Tag: Jewish identity

Groups pledge $2 million toward strengthening young adults’ Jewish identity

(JTA) — Two international Jewish groups each pledged $1 million toward, respectively, helping Russian-speakers visit Israel in Taglit-Birthright trips, and supporting innovative projects that strengthen Jewish identity.

The Euro-Asian Jewish Congress, or EAJC, announced its donation toward the Taglit-related goal Thursday. The Olami Foundation announced its fund, called the “The Innovation Incubator,” last week.

The EAJC donation will facilitate an increase of several hundred participants from Russian-speaking countries to attend the ten-day experiential and educational trip for Jewish young adults, the group said in a statement.

Since Taglit-Birthright was started 17 years ago, more than 45,000 Russian speakers participated in…

Debates with Israel weigh on Reform movement’s largest-ever gathering

BOSTON (JTA) – President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel became an unexpected agenda item as 6,000 members of the Reform movement from across North America gathered here for their four-day convention.

Addressing the Union for Reform Judaism’s 2017 biennial on Friday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said the announcement two days earlier by Trump may make it more difficult to achieve peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.

“Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, and diplomacy between Israelis and Palestinians should determine the final status of Jerusalem for all parties,” Warren said to loud applause…

In Budapest, Hanukkah comes out of the shadows and onto the ice rink

BUDAPEST (JTA) — The outdoor ice skating rink — the largest in Central Europe — in Budapest’s city center has been part and parcel of Hungary’s Christmas tradition for nearly 150 years.

Stretching across 3.5 acres between Heroes’ Square and Vajdahunyad Castle, the Budapest City Park Ice Rink draws hundreds of thousands of visitors from across the country each winter. They come for the Christmas market, the winter festival, and the promise of smooth ice and affordable skate rentals.

It’s an enormous and enormously popular attraction, so City Park Ice Rink is busy nearly every day with the Christmas…

EDITOR’S COLUMN Harvey Weinstein and Al Franken are Jewish, but are they Jewish news?

NEW YORK (JTA) — “Is So-and-So Jewish? How Jewish is she? Find out if she’s Jewish.”

I often joke that JTA reporters and anti-Semitic bloggers write the same stories, only with different headlines. We proudly search down Jewish celebrities to show the diverse ways that Jews are contributing to the wider culture. The Daily Stormer uses the same names to prove that Jews are taking over.

The problem for us, of course, is when the Jews we report on do bad things. Very bad things. The last few months have seen a deluge of stories about Jews in trouble,…

Tzipora Jochsberger, Holocaust survivor who founded the Kaufman Music Center in NY, dies at 96

(JTA) — Tzipora Jochsberger, founder of the Kaufman Music Center in New York and a director of the Rubin Academy for Music and Dance in Israel, has died.

Jochsberger, a composer, musicologist and educator who survived the Holocaust due to her musical abilities, died Oct. 29 in Jerusalem at 96, the Kaufman Music Center announced.

Lydia Kontos, who succeeded Jochsberger as the center’s executive director in 1985, announced the death.

“Working with Tzipora taught me to believe that anything is…