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Deborah Lipstadt is confirmed as envoy to combat antisemitism

Renowned historian of the Holocaust and Jewish history, Deborah Lipstadt, was finally confirmed this past Wednesday as an ambassador to combat antisemitism for the Department of State. The grueling eight-month process of hearings and delays only seemed to strengthen the resolve of Jewish groups supporting her nomination.  Groups as diverse as the Orthodox Union and…

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First Jewish Wedding Held in Bahrain in 52 Years

  The Association of Gulf Jewish Communities (AGJC), the people-to-people network of Jewish communities from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries that are developing Jewish life in the region, facilitated the first Jewish wedding in the Kingdom of Bahrain in 52 years this past weekend at the Ritz Carlton Manama. The event was also the…

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The USHMM Welcomes US Gov’t Recognition of Genocide of Armenians

  Photo: Ottoman troops guard Armenians being deported. Ottoman Empire, 1915–16. —US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration, College Park The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum welcomes the recognition of the Armenian genocide by President Biden. This follows the 2019 Congressional resolution recognizing this tragic event as genocide. “Holocaust history teaches…

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U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Holds Virtual Ceremony for International Holocaust Remembrance Day

  In observance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is holding a special virtual commemoration with Holocaust survivors and leaders from the United States and Europe on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 10 a.m. PT.  Eight decades after the Holocaust began, people worldwide will pause on the anniversary of the liberation…

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Opinion: Biden is the man for the moment

  Photo: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, pictured here on Dec. 14 as he delivers remarks on the Electoral College certification in Wilmington, Delaware. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images/TNS) By Kerry Tymchuk During the nearly 25 years I served as an aide to a Congressional representative, a cabinet secretary, and two U.S. senators, I was privileged to have…

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The sweet history of Jews and doughnuts

Photo: As the popularity of the doughnut increased, Adolph Levitt opened a donut shop on Times Square, where people would stop and watch his new invention churn out donuts, often stopping traffic. During Hanukkah, doughnuts or sufganiyot are a traditional food to eat. The deep-fried dessert is symbolically prepared to remind us of the miracle…