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Fred Zeidman takes the politics out of the Holocaust Museum

WASHINGTON — As a close friend of George W. Bush and a top Republican Party fundraiser, Fred Zeidman knew that his appointment as chairman of the US Holocaust Memorial...

The mystery of the dislocated grave

Here lies a tale about the past, and the mysteries in its wake. Sit down, have some hot tea, stir the fire, make yourself comfortable on a cold winter’s night....

Birthplace of Hitler: Bitter history sends a letter to the stars

Kym Harris is neither astronomer nor astronaut, but her eyes are firmly fixed on the stars. Harris is the New York-based project director of “A Letter to the Stars,”...

Colorado Muslim Society, B’nai Chavurah begin a dialogue — sometimes friendly, sometimes angry

A new phenomenon called “twinningism” came to Denver last week, bringing messages of harmony, tolerance and shared social action — as well as one or two reminders why...

Bridging the Muslim-Jewish divide: 50 synagogues, 50 mosques, twin

LOS ANGELES — There was nothing unusual about some 20 devout Muslims from the King Fahad Mosque bowing and prostrating themselves as they recited the Isha, or night...

AJC expert: it’s Iran, stupid

The summer and fall have provided distractions aplenty. The past few months have been hectic, with the dramatic American presidential campaigns, the precipitous...

Are you a ‘cool Jew’? New book helps you figure out the answer

LOS ANGELES — Are you a Heebster? Jon Stewart is. Adam Sandler is. Superman and Spiderman are. Even Curious George is. “When you’re a Heebster, you don’t have to...

Many Anne Franks in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — As a young girl in the early 1990s, Sayana Ser often spent the night cowering in fear with her family in an underground shelter her father...

Only 5% of US Orthodox shuls have cantors today

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Sitting in a meeting room in the Radisson Hotel here, 15 Orthodox cantors listen reverentially to a 1954 recording of the great Israeli cantor Leib...

Chabad brings tefilin, connection to Jews serving time

NEW YORK — Charles Smith tries to recall the last time he participated in the tefilin ritual as the rabbinical student wraps his arm. “It’s been a long time,” Smith...