romance in Kafka’s Happiest Chapter

By Max Gross

Kathi Diamant didn’t really like Franz Kafka when she first read him.Even today — more than 30 years after she first read “The Metamorphosis” — she doesn’t express the kind of veneration one would expect from the director of the Kafka Project at San Diego State University. “I prefer Kafka’s personal writing to hisRead More


Chief Rabbi Pick Opposed on Corruption, Abuse Charges

By Forward Staff and Ha’aretz

TEL AVIV — Israel’s Supreme Court has been asked to block the installation of the nation’s newly elected Ashkenazic chief rabbi, because of allegations that include incompetence, extorting money from marrying couples, forging signatures on marriage contracts and sexual abuse of women and boys.The rabbi, Yona Metzger, currently a neighborhoodRead More


Newsdesk May 2, 2003

Bush Lauded on AIDSHadassah is praising President Bush for endorsing a plan to fight AIDS in Africa. “President Bush has moved the battle against HIV/AIDS into a position of global importance,” said Bonnie Lipton, Hadassah’s national president. “By his actions, he has demonstrated the talmudic maxim that saving one life is akin to savingRead More


Archive Offers Campus New Era

By Josh Richman

SAN FRANCISCO — A mysterious discovery in a Holocaust survivor’s attic is fueling hopes of a Jewish studies renaissance on a campus plagued by antisemitic protests last year.Leaders of San Francisco State University’s Jewish studies program say the recent donation of original transcripts of the Nuremberg Trials will help usher in a new eraRead More


Exhibit Sheds Light on Nazi Suppression Of Free Speech

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — For the past decade, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has focused on the Nazi campaign to persecute and murder Europe’s Jews. But this week, the museum marked its 10th anniversary by opening an exhibition on a topic that is not explicitly and specifically Jewish: Hitler’s war on free thought and free speech.“I was aRead More


Strike Shuts Down Government Services

About 700,000 public-sector workers, including more than 200,000 teachers, launched a nationwide strike this week effectively shutting down almost all government services offered by the state. The strike, which began Wednesday, was called to protest the government’s introduction of legislation that would cut $2.35 billion from Israel’s $56Read More


Only in America: Building Bridges at a Unique Seder

By Andrea Barron

LETTER FROM VIRGINIAEvery Passover, Jews begin telling the story of the exodus from Egypt by reciting the Four Questions, starting with, “Why is this night different from all other nights?” This year, one Seder I attended was different not simply because of the matzo and the maror, but because of the people seated around the table.There wereRead More


‘A Place... Close to Our Hearts’

By Lisa Keys

TEREZIN, CZECH REPUBLIC — Theresienstadt, the Nazis’ “model” ghetto, whose remains were nearly washed away by the waters of the Elbe and Eger rivers in last August’s disastrous floods, is on its way back to model condition. Thanks to the generosity of Jews throughout the world who answered cries for help, the site through which 140,000Read More


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