This neo-Nazi group is behind those fliers blaming Jews for the Kavanaugh allegations

The Stormer Book Clubs took credit for anti-Semitic fliers that appeared across the country last week. (Anti-Defamation League/JTA Collage)

NEW YORK (JTA) — Fliers blaming Jews for the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh appeared in seeming random locations around the country last week. “Every time some Anti-White, Anti-American, Anti-freedom event takes place, you look at it, and it’s Jews behind it,” the fliers read. They showed an image of the judge surrounded by caricatures of Jewish senators with Stars of… Read more »

Rube Goldberg did way more than draw those wacky machines

An iconic Rube Goldberg cartoon used on a U.S. postal stamp. (Rube Goldberg Inc.)

(JTA) — When one hears the name Rube Goldberg, one concept instantly comes to mind: those fun machines that complete simple tasks in overly complicated and humorous ways. Think a ball rolling down a long ramp that hits a series of dominoes, which hits something else, so on and… Read more »

When Dutch Jews found haven in an anti-Semitic Hungary

A Jewish family reunited in Budapest in 1943 following the arrival there of family members from Holland. (Courtesy of Willy Lindwer)

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — When her classmates were sent from occupied Holland to death camps, Emmy Korodi and her Dutch-Jewish family were safe in Hungary — one of Nazi Germany’s closest allies. Her family were among some 90 Jews who, at the height of World War II, survived for the unlikeliest… Read more »

OP-ED I tested positive for the cancer-causing BRCA mutation. Now what?

Laura Osman is shown with her husband, Lawrence, and their children, from left, Levi, Teddy and Molly. (Courtesy of Laura Osman)

ENCINO, Calif. (JTA) — Curiosity about my ancestry spurred me to order an at-home genetic testing kit by mail earlier this year. Maybe my blonde hair was a result of some hidden Swedish genes? When the kit arrived, I quickly spit in the tube and sent it off, not… Read more »

Harvard once capped the number of Jews. Is it doing the same thing to Asians now?

A demonstrator participates in a rally in Boston’s Copley Square in support of a lawsuit against Harvard contending that the university discriminates against Asian Americans in admissions, Oct. 14, 2018. (Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

(JTA) — In 1922, Harvard University President Abbott Lawrence Lowell had a problem: His school had too many Jews. At least that’s what he thought. As the country’s Jewish population ballooned in the early 20th century, the Jewish proportion of Harvard students increased exponentially, too. In 1900, just 7… Read more »

A film on a forgotten Holocaust resistance fighter rocked the box office in Holland

Walraven van Hall, right, and his brother Gijs in the 1930s. (Courtesy of the van Hall family)

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Opposite the Dutch national bank here lies one of Europe’s least conspicuous monuments to a war hero. Titled “Fallen Tree,” the metal statue for resistance fighter Walraven van Hall looks so realistic that for months after its unveiling in 2010, the municipality would receive calls reporting… Read more »

In Denmark, the world’s only happy Holocaust commemoration event

Helle Fromberg, left, and Thomas Gorlen seen at the celebration of Danish Jewry's rescue held at the Great Synagogue of Copenhagen, Oct. 11, 2018. (Cnaan Liphshiz)

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (JTA) — All over the world, Holocaust commemoration events follow a certain protocol. Somber affairs where participants dress in dark colors and modestly, they usually feature a soulful rendition of the “El Malei Rachamim” prayer, or Merciful God, sung by an anguished cantor who names Nazi death… Read more »

YMCA ball to honor Shoah survivors, WWII and Korean War vets

Holocaust survivor Wolfgang Hellpap lights a memorial candle at the community Yom HaShoah commemoration on May 1, 2016, at the Tucson Jewish Community Center.

Wolfgang Hellpap, 87, a child survivor of the Holocaust from Berlin, Germany, tells his remarkable story with matter-of-fact simplicity. He’s told it many times during the past 13 years he’s lived in Tucson, to high school students and other groups. “I want people and especially young people to know… Read more »

New synagogue to open in Northwest Tucson

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

Congregation Beit Simcha (House of Joy), a new synagogue based in Northwest Tucson, will open later this month.  Established by a group of congregants and Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon, Beit Simcha will hold its inaugural Friday night Shabbat services on Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Harvey and… Read more »

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