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BOSTON (JTA) – Millions of dollars worth of prized art and objects once stolen by the Nazis and later forcibly relinquished to the Austrian government was donated to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

The donation of 186 objects from the original collection of Alphonse and Clarice de Rothschild of Vienna of the famed Jewish banking dynasty was made by Bettina Burr, a granddaughter of the baron and baroness. Many of the works were seized in 1938 following the Anschluss, or annexation of Austria to Nazi Germany, according to the museum.

Rosalind FranklinRosalind FranklinJames Watson, Francis Crick, and Maurice Wilkins received the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of the structure of DNA. Absent from many accounts of their Nobel Prize-winning work is the contribution made by their colleague, Rosalind Franklin.

 

Taking advantage of a narrow break in otherwise snowy weather, some 60 members of the community showed up at the social hall of the Dwares JCC the evening of Feb. 18. Their reason for braving the weather was to hear what Professor Sam Lehman-Wilzig, chairman of the School of Communication at Bar-Ilan University, would have to say about “Why Israel’s Hasbarah has been so bad” and in particular, how American Jews can help in the effort.

 

Some members of the confirmation class make a stop at the White House: (left to right) Noah Levin, Jacob Meyerson, Nathan Kirshenbaum, Lauren Knasin, Becca Gupta  and Rabbi Jeff Goldwasser. /COURTESY | TEMPLE SINAISome members of the confirmation class make a stop at the White House: (left to right) Noah Levin, Jacob Meyerson, Nathan Kirshenbaum, Lauren Knasin, Becca Gupta and Rabbi Jeff Goldwasser. /COURTESY | TEMPLE SINAIOver the weekend of Jan. 30 to Feb. 1, Rabbi Jeffrey Goldwasser of Temple Sinai in Cranston took five confirmation students on a trip to Washington, D.C. During those 48 hours, they heard a briefing at the Israeli Embassy about U.S.-Israel relations, visited the Reform movement’s Religious Action Center, participated in Shabbat services and dinner at Georgetown University and attended an NBA basketball game. They also visited the White House, the U.S. Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, the Martin Luther King Memorial and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. It was quite a lot to pack into two days!

 

George GoodwinGeorge GoodwinFounded in 1951, the Rhode Island Jewish Historical Association, collects, shares and interprets all aspects of our Jewish communal history – from colonial times to the present. The Association’s office and archive, located on the lower level of the Dwares JCC, house thousands upon thousands of treasures: photographs, documents, newspaper clippings, books and artifacts. It is a happy place to honor the deceased and living. Without the Association, so much of Rhode Island Jewish history would simply vanish.