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Colorado returns to Dachau

Colorado returns to Dachau

And the heavens wept: German chancellor, liberators and survivors gather at Dachau on the 70th anniversary of its liberation.

MUNICH — Hundreds gathered on a grey, rainy day to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp in 1945.

The overcast weather suited the somber occasion, marking an event that was paradoxically a collective nadir and zenith in human history.

Among the speakers were a liberator, three Dachau survivors and Germany’s head of government, Chancellor Angela Merkel. It was the first time a sitting chancellor attended the official commemoration ceremony there.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 May 2015 18:23 )

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Why Ethiopian Israelis took to the streets

Why Ethiopian Israelis took to the streetsTEL AVIV — A historically disadvantaged black minority is galvanized when one of its members appears to suffer brutality at the hands of police — and the episode is caught on video. Peaceful mass protests devolve into violence. Police crack down in an attempt to control crowds. It’s not Baltimore or Ferguson. It’s Tel Aviv, which was rocked by unrest Sunday, May 3, after a video of a uniformed Ethiopian-Israeli soldier, Damas Pakada, being beaten by Israeli police made the rounds online...
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International

Jewish groups rush to aid Nepalese

Jewish groups rush to aid NepaleseNEW YORK — Almost as soon as news of Nepal’s devastating earthquake reached the wider world, Jewish aid groups began mobilizing humanitarian efforts to help the victims. In Israel, that meant dispatching first responders to Nepal; in America, it mostly meant raising and allocating money. How is the Jewish aid being deployed in Nepal? Israel

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 May 2015 13:01 )

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Israel

When should Holocaust education begin?

TEL AVIV — On April 19, Keren Zachmi’s daughter returned from her kindergarten near Tel Aviv wearing a yellow patch emblazoned with the word “Jude.” A teacher had put the yellow star on 17 kindergarteners so they would feel like Holocaust victims during Yom Hashoah, Israel’s national Holocaust commemoration day. Appalled, Zachmi took a picture of her 3-year-old with the patch and posted it to her municipality’s Facebook page with a complaint. “I am utterly shocked and worried ab...
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Israel

Unity Day to mark the anniversary of abduction of three teens

JERUSALEM — Jewish communities will mark the first anniversary of the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens by Palestinian terrorists with a Unity Day. The commemoration, set for June 3, was developed by the parents of Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaer and Eyal Yifrah in conjunction with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and the Gesher organization. Organizations representing over one million people in Israel and around the world have agreed to participate, according to project organizers. “T...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 May 2015 14:28 )

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Are you a mensch? You can be featured in a film

Gabe Friedman Award-winning filmmaker Tiffany Shlain calls for video submissions for her latest project, “The Making of a Mensch.” ... [Link]

In Paris, planned Jewish center touted as proof community is here to stay

Cnaan Liphshiz The $11 million center, which is slated to open in 2017, will house a large synagogue, two exhibition halls, a gymnasium, offices, and a large terrace to accommodate a sukkah. ... [Link]

Will Israelis pay the price for a natural gas ‘monopoly’?

Uriel Heilman At stake in the development of the offshore natural gas deposits may be nothing less than the health of the Israeli economy. ... [Link]

Belgium to provide $4 million in security funding to Jewish institutions

Marcy Oster Upgraded security could spur the government to reduce the number of soldiers protecting the buildings. ... [Link]

Dutch Supreme Court allows extradition of wanted Israeli rabbi 

Marcy Oster Eliezer Berland, a Breslov Hasid who founded an Israeli yeshiva, is accused of sexually assaulting several of his female followers, including one minor. ... [Link]

Orthodox Jewish groups brace for consequences of gay-marriage ruling

Ron Kampeas Groups opposed to same-sex marriage worry that they could lose their tax-exempt status or become subject to discrimination lawsuits. ... [Link]

Jewish resort that inspired ‘Dirty Dancing’ to become $250-million yoga retreat

Gabe Friedman The iconic Catskills resort — the inspiration for “Dirty Dancing” — will be turned into a health & wellness center. ... [Link]

Arab-Jewish school in Jerusalem vandalized for second time

Marcy Oster Swastikas and anti-Arab graffiti were spray-painted on the walls of the school, which was set on fire in a November arson attack. ... [Link]

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