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Sweden to honor Wallenberg with annual memorial day

(JTA) — Sweden will honor World War II hero Raoul Wallenberg with an annual memorial day. Aug. 27 will be earmarked as the official Wallenberg day, Culture Minister Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth wrote in an Op-Ed that appeared Friday in the Dagens Nyheter newspaper, thelocal.se reported. Wallenberg’s sister Nina Lagergren also signed the piece.

The announcement comes at the end of a year of events marking the 100th anniversary of...

Auschwitz memorial attracts 1.43 million visitors in 2012

(JTA) — The Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp memorial and museum attracted a record number of visitors in 2012. There were 1.43 million visitors to the grounds of the former Nazi camp last year — the most in the museum’s 65-year history, the museum said on its website.

More than 1 million people have visited the memorial and museum annually for each of the last six years.

“Auschwitz in the last decade...

Despite opposition, Obama signs anti-Iran, defense bill

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama signed a defense funding bill that included Iran sanctions he had opposed. Obama on Jan. 2 signed the National Defense Authorization Act, which would sanction entities that circumvent existing banking sanctions on Iran by paying for Iranian oil with gold and restrict dealings with Iran’s ports, among other enhancements.

Obama administration officials had argued that the new restrictions would inhibit efforts to persuade other nations...

Community Day School wins runner up video prize

Community Day School (CDS) has won one of the runner up prizes in the Avi Chai Foundation Jewish Day School Alumni Video Contest. Members of the local community and those along the Gulf Coast registered 407 votes for the video by the former New Orleans Jewish Day School alumnus Max Vizelberg, now a sophomore student at Harvard University. The school wins $1,000, while Vizelberg gets a $500 cash prize.


Montenegro bequeaths land for first synagogue in centuries

(JTA) — The government of Montenegro reportedly has given land to its tiny Jewish community to build the country’s first synagogue in centuries. The last of the paperwork came through on Dec. 31, according to Jasa Alfandari, president of the Jewish Community of Montenegro.

“We have been given a beautiful location in the center of the Podgorica,” the capital of the small Balkan country, Alfandari told JTA.

The site will...

Historic synagogues to meet in ritual objects spat

(JTA) — The leaders of two historic synagogues will hold a settlement conference over a set of ritual Torah decorations. A federal judge in Rhode Island will meet with the leaders of the Touro Synagogue in Newport, R.I., and Congregation Shearith Israel of New York on Thursday to discuss a set of 18th century Torah bells, The Associated Press reported.

Shearith Israel is the first U.S. Jewish congregation and Touro...

Israel to plant 3,000 trees to memorialize Newtown victims

NEW YORK (JTA) – More than 2,000 people have donated funds to plant a grove of more than 3,000 trees in Israel in memory of the victims of the Newtown shooting.

Hadassah has raised more than $61,000 toward the planting of trees honoring the 26 victims of the December 14 massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. The trees will be part of the Beersheva River Park, a 1,700-acre water,...

Post-Newtown slayings: some gun owners willing to consider curbs


NEW YORK (JTA) — The day Eric Schaefer learned that a .233 caliber semiautomatic Bushmaster rifle — a type of weapon he owned — was used to kill 26 people in Newtown, Conn., he sold his rifle to local law enforcement near his home in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Schaefer, a 40-year-old commercial real estate agent, says he has been hit by an unshakable feeling of shame, and he...

Jewish U.S. envoy threatened by Al-Qaida in Yemen

(JTA) — Al-Qaida in Yemen has placed a bounty on the head of the U.S. ambassador in Sanaa, Gerald Feierstein. In a message posted on terrorist websites, al-Qaida offered three kilograms worth of gold, or about $160,000, to anyone who kills the ambassador, who is Jewish.

The group also offered cash for the killing of American soldiers inside Yemen. Both offers are valid for the next six months, according to...

Former IDF soldier Anat Kamm’s sentence shortened

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The prison sentence of former Israeli soldier Anat Kamm, who turned classified military documents over to a reporter, was shortened by one year. On Monday,  Israel’s Supreme Court cut the 4 1/2-year term in response to an appeal filed by Kamm in July. She now likely will go free by February 2014.

Kamm entered the Neve Tirza prison in Ramle last November. The original sentence and 18-month...