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Pregnant and sheltered during the Six Day War

By Dorothea Shefer-Vanson MEVASSERET ZION, Israel — I was in the ninth month of my first pregnancy when the Six Day War broke out, fifty years ago. I have written in some detail about this point in my life in my first novel, The Balancing Game, so if you have read it I apologize for […]

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O Canada in Yiddish to debut June 6

By Dan Bloom CHIAYI CITY, Taiwan — Take two Canadian offspring of Holocaust survivors, Moses Znaimer and Hindy Nosek-Abelson, and put them in Toronto TV studio and the result will be the first-ever Yiddish translation and group performance of Canada’s national anthem “O Canada” just in time for Canada Day on July 1st, which celebrates […]

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Delayed by Nazis, bar mitzvah to now be celebrated by 89-year-old Holocaust survivor

CHICAGO — Harold Katz didn’t require a crash course in Hebrew before his bar mitzvah next week in Wilmette, Ill. He started preparing 76 years ago, and his skills never got rusty. Katz, 89, who lives in a North Side retirement home, was to have celebrated the occasion in Czechoslovakia back in 1941. But that […]

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Ivanka: A fitting successor to Queen Esther?

By Rabbi Michael Leo Samuel CHULA VISTA, California — Someone in my synagogue asked me an interesting question about Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner: What kind of Halakhic dispensation was given to them to drive on the Sabbath to the Inauguration of the President? The same question came up recently when the Trump entourage […]

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Why did a Russian Orthodox family restore a Siberian Jewish cemetery?

After memorializing the Jews who once lived just north of the Mongolian border, the Chernykh family is brought to Israel by Toronto Jews as token of thanks By Renee Ghert-Zand On an evening in early May, Russian grandmother Taisya Chernykh and her family collapsed into chairs in the lobby of their Jerusalem hotel after long […]

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Happy birthday Herman Wouk on your 102nd

By Stanley Tiger SAN DIEGO — Although today his name is not a household word, it may be a measure of his success – his success in remaining private. Herman Wouk, celebrating his 102nd birthday on May 27th, is known for the value he places on his privacy, yet this extraordinary writer remains a luminary in  the […]

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Journalist Eric Lichtblau to discuss ‘Nazis next door’

LA JOLLA, California (Press Release) — When World War II came to a close in 1945, the U.S. Government recruited a few leading German scientists, who it judged could contribute to America’s space and military programs. In addition, the rationale was that if the government hadn’t done this, these top scientists, along with their scientific […]

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Israeli couple tells their Six-Day War memories

  Editor’s Note: Yaakov and Toby Greenwald vividly remember what they were doing during the Six-Day War of June 1967.  In these two articles, they relate their personal histories.  Yaakov Greenwald is a veteran teacher of Talmud, History and Mathematics. They married in 1976, live in Efrat, and are the parents and grandparents of children […]

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The unbelievable heroic story of Ireland’s overlooked ‘Oscar Schindler’

Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty was wanted for saving hundreds of Jews in Rome during elaborate disguised operations that earned him the name ‘Scarlet Pimpernel’ By Michael Riordan DUBLIN — As the Gestapo surrounds the palace of an Italian anti-Fascist aristocrat, an Irish priest dashes to the cellar. He is wanted by the Nazis for his role […]

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Jerusalem Day Celebrates Israel’s Sovereignty

By Steve Kramer ALFEI MENASHE, Israel — June 5–10, 1967, (earlier this year according to the Hebrew calendar) is the most consequential period in the history of modern Israel except for May 14, 1948, when David Ben-Gurion declared Israel’s independence. In the midst of this six-day period, Jerusalem Day marks the 50th anniversary of the […]

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Memories of Mickey Marcus and the Exodus

By Jerry Klinger WEST POINT, New York —  American Veterans of Israel Legacy Corporation organized and commemorated on May 7 the life of Mickey Marcus. It is an annual event at West Point, the last number of years held at the Jewish Chapel overlooking the Hudson. This year was the 51st commemoration. The commemoration honors an extraordinary […]

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Positively Israel: May 19, 2017

Jerusalem Rebuilt By Michael Ordman NETANYA, Israel — May 24th is Yom Yerushalayim – Jerusalem Day – and the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Israel’s capital in the Six-Day War. Jerusalem is often called “the Eternal City” but although it has existed for over 3,000 years, it is continually evolving. Two days after Yom […]

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Exhibit tracks lives of Child Holocaust Survivors

  By Garry Fabian MELBOURNE, Australia — There are Child Holocaust Survivor Groups around the world to provide forums and support for Child survivors, now most of them aged in their 80’s and 90s. In Australia they are loosely affiliated with their local Holocaust Museums and Educational Centers. The Melbourne Child Survivors Group has created […]

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Jakiw Palij, accused Nazi guard living in New York, facing requests for deportation

Rep. Joseph Crowley of New York asked Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson on Tuesday to deport a former concentration camp jailer deemed persona non grata over a decade ago. The Democratic congressman outlined his request concerning longtime Queens resident Jakiw Palij, 92, in a letter sent to Mr. Tillerson, in the wake of addressing […]

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