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Funerals held for three IDF soldiers killed on Sinai border

( – The three Israeli soldiers killed by an Egyptian policeman at the border over the weekend were laid to rest on Sunday.

Sgt. Lia Ben-Nun, 19, and Staff Sgt. Uri Iluz, 20, were shot dead overnight Friday while manning an observation post. During the subsequent manhunt, Staff Sgt. Ohad Dahan, 20, was killed in Israeli territory in an exchange of fire with the terrorist, who was also fatally shot.

The three...

3 Israeli soldiers killed by Egyptian officer who is also shot dead


(JTA) — An Egyptian security officer opened fire on Israeli soldiers on a routine patrol, killing two, and hours later killed a third before being felled in a shootout, the Israeli army said, in what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called a “severe and extraordinary incident.”

The Egyptian military said the shootout occurred while the officer was pursuing drug smugglers across the border.

Cross-border attacks are...

DC’s new Jewish museum highlights Jews who shaped the nation’s capital, from a Confederate spy to RBG


WASHINGTON (JTA) –  Washington, D.C.’s new Jewish museum features at least two notorious women from history.

One is Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the first Jewish woman to serve as a Supreme Court justice, who was dubbed “Notorious RBG” late in her life by a cluster of fans. When the Capital Jewish Museum opens next week, it will launch with Ginsburg at its center when a traveling exhibit on...

911 dispatcher and rabbi take the stand on first day of Pittsburgh synagogue shooting trial


PITTSBURGH (JTA) — When Shannon Basa-Sabol was asked to recount the events of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting in court on Tuesday, what stood out was her memory of the death of Bernice Simon.

Basa-Sabol, a 911 dispatcher, took the stand for close to an hour, describing the ins and outs of her job. 

But when the crowded courtroom heard a recording of Simon’s 911 call from the...

Survivor Torah to honor NOLA Holocaust survivors on Sun., June 4

( –The Survivor Torah, part of an effort to restore a Torah scroll hidden from the Nazis and recently discovered, is coming to New Orleans next Sunday, Dec. 4.  The ongoing restoration project will be on display at the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience, 818 Howard Avenue, and Holocaust survivor siblings Anne Skorecki Levy and Lila Skorecki Millen, the last two New Orleans Holocaust survivors, will be in attendance.


As ‘The Marvelous Mrs Maisel’ ends, will its Jewish legacy be more than a punchline?


(JTA) — After five seasons, 20 Emmy awards and plenty of Jewish jokes, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” airs its final episode on Friday.

The lauded Amazon Prime show from Amy Sherman-Palladino has enveloped viewers in a shimmering, candy-colored version of New York during the late 1950s and early 1960s — a world in which “humor” has meant Jewish humor and “culture” has meant Jewish culture.


Bluegrass ‘Etz Chaim’: A melodic mix for marriage?

By ALAN SMASON, Special to the CCJN

For songwriters Naomi Less and Matthew Check, their recent release of “Eitz Chaim” (also commonly spelled as Etz Chaim) is the result of an unusual collaboration that began seven years ago in Bethel, New York, a sleepy upstate town in the shadow of the fabled Woodstock Festival. 

Less, a co-founder and associate director at New York City’s Lab/Shul has been on a religious...

Wikipedia disciplines editors in Holocaust distortion dispute but sidesteps debate over Polish complicity


(JTA) — Wikipedia has banned three editors from working on articles related to Jewish history in Poland during World War II, in a bid to resolve editing disputes and safeguard its credibility.

But the online encyclopedia stopped short of taking more aggressive action in response to allegations of widespread Holocaust distortion on the platform. 

The decision, handed down Saturday, concludes more than two months of deliberation by...

ANU Museum acquires historic Codex Sassoon at auction for $38.1 million

NEW YORK – The 1100-year-old Codex Sassoon, the oldest and most complete Hebrew Bible, was sold on May 17 at Sotheby’s for $38.1 million. The sacred text, considered the foundation of Jewish ethics and beliefs, will become part of the core exhibition and permanent collection of ANU – Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv, Israel. The Codex Sassoon acquisition by the American Friends of ANU was made possible...

Joy on Jerusalem Day as tens of thousands march in capital


– Celebrations were underway across Israel on Thursday for Jerusalem Day, the national holiday commemorating the city’s reunification in the Six-Day War.

The main feature of the celebrations is the annual flag march in which tens of thousands of people waving Israeli flags walk through the streets of Jerusalem to symbolize the city’s unity.

This year the parade followed the traditional route, departing from downtown...