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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 26, 2013 Hundreds of Jewish mark- ings catalogued in Portu- guese town (JTA)--Portuguese re- searchers have catalogued hundreds of secret markings that Jews left on structures in Seia in the 16th century following their forced conver- sion to Christianity. A three-member team said it found 500 markings in Seia, a north Portugal municipal- ' ity, including coded Hebrew letters and words .carved into walls of homes where converted Jews used to live. Alberto Martinho, Jose Levy Domingos and Luiza Metzker Lyra, the research team, said they also found distinctive indentations in stone door frames where the residents would have placed mezuzahs. Martinho told Portugal's Lusa news agency last Friday that the findings "elucidate the Jewish presence" in the region. According to Jose Oulman Carp, the president of the Jewish Community of Lisbon, Portugal had a Jewish popula- tion of about 400,000 Jews in 1536, when the Portuguese Inquisition officially began. Many of the Jews in Por- tugal were re(ugees from neighboring Spain, where the Inquisition--an organized campaign of persecution led by the Catholic Church-- Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA began in the late 1400s. 'Per- secution in Portugal forced many Jews into exile. Those who stayed became known as "New Christians," though many of them continued to practice Judaism in secret and developed special cus- toms to set themselves apart in discrete ways from the rest of the populatibn. Earlier this month, the Portuguese parliament passed a law entitling the descendants of Jews who left to citizenship. A similar bill is being prepared in Spain. According to the research- ers, who are scheduled to publish their full study within two weeks, they found 42 marked houses in the small village of Santa Marinha alone. They said the town of Trancoso has many more marked houses. . 13 EU ministers favor labeling settlements goods (JTA) Foreign ministers from 13 European Union member states have asked the union to form guidelines for labeling products made in what they regard as Israeli settlements. According to a report last Friday in El Pals. the Spanish daily, the request was made to Catherine Ashton. the Eu- ropean Union's foreign policy chief, in a letter co-signed by ministers from Spain; Portugal, France. the United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark. Finland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Slovenia, Luxembourg and Malta. "This is an important step to ensure correct and coherent application of EU consumer protection and labeling legislation, which is in fulfillment of our pre- vious commitments and is fully consistent with long- standing EU policy in relation to Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Terri- tories," they wrote on April 12 to Ashton. The European Union con- siders as illegal Israeli settle- ments in the West Bank and the Golan Heights, and some of its members have said that labeling products from such settlements as "made in Israel" is misleading. Israel annexed eastern Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, both areas captured .in the 1967 Six-Day War, and does not consider the areas as settlements. The final status of the West Bank, also captured during the '67 war, has yet to be determined. Suspected marathon bomber may never speak again (JTA) Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsaraaev may never speak again, according to the ex- patriate Israeli director of the Boston hospital where Tsarnaev is being treated. Tsarnaev, 19, was wounded in his throat, Kevin Ilan Tabb of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, told Ynet. Tabb is a board member of Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in Jerusalem, where he stud- ied medicine and completed his residency. New York teen cha.rged with hate crime in subway arrest that led to melee (J TA)--The arrest of a New York teenager for harassing a kippah-clad Jewish man on a subway led to a melee that .ws shown on YouTube. Stephan Stowe, 17, was charged on eight counts, including'aggravated harass- ment as a.hate crime, in the April 15 incident in Brooklyn. According to a Daily News report three days after the incident, Stowe and a group of friends approached the Jewish man and greeted hirff with the traditional Muslim greeting "Assalamu Alaikum." When the Jewish man did not respond, Stowe said the two were cousins. The Jewish man said they were not and called on Stowe to leave him alone. Stowe responded with ethnic slurs: the Jewish man took Stowe's photo with a cell phone. "1am going to kill you right now," Stowe said as he took the phone and deleted the photo. "They should have killed all of you," he added, apparently referring to the Holocaust. Police attempted to detain Stowe at the Eastern Park- way stop when onlookers attempted to intervene. One of the onlookers, Sheniqua Joseph, 22, was arrested for attempting to obstruct the arrest of Stowe: A bystander filmed the melee on a cell phone and uploaded it to YouTube. Pol'ish cities mark Warsaw Ghetto uprising with sirens WARSAW, Poland (JTA) Sirens wailed in two Polish cities as the country com- memorated the 70th an- niversary of the Outbreak of he Warsaw Ghetto uprising. The sirens in Gdansk and Warsaw were part of a series of commemorative events last Friday in memory of the failed but fierce armed rebellion that Jews led in the Polish capital in 1943 against the Nazi occupation forces. The main ceremony" was held at Warsaw's monument to the ghetto heroes and was attended by Polish Presi- dent Bronislaw Komorowski. Prime Minister Donald Tusk andtsraeli Education Minister Shai Piron. Chawka Folman- Raban and Simcha Rotem. who took part in the uprising, also were in attendance. In addition to the sirens, By HiUel Kuttler PAGE 11A churches in Warsaw rang their bells. Rotem, one of only three liv- ing insurgents, said, "People go, but the memory remains. We wanted to choose [our] kind of death. That's all." Heroism, he said, belonged ,"to the children of the ghetto who took care of the whole family," though they might have more easily slipped past the ghetto walls. On Sunday, Warsaw's main synagogue hosted a series of educational events about the uprising, in which about 200 poorly equipped Jews fought off German troops for about four weeks. Israeli gymnast Alexander Sh'atilov takes European gold JERUSALEM (JTA)--Is- raeli gymnast Alexander Shatilov won a "gold medal in the men's floor exercise final at the European Artistic Gymnastics Championship s in Moscow. Shatiiov shared the first- place podium on Saturday with MaxWhitlock of Britain. It was the first gold medal in international competition for Shatilov, 26, who finished sixth in ,the floor exercise finals at the London Olympics and 12th in the individual all-around final. He said he plans to compete at the Rio Olympics in 2016. according to The Jerusalem Post. Seeking Kin: Retrieving baseball memorabilia from attics memory banks- BALTIMORE (JTA)--Josh Perelman is seeking kin--but not his own. Rather, Perelman is on a quest for families and individuals who will share memories, artifacts and pic- tures that help tell the story of the American Jewish relation- ship with baseball. As chief curator for the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, Perelman is mounting an exhibition that will open n.ext March. Instead of focusing solely on American Jewish baseball icons such as Hank Greenberg and Sandy Koufax, the exhibit is meant to be grass roots and personal, revealing how Jews connected to this country and to each other through America's national pastime. The connections need not be related to professional baseball, Perelman said. They could involve memories such as rushing through dinner to make Little League games, reminiscences of playing ball in Jewish summer camps and displays"of team uniforms that were sponsored by O ewish businesses. When a caller mentioned to Perelman a friend's b'nai mitzvah at which guests were seated at tables named for Jew- ish Major Leaguers--includ- ing Lipman Pike, considered the first Jewish professional baseball player--Perelman expressed interest in obtaining a seating card from the event. On a website launched two weeks ago by the museum, fans are encouraged to alert the museum to what items they might want to donate or lend. as well as to stories about the person's connections to baseball. Some items to be displayed in the museum might not relate to Jewish ballplayers at all but will help illuminate the exhibit's theme, "Chasing Dreams: Baseball arid Jews in America.'" For example, Paul Newman of Philadelphia posted photo- graphs of two baseballs that were signed long ago by Pete Rose and Johnny Bench. stars on the Reds' championship teams in the 1970s. The players personalized their autographs for Newman's late father. Rabbi Max Newman. of Cincinnati. Another photo shows for- mer Dodgers pitcher Carl Erskine posing in 2011 with a smiling Rebecca Alpert, a pro- fessor of religion and women's studies at Temple University. Alpert wrote in the post that she "'grew up believing that rooting for the Brooklyn Dodgers was what Jews were supposed to do because the Dodgers integrated baseball and represented the working class." Erskine had been one of Alpert's favorite players, and she said she was "thrilled" to meet him at a conference on the Negro Leagues held in Cincinnati, where the picture was taken. Many of the items,that re- spondents mentioned, posted or offered to the curators relate, of course, to Jewish Ma- jor Leagues: a brilliant color image of a very young Koufax wearing his Brooklyn cap as he delivered a pitch against a backdrop of trees and a blue sky; photos from the 1970s of Washington Senators first baseman Mike Epstein fielding and sliding; and a black-and- white shot of Greenberg with boxing champion Joe Louis, National Museum of American Jewish History A basebaUsignedby Sandy Koufax is displayed in the Na- tional Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. Jewish communi@ centers, synagogues, historical societ- ies, libraries and stadiums. Perelman said. Besides the general public, items will come from the Na- tional. Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. the American Jewish Historical Society and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. Bud Selig, the corn- missioner of Major League Baseball. is among those serv- ing on the advisory committee. What item would Perelman most like to acquire for display? Abat, glove or personal item relating to Pike Would be nice. he said. The Ultimate catch, though, would be the High Holy Days ticket that Koufax didn't use after making his celebrated decision to sit out Game 1 of the 1965 World Series against the Minnesota Twins because it fell on Yom Kippur. "As many shuis as there are in Minnesota, that's how many claim he was there" to observe the day, Perelman said. The ticket, Perelman add- ed his slyness detectable even over the phone is under which the unidentified emailerwrote,"Jews have long regarded themselves as a peo- ple on the outside looking in. African-American heroes like Joe Louis and Jackie Robinson have been part of'our crowd.'" "The story of Jews in base- ball has typically been told by focusing on Major League Baseball, and counting up how many Jews played in Major League Baseball and disputing who's a Jew and who's not a Jew: Was Elliott Maddox Jewish? Was Rod Carew Jewish?" John Thorn, the lead consultant for the exhibition, said by tele- phone. "To me, the far more interesting story was on the other side of the television set: What was the ordinary Jew's experience with baseball? How did baseball become a binding. integrating, assimilating force in Jewish life?" Aside from his professional qualifications as Major League Baseball's official historian, Thorn is in a unique position to examine the issue. Thorn, who is Jewish, was born in a displhced person's camp in Germany after World War II and settled with his parents inNewYork. Baseball, 15articu-" tarly the experience of collect- ing baseball cards, was how the young Thorn made his way in his adopted country his "visa to America," Thorn said. "The story of baseball being more than a game, which is a cliche, ofcourse, resonated for me particularly," he said. Up to 200 artifacts will fill the 2,400 square feet on the museum's fifth floor. After closing at the end of the 2014 baseball season, the exhibit will tour nationally, with smaller versions visiting ESTATE BUYER Silver. Coifis Gold. Diamonds ii Daniel Montesi 407-831-8544  Development Corporation for Israel  Israel Bond. 12600 South Belcher Road, Suite 101A ISRAFL BONDS ......... Largo, Florida 33773 Reva Pearlstein Monica DiGiovannl. 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