Poland, the country on whose soil Nazi Germany carried out the darkest acts of the Holocaust, is starting to re-connect with its other role in Jewish history, as a home for 1,000 years to one of the world’s biggest Jewish communities.The country will take a step in that direction next week with the opening of the main exhibition at Warsaw’s newly built Museum of the History of Polish Jews, a project that sets out to remember not just how Jews in Poland died, but how they lived. Poland’s effort to reach out to its Jewish heritage, tentative and incomplete though it is, contrasts with the mood in other parts of Europe, where Jewish groups say Jews are subject to hostility and sometimes violent attacks.Some in the Jewish community say Poland — site during the German occupation of the Warsaw ghetto and the Auschwitz, Treblinka and Sobibor camps where millions of Jews were killed — is now more welcoming than many western European countries. “When you take into account that Jews are being beaten up in the streets in Germany or France or Scandinavia, you even have synagogues being burned down, murders — we don’t have any of that,” said Piotr Kadlcik, vice-president of the Jewish community of Warsaw, one of the country’s biggest Jewish groups.”I think that right now it’s safer to walk around Warsaw in a yarmulke than it is in certain neighbourhoods in Paris.” On May 24, a man with a Kalashnikov rifle walked into a Jewish museum in Brussels and killed three people, while in July people protesting against Israel’s military operation in Gaza clashed with riot police outside two Paris synagogues.Incidents like that have created a climate of fear among Europe’s Jews, even though some data from Jewish groups point to a decline last year in the number of anti-Semitic acts recorded in Britain and France.

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At the heart of Jewish religious life lies the Torah, which encompasses the first five books of the Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.


The care, restoration and reading of Torah scrolls

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Rabbi Dr. Judith Abrams. Image courtesy MAQOM Rabbi Dr

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Pioneered Online Teaching of Talmud By JTA Published October 24, 2014. Rabbi Dr

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“Surveying Judy Chicago” is one of those exhibits that’s more about the artist then the actual art. No doubt, there are interesting objects on display, historic ones from Chicago’s four decades of groundbreaking, trouble-making projects. But the show is most interesting because of the story it tells of an American icon and professional agitator, chaptering through the artist’s lifelong assault on oppression both professional and personal.

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"Judy Chicago" at Denver's RedLine honors great American troublemaker

Was the Jewish lady tailor who ran a Prague dressmaking shop a potential Nazi spy? The Roosevelt administration apparently thought so.

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Milwaukee museum honors Jewish dressmaker FDR turned away

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Medieval Antisemitism (Essential Lectures in Jewish History) Dr. Henry Abramson Concise lecture on medieval antisemitism, part of the Essential Lectures in Jewish History series by Dr.

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Rabbi Deborah Waxman leafed through her mail before unwrapping a small orange, the punch line to a fabled Jewish myth. As it went, a rabbi once teased that a woman rabbi was like an orange on a ceremonial seder plate used during Passover. Neither belonged.

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Woman makes history at college and in Judaism

Northstar Church – The Way – Eric Schrotenboer Come Join Us – at Northstar Church Beach Campus every sunday morning at 8:00 am at the Surfside Middle School for small group called The Way – lead by Eric Schrotenboer. Today we learned the… By: Derrick Bennett

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Faith and Organic Farming Blend Well in Southern New England kurt hoffman One Sunday this past August, I stopped by the farmers market in Morris, Connecticut. Morris is a small town (population about 2,400) in lush, hilly Litchfield County.

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The Foodlums of Connecticut

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