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Kafka estate — via Brod — goes to Israel National Library

Kafka estate — via Brod — goes to Israel National Library

 

After decades of legal wrangling, on July 1 the Tel Aviv District Court awarded custody of the estate of Max Brod, Franz Kafka’s friend and publisher, to the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem.

The court’s decision ended a longstanding dispute between Eva and Ruti Hoffe — the daughters of Brod’s secretary Esther Hoffe, whom Brod had left in charge of his estate upon his death in 1968 — and Israel’s National Library, which was suing for possession of the documents.

 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 July 2015 11:29 )

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Football (the American kind) slowly taking off in Israel

Football (the American kind) slowly taking off in IsraelJERUSALEM — The scent of hamburgers and beer wafted over the field. The fans were bathed in barbecue smoke. The bleachers were cut from Jerusalem stone, the field was made of artificial turf. The spectators who had come to greet a tour of Pro Football Hall of Famers sat in plastic armchairs that blocked off the red zones and end zones, with nothing separating them from the game played at midfield. The players — diminutive by National Football League standards — wore shorts and no padding...
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1913: Jews, Christians, Muslims coexisted

1913: Jews, Christians, Muslims coexistedA one-hour PBS special airing June 30 traces the relationship between Jews and Arabs in Palestine in the late Ottoman Empire. “1913: Seeds of Conflict,” starts out one year before WW I, which led to the end of Ottoman rule over Palestine and the subsequent British Mandate there. The film’s opening scene in Jerusalem presents an almost idyllic scene where Muslims, Christians and Jews shared libations in small cafes and beamed as their children danced together.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 June 2015 14:33 )

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Welcome to Kutsher's — the last Catskills resort

Welcome to Kutsher's — the last Catskills resort A documentary 10 years in the making, “Welcome to Kutsher’s” started off as a testament to a once booming Borscht Belt hotel that had fallen on hard times. It was initially screened at the New York Jewish Film Festival in 2012; soon after, the ailing behemoth permanently shut its doors in 2013. The film is written like an obituary, but missing the painful, obligatory sentence: Kutsher’s is no longer. That’s reserved for the film’s final segment, which was added to film sometime af...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 02 July 2015 12:53 )

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Helen Mirren honored for role in 'Woman in Gold'

Helen Mirren honored for role in 'Woman in Gold'NEW YORK — Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren accepted an award for helping to educate the public about the issues surrounding Nazi-looted art. On June 19, the World Jewish Congress presented Mirren with its Recognition Award, which honors those working on behalf of the Jewish people, at a ceremony at New York’s Neue Galerie.
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Interfaith couple files complaint against Illinois hotel owner who refused to host wedding

Julie Wiener (JTA) — A Wisconsin couple filed a discrimination charge against an Illinois hotel owner who allegedly refused to host their interfaith wedding because it was not religious. Alexandra Katzman and Jo... [Link]

People keep asking New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz if he’s Jewish

Gabe Friedman Is New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz Jewish? It was a question fans were asking themselves last season during the team’s run to the World Series. Despite his surname, which is a syllable away f... [Link]

French court orders suspect in 1980 synagogue bombing back to jail

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) – A French court of appeals ordered the re-incarceration of a terror suspect who had been released to house arrest while standing trial for the killing of four Jews in 1980. The Paris Court of... [Link]

Netanyahu inaugurates new wing at Museum of the Jewish People

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu inaugurated a new wing at The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot in Tel Aviv. The new wing, spanning 25,000 square feet, is one of the products o... [Link]

Prosecutors finish arguments in NJ synagogue firebombing trial

Julie Wiener NEW YORK (JTA) — Prosecutors completed their arguments in the case against one of two New Jersey men accused of vandalizing and firebombing synagogues and a rabbi’s home in 2012. The Associated Pr... [Link]

Israel celebrates US Jewry’s historic contributions to Zionism

Andrew Silow-Carroll (JTA) — In an unusual role reversal, Israeli officials paid tribute to American Jewry’s contribution to the State of Israel at a Knesset ceremony. The May 25 ceremony in Jerusalem, the fir... [Link]

Skverer rebbe’s employee accused of secretly filming nude couples at NJ motel

Julie Wiener NEW YORK (JTA) — An employee of a Rockland County Hasidic grand rebbe has been arrested and charged with secretly taking photos of couples having sex in a New Jersey motel. Nachman Breier, a driver ... [Link]

New lawmaker vows to end Jewish prayer ban on Temple Mount

Julie Wiener (JTA) — At his Knesset swearing-in speech, longtime Temple Mount activist and new Likud lawmaker Yehuda Glick called for an end to the ban on Jewish prayer at the Jerusalem compound. Glick, who offi... [Link]

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