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L'Oréal's boundary-breaking Muslim model steps aside

(JTA)-L'Oréal made history last week when it became the first major cosmetics firm to feature a Muslim woman wearing a head covering in a mainstream international ad campaign for hair products. The s...

 

Everyone loved this French-Muslim singer's Leonard Cohen cover-Then they read her Facebook posts

(JTA)-In a deeply divided nation that is still reeling from a toxic presidential election last spring, as well as jihadist and racist attacks, Mennel Ibtissem's performances offered a rare vision of...

 

Poland isn't the only country trying to police what can be said about the Holocaust

(JTA)-In 2015, Ukraine's president signed a law whose critics say stifles debate on the historical record of World War II and whitewashes local perpetrators of the Holocaust. Law 2538-1 criminalized...

 

In Austrian jail, Holocaust historian indicts the country for how it handles looted Jewish property

VIENNA (JTA)-If Stephan Templ's trial and imprisonment in Austria were meant to silence his criticism of the country's Holocaust restitution system, then his prosecution was clearly a failure. Templ...

 

How this 31-year-old Londoner became Poland's best-known (and most controversial) Jew

MIEDZYRZEC PODLASKI, Poland (JTA)-In a snowy woods near the border with Belarus, Jonny Daniels pulls muddy fishing waders over the pants of his tailored business suit and grabs a shovel from the...

 

France's foremost female rabbi faces flak over Jerusalem stance

PARIS (JTA)—When Delphine Horvilleur, France’s best-known female rabbi, began appearing regularly in the media, her friends and relatives feared it would expose her to threats or attacks by anti-Semites. Several years later it appears they were o...

 

This Jewish woman is creating the world's first vagina museum

BIRMINGHAM, England (JTA)-Nine months after announcing that she is creating the world's first vagina museum, Florence Schechter is confident that she has heard every joke on the subject. Schechter, a...

 

Why Dutch Jews are up in arms over the handling of a kosher restaurant attack

AMSTERDAM (JTA)-Two weeks ago, a 29-year-old man waving a Palestinian flag smashed the windows of a kosher restaurant with a wooden club, stealing an Israeli flag there. Police arrested the suspect...

 

Why kosher butchers in Western Europe are preparing to close

PARIS (JTA)-When Jerry Levy's family opened one of the first gourmet kosher meat shops in France, they had some of the country's best-laid business plans. Hailing from a long line of Jewish butchers...

 

Europe's only Jewish hospice gives Holocaust survivors a dignified farewell

AMSTERDAM (JTA)-Henny Goudeketting, a 95-year-old Holocaust survivor, is ailing and preparing to leave the world. Goudeketting, who was sterilized in Nazi medical experiments at Auschwitz, has...

 

Hungary says it keeps Jews safe by keeping out Muslim immigrants

BUDAPEST (JTA)-At a conference about anti-Semitism in Europe, senior Hungarian officials said the absence of violence against Jews in their country owed to its refusal to admit Muslim immigrants. The...

 

60,000 joined a Polish nationalist march-should Jews be worried?

(JTA)-The sight of far-right activists waving racist banners and shouting anti-Semitic slogans during a nationalist march in the capital of Poland over the weekend shocked many around the world. It...

 

What was the Jewish role in 1917 Russian Revolution? Moscow museum gives a full picture

(JTA)-Of all the many loaded issues tied to the bloody history of Jews in the former Soviet Union, none is as sensitive today in that part of the world as their role in the 1917 revolution that brough...

 

Taboo-breaking film depicts Hungary's grim welcome to Holocaust survivors

(JTA)-The time is just after the defeat of Nazi Germany. Two Orthodox Jews disembark from a train at a rural station in Soviet-occupied Hungary and, after offloading a heavy bag, they begin a silent,...

 

How this 15th-century Hebrew Bible survived the Inquisition

COIMBRA, Portugal (JTA)-From its mountaintop perch, the University of Coimbra towers majestically over the downtown square that used to be the regional headquarters of the Portuguese Inquisition....

 

Is it Islamophobic to oppose the mosque next door? London Jews debate the question

(JTA)-A plan to open a mosque in a heavily Jewish area of London is dividing British Jews, with some calling the development worrisome and others accusing its opponents of racism. The Islamic...

 

To save Yiddish theater, these Romanian actors abandoned their home

BUCHAREST, Romania (JTA)-When the roof of the Jewish State Theater collapsed during a 2014 snowstorm, its director reluctantly knew it was finally time to abandon the century-old building in this...

 

Can cyber tech solve the Frank and Wallenberg mysteries?

(JTA)-After 70 years of studying the Holocaust, historians still don't know the exact circumstances of the tragic fate that befell two of the best-known victims of the Holocaust era: Anne Frank and...

 

Anne Frank's diary is now a comic book

PARIS (JTA)-In a bid to preserve interest in the Holocaust by future generations, the Basel-based Anne Frank Foundation unveiled the first authorized comic book based on the teenager's famous diary...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    August 25, 2017

I talked to the 'anti-Semitic' Swiss hotel owner-it's more complicated than you think

(JTA)—A chuckle tickled my throat as Ruth Thomann, a Swiss hotelier who posted signs urging her “Jewish guests” to shower before entering the pool, assured me that she has “nothing against Jews.” To be clear, I don’t find racism...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    August 25, 2017

Following terrorist attack, Barcelona's chief rabbi says his community is doomed

(JTA)—Commenting on deadly attacks in Catalonia, the chief rabbi of that region in Spain said his community is doomed, partly because of radical Islam and the alleged reluctance of authorities to confront it. Rabbi Meir Bar-Hen has been...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    July 28, 2017

Why this poster of a Jewish man and a Muslim woman kissing caused a scandal in Europe

AMSTERDAM (JTA)-In a country where sex toys are displayed in shop windows and television commercials often feature nudity, a picture of a clothed, heterosexual couple kissing may not seem like the...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    July 14, 2017

In Holland, the Nazis built a luxury camp to lull the Jews before murdering them

WESTERBORK, Netherlands (JTA)-Nothing about the footage that Rudolf Breslauer filmed here on May 30, 1944, suggests that it was taken inside one of Europe's largest Nazi concentration camps. In the...

 

Israeli conversion bill delayed 6 months 

(JTA)-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shelved a controversial bill that would have made the haredi Orthodox-dominated Chief Rabbinate the only body authorized by the government to perform...

 

This 400-year-old Jewish library survived Hitler and the Inquisition

AMSTERDAM (JTA)-Livraria Ets Haim is the world's oldest functioning Jewish library. As such, it is no stranger to the prospect of imminent destruction. Founded in 1616 by Jews who fled Catholic...

 

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