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When elders reveal they are Jewish on their deathbeds, their children often return to Judaism

(JTA)-In a few months, Simone Azoubel will realize a lifelong dream and move to Israel with her husband. A 56-year-old Jewish woman from Recife in northern Brazil, Azoubel is brushing up on her...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    June 21, 2019

A famed French-Jewish philosopher is afraid to leave his home

PARIS (JTA)-As a French celebrity philosopher, Alain Finkielkraut belongs to a tiny group of VIPs who get to lead normal, paparazzi-free lives despite having film star-like recognizability here....

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    June 7, 2019

Undone by Brexit, May resigns

(JTA)-Theresa May, who announced her resignation on Friday as the prime minister of the United Kingdom, will be remembered as one of her country's shortest-serving and least popular leaders. Blamed...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    May 10, 2019

Survivor Ed Mosberg, 93, braved cancer to march at Auschwitz, perhaps for the last time

KRAKOW, Poland (JTA)-At the age of 93, Holocaust survivor Ed Mosberg is saying his goodbyes to the city of his birth. Flanked by two physicians who accompanied him all the way from New Jersey,...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    May 10, 2019

French Jews say officials are reluctant to call out anti-Semitism by Muslims

(JTA)—For most of his adult life, Sammy Ghozlan has worked with French authorities fighting crime. Ghozlan, 75, started as a police officer, ascending through the ranks to become a police commissioner in the Paris area. And since 2002 he has...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    April 26, 2019

2 Jewish billionaires pledge $122 million for Notre Dame

(JTA)-Two Jewish billionaires have pledged a total of $122 million toward the restoration of Paris' Notre Dame cathedral, which was ravaged in a fire. Lily Safra, a Brazilian philanthropist, said she...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    March 29, 2019

Brexit is pushing Jews to seek passports from countries that persecuted their ancestors

(JTA)-Portugal used to be little more than a sunny holiday destination to Adam Perry, a 46-year-old Londoner who works in procurement. But following the United Kingdom's 2016 vote to leave the...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    March 29, 2019

Jewish journalist's Purim prank about fleeing anti-Semitism shocks Holland

AMSTERDAM (JTA)-The Netherlands' main Jewish weekly is the kingdom's oldest commercial magazine and one of its most reputable publications. Which is why many Dutch were shocked to read a column...

 

On this Spanish island, Purim used to be the biggest holiday for persecuted Jews

PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain (JTA)-On this island south of Barcelona, Jews celebrate Purim these days pretty much as they do most anywhere else in Europe. There's the reading of the Book of Esther at the...

 

Meet the Jewish artist behind the haunting Purim puppets of Paris

(JTA)-Though he may be one of France's best-known puppet makers, Michel Nedjar insists he does not really create the acclaimed and haunting figures that he calls his "Purim puppets." A former...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    March 15, 2019

Belgian carnival float features puppets of grinning Jews

(JTA)-Participants in a street celebration in the Belgian city of Aalst paraded giant puppets of Orthodox Jews and a rat atop money bags. Dutch Chief Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs condemned the float Sunday a...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    March 8, 2019

In Britain, Labour Party rebels give Jews hope of a new political home

(JTA)—Even before he was old enough to vote, Justyn Trenner was already a supporter of Britain’s Labour Party. Trenner, now a 54-year-old financial adviser from London, had felt at home there thanks to Labour’s mild socialism and anti-racist...

 

Rabbi Eckstein, IFCJ founder, dies

(JTA)-To the many employees and partners of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, who died Wednesday at the age of 67, he was a man of vision whose enormous drive to succeed both facilitated and complicated his...

 

A wave of anti-Semitism is bringing secular UK Jews closer to their roots

(JTA)-For most of her adult life, Rachel Riley was only vaguely aware of her Jewish ancestry. A moderately famous daytime game show television host, Riley, 33, is one of countless unaffiliated Jews...

 

Nelly Ben-Or risked all to play the piano-it helped her survive the Holocaust

LONDON (JTA)-Like countless world-class pianists, Nelly Ben-Or began playing piano at the age of 5 and never stopped. That discipline helped Ben-Or, 86, became an international concert pianist and...

 

A Dutch couple find forgotten Holocaust history in their countryside home

AMSTERDAM (JTA)-Despite its rustic charms, the dream home that Roxane van Iperen and her partner bought nearly ruined their marriage. Van Iperen, a 42-year-old novelist, underestimated the amount of...

 

Genetic study finds Sephardic genes in Latin America

(JTA)—In a genetic study of 6,589 people from five Latin American countries, about a quarter displayed traces of what may be Sephardic Jewish ancestry. Geneticist Juan-Camilo Chacón-Duque and his colleagues published their findings last week in...

 

The latest poll on anti-Semitism in Europe looks bad-trust me: it's true

AMSTERDAM (JTA)—The last time that a stranger directed an anti-Semitic insult at me, I was carrying supplies for my son’s birthday party. It was on a Sunday afternoon on Dam Square. Carrying Star of David party decorations in a see-through bag,...

 

This Dutch Christian boat maker wants to sail his life-size replica of Noah's Ark to Israel

KRIMPEN AAN DE IJSSEL, Netherlands (JTA)-For two years, the world's only seaworthy life-size replica of Noah's Ark has been wowing passengers traveling along Holland's Maas River. Built according to...

 

In Holland, one of the world's most expensive Chanukah menorahs hides in plain sight

AMSTERDAM (JTA)-Nothing about the appearance of object MB02280 at this city's Jewish Historical Museum suggests it is the capital's priciest Chanukah menorah, worth more than the average local price...

 

In Europe, synagogues are protected like fortresses-it took decades to get there

BRUSSELS (JTA)-Will security at American Jewish institutions now mirror that of Europe, with its police protection, armed guards, panic rooms and sterile zones at synagogues? It's a possibility that...

 

How a rabbi got caught up in a Belgian spy scandal

(JTA)—Moshe Aryeh Friedman may be mild-mannered, but the Antwerp rabbi certainly has a knack for publicity. An anti-Zionist activist from New York, Friedman, 47, has been accused—falsely, he has said—of denying the Holocaust during a 2006 confe...

 

Polish town accused of turning Jewish cemetery into soccer field

(JTA)—A state-funded sports complex was built on a disused Jewish cemetery in southeastern Poland, several Jewish groups complained. The complex, comprising a basketball and soccer court, was inaugurated on Sept. 6 at a ribbon- cutting ceremony in...

 

An Israeli singer in Amsterdam creates the world's first Ladino pop album

AMSTERDAM (JTA)-Wandering the ornate streets of the city of Fes in northern Morocco, Noam Vazana heard several men singing a tune so familiar that it made her stop in her tracks. Vazana, a successful...

 

A 1939 phone book could be the key to unlocking millions in Polish Holocaust restitution payments

WARSAW (JTA)-In the small park behind the only synagogue in this city to have survived World War II, Yoram Sztykgold looks around with a perplexed expression. An 82-year-old retired architect,...

 

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