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Holocaust Torah given to VCU

Holocaust Torah given to VCU

PHOENIX — A non-Jewish couple from Arizona donated a 250-year-old Torah scroll recovered from the Nazis to Virginia Commonwealth University.

The couple, Martin L. Johnson and Olinda Young of Phoenix, are collectors of antiques and art; an interest in old Bibles led to them to acquire eight Torah scrolls.

In recent years, the two have donated Torahs to the University of Pennsylvania, Loyola University in Chicago, Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, the University of Arizona and Arizona State.

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ADL report: 1.1 billion hate Jews

ADL report: 1.1 billion hate JewsNEW YORK — A lot of people around the world hate the Jews. That’s the main finding of the Anti-Defamation League’s largest-ever worldwide survey of anti-Semitic attitudes. The survey, released Tuesday, May 13, found that 26% of those polled — representing approximately 1.1 billion adults worldwide — harbor deeply anti-Semitic views. More than 53,000 people were surveyed in 102 countries and territories covering approximately 86% of the world’s population....
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International

1482 Torah fetches record bid at auction

1482 Torah fetches record bid at auction PARIS — A 15th-century book of the Torah sold for a record $3.87 million at an auction in Paris. Christie’s, which organized last week’s auction, listed the buyer as “anonymous” and said the sale broke the mark for the most expensive Hebrew-language book. Three buyers attempted to outbid each other over the telephone, the news website actualitte.com reported May 1. The book was printed in Hebrew in Bologna in January, 1482, according to Christie’s.
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J Street not admitted to Conference

J Street not admitted to ConferenceWASHINGTON — J Street’s failed effort to join the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations last week showed that many in the Jewish community still regard the dovish Israel policy group as beyond the pale. In a secret ballot April 30, 22 member groups of the Jewish community’s foreign policy umbrella body voted against admitting J Street, with 17 in favor, three abstentions and eight not present. At the same time, the membership bid elicited an unprecedented show o...
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Ava found!

Ava found!Ava Reinhard, the 15-year-old Cherry Creek student who went missing almost three weeks ago, was found safe on Monday, May 5, in San Diego. “She was discovered at 10:20 a.m., unharmed and OK,” says Joe Gutgsell, commander of investigations for the Greenwood Police Department. “That’s about the extent of it.” Citing the family’s need for privacy, he declined further comment. Ava was last seen April 23, when she ostensibly left home for school. The family reported her as a runaway to...
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Jack the Ripper not necessarily Jewish

Julie Wiener Scientists are contending that a recent book identifying the serial killer as a Jewish barber was based on flawed DNA analysis. ... [Link]

Poll: Most Israeli Jews oppose Palestinian state on ’67 lines

Marcy Oster Three-quarters of Israeli Jews oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders, a new poll found. ... [Link]

Jerusalem bus ads featuring young women in prayer shawls vandalized

Marcy Oster Several public buses featuring photos of young women wearing kippot and prayer shawls were vandalized in Jerusalem. ... [Link]

Some Beit Shemesh lawmakers eye splitting city into haredi and non-haredi entities

Marcy Oster Opposition members of the Beit Shemesh City Council submitted a proposal to divide the community into haredi Orthodox and non-haredi municipalities. ... [Link]

Arab-Israeli team hails ex-Knesset lawmaker accused of treason

Marcy Oster An Arab-Israeli soccer team honored a former Knesset lawmaker who fled Israel amid accusations of treason and espionage. ... [Link]

Hoops guru David Thorpe connects with players on and off the court

mbrodsky The Florida trainer has earned the trust of NBAers like Israelis Omri Casspi and Gal Mekel, as well as those reaching for the stars. ... [Link]

In Knesset, former protest leader Stav Shaffir follows the money

Ben Sales The youngest female legislator in Israeli history says budget transparency is the key to solving nearly every social problem — including Israeli-Palestinian peace. ... [Link]

Heirs to German Jews sue Swiss bank UBS to recover inheritance

Marcy Oster The relatives of German Jews whose art collection was seized by the Nazis have sued UBS, claiming the Swiss bank cheated them out of their inheritance. ... [Link]

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