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Survived the Holocaust, but where now?

By Amanda Julius, August 11, 2011

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has launched a social media drive to track down hundreds of Holocaust survivors as part of an ongoing exhibition and archiving project.

The museum is exhibiting and posting online portraits of 1,100 young Holocaust survivors photographed just after the Second World War.

Hoping to locate the survivors with the aim of reconnecting them to friends and

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Aged 8, and taking Clinton to court

By Nathan Jeffay, August 11, 2011

An eight-year-old boy is taking on US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the American Supreme Court.

If you ask pint-sized plaintiff Menachem Zivotofsky where he was born, he gives the same answer as most Jewish Jerusalemites: Israel.

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MacShane to Hague: 'Pull out of Durban'

By Martin Bright, August 11, 2011

A former UK foreign minister has written an open letter to Foreign Secretary William Hague calling on the British government to pull out of next month's conference to mark the tenth anniversary of the Durban declaration on anti-racism.

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Chief Rabbi selection: how Israel does it

By Nathan Jeffay, August 11, 2011

The defining characteristic of the chief rabbi selection process in Israel is that involves secular as well as religious communities.

In a country polarised between secular and religious, this has allowed the rabbinate, which is state-maintained, to be regarded as a national and not just a sectarian institution.

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Jewish rapper Drake bigger earner than 50 Cent

By Jennifer Lipman, August 11, 2011

A Jewish rapper has made the list of top earners in the hip hop industry, as compiled by Forbes magazine.

Drake, said to be worth $11 million, appeared in joint 11th place with rapper Wiz Khalifa.

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Gay Jewish Republican meets presidential campaign obstacle

By Jennifer Lipman, August 10, 2011

The presidential hopes of an openly gay Jewish Republican politician could be over before they have really begun, after he was denied permission to take part in a debate.

Fred Karger is a gay rights activist and political consultant who once worked with President Ronald Reagan.

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Jewish writer Philip Levine named as US poet laureate

By Jennifer Lipman, August 10, 2011

A Jewish writer has been named as the new poet laureate of the United States.

Philip Levine, 83, will start his role as the country's 18th poet laureate in October.

Mr Levine, whose parents were Russian-Jewish immigrants, has won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

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Neo-Nazis fall for wash and go T-shirt trick

By Jennifer Lipman, August 10, 2011

Anti-extremism campaigners in Germany have hit upon a novel idea to expose neo-Nazi supporters.

A group called Exit Deutschland, which is dedicated to helping people turn away from far-right ideology, set up a stall at a nationalist music festival in the German twon of Gera.

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Rebirth for Cologne's historic Jewish quarter

By Jennifer Lipman, August 10, 2011

The Jewish quarter of a German city is to be rebuilt as part of an effort to display more of the community's long history.

Excavators in Cologne hope the work will be finished by 2015.

The city's Jewish quarter, home to more than 20,000 Jews before the Holocaust, has been traced back to at least the 15th century.

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Max Brenner boycotters breach chocolate shop bar

By Jennifer Lipman, August 10, 2011

Chocolate made by a bald man might seem like an unusual product to incur the wrath of anti-Israel campaigners.

But four members of the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign have been arrested in Melbourne in connection with a protest at a Max Brenner chocolate store.

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