Brazilian ‘Model Knesset’ Event Draws 120 Young Applicants

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The Jewish Agency for Israel is organizing a Model Knesset event in Brazil for 120 young Jews and non-Jews who will simulate the work of the parliament in Jerusalem. The event, which is scheduled to take place in Sao Paulo next month for the second consecutive year, will feature two days of mock votes and… Read More

Radar Uncovers Remains of Great Synagogue of Vilna

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A radar survey has found that significant pieces of Lithuania’s largest synagogue complex, which was damaged by the Nazis and destroyed by the Soviets, still remain but are buried underground. The ground-penetrating radar survey conducted in June in Vilnius (previously called Vilna) by a joint team of academics from Israel and the United States will… Read More

Chasidic Teen’s Poem About Day in Her Life Goes Viral

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A poem by a Chasidic teenage girl from Brooklyn has gone viral on social media. “Worst Day Ever?” by Chanie Gorkin was first posted last year on the Poetry Nation website, where Gorkin is a member. The poem was published in a collection of poems titled “Beyond the Sea: Odyssey” and put Gorkin, of the… Read More

Facebook Acquiring Fourth Israeli Company

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JERUSALEM — Facebook is acquiring an Israeli startup company that has developed technology for operating a computer through hand and finger gestures. Pebbles Interfaces, based in Kfar Saba, is Facebook’s fourth acquisition in Israel, the Israeli business daily Globes reported last week. Facebook reportedly has agreed to pay $60 million for the company. Pebbles Interfaces… Read More

Potentially Exculpatory Testimony Unsealed in Rosenberg Case

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Newly unsealed court records may provide fodder for those who believe Ethel Rosenberg was wrongly convicted and executed. Rosenberg and her husband, Julius, who were Jewish, were famously put to death in 1953 in Ossining, N.Y., for conspiring to share atomic secrets with the Soviet Union. The potentially exculpatory material is in testimony by Rosenberg’s… Read More

Hoop Dream: Jordan Farmar Returning to Maccabi Tel Aviv

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Jordan Farmar, a Jewish NBA player who won two league championships as a member of his hometown Los Angeles Lakers, is heading back to Israel to play for Maccabi Tel Aviv. Farmar played 16 games for Maccabi Tel Aviv during the NBA lockout of 2011. The 6-foot-2 guard, a standout at UCLA, was on the… Read More

Jerusalem Family Renovation Uncovers 2,000-Year-Old Mikvah

A Jerusalem family uncovered an ancient mikvah beneath their home. Israel’s Antiquities Authority, which excavated the 2,000-year-old ritual bath, unveiled the find last week. A trapdoor covered by a rug leads down to the bath in the living room of the Shimshoni family, who uncovered the site during renovations of their home in the Ein… Read More

Woman to lead Rome Jewish Community for First Time

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For the first time, a woman has been appointed to lead the Jewish community of Rome. Ruth Dureghello, 48, who has managed a Jewish day school in the city for the past seven years, was named president on June 23 at the first meeting of the new Rome community council, which was elected on June… Read More

Coca-Cola Palestine Threatened with Lawsuit

JERUSALEM — An Israeli civil rights group has called on the Coca-Cola company to sever its ties with its Palestinian subsidiary over calls by its head to boycott Israel. In a letter to Coca-Cola CEO Mukhtar Kent last week, Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Center warned the company that actions by Zahi Khouri, CEO of Coca-Cola Palestine,… Read More