Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Nazi loot

A major investigation into whether art hanging in Dutch museums may have once been Nazi loot has yielded an unexpectedly large result: 139 suspect works, including ones by masters like Matisse, Klee and Kandinsky.
Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/entertainment/dutch-museums-uncover-139-artworks-likely-looted-during-nazi-era-1.1518872#ixzz2j9HYP218

Mensch on a bench

A Massachusetts native says his ‘elf envy’ led to creating a holiday alternative to Elf on a Shelf for Jewish kids during Hanukkah.
 Entrepreneur Neal Hoffman, a former employee of Hasbro Toys in Rhode Island, is the creator of “The Mensch On A Bench,” a toy and book based on the character “Moshe the Mensch.”
Continue reading: http://boston.cbslocal.com/2013/10/28/mass-native-creates-jewish-alternative-to-elf-on-a-shelf/

Jury awards man $900,000

A delivery man for the midtown (Manhattan) restaurant Mangia 57 has won a $900,000 jury verdict, payback for the anti-Semitic harassment heaped upon him by three supervisors at the eatery.
“It’s a very happy ending — I’m in another world,” said an ecstatic Adam Wiercinski, of Washington Heights.
Continue reading: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/10/29/jewish-man-awarded-00g-over-nazi-gas-chamber-jokes/

Monday, 28 October 2013

Facing disciplinary hearing

A RELIGIOUS education teacher is facing a disciplinary hearing over claims he told a class of pupils that "Hitler was not all bad - he killed the Jews".
Continue reading: http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/hearing-for-teacher-over-hitler-remarks.22502512

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Torah scroll returned

A Torah scroll previously kept at a museum has been returned to members of the Jewish community in Herefordshire.

Members of the community have raised more than £500 to conserve the Sefer Torah scroll, which was gifted to the county's museum in 1933.

Mark Walton, chair of the Jewish group, said the scroll - a handwritten copy of the holiest book within Judaism - was "hugely significant".
Continue reading: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-24639921

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Chuck Schumer's attempt

Sen. Chuck Schumer is trying to stop a State Department plan to return 2,700 ancient Jewish artifacts to Iraq.
The artifacts — including 2,700 books and tens of thousands of documents — were stolen from Baghdad's Jewish community by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/schumer-halt-return-jewish-artifacts-iraq-article-1.1494171#ixzz2idQwnBoU

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Egyptian family turns down Israeli award

A member of the family of the first Arab honored by Israel for risking his life to save Jews during the Holocaust says the family isn't interested in the recognition.
The Egyptian doctor Mohamed Helmy was honored posthumously last month by Israel's Holocaust memorial for hiding Jews in Berlin during the Nazis' genocide, but a family member tracked down by The Associated Press this week in Cairo said her relatives wouldn't accept the award, one of Israel's most prestigious.
Continue reading: http://news.yahoo.com/relative-egyptian-family-rejects-israel-honor-081738526.html

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

UC Berkley Jewish studies program

The University of California, Berkeley is launching a Center for Jewish Studies.
The university made the announcement of the center, for which it allotted $1 million, on Wednesday. The center will be inaugurated Oct. 30.
Read more: http://www.jta.org/2013/10/16/news-opinion/united-states/cal-berkeley-starting-jewish-studies-center#ixzz2hwp9Y94f

Monday, 14 October 2013

Breitbart News - Norman Rosenbaum interview

On Monday, Breitbart News spoke with Norman Rosenbaum, brother of Yankel Rosenbaum, the Orthodox Jewish victim of a violent mob at the 1991 Crown Heights, who was killed within days of Al Sharpton stating, “If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house.”
Read more: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2013/10/14/Brother-Sharpton-Crown-Heights

I come to Alabama

Five years ago, a Jewish businessman who was worried that his synagogue was dying put up $1 million to fund a program to recruit fellow Jews to move to a corner of the Deep South best known for peanuts.
Alabama might not be the promised land, but the plan worked.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

The menurkey

Never too young to become an entrepneur?

Asher Weintraub, a 9-year-old boy in New York City, has created and trademarked a “Menurkey,” which is a menorah in the shape of a turkey, and he’s selling ceramic and plaster versions online, ranging from $50 to $150.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/10/this-wont-happen-for-another-79000-years/#UJUTstyYu3y65s7i.99

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Sunday events

Jewish book fair kicks off Sunday

The presentation at the JCC, 11155 SW 112th Ave., Kendall, begins with a photo exhibit and film at 2 p.m., with the authors appearing at 3 p.m.  (n South Florida)

Free helmet giveaway for Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn set for Sunday

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/10/12/3681557/jewish-book-fair-kicks-off-sunday.html#storylink=cpy

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Sold under duress

A hoard of medieval gold church treasure in a Berlin museum faces conflicting claims from the heirs of Jewish art dealers who say their forefathers were pressured into selling it in 1935 by the Nazis.
Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-08/jewish-dealers-heirs-claim-treasure-bought-by-goering.html

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Anti-semite to be canonized?

Christians and Jews are mounting campaigns for and against a path to sainthood for British writer G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936), one of the world’s best-known Catholic converts.
...Chesterton’s views on Jews may have been best expressed in an essay titled “The Problem of Zionism,” in which he said that Jews holding high public office should dress as “orientals,” to remind people of their allegiance and origin.
Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/30/saint-gk-chesterton-canonization_n_4018858.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Remembered in Malden

They are forgotten no more.
The 1,439 souls who are buried in a once-abandoned burial ground in Malden were recently recognized in a solemn ceremony that celebrated their lives and the restoration of the second-oldest Jewish cemetery in Massachusetts.
Read more and see video: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/north/2013/10/05/jewish-cemetery-malden-restored-honor-its-forgotten-souls/JCHC7A3xHTXpdo6w0JdjNP/story.html

Tuesday, 1 October 2013


A sweeping new survey from the Pew Research Center, "Portrait of Jewish Americans," finds humor is one of the main qualities that four in 10 of the nation's 5.3 million religious and cultural Jews say is essential to their Jewish identity. The survey was released Tuesday.
Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/01/survey-jewish-religion-humor/2902147/