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UJA Helps Jews Mark Pesach Worldwide

For decades, the United Jewish Appeal of Greater Toronto has helped the Jewish community in Cuba celebrate Passover by sending a “Pesach container” filled with all the necessary ingredients, including gefilte fish, red wine, matzo meal, oil, salmon, and of course, matzo. To support this initiative, and to raise money for Jewish communities in Cuba, […]

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Hungary Asks Anti-Semitic Journalist to Return Award

Hungary has asked a journalist who made anti-Semitic remarks to return an award he had been decorated with, Bloomberg news reports. The country’s Human Resources Minister Zoltan Balog, has reportedly asked journalist Ferenc Szaniszlo, who he decorated last week, to return the award at the request of Israel and the U.S., which cited Szaniszlo’s racist […]

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On Your Mark, Get Set, Get Crafting!

This Passover, put down your horseradish root and prepare to scratch the surface of something else: crafting. Jewish.tv, the multimedia portal of Chabad.org, is hosting a new series on the art of crafting, geared to show viewers how to make beautiful decorations to enhance Jewish holidays. The series, created in collaboration with Tzivos Hashem, the […]

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Ravens Dismisses NFL Season Opener on Rosh Hashanah

The Baltimore Ravens and the NFL have agreed that the Super Bowl champions will not open their season - or the league’s season - on the first night of Rosh Hashanah. The team was scheduled to launch its season on September 5, a Thursday night, but a conflict with baseball’s Baltimore Orioles forced a scheduling […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 72 - March 21, 2013

Pope Francis reaches out to Rome’s Jewish community at the very start of his pontificate, pledging to continue to strengthen the increasingly close ties between Catholics and Jews. Just hours after he was elected the first Latin American pope in history, Francis sent a letter to Rome’s chief Rabbi Riccardo di Segni, saying he hoped […]

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Ban on Passover Sacrifice Gets Groups’ Goat

The Association of Temple Organizations, refused permission to perform its annual Passover sacrifice reenactment by the Jerusalem Veterinary Services, has submitted a legal petition to the Jerusalem District Court requesting that it instruct the Veterinary Services to issue the permit. The association says it has slaughtered a lamb each year since 2008 as an educational […]

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Pope Francis Lauded for Interfaith Dialogue

The election of Pope Francis has thrilled Jewish leaders in Argentina, who predict that their friend will continue to foster warm relations and open dialogue between Catholicism and other faiths during his pontificate. They’ve seen it firsthand as recently as December, when then-Buenos Aires Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio lit the first candle on the menorah […]

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Soldiers, Yeshiva Students Work Together to Help Needy

Dozens of yeshiva students and IDF soldiers worked side-by-side this week to make Passover happy for needy families. The groups packed boxes of food for the holiday at the Merkaz Maor Leaniyim, a food distribution project run by the Shuva Yisrael network. The organization aims to give out food to tens of thousands of families […]

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Manslaughter Charges Added to Killer Driver

A Brooklyn grand jury has indicted the hit-and-run driver who killed an expectant couple and their unborn child on three counts of manslaughter, the Brooklyn District Attorney said today. Julio Acevedo, 44, had previously been indicted on charges of leaving the scene of the Williamsburg crash that killed Nachman Glauber and his pregnant wife Raizy […]

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Pope’s Book with Rabbi to be Translated into English

A book co-authored by newly installed Roman Catholic Pope Francis and an Argentine rabbi will be translated into English for the first time, publisher Image Books said on Tuesday. “On Heaven and Earth: Pope Francis on Faith, Family and the Church in the 21st Century,” which was first published in Spanish in 2010, will be […]

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AJC Reaches Out to Latino Community

Dominican Ambassador Aníbal de Castro will join Latino and Jewish communal leaders in Washington DC on Thursday for a special screening of the film Sosúa: Make a Better World as part of an effort by the American Jewish Committee to promote inter-communal dialogue. Latino leaders will arrive from around the United States to join Dina […]

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Restaurant Closed over Shabbat Conflict

Jerusalem’s Restobar, one of the most popular and well-known cafés among the capital’s secular population, was shut down Monday after eight years of operation. The business owner said he was forced to close it after the owner of the property housing the restaurant agreed to renew the rental license only if the place introduced a […]

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In Solidarity, World Jewish Congress to Meet in Hungary

The World Jewish Congress will hold its 2013 annual assembly in Budapest to show solidarity with Hungarian Jews who are facing “exceptionally strong” anti-Semitism, organizers said Tuesday. “This will be the first time in a very long time that the WJC will hold its congress outside Jerusalem,” said Peter Feldmajer, president of the Federation of […]

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Traveling Matzah Factory shows Kids way to Passover

When students use all five senses to learn, they’re more likely to remember a lesson. “There’s nothing better than seeing, feeling, smelling, tasting and hearing matzah bake in the oven,” said Rabbi Shmuly Gutnick, the “Rockin Rabbi” from the Chabad Youth Network. For the fifth year in a row, Rabbi Gutnick brought his Traveling Matzah […]

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Rekindling the Jewish Flame in Young Greeks

When the Nazis began deporting the Jews of Greece to extermination camps, Etty Leon’s grandparents and great-grandparents fled Thessaloniki for Skopelos. On this small island in the Aegean Sea, they were given shelter by a local family that had for many years supplied their soap factory in Thessaloniki with olive oil. Walking through Yad Vashem […]

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Hollande Marks 1st Anniversary of Toulouse Attacks

An official memorial was held on Sunday in Toulouse, France, commemorating the first anniversary of the deaths of seven civilians, among them four Jews, killed by terrorist Mohamed Merah. On March 17, 2012, Merah, a young Franco-Algerian Islamist, launched a series of deadly attacks over several days, killing three soldiers, a rabbi and his two […]

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Sex Offender Becomes Rebbe

Ex-convicts are usually sent to post-imprisonment rehabilitation programs, but in Israel such a person has immediately attained a high position – without any cooling-off period. Yaakov Yitzhak Rata, who was convicted of rape and sentenced to 16 years at the Maasiyahu Prison’s religious wing, was released from jail last week only to become a rebbe […]

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111 Orphans Celebrate Special Bar Mitzvah

111 boys who have reached the age of Bar-Mitzvah (13) celebrated their Bar-Mitzvah in a unique event organized by Colel Chabad in Israel. All of the boys are orphaned by one or both parents, and Colel Chabad produced a full program in honor of their important birthday, which included an event at the Jerusalem Convention Center (Binyanei Hauma) […]

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Baking Matzah Enlivens Little Girl

“Mom, I had fun! Rolling the matzah dough was my favorite!” Four year old Jayden Roll beamed up at her mother in the lobby of the YM-YWHA (Young Men’s – Young Women’s Hebrew Association) in Montreal. In many ways she is just like the 5,000 other toddlers and children who ground wheat, rolled dough, and […]

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Ancient Cemetery in Amsterdam Reopens with Help of Moroccan, Jewish Youths

An ancient Jewish cemetery in Amsterdam has been reopened after almost 70 years of neglect, thanks to help from Moroccan and Jewish youths who renovated it. The Zeeburg cemetery will be open to the public on the first Sunday of every month, a spokesperson for the Association for the Restoration of the Zeeburg Cemetery told […]

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Jewish Leaders Have Hope in Election of New Pope

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) along with the World Jewish Congress (WJC) on Wednesday welcomed Cardinal Jorge María Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires, on his election as Pope Francis I. Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, said he was “reassured” over the record of the new Pope, stating that Bergoglio was crucial in maintaing “positive […]

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US Survey: Support for Israel at All-Time High

According to a Gallup survey released Friday, 64% of Americans sympathize with Israelis, versus 12% who sympathize with the Palestinians and 23% who said they did not support either. Support for Israel has been exceeding 60% for the last three years, but the recent poll sees the highest percentage in the last 22 years. The […]

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Temple-Times Passover Sacrifice Nixed by Government

Israel’s Veterinary Services will not authorize the planned public ritual sacrifice of a goat in honor of Passover this year, Veterinary Services representative Zohar Dvorkin said Thursday. Jewish groups dedicated to the Temple Mount and Temple renewal are planning the sacrifice as a reminder of what Passover looked like in Temple times. The ritual slaughter […]

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Two Translated Classic Chasidic Discourses Published

The Lubavitch publishing house, Kehot Publication Society, has just released two new works in the popular Chasidic Heritage Series. Faith and Knowledge is a translation of a discourse, delivered more than 200 years ago, by the founder of Chabad, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi. All for the Sake of Heaven is a translation of a […]

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New Pope Reaches Out to Rome’s Jewish Community

Like his predecessor, Pope Francis reached out to Rome’s Jewish community at the very start of his pontificate, pledging to continue to strengthen the increasingly close ties between Catholics and Jews. Just hours after he was elected the first Latin American pope in history, Francis sent a letter to Rome’s chief Rabbi Riccardo di Segni, […]

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Australian Jews Debate Media Role in Abuse Cases

A confrontation between a rabbi’s wife and the brother-in-law of sexual abuse victims’ advocate Manny Waks last week highlighted a divide between two views within Australian Jewry over the proper role of the media in cases of sexual abuse. Waks, who heads the Tzedek advocacy organization, claimed on Facebook on Monday that Peninah Feldman, the […]

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Poland Museum Unveils Synagogue Roof

A Jewish history museum in Warsaw has unveiled a reconstructed synagogue roof with an elaborately painted ceiling modeled on a 17th-century structure, presenting the first object that will go on permanent display in the highly awaited museum. The wooden roof and ceiling will be a key attraction in the Museum of the History of Polish […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 71 - March 14, 2013

Park Slope has not been home to a kosher restaurant, that changed when owners of a popular authentic French Bistro decided to make changes. Along with a new name, a French chef and Kosher certification. Formerly known as Belleville, is now called Chagall and according to the owners Dan and Sonia Halimi the inspiration for […]

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British MP Suspended Over ‘Jewish Conspiracy’ Comments

Britain’s Labor Party suspended Pakistan-born Muslim peer Nazir Ahmed on Thursday over reports that he blamed a Jewish conspiracy for his imprisonment over a fatal car crash. Ahmed, who was imprisoned for dangerous driving after sending multiple text messages shortly before the accident, had blamed his jail sentence on pressure placed on British courts by […]

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For Jewish Addicts ‘Dry’ Seders are a Life-Saver

It’s rare that an Orthodox rabbi chooses to omit an important Jewish ritual in his holiday celebrations. But in the spring of 2000, Rabbi Yosef Lipsker cleared his living room of furniture, set up three large dining tables and invited dozens of people to a special seder that included all the standard Passover observances — […]

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