Berlin Launches First Ever Jewish Food Week

March 22, 2017

Jerusalem Post, Arts & Entertainment Page, March 23, 2017 Under the name “Nosh Berlin,” the first ever Berlin Jewish food festival kicked off on Sunday, March 19 at the MarktHalle in the hip neighborhood of Kreuzberg with Jewish-Israeli favorites like cholent, sabich, burekas and bagels, served at this weekly indoor food fair. The program continues throughout the week with cooking workshops, lectures, and meals themed after such topics as Passover cooking, vegetarianism and Judaism, Berlin café culture and Shabbat in international Jewish traditions. Read More

A Miracle in the Lodz Cemetary [VIDEO]

March 1, 2017

In the summer of 2016, I stopped in Lodz, Poland with a friend while on-route from Warsaw to Krakow to visit my grandfather’s hometown. Both he and my grandmother survived the Lodz Ghetto where the Nazis herded and enclosed hundreds of thousands of Jews before deporting them to death camps. We visited the Jewish cemetery, equipped with a list of the burial sites of possible Arfa ancestors. What happened when we came across a group of 30 Jewish young professionals truly inspired us….

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Government agency helps Germans break the taboo on Nazi family ties

February 1, 2017

JNS, January 26, 2017 While the annual marking of International Holocaust Remembrance Day Jan. 27 gives voice to the stories of victims of the Nazis’ atrocities, what can Germans know about perpetrators from their own family?

That was precisely Maya Levy’s question when she contacted the German government agency Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt), known in English as the Wehrmacht Information Office for War Losses and POWs, to begin an investigative search into the Nazi past of her paternal grandfather.

All Levy knew from

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Was Grandpa Really A Nazi?

January 27, 2017

January 26, 2017, Jerusalem Post, In Jerusalem and Metro Sections Till Ewald, 24, a university student in Hannover, learned from his mother that her father had served in the Third Reich’s Justice Ministry (a paradox if there ever was one). Upon preparing for a volunteer stint in Israel at a retirement home for yekkes (German Jews) in Jerusalem to satisfy curiosity about the Holocaust and the Jewish people, he decided to uncover more about his grandfather’s mysterious past. Was he an enthusiastic Nazi supporter? What “crimes” did he handle at the Justice Ministry? Through

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Judische Allgemeine Features Orit

January 27, 2017

Jerome Lo, reporter for the weekly Jewish newspaper in Berlin, Judische Allgemeine, has profiled Orit in its January 20th issue. While written in first person, they are not Orit's words. This "Portrait of the Week" artistically interprets the subject through the reporter's words. Read it here.

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Orit featured in Italian newspaper, Il Foglio

January 10, 2017

Italian journalist based in Berlin, Daniel Mosseri, has profiled Orit and her activities in Berlin for the Italian literary magazine, Il Foglio. The article is available in print here or online. Excerpt: Berlino. Ha deciso di trasferirsi a Berlino dopo la terza visita nella capitale tedesca. La prima, ricorda Orit Arfa, l’aveva

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