Portugal Issues First Passport Under New Sephardic Law

Portuguese Passport (biometric)

Officials in Lisbon approved the naturalization of a Panamanian national who applied for a Portuguese passport under recent legislation benefiting the descendants of Sephardic Jews. Alfonso Paredes was the first applicant to obtain Portuguese nationality since new regulations for the naturalization of Sephardic Jews went into effect in March, according to the Jewish Community of… Read More

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Members (or friends) of the Groebel family pose with their puppy in this photo from the 1930s. Can you identify anyone in this photo? Contact Joanna Church, 410-732-6400, ext. 226 or jchurch@jewishmuseummd.org. To see more of the Jewish Museum’s extensive collection and find out who has been identified in past photos, visit jewishmuseummd.org/tag/once-upon-a-time-2/

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A young member or friend of the Weinberg family poses in a photo booth, circa 1940. Can you identify anyone in this photo? Contact Joanna Church, 410-732-6400, ext. 226 or jchurch@jewishmuseummd.org. To see more of the Jewish Museum’s extensive collection and find out who has been identified in past photos, visit jewishmuseummd.org/tag/once-upon-a-time-2/

How do you celebrate Shabbat?

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Sylvia Eisenberg:I make it at home, and I love that. Shmuel Dershowitz:We make it a little bit more exciting. Anyone who wants to come to my and my wife’s house is welcome. Ari Ross:We try to get together with family and friends.   Want to place an order online? Visit www.goldbergsbagels.net now.

Saving Sophie Ronald H. Balson/St. Martin’s Griffin, 418 pages

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After Jack Sommer’s wife, Alina, passes away, her father, Dr. Arif al-Zahani, attempts to take custody of Jack and Alina’s daughter, Sophie, out of spite for the man who convinced his daughter to leave Hebron for the U.S. After losing the court case, al-Zahani takes advantage of Sommer’s kindness by kidnapping his granddaughter during a… Read More

Israel is Leading in Google Space Competition

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A team of Israeli engineers is leading in a Google-sponsored international contest to send a privately funded spacecraft to the moon. SpaceIL, a nonprofit Israeli group working out of Tel Aviv University, is the first of 16 groups vying in the Lunar XPrize competition to finalize a contract with a launch provider and have technical… Read More

Rywka’s Diary: The Writings of a Jewish Girl from the Lodz Ghetto Edited by Anita Friedman Harper, 240 pages

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Adolescence is difficult enough. Try to imagine it as a girl in the Lodz ghetto with little food, no parents or grandparents and responsibility for three younger siblings. We needn’t imagine, Rywka Lipszyc tells us. Her diary, found in 1945 by a Soviet doctor at the ruins of Auschwitz crematorium No. 3 and unpublished for… Read More