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A Very Jewish Town Feuds Over Israel Like Only Jews Can

Posted on September 17th, 2018
By Aiden Pink for The Forward
 

Newton, Massachusetts is one of the most Jewish cities in the United States, with Jews making up between 20-30% of the Boston suburb’s population. Newton is so Jewish that there’s a part of town with three synagogues in a one-block radius. Newton is so Jewish that its Jewish population is not only mentioned on its Wikipedia page but also on Urban Dictionary. Newton is so Jewish that people, without any irony whatsoever, call it “Jewton.”

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In this Belgian city, a heatwave puts cherished Rosh Hashanah tradition on ice

Posted on September 10th, 2018
By Cnaan Liphshiz for JTA


ANTWERP, Belgium (JTA) —Come autumn, hundreds of men and their children stream out of the dozens of synagogues of this Belgian city’s Jewish quarter, and walk quietly to its main park.

When they reach City Park, they gather around its vast pond and perform an ancient ritual called tashlich, the symbolic casting of breadcrumbs onto a body of water.  

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Nazi-confiscated pen helps ToI track down survivor’s son, rewrite family history

Posted on September 3rd, 2018
By RENEE GHERT-ZAND for The Times of Israel


International Tracing Service and Times of Israel journalist jointly find descendants of Istvan Rokza, to restitute his stripped possessions and unearth buried heritage


When Hungarian-Jewish teenager Istvan Rokza arrived at the Neuengamme concentration camp in northern Germany in late 1944, he had very little on him — only 20 pengo (then the Hungarian currency) and a “Tintenkuli,” a black stylograph-type pen. The Nazis confiscated these from Rokza, placing them in an envelope and listing the contents on the outside.

 


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