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Larry Cutler Receives Honor for his Work with AZJHS

Photo: Larry Cutler at his bar mitzvah with Rabbi Albert Plotkin in 1965. Photo courtesy the Arizona Jewish Historical Society. Lawrence “Larry” Cutler will be honored with the 2021 Jerry Lewkowitz Heritage Award at the Arizona Jewish Historical Society’s Centennial Heritage Gala coming up on Oct. 30. When asked about the recognition, Larry shares that…

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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 first…

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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 that…

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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 of…

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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…

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Fifty-State Survey on Holocaust Knowledge Reveals Shocking Results

Gideon Taylor, President of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference), announced in September the release of the U.S. Millennial Holocaust Knowledge and Awareness Survey, the first-ever 50-state survey on Holocaust knowledge among Millennials and Gen Z. The surprising state-by-state results highlight a worrying lack of basic Holocaust knowledge, a growing problem…

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