Jewish families share Passover meal online

A long-standing Jewish tradition is surviving the coronavirus pandemic by moving online. While they cannot gather at one table, families are sharing the Passover meal known as Seder through platforms like Zoom. (April 8)

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Virtual Passover observances replace gatherings

The coronavirus has forced Jewish families to limit the celebratory Passover meals known as seders and embrace digital connections with socially distant family and friends. (April 8)

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Coronavirus: Israel’s Tel Aviv streets lie empty as Passover curfew begins | AFP

The streets of Tel Aviv lie empty as a full lockdown begins after Israel bans inter-city travel from Tuesday to Friday in order to forestall the spread of coronavirus during the Passover holidays. The COVID-19 disease has so far killed 57 people in the Jewish state and infected more than 8,900, according to official figures. IMAGES

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Unsual friendship between Holocaust survivor and ‘son of a Nazi’ in Belgium | AFP

One is Jewish, a Holocaust survivor, the other calls himself the “son of a Nazi”. Two Belgians, both of whom suffered the tragedy of World War II, now bear witness together to their history and to the deep friendship that unites them. Simon Gronowski and Koenraad Tinel, aged 88 and 85, are to receive honorary doctorates from the Free Universities of Brussels — the Dutch-speaking VUB and the French-speaking ULB — later this year in the Belgian capital.

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NY town rocked by virus fear

Purim is traditionally one of the most joyous Jewish holidays, but some celebrations are being scaled back or canceled due to the coronavirus threat. One of the biggest jolts has come in the city of New Rochelle, a few miles north of New York City, where the rabbi of the Young Israel synagogue has the virus. (March 10).

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Families affected by virus celebrate Purim at home

In New York, 45 student volunteers from a Jewish school fanned out in teams to read the Megillah in celebration of the Jewish holiday of Purim outside the homes of about 120 families who are quarantined because of the coronavirus. (March 10)

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Women Holocaust survivors meet for meals, exercise

Women Holocaust survivors meet several times a week at a Jewish community center in Brooklyn for meals, conversation, Torah readings and exercise. “It keeps us going a little,” says one survivor. (Feb. 24)

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ShowBiz Minute: Weinstein, Waters, 50 Cent

Weinstein says he hired private eyes ‘for days like this’; Jewish advocacy org criticizes MLB promotion of Roger Waters; Eminem honors 50 Cent at Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony. (Jan. 31)

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Netanyahu says US to recognize settlements as part of Israel | AFP

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the US is to recognize settlements as part of Israel. “Today Mr. President,” he says, “you are recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over all the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, large and small alike.” SOUNDBITE

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Argentines remember prosecutor killed while probing attack on Jews | AFP

Argentines pay tribute to a prosecutor on the fifth anniversary of his unsolved death while probing the bombing of a Jewish community center — an attack in which he alleged a presidential cover-up to shield Iran in exchange for trade. Prosecutor Alberto Nisman led the probe of the 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association headquarters, which left 85 dead and 300 wounded.

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Protest marks fifth anniversary of the death of Argentine prosecutor | AFP

Hundreds gather in Buenos Aires to mark the fifth anniversary of the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who was investigating the deadly bombing against Jewish centre AMIA in 1994 when he died. IMAGES

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Stabbings, shootings, assaults weigh on US Jewish youth

Many young Jewish Americans are searching for ways to cope with a string of anti-Semitic attacks. (Jan. 8)

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Haddish: ‘I’ve got more mezuzahs than I’ve got doors’

Tiffany Haddish expresses her joy at discovering her Jewish heritage and reveals what gifts she received from celebrities at her bat mitzvah. (Jan. 8)

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Istanbul’s Jews fight to save the language of their ancestors | AFP

Members of Istanbul’s small Jewish community are fighting to save the language of their ancestors who were expelled from Spain in the 15th century: Ladino, or Judeo-Spanish, which is made up of old Castilian and several languages spoken under the Ottoman Empire. However, Ladino is now only spoken by a few thousand people in Turkey.

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Here are the top stories for Wednesday, Jan. 1st: Iran-backed militiamen withdraw from U.S. Embassy; Tight security for Jewish religious event near NYC; Netanyahu seeks immunity from prosecution; More celebrations mark start of 2020.

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Security measures increased in NY after attacks on Jewish communities | AFP

A heavy police presence is seen in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights, after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced new protection measures in the wake of another attack on a New York Jewish community. A stabbing at a rabbi’s home in upstate New York on Hanukkah is the latest in a spate of attacks.

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Scene of attack where five stabbed at New York rabbi’s home | AFP

Reporters gather outside a rabbi’s house in a New York suburb where an intruder stabbed and wounded five people, in an incident the state governor said was “an act of terrorism” after a spate of attacks on Jewish targets. IMAGES

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World’s largest menorah assembled in New York

The world’s largest menorah was assembled in New York on Wednesday. The 36-foot, 4,000-pound menorah was certified by the Guinness World Records as the largest in the world. It’s used to hold candles on the Jewish holiday of Hannukah. (Dec. 19)

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FBI probes pawn shop in kosher market attack

FBI agents were at a second pawnshop Monday that is connected to a man whose number was found in the pocket of one of the perpetrators of last week’s fatal attack on a Jewish market in New Jersey. (Dec. 16)

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Jersey City shooters driven by anti-Semitism: US prosecutor | AFP

New Jersey’s Attorney General, Gurbir S. Grewal, says suspects of the shooting at a kosher grocery store in a New York suburb “held views that reflected hatred of the Jewish people as well as a hatred of law enforcement,” during a press conference in Jersey City. SOUNDBITE

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Witness describes huddling with NJ shooting victim

Anayah Bey witnessed the shooting in Jersey City Tuesday that killed six people in all _ the two attackers, a police officer and three people in a Jewish market. (Dec. 11)

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Here’s the latest for Wednesday December 11th: Jewish market was targeted in Jersey city shooting; FBI watchdog caught in political crossfire; Teen activist Greta Thunberg named Time’s ‘Person of The Year’; And Santa gets a ride to Alaska.

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NJ Officials ID shooters in Kosher market killing

The New Jersey Attorney General said Wednesday the two Jersey City attackers who stormed a Jewish market in a deadly shooting Tuesday are also the prime suspects in the death of a man whose body was found in a car trunk over the weekend. (Dec. 11)

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De Blasio: Jersey shooting an ‘Anti-Semitic crime’

A day after gunmen targeting a Jewish market in Jersey City left several dead, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called the incident an ‘Anti-Semitic crime.’ He says city officials must lead by example in standing with the Jewish community. (Dec. 11)

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