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EJA Mobilizes Against Polish Ban on Shchita

Following last Friday’s decision made by the Polish Parliament (Sejm) essentially banning all Kosher butchering from taking place in the country, General Director of the European Jewish Association (EJA), Rabbi Menachem Margolin has conducted a series of intensive talks with polish leaders and representatives in the E.U Parliament. Rabbi Margolin urged President Komorowski and Sejn […]

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Israel Slams Poland Ban on Kosher Slaughter as ‘Totally Unacceptable’

Israel criticized on Monday the extension of Poland’s ban on kosher meat production, saying it damaged efforts to rehabilitate Jewish life in a country whose large Jewish community was all but wiped out in the Holocaust. Citing animal cruelty, Warsaw lawmakers on Friday rejected a government-backed bill that would have allowed slaughterhouses to produce meat […]

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Tradition Today: Rebuilding the Temple

One hears a great deal these days – especially in this season of Tisha Be’av – about the restoration of the Temple. Perhaps it would be worthwhile to contemplate some facts concerning the building of the Temple in the past. The construction of a permanent building to replace the Mishkan, the tent that had been […]

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Kosher Café Project in Auschwitz Town

A kickstarter campaign from the Auschwitz Jewish Center in Poland has raised nearly $25,000 to convert the last Jewish home in the town of Auschwitz into a kosher vegetarian café. The Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial site in southern Poland registered a record 1.43 million visitors in 2012, and the new café adjacent to the Auschwitz Jewish Center hopes to provide for […]

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Twitter Hands Over ID Info on Anti-Jewish Postings

Twitter said Friday it had handed over data to French authorities to help identify the authors of anti-Semitic tweets, following a complaint from a Jewish students’ group. A French court in January ordered the company to provide the data after legal action by France’s Union of Jewish Students (UEJF). Twitter said in a statement that […]

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New England Shluchim Gather in Connecticut

“Varm” and “Tochendik” were two of the words used by some of the 150 participants to describe the New York New England regional Kinus in West Hartford, Connecticut, co-hosted by Rabbis Yosef Gopin, Mendel Samuels, Yosef Wolvovsky, Shaya Gopin and Yosef Kulek. In the spirit of Poschim B’dvar Malchus, the day began with an inspiring Chasidus Shiur by […]

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Jewish Groups Assail Polish Ban on Kosher Slaughter

Jewish groups voiced outrage on Friday after Poland’s parliament rejected a government-backed bill that would have allowed slaughterhouses to produce kosher meat, angering Jewish groups who said the decision violated their religious rights. Lawmakers who opposed the bill said they did so because kosher slaughter is cruel to livestock. Jewish groups said prejudice about their faith – a sensitive […]

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Bones of Polish Pogrom’s Victims Reburied in Jedwabne

The remains of victims from the Jedwabne pogrom were reburied at a ceremony marking the 72nd anniversary of the massacre in the Polish town. Dozens of people gathered Wednesday at the site in Jedwabne where Poles murdered hundreds of their Jewish neighbors on July 10, 1941. Polish Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich and Piotr Kadlcik, the […]

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92-Year-Old German to Stand Trial for Nazi War Crimes

Dutch-born Siert Bruins, who is now German, already served time in murder of two Dutch Nazis overran his homeland in 1941. The Hagen state court said in a statement Monday he would go on trial Sept. 2 on charges he killed resistance fighter Aldert Klaas Dijkema in September 1944. Bruins and alleged accomplice August Neuhaeuser, who has since died, […]

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Netanyahu Filmed Scribing Torah at Masada’s Ancient Synagogue

As part of a tourism initiative this week, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu visited the wind-swept Judean mountain top fortress of Masada, along the Dead Sea. During his visit, the prime minister participated in a special ceremony and then was filmed writing a letter in a Torah scroll that is currently being written atop the mountain fortress in the […]

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Arizona Community Awaits State-of-the-Art ‘Home’

For 15 years now, Chabad of the East Valley—in arid Arizona, one of the fastest-growing states in America—has been searching for a permanent home. They have based operations in such varied locations as a rented apartment, hotel rooms, boardrooms, the living room of a house, a local storefront, and the nearby Jewish Community Center and synagogue. None […]

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White House Taps New Jewish Liaison

The White House is set to name Matt Nosanchuk, a lawyer who has been prominent in advancing the Obama administration’s gay rights policies, as its new full-time Jewish liaison. JTA learned Wednesday that Nosanchuk will replace Zach Kelly, who has held the job part time since the last full-time liaison to the Jewish community, Jarrod […]

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Jewish Agency, WJC Call for Outside Intervention in Claims Conference

The Claims Conference must be reformed under the aegis of outside bodies, Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky and World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder declared on Tuesday evening. Their comments came at the end of the first day of the Claims Conference’s annual board of directors meeting in New York. In a statement read at […]

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New Haredi Hit: IKEA Summer Sale

Home furnishing stores in Jerusalem’s Mea Shearim neighborhood are in for some bad news: Ultra-Orthodox institutions have begun offering special trips to IKEA’s summer sale in the central city of Rishon Lezion. Every summer, haredi institutions organize trips to burial places of biblical figures and rabbis’ tombs, as well as famous tourist sites. This year, […]

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First Ever Hack-a-Thon for Israel — on Shabbat

120 hackers, software developers and computer programmers are to take part in in the first ever hack-a-thon for Israel and the Jewish People event simultaneously, in Silicon Valley and Tel Aviv. The event is labelled Hacking to Create Community Change in Israel and the Bay Area, and is a collaborative effort by “Hasadna” (the Public […]

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Trove of Ancient Jewish Tombstones Unearthed in Vienna

Vienna’s Jewish community says a historically important trove of hundreds of ancient Jewish tombstones have been recently unearthed, including some dating back to the 16th century. Senior Jewish community official Raimund Fastenbauer said Wednesday that the headstones have “high historical value.” He describes their significance as comparable to that of the ancient Jewish cemetery in […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 84 - July 10, 2013

Most people immigrate to Israel for spiritual, religious or familial reasons, and medical care doesn’t usually factor into the equation. In the case of Iris Kowen’s family, that was not the case. Living in the Holy Land was always the ideal, but it was the issue of medial necessity, and special needs potential that prompted […]

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Claims Conference Mismanagement Key in ‘Facilitating’ Fraud, Internal Report Alleges

“Management failings” were responsible for “facilitating” $57 million in fraud perpetrated against the Conference of Material Claims Against Germany over 16 years, according to an internal report leaked to The Jerusalem Post on Monday. The report, written by Ombudsman Shmuel Hollander, pointed to “systematic failings and problematic organization behavior” as the background to the failure to discover […]

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Following Attacks, Jewish Group Offers to Protect Mosque

A London mosque has turned to a local group of Jewish volunteers in attempt to boost security, following a spike in anti-Muslim attacks. The Jewish Chronicle reported on a unique meeting which took place over the weekend between Muslim leaders and members of the “Shomrim”, at the Cazenove Road Mosque and Community Centre in Stoke Newington. The Shomrim are a group […]

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State Tax Credit Programs on the Rise, Bring in Millions for Yeshivas

The past decade has seen a marked increase in the number of private Jewish day schools and yeshivas actively looking to tap into federal and state tax dollars for help, and as the number of institutions has risen, so too have the ways in which state lobbyists and organizational coalitions are approaching the matter. JTA […]

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Jewish Event Apps and the Question of User Privacy

In a tale of two apps, both the Jewish establishment and a private entrepreneur have recently released downloadable software that will enable users to obtain up-to-date listings of Jewish events. Though similar in their goal of engaging young adults in Jewish life, Grapevine and JJive, as they are called, differ radically in an important respect: […]

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Pigeonholing an Israeli Abroad

I had only known my girlfriend for a few weeks when she invited me to a friend’s house for Shabbat dinner on the Upper West Side. As a 44-year-old secular Israeli who had moved recently to New York City after my divorce, I didn’t have much experience with American Jews. Her friends were great: educated, […]

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Jerusalem Landlord Seeks Religious Tenant

Jerusalem-based real estate agency Uricka Homes is renting out apartments in the neighborhood of Nachlaot exclusively to observant Jews. An ad posted by the company offers a three-room apartment for rent on Shilo Street in central Jerusalem, stating that the potential lodgers must be “a religious couple or family.” Yitzchak Van Leeuwen, a company agent, […]

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OU Kinnot Webcasts Enrich Tisha B’Av from Jerusalem to Florida

The Orthodox Union (OU) has developed an innovative approach to help Jews worldwide interpret kinnot, the elegies that are recited on Tisha B’Av to mourn the destructions of the Temples in Jerusalem as well as other tragedies throughout the centuries of Jewish history. Kinnot are known to be quite difficult to understand, as most were […]

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Women Bike from Florida to NY for Friendship

Through nine states and 25 cities, through blistering heat, torrential downpours and rough roads, come what may, 11 women will pedal 1,500 miles along the east coast for four weeks. Their goal: to raise awareness for special-needs children. The starting line Sunday morning was at the Friendship Circle of Miami in Pinecrest, 8700 SW 112th […]

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David Copperfield’s Magical Relationship with God and Judaism

In the September 9, 1928, edition of the Forverts, a story with the headline “Leading American Magicians are Jews” opened with the following lede: “When a Jew rolls up his sleeves it doesn’t always mean business. It means magic.” With many Jews already working as magicians back in the day, there was every expectation that […]

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Parashat Matot-Masei: The Chief Rabbi’s Role

I write this commentary just as the date was announced for elections for Israel’s chief rabbis, and just after the disgraceful public utterance of unsubstantiated vilification by a former chief rabbi against a leading candidate for the chief rabbinate – which in turn was followed by screaming headlines informing us of the “house arrest” of […]

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German Newspaper: Anti-Semitic Cartoon a Misunderstanding

A German newspaper has expressed regret after publishing a cartoon that depicted the State of Israel as a ravenous monster, the Yisrael Hayom daily newspaper reports. The cartoon, published Tuesday in the Munich-based Sueddeutsche Zeitung, depicts Israel as a beast devouring German military weapons. The picture appeared alongside two reviews of books about Israel. The caption suggested that the Jewish […]

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“Try Crown Heights.. They’re More Open There”

Photographer Richard Renaldi is a ‘matchmaker’ for tense times, asking complete strangers to pose together for a portrait. On a recent afternoon in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, it was not going well. He wanted to pose an Orthodox Jewish man with someone from outside the Orthodox community. “It’s going to take all the cajoling I can do,” Mr. Renaldi, […]

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Muslim Brotherhood Claimed New Egyptian President is Jewish

The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s website briefly posted an article claiming that the country’s current interim president is Jewish. The article, which appeared Thursday on IkhwanOnline, has since been taken down; a translation is still available online. It claimed that Adly Mansour, the judge named Egypt’s interim president following the removal of Mohammed Morsi from office by the military, is […]

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