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A family connection to Sugihara, the Japanese consul who saved Jews

A family connection to Sugihara, the Japanese consul who saved Jews


THE STORY of Chiune Sugihara — the Japanese consul in Kovno, Lithuania, who disobeyed his government’s orders in 1940 and issued transit visas through Japan to thousands of Jews seeking to flee war-torn Europe — wasn’t widely known until 1985, when Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial authority, honored him as one of the Righteous Among the Nations.

But I grew up hearing Sugihara’s story because he saved my father’s life. My father, the attorney Nathan Lewin, is a Sugihara survivor.


A journey against depression

A journey against depressionAllison Greenstein, who endured severe chronic depression since junior high, is now 42. After fighting unrelenting demons for a quarter century, her  smile flashes victory and hope. “I feel as if I’ve been reborn,” she tells the Intermountain Jewish News. “I’m still on medication, which I take religiously. But the debilitating depression is gone. It’s just not here anymore.” In May, 2015, Greenstein had her last ECT (electroconvulsive therapy) procedure. Where meds and therapy p...
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Shmurah — not your average matzah

Shmurah — not your average matzah PASSOVER EDITION 5776SECTION B PAGE 6 IT COSTS more per pound than filet mignon. It might be burnt or taste like cardboard. It’s so delicate it often breaks in the box, rendering it unfit for some Passover ritual uses. Yet every year, Jews from Brooklyn to Bnei Brak line up to fork over their hard-earned money to buy boxes and boxes of the stuff.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 April 2016 15:54 )

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How to...make your own Haggadah

How to...make your own Haggadah PASSOVER EDITION 5776SECTION C PAGE 7 THE HEBREW word haggadah means “narration” or “telling.” As the Passover seder’s instruction manual, the Haggadah is the most important tool for fulfilling the Passover mitzvah or imperative of telling the story of the Jewish exodus from Egypt (a mitzvah mentioned six times in the Torah). Maimonides (in the Mishneh Torah) explains that relating the miracles and wonders done for our ancestors in Egypt on Passover night is a positive commandment,...

Opera celebrates Portuguese Holocaust rescuer

Opera celebrates Portuguese Holocaust rescuer PASSOVER EDITION 5776FRONT PAGE On the surface, it seems unlikely that an American composer — let alone a Southern Baptist from Alabama — would write a musical treatment about a largely unknown Holocaust hero. But for musical composer Neely Bruce, creating an oratorio depicting the life of Aristides de Sousa Mendes, a Portuguese diplomat who rescued thousands of Jews from the Nazis during World War II, was a dive into history, politics and musical exploration....
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Woman says she was fired from Jewish group for not being Jewish enough

Brian Schaefer (JTA) — A woman is suing a Jewish non-profit health organization for wrongful termination, claiming she was let go because she was not Jewish enough. Helaine Dominguez, 69, was the director of... [Link]

Court awards employee $31,000 for abuse by Netanyahu’s wife

Brian Schaefer (JTA) — A former employee of the Israeli Prime Minister’s Residence was awarded some $31,000 by a Jerusalem labor court for mistreatment at the hands of the prime minister’s wife. ... [Link]

‘Never react to provocations,’ Pope Francis tells Israeli musician

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Asked how to avoid religion-based divisions between people, Pope Francis advised an Israeli musician to “never react” to provocations. The pontiff told this to Ofir Jacob on Monday a... [Link]

Why a small word change is a big deal for Reform women rabbis

Andrew Silow-Carroll NEW YORK (JTA) — Since 1972, when the Reform movement ordained its first female rabbi, more than 700 others have joined her ranks in that denomination alone. But a surprise awaited them, though... [Link]

Liberal Jews plan a summer of opposing Donald Trump

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — Boycott Trump? Mock Trump? Trump, the musical? Jewish liberals are ready to sow a summer of Donald Trump discontent in ways that aim both to bludgeon and entertain. Bend the A... [Link]

Brazilian Jewish politician Gerson Bergher dies at 91

Cnaan Liphshiz RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Gerson Bergher, one of Brazil’s most prominent Jewish activists, has died at 91. A former president of the Brazilian Zionist Organization, Bergher, who has served as... [Link]

Ukraine honors nationalists whose troops butchered Jews

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Amid a divisive debate in Ukraine on state honors for nationalists viewed as responsible for anti-Semitic pogroms, the country for the first time observed a minute of silence in memory o... [Link]

European Parliament lawmaker calls Israelis ‘a rash’

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — A European Parliament lawmaker compared Israelis to a skin disease, spurring the European Jewish Congress to demand disciplinary action. “We can give you a list of all the things we at... [Link]

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