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500-year-old Jewish Skeleton Found in Brazil

Brazilian archaeologists unearthed what they said are the 500-year-old remains of a Jewish man in Recife. A report Thursday in the online edition of the Rio de Janeiro-based O Globo described the discovery earlier this month as a perfectly-preserved skeleton of a male adult. The skeleton was found during earthwork in Recife in northern Brazil, [...]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 85 July 17, 2013

For 15 years now, Chabad of the East Valley in 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 [...]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 83 - July 4, 2013

A Dutch court on ordered one Anne Frank charity to give the Frank family archive back to another charity in Switzerland, following an uncomfortable public dispute over the Jewish teenager’s legacy. The Amsterdam District Court ruled the Anne Frank Foundation in Amsterdam must give the archive back to the Anne Frank Fund in Basel, Switzerland. [...]

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Rabbis Visit Rural Australia in Synagogue on Wheels

A synagogue on wheels rolled into Daylesford last week. The Chabad of Rural and Regional Australia van cruised around the Hepburn Shire with Rabbis Dov Zaetz and Peretz Chein as part of their mission to connect with Jewish people living in rural and regional Victoria. The pair spent two days in Daylesford and plan to travel across the Nullarbor [...]

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Without Wearing Neckties, Israeli Jewish Adults Attending Synagogue ‘Happy and Healthier’

Even though the ordinary Israeli who attends synagogue does not even own a necktie, a social scientist has “proven” that “Israeli Jewish adults attending synagogue ‘happy and healthier’” In fact the researcher involved already knew the answers before he even conducted his “studies.”Professor Jeff Levin has spent his career “proving” the health benefits of religion [...]

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Shul Destroyed by Fire, Being Rebuilt

Get close enough to the building that used to house the Hebrew Congregation of Woodmont and you’ll get a whiff of its burnt-out interior, empty since an Oct. 14 fire ravaged the building. Things are finally looking up for the beleaguered temple, however. On Sunday, about 150 supporters and dignitaries turned out for the ground-breaking for [...]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 82 - June 26, 2013

Catherine Afarian calls herself a “love child of the ‘70s.” Her mother discovered that she was pregnant after she had broken off a relationship of less than a year. Afarian has never met her biological father, but her mother always said he came from a big Italian family. In late 2010, though, Afarian learned that a [...]

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A New Chabad House Planned for West Boca

Chabad of West Boca Raton, an Orthodox synagogue known for its outreach to unaffiliated Jews, broke ground last week on a 1.2-acre parcel on State Road 7, on the south side of the Shoppes at Boca Greens. Chabad’s rabbi, Zalman Bukiet, remembers moving to Boca Raton 24 years ago with Rabbi Moshe Denburg and their [...]

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Reb Leibel Bistritzky, Provider of Physical and Spiritual Sustenance

Rabbi Yehudah Leib (“Reb Leibel”) Bistritzky, 86, a prominent and much loved figure in the Chabad-Lubavitch community and beyond, passed away on May 13. He was more commonly known as “Reb Leibel.” Reb Leibel escaped Nazi Germany at the age of 12. He subsequently developed a special relationship with the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef [...]

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UK Jews Express Support for Local Muslims Following Attack

Synagogues and Jewish groups in London have offered support and solidarity after a suspected anti-Muslim attack at an Islamic community center in a northern suburb of the capital, The Jewish Chronicle reported. The Al-Rahma Islamic Center, which was home to the Somali Bravanese Welfare Association, was destroyed by fire, started in the early hours of Wednesday morning. [...]

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UK Jews Honor Lord Sacks

Members of the UK Jewish community gathered recently to honor Lord Jonathan Sacks, the chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth. Lord Sacks has held office since 1991 and will step down later this year. Approximately three thousand people convened at the Barbican Centre, Europe’s largest multi-arts and conference venue, to attend [...]

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Turkey’s Jews Worship Quietly

As visitors heave open the thick, vault-like metal door to the Neve Shalom Synagogue on a discreet side street in the Galata neighborhood of European Istanbul, a skittish guard confronts them. Guests are shuttled through secure, windowless rooms to an X-ray machine and metal detector. Pockets are emptied and passports surrendered. The guard questions the [...]

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Haredim Advised to Emigrate from Israel

Dozens of copies of a booklet calling on ultra-Orthodox Jews to emigrate from Israel were handed out last week near the main synagogue in Jerusalem’s Mea Shearim neighborhood, on the backdrop of the battle between Israel’s haredi and secular publics over the attempt to draft yeshiva students to the Israel Defense Forces and introduce core [...]

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Divine Profiling? Exploring The “Chosen People” Doctrine

It’s The Jews Again! Jerusalem (SatireWire.com) Update – Jews, who’s troubled, 10,000-year term as G-d’s “Chosen people” finally expired last night, woke up this morning to find that they had once again been hand-picked by the Almighty. Synagogues across the globe declared a day of mourning. Asked if the descendants of Abraham shouldn’t be pleased [...]

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Holland Jews Welcome King with Prayer

Together with millions of Dutch people celebrating the coronation of Willem-Alexander as Holland’s new king on Tuesday, the nation’s Jews celebrated this historic day in their own way – with a special prayer and an ancient traditional blessing. The prayer, which has been distributed among the Jewish communities of Holland in recent days, states: “May [...]

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Iranian who Attacked Rabbi is Repeat Offender

Last week police in Paris arrested an Iranian man for attacking and stabbing a rabbi and his son near a local synagogue. Now police have found that the man attacked at least two other Jews. Following the man’s arrest police viewed surveillance tapes from the area around the synagogue and elsewhere in the city. They [...]

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Egypt’s Jews Bury Veteran Leader

Egypt’s tiny Jewish community, a frail remnant of a once flourishing minority, held a rare public ceremony on Thursday in memory of its veteran leader, Carmen Weinstein, but the country’s Islamist leaders stayed away. Weinstein, 82, died last Saturday at her home in Cairo where she was known over the past two decades for leading [...]

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Warsaw Ghetto Memorial Reflects a Changing Poland

Almost nothing remains of the old Warsaw Ghetto: A few buildings here and there, a synagogue, some fragments of a brick wall. The rest was blown up by the Germans in their onslaught against the Jews who took up arms against them. Now this Holocaust-era prison of misery and death is undergoing a dramatic transformation [...]

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Egypt’s Jews Get New Leader

Egypt’s Jewish community has announced that it has elected the daughter of a well-known leftist and nationalist icon to protect its heritage and care for its dwindling, elderly membership. Magda Haroun, 60, told The Associated Press Tuesday she aimed to continue the work of her predecessor, Carmen Weinstein, who died Saturday at the age of [...]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 74 - April 10, 2013

The Jewish Historical Institute in Poland has opened a contest for a design to commemorate the Great Synagogue of Warsaw, which was considered to be the pinnacle of 19th century architecture, that was blown up by the Nazis after the Warsaw Ghetto uprising in May 1943. A representative from the institute said that no one [...]

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Global Anti-Semitism Rises by 30 Percent

Last year the world saw a “considerable escalation in anti-Semitic manifestations, particularly violent acts against Jews,” constituting a 30-percent increase over 2011, according to a Tel Aviv University study released on Sunday. The report, published by the university’s Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry, said the escalation followed two years of decline. [...]

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Remembering the Glory of a Once Great Icon of Polish Jewry

The Jewish Historical Institute in Poland has opened a contest for a design to commemorate the Great Synagogue of Warsaw, considered to be the pinnacle of 19th century architecture, which was blown up by the Nazis after the Warsaw Ghetto uprising in May 1943. A representative from the institute, Anna Chylak, says that no one [...]

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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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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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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 # 70 - March 6, 2013

The Besht Center held its first ever event for women of the community. Over 60 women attended the event which was on the topic of communication within marriage. Mrs. Bronya Shaffer gave an inspiring speech covering many different aspects of how couples relate and passed on some tips to enhance the communication we already have [...]

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For Chabad Misfits, a Place to Call Home

On a freezing Friday night in Brooklyn, a group of 18 Crown Heights residents scurry through the crowds of Jews leaving synagogue and make their way to a second-story apartment on Rogers Avenue for Shabbat dinner. Inside, hippie art and vintage John Lennon photos share wall space with drawings of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the [...]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 68 - February 21, 2013

Two women who exemplify the inner and outer beauty of the Jewish Queen Esther were honored during Chabad of Western Monmouth County’s 25th annual Jewish Women’s Day program. The annual event held in memory of Rebbitzen Chaya Mouska Schneerson OBM, was highlighted by Proclamations issued by Marlboro Township Mayor Jonathan Hornik and Manalapan Township Mayor [...]

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Holocaust Commemorated in Istanbul

Guests of the Ortaköy Etz Ahayim Synagogue in Istanbul – a holy place that has witnessed countless weddings, ceremonies, bar mitzvahs and hopeful prayers throughout decades and generations – commemorated the International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27. Millions of Jews, who were systematically murdered by Nazi regime during World War II, were commemorated in [...]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue #67 - February 14, 2013

Hasidim have hoodies too. Though theirs are intended for winter Sabbaths. Many New Yorkers have wondered how Hasidic fashion changes with the seasons, given their seemingly year-round custom of having men wear three-piece dark suits and women calf-length skirts, long-sleeved blouses and thick stockings. Several observers have figured out that except for lighter fabrics Hasidic [...]

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