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Family Says Museum's Priceless Passover Manuscript Is Rightfully Theirs

They claim it was stolen during Nazi rule

(Newser) - The Birds' Head Haggadah—the oldest illustrated Passover manuscript in the world and one of its most intriguing—has been a prized possessions of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem for the past 70 years, the AP reports. Now the grandchildren of a Jewish lawyer killed by the Nazis say the... More »

Years After Mysterious Death, 1st Nazi Hunter in Limelight

Prosecutor Fritz Bauer wasn't just Jewish, but a gay atheist

(Newser) - Nearly 50 years after he was mysteriously found dead in a bath tub, two new films are helping to put Germany's first Nazi hunter Fritz Bauer "back where he belongs: in the collective consciousness," reports Munich daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung , via AFP . Both Labyrinth of Lies by Giulio... More »

Zooey Deschanel Converts to Judaism

Sources say she made the move for husband Jacob Pechenik

(Newser) - Zooey Deschanel is now Jewish. Sources tell Us she converted to Judaism for her Jewish husband, Jacob Pechenik. Prior to that, she didn't feel strongly about religion: Her mother is Roman Catholic and her father is Quaker, and she once explained, "I don't attach myself to any... More »

World Now Has Almost as Many Jews as Pre-Holocaust

Israeli think tank links rise to changing patterns of identification

(Newser) - The world's Jewish population is nearly as large as it was before the Holocaust, Israeli think tank Jewish People Policy Institute said in its annual report yesterday, putting that number at 14.2 million Jews. When factoring in individuals with one Jewish parent and others who identify as partially... More »

Miss America Later Caught in Scandals Dead at 90

Bess Myerson was Jewish, popular, and political

(Newser) - Bess Myerson, the first Jewish Miss America and a New York political force until a series of scandals dubbed the "Bess Mess" forced her into obscurity, has died. She was 90. Myerson died Dec. 14 at her home in Santa Monica, Calif, officials say. The Bronx-born Myerson was hailed... More »

Signs in Brooklyn Ask You to Please Cover Up

Hasidic Jewish residents of Crown Heights ask passers-by to 'dress modestly'

(Newser) - Want to retain the right to dress how you see fit? Then consider steering clear of parts of the Crown Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn, where new signs are popping up asking residents, guests, and visitors to "please dress modestly, this is a Jewish neighborhood." Crown Heights has a... More »

2 Babies Get Herpes After Jewish Circumcision Ritual

Ancient ritual involves sucking blood from wound, spitting it aside

(Newser) - An ancient and now rare type of circumcision called metzitzah b'peh, which is sometimes performed by Orthodox Jews on newborn boys, appears to be behind the spread of herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) to two newborns in New York this month. Both boys were born to mothers who... More »

3 Dead at Jewish Centers, Suspect Shouts 'Heil Hitler'

JCC was full of kids auditioning for 'KC Superstar'

(Newser) - Three people were killed and one was critically wounded today when a man opened fire at two Jewish sites—a community center and retirement home—in the greater Kansas City area, the Kansas City Star reports. Police later arrested a heavyset man at a nearby school who was smiling and... More »

Hitler May Have Married a Jew

Documentary suggests Eva Braun has Jewish ancestry

(Newser) - A British documentary airing next week makes an astonishing claim: Hitler inadvertently married a Jew in one of his last acts before suicide, reports the Telegraph . The Channel 4 show, Dead Famous DNA, maintains that hair from Eva Braun's brush suggests she had Jewish ancestry on her mother's... More »

After Meeting, Chuck Schumer Backs Hagel

Nominee 'regrets' comment on 'Jewish lobby'

(Newser) - Amid concerns over Chuck Hagel's past comments on "the Jewish lobby," leading Jewish Democrat Chuck Schumer had a 90-minute one-on-one with the Pentagon nominee, and emerged supporting his confirmation. Schumer came to the conclusion, despite "previous concerns," and applauded Hagel's support for "Israel'... More »

'Odd' Views Persist on Obama's Religion: Poll

'Makes it difficult to trust the results': blogger

(Newser) - The AP released a shocking poll this week showing that racism is up across America and could cost Obama 5 points—but that poll also contains some weird numbers, blogs mollie at Patheos . First, the less weird: Only 10% think he's Muslim—down from 17% in 2010—while about... More »

Police: 5 Terrorized Jewish Camp in Pennsylvania

Adults face felony charges

(Newser) - Police nabbed three adults, ages 18 to 21, and two juveniles accused of terrorizing a Jewish camp in Pennsylvania. The assailants allegedly tore through the camp in a pickup truck, "narrowly missing several campers and staff," while damaging fences, fields, and buildings, reports CNN . They also fired paintball... More »

ESPN Yanks Anti-Jewish Fantasy Football Names

Site pulls leagues with anti-Semitic names

(Newser) - ESPN is cracking down on anti-Semitism. Of late, a gaggle of bigoted fantasy football enthusiasts have been creating league names like "Jews are Immoral" and "Jews are terrible". In response, ESPN expelled from the online community all such anti-Semitic designations, USA Today reports. More »

Poorest Place in US: Jewish 'Burb in NY

Kiryas Joel at rock bottom—on paper

(Newser) - Kiryas, NY, doesn’t look like the poorest place in America. The village has no slums, no homeless people, and pretty much no crime. Yet a whopping 70% of Kiryas Joel's 21,000 residents are below the federal poverty line, and its median family income is just $17,929,... More »

Rick Sanchez on Jewish Dig: Give Me a Break

'It was 5 seconds of my life,' says axed anchor

(Newser) - Onetime CNN anchor Rick Sanchez is heading back to the air after getting axed for controversial remarks about Jews, and he's pleading with the media to give him a break. "I tried to be real, to be honest, to be passionate, so wish I still could. Wish media would... More »

Google Earth Shows Star of David on Iran Airport

Linked to Israeli engineers before the Islamic revolution

(Newser) - While right-wing Westerners are seeing Muslim crescents everywhere, Iranian authorities have just spotted ... the Star of David at the Tehran airport. It may be in the eye of the beholder, but Iranian officials are convinced a pattern on top of an airport building visible on Google Earth was deliberately placed... More »

Fraudsters Steal $42M From Holocaust Victims' Fund

17 charged in scheme to cheat German government

(Newser) - Seventeen people were charged today in Manhattan with defrauding a fund for Holocaust victims out of $42 million, AOL News reports. Employees of a not-for-profit group called the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany approved 5,500 false applications for reparations from the German government to supposed victims of... More »

Atheists Know the Most About Religion: Study

Average member of the faithful has big knowledge gap

(Newser) - The people who know the most about religion are the people who don’t have one. In a recent Pew survey, atheists and agnostics knew more, on average, about religion than followers of any of the major faiths, the LA Times reports. The faithful displayed startling gaps in knowledge—a... More »

Neo-Nazi Couple Discovers They're Jewish

CNN recounts story of Polish pair's revelation

(Newser) - A young neo-Nazi couple in Poland got a surprise (for them, a very much unwelcome one) when the wife went rooting their family histories and discovered they were both, in fact, Jewish. "I didn't know how to tell him," she recalls to CNN in a new documentary. (See... More »

Hitler Was Jewish, DNA Test Reveals

Also, partly African

(Newser) - Adolf Hitler probably never had a bar mitzvah or anything, but a series of new DNA tests indicate that he had Jewish and even African ancestors. A journalist and a historian tracked down 39 relatives of the Fuhrer and performed DNA tests on them. They found a common chromosome among... More »

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