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7 Israelis who have made a deep impact on life in America

(JTA) — When Natalie Portman was named the 2018 winner of the $1 million Genesis Prize, known as the “Jewish Nobel,” it was in part an acknowledgement of her Israeli roots.

While the Oscar-winning actress mostly grew up in the United States, Portman — née Herschlag — is also Israeli. Her father, Avner Herschlag, grew up in Israel, and her mother married him there. The family moved to the U.S. when she was 3.

Portman’s facility with Hebrew was on display when she directed and starred in the Hebrew-language film “Tale of Love and Darkness,” based on the book by…

5 amazing discoveries from a trove of documents hidden during the Holocaust

NEW YORK (JTA) — Last month, the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research made an astonishing announcement: the discovery of 170,000 Jewish documents thought to have been destroyed during the Holocaust.

The papers, which date from the mid-18th century through World War II, survived destruction attempts by both the Nazis and the Soviets.

In 1941, as part of program to loot Jewish museums and institutions, the Nazis raided YIVO, which is now based in New York but then was headquartered in Vilna. A group of Jewish slave laborers called the “Paper Brigade” smuggled some books, papers and artwork into the Vilna ghetto…

The 5 weirdest kosher foods you’ll be eating in 2018

SECAUCUS, N.J. (JTA) — “Caution: Meat and dairy sampling on show floor,” read a sign at the entrance to Meadowlands Exposition Center.

That may seem like an unusual warning outside a convention center, but to the crowd attending the food expo there on Tuesday, it made sense: Kosherfest is the world’s largest kosher food trade show, where the vast majority of those attending follow the Jewish prohibition against mixing meat and dairy.

More than 4,000 food industry professionals gathered for the annual two-day event, which featured more than 325 vendors showcasing an array of products, from candy to wine.

Naturally,…

Early Facebook investor compares site’s techniques to Nazi propaganda

(JTA) — An early Facebook investor likened the social media site’s practices to Nazi propaganda.

Roger McNamee made the comparison Friday in an interview with the London-based Telegraph. He said Facebook has borrowed methods from Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels.

“In order to maintain your attention they have taken all the techniques of Edward Bernays and Joseph Goebbels,” said Roger McNamee, also referring to an Austrian-American public relations pioneer known for marketing cigarettes to women. “And all of the other people from the world of persuasion, and all the big ad agencies, and they’ve mapped it onto an all day product…

Jewish Life Television to Carry Two Live Plenary Sessions from the 2017 Jewish Federations’ General Assembly Featured Speakers Include Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Jewish Life Television, America’s Chosen Network, is proud to be carrying two plenary sessions live from the Jewish Federations of North America’s 2017 General Assembly, held in Los Angeles, California, on November 13 and 14, 2017.

On Monday, November 13th, JLTV will carry the Afternoon Plenary live, beginning at 7:45PM ET or 4:45PM PT and running through 9:15PM ET or 6:15PM PT.  Israeli President Reuven will headline the session and will include the following speakers:

  • The Chair of JFNA’s Board of Trustees shares his views on the Jewish future.

Richard V. Sandler, Chair, Board of Trustees, The Jewish…