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Taft letter against Brandeis on the auction block

Taft letter against Brandeis on the auction block

LOS ANGELES — A letter written by former President William Howard Taft opposing the nomination of Louis Brandeis to become a Supreme Court justice and called anti-Semitic is on the auction block.

The four-page letter, which Taft wrote to the Washington-based Jewish journalist Gus Karger and making reference to Brandeis’ Jewishness, was part of an online auction, April 28, by Nate D. Sanders Auctions in Los Angeles.

Bidding for the letter, which the auction house calls “historically important and anti-Semitic,” has been set to start at $15,000. It is said to be in fair to good condition.

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More flooding in Houston

More flooding in HoustonHOUSTON — Massive flooding has caused serious damage to the Jewish community of Houston for the second time in less than a year and just days before Passover. Dozens of homes in the Jewish neighborhoods of Meyerland and Willow Meadows reported significant flood damage as of April 19 from the extremely heavy rainfall in the previous two days, the Jewish Herald-Voice reported. At least seven people are dead and at least 1,000 homes flooded as of last week. Damage so far is estimated at $5 bil...
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Will Boulder be Nablus' sister city?

Will Boulder be Nablus' sister city?The sustained argument over whether Boulder should have a sister city relationship with the West Bank, largely Palestinian city of Nablus was sent into suspension last week when the Boulder City Council decided to hire a moderator to discuss the issue with proponents and opponents of the idea. On April 19, the council voted to spend up to $10,000 for the moderator who will facilitate a discussion among members of an as-yet unselected citizen panel. According to the Boulder Daily Camera, the Bou...
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Hate tags in Virginia Vale

POLICE ARE searching for suspects who spray-painted inflammatory symbols and slogans near the intersection of South Hudson and East Exposition early Tuesday, April 26. ADL has issued a security alert for Jewish institutions over Pass-over. Virginia Vale residents notified the Denver Police Department at 1 a.m. that multiple vehicles and some property had been vandalized. Police answering the dispatch discovered at least 36 cars and some garages covered with offensive graffiti....
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Harvard student calls Israeli politician 'smelly'

Harvard student calls Israeli politician 'smelly'BOSTON — The head of a student group at Harvard Law School has apologized for asking Israeli lawmaker Tzipi Livni, “How is it that you are so smelly?” Husam El-Qoulaq posed the question during an April 14 panel event on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with Livni and American diplomat Dennis Ross.
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Rock legend Phil Lesh gathers musician friends for a Grateful Dead Passover

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Hundreds attend 1st Jewish film festival in Casablanca

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Nearly 500 people attended the first Jewish film festival of Casablanca, which was organized in the Moroccan city by a Sephardic Jewish woman from Atlanta. The three-day event, which end... [Link]

Can you help a kibbutznik find his American relatives?

mbrodsky SEEKING KIN The “Seeking Kin” column aims to help reunite long-lost relatives and friends. (JTA) – “If only” – it’s the most common regret expressed by “Seeking Kin” interviewees, an... [Link]

Amid complicity debate, Polish clergy to attend 70th anniversary of post-Holocaust pogrom

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Polish clergy and researchers will hold a seminar in Kielce about a historically significant pogrom in which locals killed Holocaust survivors in that city 70 years ago. Occurring amid... [Link]

Netanyahu calls for ‘direct, bilateral negotiations’ with Palestinians

Marcy Oster JERUSALEM (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel is ready to start “direct, bilateral negotiations” with the Palestinians. The invitation, which Netanyahu has repeated... [Link]

Palestinians riot as Jewish worshippers visit Joseph’s Tomb

Marcy Oster JERUSALEM (JTA) — Palestinians in Nablus attacked Israeli soldiers escorting a convoy of Jewish worshippers who entered the West Bank city to visit Joseph’s Tomb. The 26 busloads of worshi... [Link]

Sides swap character attacks in trial over Bay Area’s Koret Foundation

Andrew Silow-Carroll SAN FRANCISCO (J., the Jewish news weekly of Northern California via JTA) — A civil trial focused on control of the $500 million Koret Foundation is pitting its founder’s widow, Susan Koret, a... [Link]

As Jews flee Belgium, a seder marks a family exodus

Cnaan Liphshiz BRUSSELS (JTA) — I was feeling nervous about coming to Brussels for seder with my family. Making the 130-mile trip there from my home in Amsterdam meant taking my 5-month-old son on a train that... [Link]

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