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2009-09-15 21:07:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was released today by True Torah Jews: Jewish groups in the United States who are concerned about the ongoing accusations of an Israeli hospital, Hadassah, against a religious Jewish woman plan to protest outside the hospital's Manhattan office at 50 W. 58th St. this Wednesday, September 16 at 3:30 PM. The woman's child, now three and a half years of age, was hospitalized at Hadassah on and off for the last two years, as doctors...

2009-03-04 12:18:00

CARACAS, Venezuela, March 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An AJC leadership delegation has completed a two-day solidarity mission to Caracas. The visit expressed support for the Venezuelan Jewish community, following recent attacks on two synagogues. These attacks on Jewish houses of worship came amid rising anti-Semitism in the Venezuelan media, and a growing climate of intimidation fostered by the Chavez government. "Venezuela's Jewish community has firm roots with a rich history," said Dina...

2009-02-24 13:53:00

NEW YORK, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The number of American Jews who remain connected to their Jewish heritage is much more stable than is conventionally thought, according to a new AJC report, Religious Switching among American Jews. The full report is available at www.ajc.org. Written by Tom W. Smith, director of the General Social Survey at the National Opinion Research Center of the University of Chicago, the report examines Jewish religious identification in the United States in...

2009-02-17 07:00:00

NEW YORK, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In time for Passover, American Jewish World Service (AJWS) and AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps have launched the Exodus and Revolution Sourcebook, a comprehensive teaching guide to Exodus and Revolution, Michael Walzer's book on the Exodus narrative and its enduring impact on Jewish contemporary life and global politics. Both AJWS, an international development organization, and AVODAH, an organization that engages young people in direct work on...

2009-01-08 13:59:00

Response to Terrorist Missile Strikes NEW YORK, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United Jewish Communities (UJC) and the Jewish Federations of North America today committed to raise $10 million to address humanitarian and social needs in southern Israel, part of a major initiative to support and stand in solidarity with Israelis during the current conflict with Hamas, the terrorist organization in control of the Gaza Strip. The funds will enhance programs supported by the Annual Campaign...

2009-01-07 09:04:00

NEW YORK, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AJC strongly condemned the expulsion of Israeli Ambassador Shlomo Cohen from Venezuela. "By expelling the Israeli Ambassador and demanding that Venezuelan Jews denounce what he outrageously calls a 'Holocaust,' Hugo Chavez is fueling hostility against his country's Jewish community, not to mention dangerously distorting the truth on the ground," said AJC Executive Director David A. Harris. "He is also revealing profound ignorance about the meaning...

2008-12-05 11:23:02

Geneticists say DNA evidence suggests 20 percent of the population of the Iberian Peninsula has Sephardic Jewish ancestry. Another 11 percent have Moorish ancestors, the New York Times said Friday. The findings suggest there were mass conversions to Catholicism in the 15th and 16th centuries after Christian armies defeated Muslim control of Spain, the newspaper said. The study, led by Mark A. Jobling of the University of Leicester in Britain and Francesc Calafell of the Pompeu Fabra...

2008-10-07 21:00:21

By ALLISON HOFFMAN NEW YORK - The worldwide financial meltdown has triggered an uptick in anonymous anti-Semitic comments blaming Jews for the crisis on mainstream Web site message boards, the Anti-Defamation League said on Thursday. "Jews are greedy, rotten slimeballs," wrote one surfer on a Yahoo Finance group, according to the ADL statement. "It's difficult, if not impossible, for one honest investor to neutralize the efforts of thousands of Jewish swindlers," another added. A...

2008-07-16 09:00:52

By BARRY DAVIS No one could accuse Boaz Yakin of taking the easy route to fame and fortune. While the 42-year-old New York- born director has put out his fair share of consumer- oriented works, his latest film hardly panders to the most palatable form of entertainment. Mind you, you wouldn't really expect a movie entitled Death in Love to offer much in the way of pre-packaged titillation. Yakin, whose parents were born in Israel, is here to support his latest creation - showing at...

2008-03-11 21:00:15

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. _ Jacques Weisel remembers the exact day, almost 70 years ago, that his parents and siblings grabbed what little they could carry and ran as the bombs began falling in Brussels. The Nazis were invading Belgium and the Weisels were Jewish. "We left everything of value behind except the silverware, and that was later stolen from us in a train station," said Weisel, 75, of Tamarac, Fla.. The family eventually ended up in Casablanca, where they spent almost three years...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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