By Anthony Ashworth Steen and Hannah Brady In Kevin Costner’s 1989 film Field of Dreams, one philosophy underpins the success of a farmer’s dream to create a baseball pitch from a corn field for the good of the community: “If you build it, [they] will come.” In the Jewish community, we too have sought success by following this approach. Driven by the mantra “if you build it, they will come”, we’ve seen the establishment of new clubs, … [Read more...] about If You Build it Together, They Will Come
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By Liam Hoare eJewish Philanthropy Inaugurated in 1916, Berlin’s Fraenkelufer Synagogue turns one hundred years old this year. Situated on a bend in the Landwehrkanal in Kreuzberg - a historically poor, working-class area of the city - and adorned with medieval and baroque ornamentation, Fraenkelufer was first set ablaze on Kristallnacht in November 1938, then destroyed by aerial bombardment in 1944. What was originally the Jugendsynagoge - … [Read more...] about At Fraenkelufer Synagogue, Reviving a Jewish Community in Berlin
[This essay is from Contact, a publication of The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life. Reprinted with permission.] By A.J. Goldmann BERLIN - It seemed that a sizeable chunk of this city’s Israeli population showed up for an international dance party taking place this summer simultaneously in Tel Aviv and Berlin. In a dispatch about the event, The Jerusalem Post dubbed the two cities “the joint capitals of cool.” Ronen Kaydar and his … [Read more...] about From Jerusalem to Berlin: The Israeli Love Affair with the German Capital
By Anshel Pfeffer Haaretz.com Leaders of European Jewish communities found it hard to hide their disbelieving smiles last week at the Kremlin. In a meeting with Vladimir Putin, organized by the European Jewish Congress, the Russian president, who appeared to be well apprised on the situation of anti-Semitism in Europe and the rise in the figures of Jewish emigration from the continent, had an original proposal. “They should come here, to … [Read more...] about How did Putin’s Man become the President of European Jews?
By Shana Penn Until recently, Birkenau has been locked in shadows. Though it was the site where most Jews were murdered during the Holocaust, it was obscured and rendered inaccessible during Poland’s communist era. The new permanent exhibition being planned at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, however, has inaugurated a new era of acknowledgement about the site’s bitter truths. The first exhibit to exemplify this positive shift is on … [Read more...] about Uncovering Birkenau – Reflections Upon the 71st Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz