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As reported six months ago in the Jewish Voice (“Visit to Rhode Island an eye-opening experience for leaders of Nigeria’s Gihon Synagogue,” Oct. 11, 2013), this past September, two members of the Igbo Jewish community of Abuja, Elder Ovadia … more
JTA – News that Spain is proposing to offer citizenship to the descendants of Jews expelled in the 15th and 16th centuries spread like wildfire in Israel. Within hours of the Spanish government’s announcement last month, the Israeli website … more
JTA – A publisher from Berlin is preparing to launch the first German-language children’s edition of the Torah since 1964. The first volume of “Tell your Children-The Torah in Five Volumes” is scheduled to be offered for sale next … more
JTA – A bill celebrating immigration to Israel, or aliyah, was submitted to the Knesset. Yom HaAliyah, or Aliyah Day, would be marked on the 10th day of the Hebrew month of Nissan, five days before Passover. The national holiday would … more
JTA – Employees of the Foreign Ministry in Israel declared a general strike, shutting down the country’s 103 embassies, consulates and diplomatic missions around the world. The strike, which is open ended, was called on Sunday, March 23 … more
JTA  –  Former President Jimmy Carter said his group of former i nternational leaders would not endorse a boycott of Israel but encouraged nations to make clear which Israeli products originated in West Bank settlements. “We decided not to … more
JTA – A documentary about the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor won an Oscar one week after she died. Alice Herz-Sommer, who died in London on Feb. 23 at the age of 110, was the subject of “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life,” … more
In 2002, the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, Mass., opened a new exhibit, Enterprising Women: 250 Years of American Business, that celebrated the accomplishments of female entrepreneurs. Inspired by this exhibit, Gail Reimer, … more
No, it isn’t nearly as rare as “Thanksgivukkah,” the once-in-75,000-years overlap of the first day of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving Day that took the Jewish world by storm in 2013. But this year’s 13-month Hebrew calendar isn’t an annual … more
JTA – An accused Nazi war criminal is unfit to stand trial, a German court ruled. Hans Lipschis, 94, who allegedly was an SS guard at Auschwitz, suffers from dementia and will not understand what transpires at his trial, the court in Ellwangen … more
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