Latest Jew Stories

2005-12-15 16:42:09

By Michael Conlon CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. Jewish leaders say they are increasingly worried that Christian conservatives want to turn America politically and culturally into a country that tolerates only their brand of Christianity. "There is a feeling on all sides that something is changing," said Abraham Foxman, director of the New York-based Anti-Defamation League. "The polls indicate a very serious thing -- that over 60 percent of the American people feel that religion and...

2005-11-25 09:57:00

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's "golden '20s," a decade of libertinage, artistic innovation and political ferment, is the focus of this year's Berlin Jewish festival which opens on Sunday. A Yiddish Tango show, silent film screenings, a recital of Balkan music and a production of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's "Mahagonny-Songspiel" are among festival events celebrating both the "golden '20s" and contemporary Jewish culture. "Berlin was the biggest, most important and most erotic...

2005-11-04 13:26:00

By Sarah Marsh BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's thriving pre-war Jewish community as captured on black and white photographs went on display in Berlin's Jewish Museum on Friday with an exhibit of 90 stirring images by photographer Roman Vishniac. The portraits of lively street scenes, artists and intellectuals in Berlin taken just before the Holocaust recall a vibrant Jewish culture in the German capital. The previously unpublished pictures were only found after Vishniac died in 1990....

2005-10-27 11:38:18

By Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) - Pope Benedict assured the world's Jews on Thursday that he and the Vatican were irrevocably committed to good Catholic-Jewish relations and to never forgetting the Holocaust. The Pope spoke for the 40th anniversary celebrations of a Second Vatican Council document called "Nostra Aetate" (In Our Time) that revolutionized relations by repudiating the concept of continuing collective Jewish guilt for the death of Christ. "This anniversary gives us...

2005-10-11 13:40:44

By Michael Christie MIAMI (Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday apologized to Hungarian Holocaust survivors whose possessions were stolen by U.S. soldiers at the end of World War Two after allied forces seized what became known as the "Gold Train." Washington has previously reached a $25.5 million settlement with elderly Jews over the trainload of gold, artwork and other property that was plundered by the Nazis and then fell into the hands of the U.S. Army. Most of the haul was...

2005-07-12 06:34:46

By Matthew Tostevin JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel will by next year become home to the largest Jewish community in the world for the first time, surpassing the Jewish population in the United States, a think tank said on Tuesday. Not for nearly 2,000 years has the Holy Land been home to the globe's biggest Jewish community. The report from the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute said the Jewish population of Israel was about 5.24 million and of the United States some 5.28 million, but...

2005-07-08 15:45:24

By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - A light-hearted comedy lampooning Jewish life in Germany and shattering post-war taboos in the process stole the show at the German Film Prize on Friday, winning six awards in the world's most lucrative film contest. "Alles auf Zucker" (Go for Zucker: An Unorthodox Comedy), the first Jewish comedy made in Germany since World War II, won "Lola" awards for best film, best director and best actor, as well as top honors for screenwriting, costume and...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.