Yom Hashoah

Current world Jewish population still falls below pre-Holocaust figures

 — According to figures released on Tuesday by the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics, the number of Jews alive today is still lower than it was in 1939, prior to the Holocaust.

Prior to the murder of 6 million Jews between 1939 and 1945, some 16,600,000 were spread throughout...
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At Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony in Israel, Netanyahu warns Iran not to test his country’s determination

JERUSALEM (JTA) — As Israel ushered in Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, with a ceremony at the Yad Vashem memorial in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Iran “do not test the determination of the State of Israel.”

Six Israeli Holocaust survivors lit torches to represent the 6 million Jews...
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Ivanka Trump visits Berlin Holocaust memorial

(JTA) — Ivanka Trump visited a Holocaust memorial in Berlin hours after she was booed at the G20 women’s summit in the German capital for defending her father’s record on advocacy for women’s rights.

Trump visited the Memorial to the Murdered Jews in Europe late Tuesday afternoon, walking through the...
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Israel opens Holocaust Remembrance Day at Yad Vashem Memorial

By ANDREW FRIEDMAN

ISRAEL (TPS) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven (Ruby) Rivlin, and dozens of Holocaust survivors gathered at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem on Sunday night as Israel ushered in the annual Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Day.

In a furious condemnation of the...
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Allies could have saved 4 million Jews, Netanyahu says at Holocaust remembrance ceremony

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel opened its Holocaust Remembrance Day with a ceremony during which six Israeli Holocaust survivors lit torches in memory of the six million Jews who died in the Shoah 70 years ago.

The ceremony was held on Sunday night at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and museum in...
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Community-wide Yom HaShoah event on tonight at JCC

The Community-Wide Yom HaShoah Memorial will be held at the Uptown Jewish Community Center on Sunday, April 23, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

As always, the event will get underway with the Procession of the Survivors in which the remaining survivors of the Shoah who live in New Orleans...
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A celebrity photographer trains his lens on Holocaust survivors

By CURT SCHLEIER

(JTA) — Harry Borden is Britain’s Annie Leibovitz. Sort of.

The American-born, U.K.-raised portrait photographer, 52, admits there “are some parallels” in their careers, though “obviously, I’m nowhere near as successful,” he told JTA.

Still, Borden is England’s go-to photographer when a publication wants a celebrity portrait....
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OP-ED: Survivors’ welfare is a public, private and community responsibility

By MARK WILF and TODD MORGAN

(JTA)  — They survived unimaginable horrors, yet went on to live productive lives, despite the haunting memories, the profound loss and physical scars from years of deprivation. Now many Holocaust survivors need our assistance so they may live their twilight years with dignity in their...
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Torah, barley and Ruth

By TED ROBERTS, the SCRIBBLER ON THE ROOF

As a famous Jewish comedian used to kvetch, “I don’t get no respect.” I feel we treat Shavuot similarly. In Temple days, how would you compare the Holy of Holies to a Jerusalem tavern a few blocks down the street? How would...
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Obama condemns anti-Semitism in Holocaust Remembrance Day message

(JTA) — President Barack Obama condemned anti-Semitism in a Holocaust Remembrance Day message.

“It is incumbent upon us to make real those timeless words ‘Never forget. Never again,'” Obama said in the statement released Thursday morning. “Yet even as we recognize that mankind is capable of unspeakable acts of evil,...
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