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Mizel delegation to Dachau

The Mizel Museum is hosting a delegation to Dachau, Germany, April 29-May 4, for the 70th anniversary of the concentration camp’s liberation.

The Colorado National Guard’s 157th Infantry Regiment, along with others, was responsible for the liberation of the camp in 1945.

Participants, besides members of the Colorado and Oklahoma National Guards, include Melanie Pearlman, president-CEO of the Mizel Institute; Georgina Kolber, managing director of Mizel Museum; Rabbi Eliot Baskin, JFS rabbinic director; Doug Seserman, president and CEO, JEWISHColorado; Shayna Alexander, assistant director of development, ADL; and Shana Goldberg, assistant publisher, Intermountain Jewish News.

Kolber says, “The Mizel Museum’s purpose for this mission is not only to honor the lives lost, survivors and the liberators, but also to impress upon these leaders the importance of their organizations’ efforts to confront hatred, prevent genocide and promote human dignity.”

The delegation will visit the Palace of Justice at Nuremburg, participate in a wreath laying ceremony and spend time with Munich’s Jewish community.

 
International

Ambassador to Poland apologizes for FBI comments

Ambassador to Poland apologizes for FBI commentsThe US ambassador to Poland apologized for the FBI director’s comments about Poles being accomplices in the Holocaust. Stephen Mull said Monday, April 20, that FBI director James Comey was not speaking for the US government when he accused Poles and Hungarians of complicity in Nazi atrocities during a speech April 14 at a benefit for the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Fox News reported. Comey’s speech was published April 16 in the Washington Post with the headline “Why I require FBI agent...
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Israel

Five Israeli answers to drought

TEL AVIV — For help facing its worst drought in centuries, California should look to a country that beat its own chronic water shortage: Israel. Until a few years ago, Israel’s wells seemed like they were always running dry. TV commercials urged Israelis to conserve water. Newspapers tracked the rise and fall of Lake Kinneret, Israel’s biggest freshwater source. Religious Israelis gathered to pray for rainfall at the Western Wall during prolonged dry spells. However, the once perpetual I...
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National

March in Kansas City marks one year after deadly shooting

March in Kansas City marks one year after deadly shootingKANSAS CITY — Thousands marched in a Kansas City suburb to mark the first anniversary of deadly shootings outside two Jewish institutions. The three-mile Peace Walk that began at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park, Kan., culminated seven days of events planned by the families of the victims promoting “faith, love and kindness” called SevenDays: Make a Ripple, Change the World.
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Local

Vote of confidence for Doug Seserman

Vote of confidence for Doug SesermanJEWISHcolorado’s board of directors announced that President and CEO Doug Seserman will lead the organization for up to five additional years. Seserman’s contract was renewed for a two-year period beginning July 1, 2015, with a three-year extension option following those two years. “We feel fortunate to have a leader with so much creative vision, commitment, and courage at the helm of our organization,” said Board Chair Amy Toltz-Miller. “Doug achieved a number of notable accomplishm...
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JTA News

Watchdog sees 53% rise in anti-Semitic incidents recorded in Britain

Cnaan Liphshiz Rise likely caused by greater reporting, not prevelance, according to British Jewry’s CST group. ... [Link]

Israeli Foreign Ministry: Sunni Arab nations are ‘allies’

Uriel Heilman The ministry’s director general, Dore Gold, made the remarks in a presentation on the shortcomings of the Iran nuclear deal. ... [Link]

Israel complains it hasn’t gotten promised Iran deal info

Ron Kampeas The Obama administration said the whole agreement is available to all on the Internet. ... [Link]

Radar survey uncovers Great Synagogue of Vilna remains

Julie Wiener Remains of the 17th-century synagogue discovered under the site, where a school now stands, include sections of the Great Synagogue and possible remnants of its mikvahs. ... [Link]

Israel reportedly strikes Syrian car, killing 5 militants

Julie Wiener The attack near the Israeli border was said to be targeting a terrorist released from an Israeli prison in a 2008 swap with Hezbollah, but it was not known if he was killed. ... [Link]

Vatican opens exhibit on ties between Pope John Paul II and Jews

Marcy Oster At the opening, the chief rabbi of Rome recalled the pope’s historic 1986 visit to the city’s Great Synagogue. ... [Link]

Ukraine fiscal crisis leads to major setback for homegrown Jewish philanthropy

Cnaan Liphshiz The economic crisis, in light of the military conflict against Russian-backed rebels, has diminished a growing donor class and returned the Jewish community to a reliance on Western aid. ... [Link]

Munich upholds ban on Holocaust street memorials

Marcy Oster The City Council ignored a petition signed by 100,000 people calling for a lifting of the prohibition on the memorials known as stumbling blocks. ... [Link]

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