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In Italy, numbers up, culture up

In Italy, numbers up, culture up

ROME — Whenever Georges De Canino worries about the future of Italian Jewry, he looks at the bricks in the building across the street from his apartment in the center of this city’s old Jewish ghetto.

A painter who sometimes stares at the stones for inspiration, De Canino claims that they originally came from the Coliseum, and they remind him of history’s long arc. The stones have been in Rome for nearly 2,000 years. The city’s Jews have been here for longer. And neither of them, De Canino says, is going anywhere.

“Above all, it’s a community that survives invasions, barbarians, the economy,” De Canino said. “We’re a small community that is reborn, that grows. We play a very important role in Italy.”

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Memories of Six Day War at Ammunition Hill

Memories of Six Day War at Ammunition HillONLY THE occasional sniffle or wiping of damp eyes could be heard over the hushed voices of the friends and families of the fallen. Dozens of families and comrades of Israeli soldiers killed in the 1967 Six Day War gathered last month on Jerusalem’s Ammunition Hill to mark the opening of a new hall honoring the 182 soldiers who died in the battle for Israel’s capital. Ammunition Hill, the site of some of the fiercest fighting in the Six Day War, was long neglected as a memorial site despite...
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Readying 1,600 tons of honey

Readying 1,600 tons of honeyJERUSALEM — Beekeepers from across Israel delivered their honey products to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin this week in light of a festive event held at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem for the upcoming Jewish New Year. A delegation of the Israeli Honey Council, which also included a three-generation family of children, parents and grandparents in the beekeeping business, presented the president with their selection of sweet goods on Sunday, August 30.
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Help for infertile Jewish couples

ROCKVILLE, MD. — Laura has donated her eggs four times to women who needed help having children. “It gave me a real sense of purpose,” she said. “It really is a great personal pleasure to know that I have something that changes someone’s life.” Laura, 28, from Manassas, Va., asked that her full name not be published to protect her privacy. She made the donations through A Jewish Blessing, a company in Jacksonville, Florida, that matches Jewish potential parents who are infertile w...
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Rosenwald changed the lives of African Americans

Rosenwald changed the lives of African AmericansPHILADELPHIA — Alex Bethea, the son of cotton and tobacco farm workers, was in sixth grade in 1965 when his family moved from Dillon, South Carolina, to the tiny town of Fairmont, NC, where he attended a school called “Rosenwald.” But it wasn’t until this week, 50 years later, that Bethea learned that his school was named for Julius Rosenwald, the Jewish philanthropist who is the subject of a new documentary by Aviva Kempner. The film tells the little-known story of Rosenwald’s contr...

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Orthodox man, 25, stabbed in Brooklyn in morning attack

Julie Wiener NEW YORK (JTA) — An Orthodox man was stabbed on a sidewalk in the Brooklyn neighborhood that is home to the Chabad-Lubavitch movement’s world headquarters. Yehuda Lib Brikman, 25, who according t... [Link]

Kahane’s widow: Jewish extremists ‘have nothing to do with’ Kahane’s ideology

Ben Sales JERUSALEM (JTA) – Her husband was assassinated and her grandson is in prison. But Libby Kahane, widow of the late far-right Rabbi Meir Kahane, has remained faithful to her husband’s ideology. She ... [Link]

WATCH: Hitler comedy ‘Look Who’s Back’ coming to Netflix

Ben Sales (JTA) — A German satirical movie about Adolf Hitler coming back to life in modern-day Germany will appear on the Netflix streaming service in April. “Look Who’s Back,” which wa... [Link]

‘Bernie Sandwiches’ hailed as New Hampshire winner, and other Jewish tweets

Gabe Friedman In the scramble to announce Bernie Sanders’ victory in the New Hampshire Democratic primary Tuesday night, MSNBC host Chris Hayes gave the Internet one of the Jewiest food memes since Hillary Clinto... [Link]

Why Bernie Sanders’ historic victory is no big deal to Jews – or America

Uriel Heilman NEW YORK (JTA) — Bernie Sanders is having a month of historic firsts. In New Hampshire on Tuesday night, he handily won the Democratic Party contest, becoming the first Jew to win a presidential pri... [Link]

Israeli soldiers kills rock-throwing Palestinian teen

Ben Sales TEL AVIV (JTA) — Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian teenager in the West Bank who reportedly was throwing rocks at cars and Israeli soldiers. Omar Jawabreh, 16, was shot in the chest... [Link]

Knesset’s Tzipi Livni: Treat international media as ‘hostile arena’

Ben Sales TEL AVIV (JTA) —  The chair of a Knesset subcommittee said “We must treat the international media arena as a hostile arena” in the wake of a controversial headline on the killing of an ... [Link]

Women of the Wall service grows to 100 worshippers following Western Wall deal

Ben Sales TEL AVIV (JTA) — Women of the Wall drew 100 women to its monthly service — more than its typical attendance — a week and a half after the adoption of a compromise over the future o... [Link]

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