Celebrating Passover in America

By Mary Jane Maxwell Jewish households and synagogues across the United States are preparing for Passover, one of the most sacred and widely celebrated holidays in the Hebrew calendar. The name of Passover comes from the traditional story that God “passed over”
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3 Сases That Show What Free Speech Means

By Mark Trainer Freedom of speech means a lot to Americans. A study found an overwhelming majority of people in the U.S. think people should be able to speak their minds — without government interference — (more...)

37th Annual Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival

 Some very special guests are packing their bags to visit Philadelphia for the 37th Annual Philadelphai Jewish Film Festival And with 35 films set to screen in 12 venues over 12 days in November (the 4th to the 19th -- save the dates!), we're busily booking directors, stars, film subjects, experts, (more...)

Jewish Labor Committee Condemns Racist & Anti-Semitic Graffiti in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Jewish Labor Committee released the following statement: “We condemn in the strongest possible terms the racist and Anti-Semitic graffiti that recently appeared in South Philadelphia. It is horrifying to see swastikas and other symbols of hate appear in our community, especially in the vibrant multicultural neighborhood where this occurred. (more...)

‘Son of Saul’ is Unlike Any Other Holocaust Thriller You’ve Seen Before

" Good movies summon up worlds. “Son of Saul,” a great movie and a debut feature by László Nemes, summons up a world we may think we know from a visual perspective we’ve never encountered—the willed tunnel vision of a Jewish worker in a Nazi death camp", - The Wall (more...)

Obama on 70th Anniversary of V-E Day

Seventy years ago today, the Allied Forces declared victory in Europe over tyranny during World War II. After more than five years of brutal fighting that took the lives of some 40 million people across the continent—including six million Jews and millions of others murdered by the Nazi regime—the forces (more...)

Obama on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today, with heavy hearts, we remember the six million Jews and the millions of other victims of Nazi brutality who were murdered during the Holocaust. Yom HaShoah is a day to reaffirm our responsibilities to ourselves and future generations. It is incumbent upon us to make real those timeless words, “Never (more...)

Crimeans Facing Russian-Style Repression, U.S. Diplomat Says

This blog post by Tom Malinowski originally appeared on the State Department’s Dipnote blog. Malinowski is the assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor.
Crimean Residents to Face Russian-Style Repression by Tom Malinowski One unfortunate effect — and perhaps intent — of the Russian government’s threats against
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Kansas: 3 People Killed at US Jewish Centers

On Sunday outside a Jewish community center and a Jewish retirement center in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, Kansas, " three people were killed in two brazen shootings at Kansas Jewish centers police said Sunday — the day before the Passover holiday (more...)

“Friends from France”

Genre: Drama Countries: France | Germany | Canada | Russia Year: 2013 Running Time: 100 min Languages: French, English, Russian, Hebrew with English subtitles Date: Monday, April 7, 7:30 pm Location: The Gershman Y Premiere Status: Philadelphia Premiere Festival & Awards: Official Selection Toronto International | Opening Night NYJFF | Official Selection WJFF It’s 1979. Carole (Soko) and (more...)

President Obama on 75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht

I join millions of people in the United States and around the world in marking the 75th anniversary of the tragedy of Kristallnacht – “the Night of Broken Glass.” On November 9 and 10, 1938, Nazi paramilitaries marched under the cover of darkness throughout the towns and (more...)

U.S. Remembers Raoul Wallenberg with Gold Medal

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden unveiled the design for the Raoul Wallenberg Congressional Gold Medal during a ceremony held May 9 in the Treasury’s historic Cash Room. The medal was authorized by Congress in recognition of Wallenberg’s achievements and heroic actions (more...)

Lev Green Heartens Readers to Contribute in the Tapestry of Judaism

He invites those who have become disconnected from their Judaism to make it part of their core BROOKLINE, Mass. -- Author Lev Green encourages individual Jews, and especially those who have become disconnected from their religion, to understand the role they have to play in contributing to the tapestry of (more...)

Limmud FSU Princeton 2013: 3-day Festival of Russian-Jewish Culture

YOUR PASSPORT TO A RUSSIAN-JEWISH WORLD OF CULTURE AND LEARNING: GET INSPIRED! A truly unique event, organized and run entirely by volunteers, Limmud FSU has revolutionized pluralistic Jewish engagement of Russian-speaking Jews by involving them in an array of interactive workshops, intellectually-stimulating discussions, a festive Shabbat celebration, controversial debates, film screenings, (more...)

Immigration and U.S. History

By Hasia Diner Tens of millions of immigrants over four centuries have made the United States what it is today. They came to make new lives and livelihoods in the New World; their hard work benefited themselves and their new home country. Hasia Diner is professor of history at
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