Month: May 2018

Kafka Intro To Unwritten Novel Fetches Nearly $175,000

(JTA) — A handwritten manuscript penned by author Franz Kafka fetched nearly $175,000 at an auction in Germany.

The text sold Saturday in Hamburg to a private collector is an introduction to a novel that Kafka, a Jewish writer from Prague whose work is widely considered one of the most influential literary oeuvres of the 20th century, had intended to write in 1911 with his friend and publisher Max Brod, who also was Jewish.

The novel, titled “Richard…

French-Muslim Website Posts ‘Hit List’ of Famous Jews

The Synagogue Neuilly-sur-Seine is one of the oldest synagogues in suburban Paris. (Wikimedia Commons)

(JTA) — A French-Muslim news outlet and a prominent anti-colonialism activist published on Twitter alleged hit lists featuring Jewish groups and individuals.

The activist, Sihame Assbague, posted the first list of eight items last week. It included the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities; the Socialist Jewish politician Julien Dray; former Prime Minister Manuel Valls — a supporter of Israel whose ex-wife and children…

How a US Philanthropist Aims to Revitalize Haifa

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A $10 million donation to the University of Haifa will be used to build a downtown campus in an effort to revitalize the school and the city.

A new campus of at least four buildings will be located in the Port of Haifa and the city’s downtown area.

The donation is from American philanthropist Lorry Lokey, the founder of the international media relations service Business Wire.

An early signer of The Giving Pledge — a commitment by the world’s wealthiest individuals and families to dedicate the majority of their wealth to giving back — Lokey has donated…

Who Is An anti-Semite? Republicans and Democrats Grapple With the Question.

Leslie Cockburn, left, and John Fitzgerald have spurred controversy with their congressional bids. (Campaign websites)

(JTA) — Two congressional races have been beset in recent days with charges of anti-Semitism, and each case — in California and in Virginia — uncovers challenges for Jews in the Republican and Democratic parties.

For Jewish Democrats, it’s about Israel and the party’s left wing. For Jewish Republicans, it’s about extremists.

In both cases, Jews in the respective parties are grappling with old…

Harvey Weinstein Indicted On Rape Charges

(JTA) — Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was indicted by a grand jury in New York on charges of rape and a criminal sexual act.

Weinstein declined to testify before the grand jury on Wednesday after a judge denied his attorney’s request to postpone the appearance in order to have time to prepare Weinstein. The grand jury announced its indictment later in the day.

Weinstein only learned of the specific charges after turning himself in on Friday.

If convicted on the most serious charges, he could be sentenced to prison for between five and 25 years.

The charges follow an…