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 By Cnaan Liphshiz    Features    May 20, 2022 

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...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    January 7, 2022

150,000 Holocaust survivors to receive $200M

(JTA) — About 150,000 Jewish victims of Nazi persecution are set to receive emergency funding of approximately $1,400 per person from Germany in the coming days, according to the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. The funds,...

 

Chile's next president, Gabriel Boric, has spurned ties with Chilean Jews over Israel

( JTA ) - Gabriel Boric, a 35-year-old left-wing lawmaker who has been sharply critical of Israel and Chilean Jews who support it, was elected president of Chile in a landslide victory this weekend. B...

 

Swiss-Jewish artist wants museum to take down her paintings

(JTA) - A Swiss-Jewish artist has asked the Zurich Art Museum to return her paintings due to concerns that the museum features works bought for below-market prices from Jewish refugees in dire...

 

German parties vow to defend Jewish life and Israel's security

MUNICH (JTA) — Three political parties in Germany presented a coalition agreement which reiterated commitments to ensure Israel’s security and fight antisemitism and, for the first time, also pledged to promote Jewish life. The agreement, whose...

 

'Death to Jews,' Polish nationalists shout at rally while burning book about Jews in Poland

(JTA) — Polish nationalists shouted “death to Jews” as they burned a book representing a historic pact protecting the rights of Poland’s Jews. The book burning Thursday at a rally in Kalisz, a city of about 100,000 inhabitants situated 120...

 

John Cleese cancels Cambridge University appearance over debate sparked by a Hitler impersonation

(JTA) - An impression of Adolf Hitler at Cambridge University has touched off a fight over the limits of free speech and has drawn Monty Python comedian John Cleese into the fray.  The impersonation...

 

Dutch Reform rabbi who said 'totalitarian' policies remind her of Nazi Germany resigns

(JTA) - A prominent rabbi in the Netherlands compared her country's COVID-19 safety measures to the policies of Nazi Germany, drawing harsh rebuke from Jewish groups. Tamarah Benima, an outspoken...

 

The Alfred Dreyfus affair has a museum devoted to it

(JTA) - French President Emmanuel Macron has inaugurated near Paris what is believed to be the world's first museum on the wrongful and antisemitic persecution of the late army captain Alfred...

 

Ukrainian researchers have found the Lviv sewer where dozens of Jews escaped the Nazis

(JTA) - The dozens of Jews who escaped the Nazis by hiding in the sewers of Lviv became local and international lore almost immediately after World War II. "In the summer, when the rain seeped in, the...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    October 8, 2021

A Jewish male model is running for Germany's parliament - on the far-right ticket

(JTA) – At a political rally in Berlin in June, a young Jewish gay man wearing a turquoise kippah launched his campaign to represent one of Germany's most ethnically diverse constituencies in...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    October 1, 2021

Siberian Jews open region's largest Jewish education center in Tomsk

(JTA) - A century ago, communists shuttered the synagogues of Tomsk, one of the oldest cities in Siberia. It was a painful blow, especially to the local community of Jewish Cantonists - former...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    October 1, 2021

Israeli philanthropists help dozens flee Afghanistan

(JTA) — Several Israeli philanthropists have helped bring to Abu Dhabi dozens of asylum seekers, including female athletes, fleeing Taliban rule in Afghanistan. The rescue operation led by Aaron G. Frenkel, an aviation professional who had helped...

 

After 9/11, the US helped thwart a major al-Qaida attack in Israel

(JTA) — Al-Qaida had planned to carry out a massive terrorist attack on Israeli dance clubs in 2002 but was thwarted with the help of U.S. intelligence operatives, a former FBI agent said. Ali Soufan, who with other agents had monitored al-Qaida...

 

Yair Lapid says the Holocaust 'defined' him - that's adding fuel to the fire in Israel-Poland relations

(JTA) — Israeli leaders rarely criticize a law passed by an ally government as outright “antisemitic.” But that’s what Foreign Minister Yair Lapid did on Aug. 14 in response to a newly passed law in Poland that indirectly makes it impossible...

 

Owners of Ukrainian cafe housed in a former synagogue say logo resembling Nazi symbol was a 'font gone wrong'

(JTA) — The owners of a Ukrainian cafe housed in a former synagogue said they worked two lightning bolts into the logo to advertise the reenergizing qualities of the coffee there. Instead they waded into a political minefield because they ended up...

 

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