Religion Is Not a Real Barrier to Polio Vaccination

Experts can combat polio with sensitivity.

#epidemics, #jews-and-judaism, #new-york-state, #orthodox-judaism, #poliomyelitis, #rockland-county-ny, #rumors-and-misinformation, #vaccination-and-immunization

Eli N. Evans, Who Wrote About Jews in American South, Dies at 85

His book “The Provincials” mixed memoir, travelogue and history to tell the story of a culture that many people never knew existed.

#anti-semitism, #books-and-literature, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #evans-eli-n, #jews-and-judaism, #southern-states-us

Below an Israeli City, a Musical Harmony Belies the Tensions Above Ground

In an underground reservoir built 1,233 years ago in a city that saw sectarian riots last year, visitors hear a beguiling musical composition that combines Arab love songs with Hebrew poetry.

#arabs, #art, #folk-music, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #music, #poetry-and-poets

Russia Moves to Close Agency Handling Emigration to Israel

For years, Vladimir Putin worked to rebuild ties to Russia’s Jews, but the new move against a Jewish nonprofit has raised questions.

#immigration-and-emigration, #international-relations, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

A Traveling Jewish Deli Exhibit Tells an American Tale in Pickles and Pastrami

“I’ll Have What She’s Having,” a traveling exhibit on the Jewish delicatessen, looks back at a vibrant institution fueled by immigration and irresistible food.

#carnegie-delicatessen-manhattan-ny-restaurant, #delicatessens, #ill-have-what-shes-having-exhibit, #immigration-and-emigration, #jews-and-judaism, #kosher-foods-and-products, #new-york-historical-society, #restaurants, #skirball-cultural-center

A Proxy Conflict Embroils Democrats Over Support for Israel

A primary on Tuesday in suburban Maryland is the latest where pro-Israel groups have stepped in to try to defeat a candidate who doesn’t conform to their views.

#american-israel-public-affairs-committee, #campaign-finance, #democratic-majority-for-israel, #j-street, #jews-and-judaism, #political-action-committees, #political-advertising, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Saga of a World War II Ancestor of Miss Piggy, Bert and Yoda

Long before Frank Oz brought many Muppets to life, his father, an amateur Dutch puppeteer, made a Hitler marionette as an act of defiance. He buried it during the war.

#antwerp-belgium, #content-type-personal-profile, #hitler-adolf, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #jews-and-judaism, #oz-frank, #puppets

Highland Park, Chicago’s ‘Mayberry,’ Struggles With Identity After Shooting

Intended from the start as an oasis, the suburb is struggling to comprehend its new identity as the latest site of a mass shooting

#area-planning-and-renewal, #highland-park-ill, #highland-park-parade-shooting-july-4-2022, #jews-and-judaism, #mass-shootings, #suburbs

Keep Czars Far Away, in Moscow or Mar-a-Lago

Things worth fighting for on the Fourth of July.

#anti-semitism, #discrimination, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #immigration-and-emigration, #jews-and-judaism, #lavrov-sergey-v, #moldova, #politics-and-government, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Could New York City Lose Its Last Remaining Jewish Congressman?

Three decades ago, Jewish lawmakers made up just over half of New York City’s House delegation. Now there is one: Jerrold Nadler, who faces a tough primary battle.

#democratic-party, #elections-house-of-representatives, #jews-and-judaism, #maloney-carolyn-b, #manhattan-nyc, #nadler-jerrold, #new-york-city, #primaries-and-caucuses, #united-states-politics-and-government

Preserving the Music of Morocco’s Sephardic Jews

For centuries after the expulsion from Spain, Morocco’s Sephardic Jewish women sang of love, loss and identity. Now, they’re almost all gone.

#jews-and-judaism, #morocco, #spain

Synagogue Sues Florida, Saying Abortion Restrictions Violate Religious Freedoms

A South Florida congregation said that under Jewish law, abortion “is required if necessary to protect the health, mental or physical well-being” of a pregnant woman.

#abortion, #florida, #jews-and-judaism, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #suits-and-litigation-civil

DeSantis Event at Chelsea Piers Faces Backlash Over L.G.B.T.Q. Rights

The Florida governor who signed the so-called Don’t Say Gay bill is scheduled to speak at a site long connected to the gay rights movement.

#chelsea-manhattan-ny, #chelsea-piers, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #dermer-ron, #desantis-ron, #forney-ali-center, #health-clubs, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #hoylman-brad-m, #jews-and-judaism, #leslie-lohman-museum-of-art, #museum-of-jewish-heritage, #museums, #new-york-city-gay-hockey-assn, #tikvah-fund

Deep in Vatican Archives, Scholar Discovers ‘Flabbergasting’ Secrets

David Kertzer has spent decades excavating the Vatican’s hidden history, with his work winning a Pulitzer and capturing Hollywood’s attention. A new book examines Pope Pius XII’s role in the Holocaust.

#archives-and-records, #content-type-personal-profile, #francis, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #italy, #jews-and-judaism, #kertzer-david-i, #pius-xii, #roman-catholic-church, #vatican-city

Many Jewish World War II Soldiers Had Christian Burials. That’s Changing.

Descendants of soldiers are holding rededication ceremonies in Europe to honor their ancestors’ Jewish heritage.

#jews-and-judaism, #lazarus-emma, #luxembourg, #roman-catholic-church

France’s New Prime Minister Overcame Tragedy in Her Youth

Élisabeth Borne’s father, a World War II resistance member and a Holocaust survivor, killed himself when she was 11, an experience she has rarely discussed in detail.

#auschwitz-concentration-camp, #borne-elisabeth, #concentration-camps, #content-type-personal-profile, #europe, #france, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #jews-and-judaism, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #politics-and-government, #women-and-girls, #world-war-ii-1939-45

The Buffalo Massacre: A Deadly Mix of Racism and Guns

After another massacre, readers urge not only gun control but also addressing domestic terrorism. Also: A Covid death; lawmakers need to govern; Republican contortions.

#black-people, #buffalo-ny-shooting-may-14-2022, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #federal-taxes-us, #gun-control, #jews-and-judaism, #mass-shootings, #muslim-americans, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government

Let Actors Act

Good performers are able to find a way to portray people who are not like themselves.

#actors-and-actresses, #beale-simon-russell, #black-people, #deafness, #disabilities, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #jews-and-judaism, #lester-adrian, #movies, #race-and-ethnicity, #theater, #tony-awards-theater-awards

What Happened When a Conservative Jewish Group Invited DeSantis to Speak

The Florida governor received a last-minute invitation to appear at a conference at a prominent Jewish museum in New York City. Then the whole thing fell apart.

#abrams-elliott, #gov-ron-desantis, #jews-and-judaism, #museum-of-jewish-heritage, #museums, #the-tivkah-fund

Reviving the Renaissance Temples of Venice’s Jewish Ghetto

An $11 million project is underway to restore three decaying synagogues and preserve the city’s history of harboring European Jews.

#art, #jews-and-judaism, #museums, #philanthropy, #renaissance-historical-era, #restoration-and-renovation, #synagogues, #venice-italy

Israel Plans Zip Line for Ancient Jerusalem

A Jewish settler group is promoting projects that opponents say will change the delicate historic, religious and political balance in highly symbolic areas around Jerusalem’s Old City.

#cable-cars-and-trams, #christians-and-christianity, #east-jerusalem, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #jews-and-judaism, #muslims-and-islam, #palestinians, #religion-and-belief, #temple-mount-jerusalem

How to Pray to a God You Don’t Believe In

I like my religion inscrutable.

#children-and-childhood, #jews-and-judaism, #philosophy, #religion-and-belief

Antisemitism Increased Under Trump. Then It Got Even Worse.

The worldwide growth of a social crisis.

#anti-defamation-league, #anti-semitism, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #hate-crimes, #hate-speech, #jews-and-judaism, #neo-nazi-groups, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #zionism

‘The Survivor’ Delves Into Harry Haft’s Boxing Dilemma at Auschwitz

Ordered to win fights or be put to death, Harry Haft, the subject of a new film, was haunted by the fates of his opponents.

#auschwitz-concentration-camp, #boxing, #content-type-personal-profile, #foster-ben, #haft-harry-1925-2007, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #jews-and-judaism, #levinson-barry, #movies, #the-survivor-movie, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Baking Challah in Dubai: A Jewish Community Heads Out Into the Open

The increasing openness of Jewish life in the Persian Gulf emirate of Dubai is another sign of an emerging new reality in the Middle East, where Israel’s isolation by the Arab world is ebbing.

#anti-semitism, #arabs, #dubai-united-arab-emirates, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #united-arab-emirates

A Site Holy to Jews and Muslims Returns as the Nexus of Conflict

The skirmishes between Palestinians and Israeli police at the Aqsa Mosque, known to Jews as Temple Mount, are laden with national and religious symbolism.

#al-aqsa-mosque-jerusalem, #arabs, #bennett-naftali, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #east-jerusalem, #hamas, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #jews-and-judaism, #mosques, #muslims-and-islam, #olmert-ehud, #palestinians, #temple-mount-jerusalem, #terrorism, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #western-wall-jerusalem

How We Stopped Believing That People Can Change

When we see others as the sum of their past beliefs and actions, nothing added, subtracted or transformed, forgiveness and redemption become impossible.

#apologies, #cancel-culture, #christians-and-christianity, #jews-and-judaism, #prisons-and-prisoners

Gazan Militants and Israeli Air Force Exchange Fire

The flare-up followed a rise in tensions over holy places in Jerusalem and a deadly wave of Arab attacks in Israel, answered by a lethal Israeli crackdown in the occupied West Bank.

#al-aqsa-mosque-jerusalem, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #jews-and-judaism, #mosques, #palestinians, #temple-mount-jerusalem

The Unapologetic Heirs of Nazi Fortunes

In a country that is celebrated for its culture of reckoning and remembrance, the richest families are often an exception.

#automobiles, #daimler-benz-ag, #forced-labor, #germany, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #jews-and-judaism, #mercedes-benz, #names-organizational, #nuremberg-war-crimes-tribunal-1945-49, #philanthropy, #piech-automotive, #volkswagen-ag, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Rare Overlap of Holy Days Shows Jerusalem’s Promise and Problems

In its Old City, a Christian, a Jew and a Muslim marked Easter, Passover and Ramadan. To some, it’s a “symphony.” To others, a reminder of division.

#al-aqsa-mosque-jerusalem, #christians-and-christianity, #easter-and-holy-week, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #jesus-christ, #jews-and-judaism, #mohammed-the-prophet-of-islam, #moses-prophet, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #muslims-and-islam, #passover, #ramadan, #temple-mount-jerusalem, #terrorism

The Man Who Made Thinking Sexy

Jerry Z. Muller’s “Professor of Apocalypse” tells the story of Jacob Taubes, who is largely forgotten today but was at the center of intellectual life after the war.

#books-and-literature, #columbia-university, #jews-and-judaism, #muller-jerry-z, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #philosophy, #professor-of-apocalypse-book, #scholem-gershom, #sontag-susan, #strauss-leo, #taubes-jacob, #taubes-susan

What the U.S. and the U.N. Should Do to Help Ukraine

Readers urge stronger measures. Also: Past and present in Europe; the Kushner deal; dealing with anxiety; a school challenge; a revealing quiz.

#anxiety-and-stress, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #germany, #jews-and-judaism, #mental-health-and-disorders, #poland, #putin-vladimir-v, #republican-party, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Let’s Pass Over God

Why would we emulate such terrible behavior?

#egypt, #jews-and-judaism, #passover, #the-haggadah-book

No Invitation to a Passover Seder? You’re Not Alone.

When even Elijah has a seat at the table … but you don’t.

#jews-and-judaism, #passover

Israel’s Oldest Museum Takes a New Look at Israeli Art

For decades, museums presented Israeli art as a companion to the country’s history. The Tel Aviv Museum of Art breaks away from that approach — with surprising results.

#art, #herzl-theodor, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #museums, #palestinians, #sculpture, #tel-aviv-israel, #west-bank, #zionism

This Passover America Needs a Redemption Narrative

The Exodus is a dangerous story of liberation. Let’s learn from it.

#jews-and-judaism, #passover, #slavery-historical

Israel’s Ukraine Policy Prompts Scrutiny of Russian-Israeli Oligarchs

Israel has expressed solidarity with Ukraine but avoided direct criticism of Russia, raising questions about Russian-Israeli businessmen close to the Kremlin.

#bennett-naftali, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #kolomoisky-igor-v, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

Wave of Terrorism in Israel Defies a Simple Narrative

Four recent deadly attacks have highlighted Palestinian anger over vanishing prospects of a Palestinian state, but the assailants’ diverse backgrounds have left many questions unanswered.

#abbas-mahmoud, #bennett-naftali, #defense-and-military-forces, #easter-and-holy-week, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #jews-and-judaism, #muslims-and-islam, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #passover, #ramadan, #terrorism

Exhibit at German History Museum Reckons With Wagner’s Legacy

A new exhibition at the country’s national history museum examines the strong feelings stirred by its most famous 19th-century composer.

#anti-semitism, #barenboim-daniel, #berlin-germany, #german-historical-museum, #jews-and-judaism, #kosky-barrie-1967, #music, #wagner-richard

Israel’s Government in Crisis After Senior Lawmaker Quits Coalition

Idit Silman, the de facto government whip, left the coalition, depriving the government of a parliamentary majority. But her move does not mean the opposition can win a vote of no confidence, at least for now.

#bennett-naftali, #idit-silman, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #netanyahu-benjamin, #passover, #politics-and-government, #yamina-israeli-political-party

Black American Jews Share Their Passover Traditions

Black American Jews say they are seeking ways to bring their full identity to the symbolic food of the Passover meal.

#black-people, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #jews-and-judaism, #matzoh, #passover, #race-and-ethnicity, #slavery-historical, #twitty-michael-w

Jewish Man’s Death Near Paris Fuels Outrage on Election Eve

Newly surfaced video shows the man, who was hit by a tram in February, fleeing an assault. It has fueled suspicions of an antisemitic motive days before France’s presidential vote.

#anti-semitism, #assaults, #france, #halimi-sarah-d-2017, #jews-and-judaism, #le-pen-marine, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #paris-france, #zemmour-eric

‘Babi Yar: Context’ Review: Unearthing Footage of a Nazi Massacre

Sergei Loznitsa’s new documentary, about the mass murder of Ukrainian Jews in 1941, arrives in theaters with a grim context of its own.

#babi-yar-context-movie, #documentary-films-and-programs, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #jews-and-judaism, #loznitsa-sergei, #movies, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Vera Gissing, Who Was Rescued by ‘Britain’s Schindler,’ Dies at 93

She was not quite 11 when train convoys organized by a London stockbroker carried her and hundreds of other Jewish children from Czechoslovakia on the eve of World War II.

#children-and-childhood, #czechoslovakia, #deaths-obituaries, #gissing-vera-1928, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #jews-and-judaism, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #rescues, #winton-nicholas-1909-2015, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Ukraine War Ignites Israeli Debate Over Purpose of a Jewish State

Most Ukrainians seeking refuge in Israel are non-Jews. Some Israelis see a moral imperative to take them in, but others see a threat to the country’s Jewish character.

#immigration-and-emigration, #jewish-agency-for-israel, #jews-and-judaism, #lau-david-1966, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

Dutch Publisher of ‘The Betrayal of Anne Frank’ Halts Publication

The move came after five historians called into question the findings of the book, in which a “cold case” team sought to answer a long-running mystery.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #books-and-literature, #frank-anne, #harpercollins-publishers, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #jews-and-judaism, #netherlands, #pankoke-vince, #sullivan-rosemary-1947, #van-twisk-pieter

After Criticism, Academy Museum Will Highlight Hollywood’s Jewish History

The new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles, which tried to present an inclusive history of film, overlooked the role Jewish immigrants played in creating the industry.

#academy-museum-of-motion-pictures, #academy-of-motion-picture-arts-and-sciences, #anti-defamation-league, #anti-semitism, #goldwyn-samuel-1879-1974, #jews-and-judaism, #kramer-bill-museum-executive, #los-angeles-calif, #movies, #museums, #saban-haim

Revered Jewish Sage Buried in One of the Largest Gatherings in Israel’s History

Hundreds of thousands of Israelis shut down large parts of central Israel to attend the funeral of Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, an influential spiritual leader.

#bnei-brak-israel, #clergy, #funerals-and-memorials, #jews-and-judaism, #kanievsky-chaim, #orthodox-judaism, #rabbis

Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, Venerated Talmudic Scholar, Dies at 94

He initially insisted, “Canceling Torah study is more dangerous than the coronavirus.” But he had a change of heart, even before testing positive.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #jews-and-judaism, #kanievsky-chaim, #rabbis

Why Vladimir Putin Invokes Nazis to Justify His Invasion of Ukraine

The language of Russia’s invasion has been dominated by the word “Nazi” — a puzzling assertion about a country whose leader is Jewish.

#bandera-stepan-1909-59, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #jews-and-judaism, #kyiv-ukraine, #moscow-russia, #neo-nazi-groups, #putin-vladimir-v, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #world-war-ii-1939-45, #zelensky-volodymyr