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The American Plot to Kill Hitler

April 20, 2016, by

Tablet Magazine has this amazing story about a failed plot by a group of Jewish American gangsters to kill Hitler: “In 1933, I was approached by someone respectable, a Jew not involved in any criminal activity, and asked for my help. He wanted me to contact some of my underworld pals in a plan to

An Empty Chair at the Seder

April 20, 2016, by

In this moving piece over at The Times of Israel, Howie Beigelman reflects about having a seder without his father who died last year. Last year, the seder – all of Pesach really – was a blur. We were hardly up from shloshim, the first thirty days of mourning, for my dad. He was on

Israel Finds New Tunnel from Gaza

April 20, 2016, by

From The New York Times: JERUSALEM — The Israeli military said on Monday that it had discovered and “neutralized” a tunnel running from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory for the first time since a cease-fire ended 50 days of fighting in thePalestinian coastal territory in the summer of 2014. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed

Massive Flooding Damages Houston Jewish Communities

April 20, 2016, by

From the JTA: Massive flooding has caused serious damage to the Jewish community of Houston for the second time in less than a year and just days before Passover. Dozens of homes in the Jewish neighborhoods of Meyerland and Willow Meadows reported significant flood damage as of Tuesday morning from the extremely heavy rainfall in

Jerusalem bus explodes in terror attack, injuring 21

April 18, 2016, by

From the Times of Israel: A bomb exploded on a bus in Jerusalem Monday afternoon, injuring over 20 people as it and other vehicles were engulfed in flames, and ratcheting up tensions in a city just recovering from a months-long wave of violence. Police and rescue officials confirmed 21 people were injured, two of them

How Did American Soldiers Celebrate Passover During WW2?

April 14, 2016, by

Marjorie Ingall of Tablet Magazine spent a day last year at The American Jewish Historical Society at the Center for Jewish History looking into how American soldiers celebrated Passover during WW2. “Lettuce au charoses.” “Kneidlach or borscht a la Sgt. Weinstein.” “Consommè [sic—the accent points the wrong way!] avec Knadlach.” “Palestine wine.” “Roast Beef Ala Yomtov.”

Preview – Passover Haggadah: Just One

April 14, 2016, by

Enjoy a brief look at the new NCSY haggadah: “Just One: One thought-provoking idea on each section of the Pesach Seder.” You can view and download the entire haggadah here.

Jay Leno raises $50,000 for Israeli EMS service, Donates Ambulance

April 12, 2016, by

From the Jerusalem Post: Comedian Jay Leno raised 50,000 for and donated a $36,000 fully equipped ambulance to United Hatzalah at a sold-out special concert fundraiser for Israel’s largest volunteer EMS service at the Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York on Sunday. The former Tonight Show host performed a long comedy set and called

Panama Papers Show Abbas’s Son Has 1m in PA-Linked Equity Fund

April 12, 2016, by

From the JTA: Tareq Abbas, the son of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, holds $1 million worth of shares in a Palestinian investment company with ties to the PA, the “Panama Papers” data leak revealed. The Arab Palestinian Investment Company, or APIC, launched in 1995, is today a major financial player in the Palestinian economy,

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