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British Haredi Children
Are Living In Poverty

Euroleague Basketball
To Accommodate Israel

LONDON (JTA) — A new report warns
of a sharp rise in child poverty in Britain's
haredi Orthodox Jewish community.
The report says the rise in child pover-
ty is due to the haredi community's large
families, lack of secular education and
work skills, and cuts in both charitable
giving and state social benefits.
The issue is "most acute" among the
haredi community, where "the alarm
bells should be ringing loudly" according
to the report, which was issued by the
Institute for Jewish Policy Research in
"Whilst the haredi community has a
remarkable infrastructure of voluntary
and professional social care, it remains
highly questionable whether it will be
able to provide sufficient support to
meet a growing demand given the wider
contemporary economic and political
context;' the report said.
The report noted that the 2001United
Kingdom census showed that in London's
Hackney borough, home to the largest
haredi community, more than a quarter
of Jews were living in overcrowded condi-
The census indicated more than 52,000
Jewish children live in Britain. Overall,
it showed that nearly 8 percent lived in
overcrowded conditions and 8.5 percent
lived in households where no adult was
employed; more than one-fifth of these
children lived in Hackney.
Outside the haredi community,
instances of childhood poverty were
very low': according to the report.
To combat the threat, according to the
report, haredi men should be encouraged
to "develop the skills they require to go
out and find work."

LONDON (JTA) — The start time
of the Euroleague championship
basketball game has been moved
up by several hours to accommo-
date an Israeli team that does not
want to play on its Memorial Day.
The Euroleague said the May 8
final of its Final Four tournament in
Barcelona, Spain, would be played
at 5:30 p.m. Israel time, so as not to
interfere with Yom Hazikaron, the
memorial day for fallen soldiers and
victims of terror.
Maccabi Tel Aviv, the most
awarded sports team in Israeli his-
tory, qualified for the Final Four
after beating the Spanish team
Caja Laboral Vitoria in four games
last week to capture their best-of-
Maccabi's general manager,
Shimon Mizrachi, the winner of
this year's prestigious Israel Prize,
negotiated with the CEO of the
Euroleague about changing the
tipoff to an earlier hour.
Maccabi, which has won the
Euroleague title four times since
1977, must win its semifinal game
on May 6 to qualify for the finals.
The idea of an Israeli team
playing on one of the most som-
ber days on the Israeli calendar
sparked controversy on the Israeli
In Maccabi's case, it wasn't the
first time. Twenty years ago, the
club was heavily criticized for
playing in the semifinals of the
European Final Four in a game that
ended after the start of Memorial
Day in Israel.


Nazi-Looted Painting
Restored To Viennese

BERLIN (JTA) — The second of two
paintings confiscated by the Nazis
from a Jewish family in Vienna has
been returned to its heirs following
two years of negotiations.
The London-based Commission for
Looted Art in Europe announced that
a work by Carl Christian Vogel von
Vogelstein (1788-1868) was delivered
by the Dresden Gemaldegalerie muse-
um to London to be given to the heirs
of the Rosauer family in Vienna.
Another work, by Johann Baptist
Lampi the Elder (1751-1830), was
returned to the family late last year.
It had been in the custody of the
German government.
The works were among 160 that
belonged to three sisters, Malvine,
Eugenie and Bertha Rosauer. Forced
by their brother to remain unmarried,
the sisters lived together in an apart-

ment in Vienna.
Malvine died there in 1940 and the
two younger sisters were murdered in
Treblinka in 1942. Of the entire family
left in Vienna, only one great-nephew,
the late Rudolf Epstein, survived. He
had managed to save a watercolor
painting of the family's home, in
which many of the artworks were por-
trayed. The only other evidence is a
list of property that the sisters had to
provide to the Nazis.
Painstaking detective work revealed
that the two now-restituted paint-
ings were among the works that
ended up in the hands of Hitler's art
dealer, Julius Bohler of Munich. They
changed hands several times before
settling in the Dresden museum.
Negotiations for their return began in
Webber told JTA that clues have
been found and now other works are
being traced as well.

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