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Exiled Ukrainian oligarch said he placed Jewish death curse against Vladimir Putin

(JTA) - Why haven't Russian troops more forcefully attacked Dnipro, the Ukrainian city that is a spiritual center of the Chabad Hasidic Orthodox movement? According to one provocative Ukrainian Jewish...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    August 19, 2022

In Ukraine, Jewish charity buys 40 electric cars to manage rising costs of delivering aid

(JTA) - Negotiating the bomb-scarred roads of eastern Ukraine is the easy part of Ilya Pulin's day as he delivers food and medicine across eastern Ukraine as a volunteer. The difficult part, he told...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    July 22, 2022

Biden makes an appearance at the Maccabiah Games

JERUSALEM (JTA) - Joe Biden became the first U.S. president to attend the Maccabiah Games on Thursday. The audience at the opening ceremony of the 21st Maccabiah games showered Biden with affection...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    July 22, 2022

Biden and Lapid jointly pledge to deny Iran weapons

JERUSALEM (JTA) - After releasing a joint statement that demonstrates unity on the need to counter the Iranian nuclear threat, U.S. president Joe Biden and Israeli prime minister Yair Lapid gave...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    July 22, 2022

Biden kneels before survivors

JERUSALEM (JTA) - Joe Biden dispensed with both social distancing and the chair arranged for him Wednesday as he embraced two Holocaust survivors, then knelt to speak with them during his first trip...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    July 22, 2022

Ties between Israelis and Americans are 'bone deep'

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Joe Biden kicked off his 10th trip to Israel — and first as U.S. president — on Wednesday by declaring that the relationship between the two countries is “bone-deep.” Biden told Israeli President Isaac Herzog “I am... Full story

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    July 22, 2022

Exiled from Russia, Pinchas Goldschmidt is formally out as Moscow's chief rabbi after 29 years

(JTA) — Pinchas Goldschmidt, who left Russia following its invasion of Ukraine, is no longer the chief rabbi of Moscow after 30 years with the title. The board of the Moscow Jewish Religious Society voted last month to support a contract extension...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    July 15, 2022

Boris Johnson's Jewish moments

(JTA) – For many Britons, Boris Johnson's tenure as prime minister will have been defined by scandals like the one that forced him to resign on Thursday. For Jewish Britons, the memories might well...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    July 15, 2022

Ukraine will not allow in Uman pilgrims for Rosh Hashanah

(JTA) — More than four months into its devastating war against Russia, Ukraine is sending a new message to the world’s Jews: Don’t come here for Rosh Hashanah. Tens of thousands of Jews flood into Uman, a central city that is home to the grave...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    July 8, 2022

Yair Lapid becomes Israeli prime minister

(JTA) — Ahead of his first presidential visit to Israel, Joe Biden congratulated Yair Lapid on becoming prime minister on Thursday, following the resignation of his predecessor Naftali Bennett. “Congratulations to @YairLapid, Israel’s new...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    July 8, 2022

In Hungary, a palace tied to political scandal becomes Jewish refugee camp

BUDAPEST (JTA) — For the last few months, a lakeside palace linked to a major political scandal in Hungary has been home to Jewish refugees from Ukraine. Just before Passover, six weeks after Russia invaded Ukraine, the Hungarian government signed...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    July 8, 2022

Porto Jewish community calls Portugal's criminal probe into its actions 'Holocaust against families

(JTA) — The head of the Jewish Community of Porto, Portugal said that a criminal investigation stemming from the organization’s role in vetting Jews with Sephardic ancestry for Portuguese citizenship amounts to antisemitic persecution by official...

 

Which European countries are best for Jews? A new study offers unexpected answers

BUDAPEST (JTA) — Antisemitic sentiment is especially prevalent in Italy and Hungary, according to multiple surveys. But a first-of-its-kind index combining different measures of Jewish experience found that they are also the best countries in...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    June 17, 2022

Pope hosts Yad Vashem director at Vatican

(JTA) - Amid controversies concerning the Vatican's Holocaust-era record, Pope Francis and the head of Israel's state museum on the Holocaust, Yad Vashem, met for a first-of-its-kind talk. Yad Vashem...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    June 10, 2022

France's new prime minister is the daughter of a Holocaust survivor who died by suicide

(JTA) — French President Emmanuel Macron has appointed as prime minister Élisabeth Borne, a former cabinet minister whose father, Joseph Bornstein, was a Polish Holocaust survivor who died by suicide when she was 11. Borne, a 61-year-old former...

 

Spanish Jews take the spotlight in 'Heirs to the Land,' a Netflix series set pre-Inquisition

(JTA) - The series "Heirs to the Land" that dropped on Netflix last month looks, at first glance, like just another installment in the fast-growing genre of Spanish period dramas. In some ways it is,...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    April 29, 2022

French prosecutors indict 2 men for assaulting a Jew who died while fleeing attackers

(JTA) - French prosecutors indicted two men for assaulting a Jewish man, Jérémie Cohen, seconds before he ran under the wheels of a tram and was fatally wounded. One of the two suspects, aged 27,...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    April 22, 2022

Ukrainian children are finding refuge in an Israeli town and its school for Russian speakers

NOF HAGALIL, Israel (JTA) - During Veronika Maidanova's first two days attending school in Israel, the 8-year-old felt completely lost. "Everyone spoke Hebrew and I didn't understand anything," she...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    April 15, 2022

Jews in the former Soviet Union eat pounds of matzah

(JTA) — When it comes to consuming matzah, the Jews of the former Soviet Union are in a league of their own. At the top of the chart are Azerbaijan’s 8,000 Jews, who this year are expected to consume 10 tons of the unleavened bread cracker that...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    March 11, 2022

In synagogue bunkers and refugee convoys, Ukrainian Jews seek safety amid worsening war

(JTA) - Fleeing Odessa with 300 Jewish orphans, Rabbi Shlomo Baksht was terrified that Russian bombs would hit his convoy's three buses. Twice during the 27-hour trip from the city in Ukraine's south...

 

Publisher stops printing a book alleging a Jew betrayed Anne Frank

(JTA) — Ambo Anthos, the Amsterdam-based publishing house that printed the Dutch-language translation of a controversial book alleging that a Jew had betrayed Anne Frank, has apologized for not reviewing the material more critically and ceased...

 

EU official says the Simon Wiesenthal Center's annual antisemitism list has gone too far

(JTA) – The Simon Wiesenthal Center, named for the famed Nazi hunter who died in 2005, defines itself as "a Jewish global human rights organization researching the Holocaust and hate in a historic a...

 

Anne Frank betrayal may have been solved

(JTA) - A team of researchers said they have identified the person who betrayed Anne Frank and her family to the Nazis 80 years ago: a Jewish notary forced to work for the Nazis. The man identified...

 

Holocaust survivor Charlotte Knobloch leads Germany's Jews into an uncertain future

MUNICH (JTA) — Walking alongside two young men around this city’s main synagogue, Charlotte Knobloch looks like a Jewish grandmother enjoying a stroll with her grandsons. Knobloch, the...

 

Spain and Portugal have naturalized more than 90,000 descendants of Sephardic Jews since 2015

(JTA) — At least 90,000 descendants of Sephardic Jews have become citizens of Portugal or Spain since 2015, when those countries passed laws offering a naturalization process for such applicants, according to the most updated information data from...

 

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