14th of January 2012 / Serving Oregon & Southwest Washington since 1959

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City’s distant past includes dark times for Jews

When Helen Thomas, the former Hearst reporter and dean of the White House press corps, famously told Rabbi David Nesenoff during a May 27 White House event that Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine” and “go home” to “Poland, Germany and… everywhere else,” it was pretty obvious she wasn’t just referring to the West Bank  read more »

Carcassone early inquisition testing ground

France today cradles Europe’s largest Jewish population. Synagogues are found everywhere, and kosher restaurants are not uncommon. The road from ancient times to modern prosperity, however, was not without many potholes and detours.
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A Ghetto with an upside?

Exploring Venice, I found it was a gateway not only into the origin of ghettos [Jewish Review Aug. 27], but to much more of interest in Jewish history.  read more »

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