Art

Artwork seized during Holocaust returned to owner's family

By Zoe Winograd, April 18, 2012

A Baroque painting taken from its owner during the Holocaust will be returned to an American Jewish family.

The original owner of the painting, Frederico Gentili di Giuseppe, an Italian Jew living in Paris, died in France in 1940 shortly before Nazi occupation.

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Master and Margarita

By John Nathan, April 2, 2012

Of all Complicite's book adaptations, Bulgakov's mind-expanding novel is surely the most ambitious.

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Please come back: Mohamed is looking after the synagogue

By John Pollock, March 29, 2012

In Yefren, high in Libya's Nafusa mountains, a 2000-year-old shul is guarded by Muslims.

It is one of the seven Ghriba - "wondrous" - synagogues of the Maghreb. The most famous, in Djerba, Tunisia, attracts thousands each year to its magnificent 19th century building. By contrast, the tiny ancient Yefren shul is barely visited.

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Rembrandt's painting of old rabbi given stamp of approval

By Jennifer Lipman, March 28, 2012

A painting of a rabbi that was last on public display more than 60 years ago has been verified as the work of 17th century Dutch master Rembrandt.

The canvas, featuring an austere looking Jewish scholar, has been in the private collection at Woburn Abbey since the 1950s.

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Black Jew is Irish dance champ

By Jessica Elgot, March 22, 2012

Drew Lovejoy is an unlikely heir to Michael Flatley - as an American Jewish boy, with a black Baptist father.

The bi-racial Jewish Irish dance champion of the world has admitted he sometimes keeps part of his biography out of conversation - otherwise people become too confused.

The 17-year-old from Greenville, Ohio, has won the Dublin world dancing championships for a third year running.

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Israel an apartheid state, says German party head

By Benjamin Weinthal, March 22, 2012

Sigmar Gabriel, the head of Germany's second largest party and a hopeful for Chancellor in the next federal election, last week called the Jewish state an "apartheid regime" after a visit to Hebron in the West Bank.

Writing on his Facebook page, the 52-year-old Social Democrat noted: "It's a zone without legal rights for Palestinians.

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Nose-job video 'offensive'

By Jennifer Lipman, March 22, 2012

A supposedly comical ditty about rhinoplasty, performed by a Jewish musician, has raised questions about body image and religious stereotypes in the US.

The trouble started after a Miami plastic surgeon nicknamed "Dr Schnoz" commissioned Jewish punk rock group The Groggers to help him use social media to reach Jews between the ages of 15 and 30.

But it subsequently emerged that in return for

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Story of Muslim Shoah heroes is finally told

By Andrew Rosemarine, March 22, 2012

A French film that premiered in London this week, Les Hommes Libres, depicts the heroic stand of a gentile against Nazi mass-murderers.

It may come as a surprise but, in this case, the hero is a Muslim.

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Mofaz boost in Kadima race

March 22, 2012

A week ahead of the Kadima primaries on March 27, the centrist party is the scene of a head-to-head battle between party chairman and ex-foreign minister Tzipi Livni, and former defence minister Shaul Mofaz, who is vying to take the party reins from Ms Livni.

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Resignations as Guttentag survives

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 9, 2012

Whitefield Hebrew Congregation's Rabbi Jonathan Guttentag has survived an attempt by the lay leadership to remove him.

Following an outpouring of support from congregants for the long-serving rabbi, the synagogue president and four executive members resigned last Thursday.

Shul management has been assumed on an interim basis by the trustees, who are attempting to restore communal harmony.

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