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US Jewish group J Street was paid by White House to promote Iran deal

By JC Reporter, May 22, 2016

J-Street, the American liberal Jewish group, was given more than half a million dollars to promote President Barack Obama’s controversial nuclear deal with Iran in the face of fierce opposition from Israel, it has emerged.

The group, which declares itself pro-Israel, was given the money by the Ploughshares Fund, the main organisation used by the White House’s to advocate the deal.


John Kerry confirms he will attend Paris peace talks

By Josh Jackman, May 20, 2016

John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, has confirmed that he will attend a new round of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

The meeting in Paris on June 3 will aim to create a framework for future talks.


Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon quits claiming he can't trust Benjamin Netanyahu

By Josh Jackman, May 20, 2016

Moshe Yaalon has resigned as Israeli defence minister, saying that "Israel, as well as the Likud party, has been taken over by dangerous and extreme elements."

The former Chief of General Staff in the military, who was a member of the prime minister’s Likud party, will also leave the Knesset.


US passes bill to protect advocates of brit milah and shechitah

By JC Reporter, May 19, 2016

The US House of Representatives has passed a bill which broadens the definition of “violations of religious freedom” in the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 to include the persecution of advocates of male circumcision or ritual animal slaughter.


Jewellery discovered hidden in Auschwitz mug, 70 years on

By JC Reporter, May 19, 2016

A gold ring and necklace have been discovered in the fake bottom of a mug on display at the Auschwitz museum in Poland.

Curators found the jewellery while carrying out preservation work on its collection of enamel kitchenware.


World's first Bashevis Singer museum opens in Poland

By Julie Masis, May 19, 2016

A museum dedicated to Yiddish author Isaac Bashevis Singer, who received the Nobel Prize for literature, opened in Poland at the end of April.

It is the first museum in the world focusing on the writer, according to Kinga Staroniewska of the Bilgoraj XXI Foundation, which built the complex.


How Rabbi Willy became an arthouse star in Berlin

By Igal Avidan, May 19, 2016

Last month in Berlin, Rabbi "Willy" Wolff attended a packed-out screening of a documentary - about himself.


The oldest American? She's only 113 (and Jewish)

May 19, 2016

The oldest American is now a 113-year-old Jewish woman named Goldie.

After the death of 116-year-old Susannah Mushatt-Jones last week, the New York Daily News reported that Goldie Michelson of Worcester, Massachusetts, became the oldest living American.


JNF's eco-plan for refugees

By Sandy Rashty, May 19, 2016

An Israeli charity is planning to employ thousands of Syria refugees as part of a project to regenerate a forest in Europe.


'Everything I have is because of you' - emotional reunion between Holocaust survivor and the man who saved his life

By Jessica Weinstein, May 19, 2016

A moving reunion between two men who changed each other’s lives took place this week.

In 1945 American soldier Sid Shafner helped rescue and liberate approximately 30,000 prisoners from a Nazi concentration camp. Last week he was reunited with Marcel Levy, one of the survivors he helped.