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St. Louis Jewish Light

The remarkable true story of this maple walnut cake recipe

The remarkable true story of this maple walnut cake recipe

Shared by Judy Bart Kancigor April 27, 2021

This story originally appeared on The Jewish Food Society “It always was a party when we got together,” cookbook author Judy Bart Kancigor says of her family when she was little. Judy grew up in Belle Harbor, a neighborhood just four blocks...

People wave Armenian and U.S. flags in front of the U.S. Embassy in the Armenian capital Yerevan after President Joe Biden recognized the 1915 killings of Armenians by Ottoman forces as genocide, April 24, 2021. (Karen Minasyan/AFP via Getty Images)

Jewish groups welcomed Biden’s designation of an Armenian genocide. It wasn’t always so.

Ron Kampeas April 26, 2021

WASHINGTON (JTA) — One Wednesday in October 2007, seven Jewish lawmakers on the House Foreign Affairs Committee did something extraordinary: They ignored the pleas of the Jewish establishment. Jewish politicos were often happy to advance the...

Phillip Weiner on the toll COVID has taken on Bosnia's Jewish community:

A Bosnian War prosecutor from Boston is trying to help Sarajevo’s Jews survive a brutal COVID-19 surge

Bette Keva April 26, 2021

(Jewish Journal-Massachusetts via JTA) — It’s been nearly a decade since Phillip Weiner last lived in Sarajevo, where he served as an international war crimes judge. But Weiner has remained in touch with the Bosnian Jews he met there, and when...

Stray bullet kills Jewish reporter for NPR affiliate in Kansas City

Stray bullet kills Jewish reporter for NPR affiliate in Kansas City

Ron Kampeas April 26, 2021

(JTA) — Aviva Okeson-Haberman had come home after apartment hunting in Lawrence, Kansas, where the reporter for the Kansas City NPR affiliate was about to start a new job covering social services and criminal justice. On Friday, Okeson-Haberman...

Mandy Patinkin breaks down in tears when he learns that he lost family in the Holocaust on ‘Finding Your Roots’

Mandy Patinkin breaks down in tears when he learns that he lost family in the Holocaust on ‘Finding Your Roots’

GABE FRIEDMAN April 26, 2021

(JTA) — Jewish actor Mandy Patinkin never thought he had family members who died in the Holocaust. The team behind “Finding Your Roots,” the long-running PBS celebrity genealogy show, proved he was mistaken. In his episode airing Tuesday...

Sacha Baron Cohen poses in humorous fashion for a photo during a screening of the Oscars in Sydney, Australia, April 25, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Rick Rycroft/ Pool/Getty Images)

Oscars 2021: Jewish nominees (nearly) strike out

Gabe Friedman April 25, 2021

(JTA) — It was an unusual Academy Awards in several ways. Forced to adapt to social distancing protocols, the ceremony was split into different venues but mostly took place in Los Angeles’ Union Station. For only the second time in history,...

The Riverdale Jewish Center, one of the vandalized synagogues. (JTA archive)

Windows broken at four synagogues in Bronx Jewish neighborhood

Ben Sales April 25, 2021

NEW YORK (JTA) — Four synagogues in the New York City neighborhood of Riverdale were vandalized as rocks were hurled through their windows and glass doors. The vandalism in the Bronx neighborhood, which has a large Jewish population, occurred...

Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-HI, who introduced the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, speaks in Washington, D.C. on April 20, 2021. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Senate passes legislation to improve hate crime reporting

Ben Sales April 25, 2021

(JTA) — The Senate passed a bill to help law enforcement respond to hate crimes and report them to the federal government, alongside legislation that specifically combats anti-Asian hate crimes. As anti-Semitism has risen in recent years, national...

Israel intercepts a rocket from Gaza in 2019. Terror groups in Gaza have renewed their rocket fire in recent days in response to protests in Jerusalem and the West Bank. (Ilia Yefimovich/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Dozens of rockets fired at Israel from Gaza as protests continue

Ben Sales April 25, 2021

(JTA) — More than 40 rockets have been fired at Israel from Gaza in recent days as protests over Ramadan restrictions have continued in the Old City of Jerusalem and a West Bank checkpoint. While the rockets have been fired by smaller armed factions,...

A view of Jerusalem in 1994. (Maher Attar/Sygma via Getty Images)

Barricades preventing Palestinian gathering removed in Jerusalem following protests

Ben Sales April 25, 2021

(JTA) — The Israel Police have acquiesced to the demands of Palestinian protesters who called for the removal of barricades that prevented gathering during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. On Sunday, police removed the barriers, which blocked...

The Regal Edwards theater in La Verne, California, forced to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is seen in May 2020. (Russ Allison Loar/Flickr Commons)

Portal for federal grants will no longer launch on Shabbat, following complaints

ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL April 25, 2021

(JTA) — A federal grants program for the entertainment industry moved the relaunch of its applications portal from Saturday to Monday, after observant Jews and others complained that the Saturday plan put them at a disadvantage for the billions in...

Thousands protest the French high court's ruling on the 2017 murder of Sarah Halimi in Paris on April 25, 2021. (Cnaan Liphshiz)

In protest rallies, thousands of Jews in France demand ‘justice for Sarah Halimi’

CNAAN LIPHSHIZ April 25, 2021

PARIS (JTA) — Thousands of protesters, many of them Jewish, gathered in the French capital to protest the judiciary’s decision not to try a man who killed his Jewish neighbor while shouting about Allah. Under the banner of “Justice for Sarah...

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