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My quesy night at a 'Jewish' eatery

My quesy night at a 'Jewish' eatery

LVIV, Ukraine — There’s a Jewish-themed restaurant attached to the ruins of the 16th-century Golden Rose Synagogue here. It first caught my eye last month when I was taking photographs of Meylakh Sheykhet, a haredi Jewish man who is fighting to preserve what’s left of the once beautiful structure.

Sheykhet insisted I train my lens in a different direction.

“I don’t want this anti-Semitic restaurant in the background,” he said.

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'Glass House' saved 40,000 Hungarian Jews

'Glass House' saved 40,000 Hungarian JewsNIR GALIM, Israel — On a recent afternoon in a museum in this moshav community near the port city of Ashdod, Hodaya Gadba held up a black-and-white photograph of a three-story building and pronounced, “This was the site of a thrilling episode of the rescue of Jews.” Gadba then led visitors on a tour of an exhibition dealing with the subject of the picture: the Glass House, a Budapest factory that housed a remarkable operation credited with saving more than 40,000 of the city’s Jews in 1...
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Seven ways to combine costumes and mishloach manot

Seven ways to combine costumes and mishloach manotGroggers, candy and music. A story that involves royalty, a beauty pageant and the antagonist getting hung on a tree. And let’s not forget the costumes. Purim is a joyful holiday that children of all ages can enjoy and appreciate. My children start thinking about their next year’s Purim costumes before I can even rid the house of the chametz (leavened products) from the traditional mishloach manot Purim gift baskets in order to prepare for Passover cleaning.
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Galveston synagogue survives Ike, now rebuilding

Galveston synagogue survives Ike, now rebuildingTAKING THIS reporter on a recent tour of Galveston Island’s Congregation Beth Jacob, the synagogue’s staff and lay leaders show remarkable attention to detail. The shifting locations of specific furniture and ritual items from the 1930s to the present. The water line on the Torah ark, a reminder of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Ike in 2008. Even the intricacies of the electrical work and the air conditioning system. But why does all this detail matter? For this Texas city’s small ...
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Dutch thrift shop returns Holocaust relic

Dutch thrift shop returns Holocaust relicAMSTERDAM — Two months before they were deported from the Netherlands to Auschwitz, Louis Barzelay and Flora Snatager invited a few guests to their wedding in Amsterdam. Instead of the yellow star he was legally required to wear, Louis wore a white flower on his lapel as he posed with Flora in a doorway for their wedding photo.
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NJ court rules $11M state grant to yeshiva unconstitutional

Julie Wiener (JTA) — A New Jersey court has ruled unconstitutional state grants to two religious institutions — including $10.6 million to one of North America’s largest haredi Orthodox yeshivas. The ruling... [Link]

Donald Trump agrees to debate Bernie Sanders for charity

Gabe Friedman (JTA) — Donald Trump agreed to debate Bernie Sanders ahead of the California primaries. Sanders, a candidate to be the Democratic presidential nominee, challenged Trump to the debate Wednesday n... [Link]

German minister lifts opposition to Jewish delegate on art restitution body

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — In a reversal,  Germany’s culture minister said she favors including a Jewish community representative on the country’s controversial committee for restitution of Nazi-looted art.... [Link]

We need to put the Yizkor back into Memorial Day

Andrew Silow-Carroll NEW YORK (JTA) — In Israel, when the two-minute siren sounds at 11 a.m. on Yom Hazikaron, the Jewish state’s Memorial Day, the nation comes to a halt. As we saw just two weeks ago, cars on... [Link]

Bernie Sanders expects ‘consensus’ on Palestinian rights at Democratic convention

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — Bernie Sanders said he expected his views on Palestinians rights to be reflected at the Democratic National Convention, and his appointees to the party’s platform draf... [Link]

Teenage mom in Israel says she was harassed while breastfeeding

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — A teenage mother in Israel said she was harassed and assaulted while breastfeeding her baby at a municipal building in Ashdod. The alleged victim, a 17-year-old woman identified by Is... [Link]

London’s Muslim mayor joins pledge to fight anti-Semitism

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Newly elected London Mayor Sadiq Khan endorsed a pledge cosigned by dozens of American and European mayors to fight anti-Semitism. Khan, a Muslim Labour politician who won the May 5 may... [Link]

State Dept.: Coalition deal ‘raises legitimate questions’ on Israel’s path

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — In a first official statement to the coalition pact signed between Likud and the right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu party, a State Department spokesman said this “raises legitimate questions... [Link]

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