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Chiune Sugihara, “Japanese Hero to the Jews”

Chiune Sugihara, “Japanese Hero to the Jews”

Most Americans know of Oskar Schindler, the German businessman who saved more than 1,200 lives during the Holocaust, by hiring Jews to work in his factories and fought Nazi efforts to remove them. But not so many people know about Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese diplomat who disobeyed his government’s orders and issued visas that allowed […]

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10 perfect days out in Israel

10 perfect days out in Israel

Do-it-yourself day trips in the land of milk and honey that will capture your heart and also satisfy your stomach. Israel is blessed with endless options for interesting day trips. North, south or center, there is always a new hike, nature reserve or historical site to discover, and nothing is ever too far away. But […]

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Orthodox Jew & Patriot of the American Revolution

Orthodox Jew & Patriot of the American Revolution

Mordecai Sheftall is one of the greatest American patriots you’ve never heard of. Mordecai Sheftall, an Orthodox Jew who lived in pre-revolutionary Georgia, was one of the first colonists to call for rebellion against British rule. He helped organize America’s revolutionary armies, at times paying for soldiers’ uniforms and rations out of his own pocket. […]

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Christopher Columbus, Secret Jew

Christopher Columbus, Secret Jew

What is the evidence that Columbus was a Jew? On February 15, 1493, Christopher Columbus sent out a letter to the European world revealing for the first time his discovery of America. His finding was the first step into a new world, which would become the symbol of religious tolerance and freedom. The real identity […]

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A Moroccan hero to Jews

A Moroccan hero to Jews

 This year marks the 75th anniversary of the release of “Casablanca,” which immortalized quiet acts of resistance against fascism at the murky crossroads that was wartime Morocco. The legendary scene at Rick’s Cafe where refugees, led by Paul Henreid, drown out Nazi officers by singing “La Marseillaise” became an instant inspiration to moviegoers as World […]

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My Jewish Mission to India

My Jewish Mission to India

Bene Israel Jews date back more than 2,000 years, tie their ancestry to one of the lost tribes. I participated in the Jewish Federations of North America’s National Young Leadership Cabinet Study Mission to India from Feb. 20 to 27. The mission was the largest for JFNA’s National Young Leadership Cabinet, with 105 participants representing […]

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The treasures awaiting a visit in the Galilee

The treasures awaiting a visit in the Galilee

Find out why you’ll want to put the Western Galilee on your itinerary next time you’re in Israel. Inside a round Ethiopian mud gojo hut, we stand in a circle shaking our shoulders in rhythm to ethnic music, and then tuck into traditional treats prepared by our hostess, Yoney Skiba: flat spongy injera bread with spicy […]

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