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Lost Jewish Tombstones Found in Greece

In a find that local Jewish groups have described as highly significant, Greek police said last week that hundreds of marble headstones and other fragments from Jewish graves destroyed during the Nazi occupation in World War II have been recovered. The 668 fragments were found buried in a plot of land in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second […]

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‘Odd Couple’s’ Jack Klugman, Son of Russian Jews, Dies

Jack Klugman, a son of poor Russian Jewish immigrants who rose to fame as an actor on “The Odd Couple,” has died at the age of 90. He portrayed a slovenly sportswriter on “The Odd Couple” television show and a tough medical examiner on “Quincy, ME.” Klugman’s attorney Larry Larson told AFP the actor died […]

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DVDs for Bedridden Children

Once again, a family’s generous gesture results in providing educational and inspirational DVDs to enhance the lives of bedridden children and adults. In an effort to perpetuate the memory of their mother Mrs. Chanchy Bruk A”H, whose second yahrzeit was on Zayin Teves, The Bruk Family has undertaken to subsidize the cost price of a […]

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Adam Greenberg, Jewish Baseball Player, Signs Minor League Deal with Orioles

Jewish player Adam Greenberg will resume his professional baseball career after signing a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles. Greenberg, 31, signed a minor-league contract with the Orioles and will work to get a spot on their Class AAA farm team in Norfolk, Va. Chosen by the Chicago Cubs in the ninth round of […]

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Centennial Study of Famed Chassidic Discourses Continues

Students of Chabad-Lubavitch Chassidic thought worldwide are continuing to mark the centennial anniversary of a monumental series of Chassidic discourses by the fifth Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Shalom Dovber Schneersohn, known as the Rebbe Rashab, with new materials and classes continuing to appear both online and in print. The discourses—collectively known as Hemshech Ayin Beis—were given […]

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Satmar Offers Israelis Cash for not Voting

The anti-Zionist Satmar Hasidic sect intends to pay every Israeli who promises not to vote, regardless of his or her religious affiliation. According to sources involved in the move, each person submitting their identity card and driver’s license on Election Day will receive $100 in cash. Last week, it was reported that one of the […]

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ADL Welcomes Hungary’s Actions to Penalize Hate Speech

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) welcomed the Hungarian government’s approval of an amendment laying the groundwork to hold members of parliament accountable for hateful remarks. The approval by Hungary’s parliament came in the wake of anti-Semitic statements made by Marton Gyongyosi of the neo-Nazi Jobbik party, who stated on the floor of the parliament that “it […]

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After Newtown, Jews Lead Renewed Push on U.S. Gun Control

A Jewish community strongly supportive of gun control plus Jewish lawmakers eager to enact new gun control laws may bring Jews into a lead role as the nation debates federal measures to rein in mass murders at its malls and schools. The new openness to legislation and other measures following the slaughter of 26 elementary […]

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Bar Mitzvah Boy gives $13,000 to Troops

To celebrate the day he became a man, a Los Angeles 13-year-old donated a sizable chunk of his bar mitzvah gifts to help mend injured American war veterans and active duty soldiers. The University of California Los Angeles’ Operation Mend program recently accepted a $13,000 donation from Joshua Neidorf, following his Jewish rite of passage. […]

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Police Charge Man in Bomb Hoax Against LA Synagogue

Police have arrested a man they believe made multiple phony bomb threats against a Los Angeles synagogue on Tuesday. The suspect was identified as Wan Ryung Song, who is also known as Patrick Song, a 46-year-old naturalized citizen and native of South Korea, The Los Angeles Times reported. Song has been charged with four counts of […]

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Torah, Tefilah and Tzedakah in the UN GA Hall

ElAl’s Unity Sefer Torah, which began in the Rebbes Room and has been traveling around the world, made a stop in the United Nations General Assembly hall in New York City on the third night of Chanukah. In the very hall, which the Rebbe referred to as shroud in the darkness of lies, and where […]

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Yemen Appoints Five Local Jews to National Dialogue Conference

Five members of the Jewish community in Yemen have been appointed to the country’s National Dialogue Conference. The dialogue conference is part of a power transfer deal following the ousting in February of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who peacefully transferred his power to current President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who had served as Saleh’s long-time deputy. […]

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When Kids Are Attacked, Families Are Also Victims

When children are targeted in a shooting rampage, the circle of victims extends far beyond the wounded and the dead. This tragic lesson, which the families of the 20 first-graders killed at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School a week ago are now facing, was painfully learned 13 years ago by the parents of youngsters whom […]

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$500M in Checks Left at Western Wall

Worshippers usually leave notes to the Almighty at one of Judaism’s holiest sites. But half a billion dollars? Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, who oversees Jerusalem’s Western Wall, said a worshipper found an envelope at the site Wednesday with 507 checks in the amount of about $1 million each. They were not addressed to anyone, and it’s […]

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Rabbis: Destroying Tomb Tiles No ‘Marriage Segulah’

Leading rabbis on Thursday condemned an apparent new “segulah” (an action designed to elicit Heavenly help) that an individual claimed was an ancient tradition he was reviving at the Tomb of King David on Mount Zion. The tradition, which Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovich, Rabbi of the Western Wall and the Holy Places said was “nonsense,” involved […]

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Suburban Synagogue Celebrates Building Renovation

Hanukkah celebrates the restoration of the Temple in Jerusalem, so it was only fitting that the Chabad and F.R.E.E. of Niles synagogue celebrated its renovation Sunday during the last day of the holiday. For a quarter of a century, the address at 9401 Margail Ave., in an unincorporated area of Cook County near Des Plaines, […]

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San Francisco’s Only Kosher Market to Close

The owner of San Francisco’s only kosher market says she is closing her doors. Israel’s Strictly Kosher Market, which opened its doors 65 years ago, will close in March, owner Faina Avrutina told the J weekly. Avrutina has been running the shop for the last 10 years. The store has belonged to her family for […]

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UK’s Next Chief Rabbi Named

Britain’s Jewish community has announced that Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis of Finchley Synagogue will serve as the 11th chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth. He will replace Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, who is stepping down after holding the post since 1991. Mirvis, a well-known community rabbi in London, was chosen by the United […]

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Hungarian Minister: ‘I Am Jewish Whether You Like It Or Not’

In a direct and valiant attempt to confront the recent anti-Semitic events that have plagued the Hungarian parliament, State Secretary of the Development Ministry Janos Fonagy revealed to politicians: “My mother and father were Jewish, and so am I, whether you like it or not.” The minster’s remarks came in response to last month’s calls […]

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Finding a Way to Make Yoga Kosher

Tucked away in an unassuming brownstone basement on a leafy Crown Heights side street, a pioneering group of Jewish women at Crown Heights Fitness are stretching and bending, kosher-style. These women did not start this yoga process in a casual way; they had to examine their beliefs. Would yoga contradict their spiritual views as Orthodox […]

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Italy to Press Germany on Conviction of Former Nazis

Italy will demand that Germany goes after former Nazis found guilty of war crimes by Italian courts, Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi di Sant’Agata said Wednesday. In October, judges refused to prosecute eight former Nazis who had been convicted in Italy for the 1944 killing of 560 civilians in Sant’Anna di Stazzema, a town in Tuscany. […]

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Inouye, Stalwart Israel Advocate in US Senate, Dies

Daniel Inouye, the long-serving Japanese-American Democratic senator who – though representing Hawaii, a state with only a tiny Jewish population – was considered by many as Israel’s best friend in the US Senate, died on Monday. He was 88. “Shalom and Aloha,” he told a group of Jerusalem high school students in his deep, bass […]

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Chabad Spends NIS 1.5M on Hanukkah

Take a moment to lean back and remember whether one of the sufganiyot you ate during Hanukkah was served to you by a smiling Chabadnik. If you indeed recall such a situation, you must be one of the 384,615 Israeli citizens for whom Chabad’s youth organization bought the holiday treat for the wholesale price of […]

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Dead Sea Scrolls Online Library Launched

The public is invited to experience, view, examine, and explore this collection of over 5000 images of Dead Sea Scrolls, in a quality never seen before. The library was assembled over the course of two years, in collaboration with Google, using advanced technology first developed by NASA. It includes some 1000 new images of scroll […]

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CAY Marks 2 Years, Permanent Location, New Torah

On the first day of Chanukah Chevra Ahavas Yisroel held a benefit dinner marking two years to the founding of the Shul and their new permanent location. The dinner was preceded by a Siyum and Hachnosas Sefer Torah to the Shul. The festivities began on the first light of Chanukah, Sunday afternoon, with the Sidof […]

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Hebrew to be Nixed as Foreign Language in U.K. Schools, Jewish Chronicle Reports

The British government is reportedly planning to exclude Hebrew from a list of recognized foreign languages in the national education system. The Board of Deputies of British Jews warned last week that the exclusion of Hebrew could damage Jewish education in the country, the Jewish Chronicle reported. Education Minister Elizabeth Truss announced plans last month […]

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Netanyahu: Western Wall ‘Will be Ours Forever’

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reiterated his claim from a Western Wall candle-lighting ceremony that the site “will be ours forever.” Netanyahu made the claim Sunday at the weekly Cabinet meeting the morning after making the same assertion the night before during a ceremony at the Wall on the eighth and final night of Hanukka. At […]

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Torah and Hanukkah Unite Reps. Cantor and Shultz

Torah and the Hanukkah holiday combined their strength to bring together rival Congressmen Eric Cantor and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz for completion of a “unity” Torah scroll sponsored by El Al Airlines. El Al initiated the “Torah Scroll for Israel Unity” last year. The Torah scroll will be flown on special flights of national and historic significance […]

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Before Meeting with the President, Visiting the Ohel

Twenty Seven souls were brutally extinguished in a single act of inconceivable violence in the Sandy Hook Elementary School. Amazing tales of heroism have emerged from within this tragedy and the community has come together in support of one another. Before President Barak Obama arrived for a visit local Shluchim have already been offering moral […]

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Hungary’s Jews Face Down New Anti-Semitism, Embrace Heritage

A week after a leader of Hungary’s far-right Jobbik party called for lists of prominent Jews to be drawn up to protect national security, Janos Fonagy stepped forward. “My mother and father were Jewish, and so am I, whether you like it or not,” the state secretary of the Development Ministry told parliament, explaining he […]

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