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Anti-Semitism in Sweden Forces Jews to Question their Future

Attacks against Jews in Malmoe, Sweden’s third largest city, have left members of the community questioning their future in a place known for its “multiculturalism.” Jewish people have lived in Malmoe for over two centuries, often arriving in the south Swedish port city - a safe haven for generations - after fleeing persecution and intolerance in other parts of Europe. But […]

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Teens Seek Purpose, Identity at Summer Un-Camp

“When my classmates asked me what religion I am, I made them guess,” Luca Koo, 15 from Budapest, Hungary says. “They went through the whole list before I told them I’m Jewish.” One of thirty-five teen girls who’ve come from foreign countries to spend summer at Un-Camp, a three week program in Dorchester, IA, Luca first noticed […]

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Peres Attends Unveiling of Latvia Museum to Honor WWII Rescuers of Jews

President Shimon Peres took part in a ceremony marking the opening of a museum in Latvia dedicated to a couple who saved some 50 Jews from extermination. The museum in downtown Riga, Latvia’s capital, is located next to the property once owned by Zanis Lipke, a port worker who together with his wife hid Jews […]

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At Least 10 Nazi War Criminals Ignored U.S. Deportation Orders

At least 10 suspected Nazi war criminals whose deportations were ordered by the United States never actually left the country, according to an Associated Press review of Justice Department data — and four are living in the U.S. today. All remained eligible for public benefits such as Social Security until they exhausted appeals, and in […]

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Pope Says He Won’t Judge Gay Priests

Pope Francis reached out to gays on Monday, saying he wouldn’t judge priests for their sexual orientation in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference as he returned from his first foreign trip. “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” Francis asked. His […]

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Austria Faces Questions Over Nazi-Era Hitler Bell

An Austrian castle, located 60 miles east of Vienna, has sparked concern after it was revealed that it contains a bell dedicated to Adolf Hitler. The bell, carved with a swastika, was installed in 1939 by Austrians sympathetic to the Nazis and has apparently evaded notice for over 70 years, according to reports. The bell tolls […]

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10 Sifrei Torah Burn in Netanya

A fire that started in the Shifat Revivim synagogue near the Chabad neighborhood in Netanya, Israel Monday night incinerated 10 Sifrei Torah, some of them critically. There were no human casualties. Naftali David, head of the Hatzolah organization in the Sharon valley told the website that “the firefighting teams that reached the holy ark rescued […]

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‘Original’ Schindler’s List Goes Unsold on eBay After Being put on Auction for $3m

A list of Jews to be rescued during the Holocaust by German industrialist Oskar Schindler did not find a buyer on an eBay auction, after it was listed with a reserve price of $3 million. The 14-page list, which was immortalized in the 1993 film “Schindler’s List,” identifies 801 Jewish prisoners by name, birth date […]

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No Need to Return Lost Smartphone

An innovative halachic ruling issued recently states that there is no need to return a lost “non-kosher” phone to its owner. The ruling was given following an incident which took place in a bakery in the central city of Bnei Brak, when a saleswoman refused to return a smartphone to its owner. The case sparked […]

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US Jewish Group Runs BDS ‘Summer Camp’ to Teach Boycott Tactics

The Israeli government and private groups are watching closely the activities of an anti-Israel American group that supports the BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanction) movement against Israel. The Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), a San Francisco-based organization, has been operating since 1996 and has conducted numerous anti-Israel activities, especially on college campuses. JVP claims not to […]

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Jews in Sports: Jordan Farmar Returns Home

Many questions surround the Los Angeles Lakers after the team missed out on re-signing center Dwight Howard. No larger question than if the Lakers can reclaim its championship luster. The team took a step towards its quest for glory by signing free agent guard Jordan Farmar to a one-year, $1 million-dollar deal, which in turn […]

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Oz, Boteach and Sharansky Discuss Jewish Values in Jerusalem

A full-capacity crowd gathered Monday evening at the capital’s newly launched Jerusalem Press Club to hear a panel discussion among luminaries Dr. Mehmet Oz, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky about Jewish values and their impact on society. Oz, known as “America’s Doctor,” and Boteach, who has been called “America’s Rabbi,” arrived […]

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Israeli Company Using Social Media to Return Property Lost in Holocaust

When Cati Holland checked her email a few weeks ago, she was surprised to find a message saying she was eligible for compensation for her grandmother’s Berlin store that was seized by the Nazis more than 70 years ago. It wasn’t spam or a phishing attempt or even a legitimate note from a German official […]

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US Jewish Leaders Urge Netanyahu to Resume Peace Talks

A broad range of US Jewish figures wrote Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to encourage him as peace talks restart. “We recognize that achieving a two-state solution will require a territorial compromise that provides for a Palestinian state without jeopardizing Israel’s security,” said the letter, initiated by the Israel Policy Forum and signed by 140 […]

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Religious Women Infuse Modesty with Style

Wearing a sleek black dress topped with a taupe bolero and long stiletto-heeled boots, Nathalie Benhaim cuts an elegant figure. For her, Orthodox Judaism’s rules of modesty have never been synonymous with austerity. “I’m always made up and have my hair done, I never let myself go. It’s important for me and for my husband,” […]

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Chabad Emissary Shot in Russia Lands in Israel

Rabbi Ovadia Isakov, who was shot and seriously wounded in Dagestan, Russia late on Wednesday night, has been flown to Israel. The ZAKA organization worked with Russia’s Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Berel Lazar, to bring Rabbi Isakov to Israel’s Beilinson Hospital. The medical flight was funded by Russian Jewish communities. The hope is that Rabbi Isakov […]

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140 U.S. Jewish Leaders Sign Letter Urging PM to ‘Compromise’ in Peace Talks

A broad range of U.S. Jewish figures have written to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to encourage him as peace talks are set to resume in Washington next week. “We recognize that achieving a two-state solution will require a territorial compromise that provides for a Palestinian state without jeopardizing Israel’s security,” said the letter, initiated by […]

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WUJS: Empowering the Next Generation on Campus

The perceived linkage between Judaism and Zionism can be a turn-off for some students, believes Chaya Esther Pomeranz, newly elected chair of the World Union of Jewish Students. Speaking with The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday, Pomeranz said that despite having been raised as a religious Jew in Israel, where Zionism and Judaism are “one and […]

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Nearly 1,000 Kids Making Aliyah in 2013

The Nefesh B’Nefesh first ever ‘Children Aliyah’ flight landed safely at Ben-Gurion Airport on Tuesday morning. On the El Al flight, 106 children with their parents, along with 54 singles, left North America to make their new homes in Israel. The flight itself was a little unusual – coloring books, games and custom-made T-shirts were […]

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Netanyahu Meets New Chief Rabbis

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met Thursday with the two new chief rabbis – Chief Sephardic Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, and Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi, Rabbi David Lau. Holding the book of Vayikra (Leviticus) in his hand, he told them: “I have chosen to give you my blessings in your new important positions, with one thing, the verse […]

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Is England’s Future King Jewish?

Mazel Tov! After much anticipation, at 4:24 p.m. in London on July 22, the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth. The Royal bundle is an 8lbs. 6oz. son, future King — and perhaps a real Jewish Prince. For those of you who haven’t heard, according to lawyer Alan Dershowitz, Kate’s mother, Carol, is the daughter of […]

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Roger Waters Concert Features Nazi-Like Uniform, Pig Balloon with Jewish Symbol

Roger Waters, a rock musician critical of Israel, used a giant, pig-shaped balloon emblazoned with a Star of David and symbols of dictatorial regimes during a recent concert in Belgium. Waters, who recently urged other performers to boycott Israel and compared Israel to apartheid South Africa, was singing on stage on July 20 under the […]

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Polish Jews to Turn to Constitutional Court over Slaughter Ban

Poland’s Jewish community is preparing to go to their country’s Constitutional High Court to lift a ban on kosher slaughter that has been in effect since January, Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday. Michael Boni, the Polish Administration and Digitization Minister requested leaders of the Jewish and Muslim communities file the […]

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Rabbi David Lau: Forced IDF Draft Wrong

Speaking on the eve of the Chief Rabbinate elections and a day after Yesh Atid‘s draft bill passed its first reading l following a heated Knesset debate, some of the candidates avoided discussing the issue, explaining that “the chief rabbi’s job is to unite the people rather than take a side in a public dispute […]

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“Operation Last Chance”

The Simon Wiesenthal Center launched on Tuesday what it is calling “an unprecedented poster campaign” in the streets of major German cities, to publicize its “Operation Last Chance II project,” which offers rewards of up to 25,000 euros for information which will help facilitate the prosecution of war criminals.   The campaign was launched in the […]

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George Rohr Announces Launch of Torah Think Tank

“Esen est zich, trinken trinkt zich, uber vos zol men ton az es lernt zich nisht” jotted down the legendary philanthropist, Mr. Sami Rohr A”H, in a message to shluchim for a 2016 International Kinus Hashluchim keynote address that he hoped to deliver. “My father believed, not only in investing in Torah learning, but in those who […]

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Royal Baby, Royal Motherhood? || Kate, it Seems, has Done her Job

He’s not yet three days old, only weights 3.8 kilograms and doesn’t even have a name. Yet Baby Cambridge, third in line to the throne and pronounced beautiful by his doctor, is currently occupying the world’s attention. Kate, it seems, has done her job. Throughout British royal history, the existence of the heir and the […]

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Responsibility for Survivor Benefits Shifts from Finance to Welfare Ministry

Control over the Holocaust Survivors Rights Authority will be transferred from the Finance Ministry to the Welfare and Social Services Ministry, Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Welfare Minister Meir Cohen announced on Monday. The Holocaust Survivors Rights Authority is responsible for providing monthly payments, medical treatments, rehabilitation and welfare services to Holocaust survivors. Speaking to […]

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Knesset Forms Jewish World Lobby

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Opposition Chairwoman Shelly Yachimovich are joining forces for the first time to launch the Knesset Lobby for Strengthening the Jewish People. The lobby, which enjoys support across the political spectrum, will operate in cooperation with the Jewish Agency for Israel. So far, 40 Knesset members have asked to join. It […]

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Nazi-Themed Cafe Relents Amid International Pressure

The owner of a Nazi-themed cafe in central Indonesia agreed on Monday to close down his shop after coming under a whirlwind of international pressure. Henry Mulyana, owner of the Soldatenkaffee in the West Java provincial capital of Bandung, met with local authorities Monday and agreed to worldwide demands. Since learning of the Nazi-themed café, […]

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