‘The Return’ follows four young Polish Jews who are reclaiming their heritage

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Imagine growing up in Roman Catholic Poland only to discover that you have Jewish heritage. What do you do? Filmmaker Adam Zucker explores this question in his documentary “The Return.” Speaking from his home in New York, Zucker, 55, explained that after the Holocaust and through the fall of communism in 1989, Poland’s few Jews… Read More

French university accused of putting on anti-Semitic play

JTA Wire Service A French university defended a student theater production that a Jewish leader labeled “grossly anti-Semitic.” “The humor is difficult to handle, but this is not an anti-Semitic show,” Catherine Benguigui, vice president of the University of La Rochelle, told the local newspaper Sud Ouest in an article published last week.

Paris suburb shuts down unlicensed Jewish preschool

JTA Wire Service A suburban Paris municipality ordered the closure of an unlicensed Jewish preschool. City officials in Charenton, south of the French capital, closed the preschool there last month following complaints and a surprise inspection, the Le Parisien daily reported last week. The preschool, which served about 50 toddlers since its opening about one… Read More

Man who raped Holocaust survivor sentenced to jail

JTA Wire Service An Australian man who sexually assaulted a Holocaust survivor was sentenced to up to five years in prison. Robert Webb, 39, was sentenced to a minimum of three years in jail for the 1991 attack. Arrested and charged in 2011, Webb could be released within a year given time served, according to… Read More

Syria At A Standstill

Proposed peace conference has hosts, will it have any guests? From Washington and Jerusalem, it’s hard to tell the good news from the bad in the stalemate that is the Syrian civil war. This week the government forces of President Bashar al-Assad appeared to gain some ground and momentum against the rebels fighting to force… Read More

First Novel In Hindi On Indian Jews Appears After 52 Years

Sheela Rohekar, the only Jewish writer of the Hindi language, has launched her latest novel, “Miss Samuel: Ek Yahudi Gatha,” which is her first novel to depict the life of her Bene Israel community in India. The official launch took place on March 30 at the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi, the Academy of Dance and… Read More

Israeli intelligence: Syria used chemical weapons

JTA Wire Service Syrian forces have used chemical weapons against rebel forces and civilians, the head of Israel’s military research said. The weapon likely is sarin-based, which targets the nervous system and can cause paralysis or death, Brig. Gen Itai Baron, the head of the Israel Defense Forces Military Intelligence Research Branch, said Tuesday.

Brewing Up A New Connection To Lag BaOmer

Sit back by the bonfire and pop open a brewski, it’s Lag BaOmer. Since we have been counting the Omer — a biblical measure of barley that was brought as an offering to the Temple — each evening from the second night of Passover, what better way to mark the coming holiday than by downing… Read More

Turkey’s Jews Worship Quietly

As visitors heave open the thick, vault-like metal door to the Neve Shalom Synagogue on a discreet side street in the Galata neighborhood of European Istanbul, a skittish guard confronts them. Guests are shuttled through secure, windowless rooms to an X-ray mac-hine and metal detector. Pockets are emptied and passports surrendered. The guard questions the… Read More