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March 19, 2010  RSS feed
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Ancient Cairo synagogue reopened

A synagogue in the ancient Jewish quarter of Cairo opened after a two-year government-sponsored restoration. The 19th century Synagogue of Maimonides was reopened Sunday, March 7. The $2 million synagogue restoration undertaken by the Egyptian government took 18 months. It is expected to be a tourist attraction. There are 11 synagogues in Egypt, although a few dozen Jews remain in Egypt.

Helping Jewish Juliets dump their Arab Romeos

The city of Tel Aviv has launched a program to help Jewish women under the age of 22 to get out of relationships with Arab boys. An unnamed municipal official told the Ma’Aariv newspaper, “This is a war against the trend of scores of Jewish girls getting together with minority men and with migrant workers, and then getting into trouble with their families and the families of the minority men, that often ostracize them for being Jewish.”

How about them (Golan) apples?

Apples grown by Druse in the Golan Heights crossed over into Syria this month, the sixth year in a row that the Red Cross has facilitated the arrangement. The crossing of the apples, in plain white packaging to hide the Israeli origins, allows Druse to find a less crowded market for their apples and allows Syrians who are aware of their origins to show support for the Druse of the Golan, which was under Syrian control until 1967. The operation is overseen by the Israeli army. About 10,000 tons of apples will cross over into Syria in the next couple of months, Ha’aretz reported.

It’s all relativity

The complete original manuscript of Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity went on display in Jerusalem, the first time the 46-page handwritten manuscript has ever been shown in its entirety. It is being shown at the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Jerusalem to mark the organization’s 50th anniversary. Einstein donated the manuscript to the Hebrew University in 1925, four years after receiving the Nobel Prize in physics.

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