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Ukraine's Jewish president thinks Jews especially should invest in his country

(JTA) - If you're looking for a good investment, you should put your money on Ukraine – especially if you're Jewish. That's the message from the office of the country's Jewish president, Vlodymyr...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    July 10, 2020

With no tourists in Amsterdam, locals are discovering the Anne Frank House

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Under normal circumstances, the queue to enter the Anne Frank House stretches far along this capital city’s Prinsengracht canal. Tourists who had booked their visit at least two...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    July 10, 2020

Portuguese diplomat who rescued 10,000 Jews to be honored

(JTA) — Aristides de Sousa Mendes, a Portuguese diplomat who saved thousands of Jews during the Holocaust, will be recognized with a monument at a site in Lisbon that recognizes the country’s greatest figures. The parliament decreed the honor...

 

Facebook prank tricks thousands into thinking actors are Israeli couple from the '50s

(JTA) - Last week, thousands of Jews in Israel and beyond responded to a plea for help in identifying a couple pictured in a yellowing photograph from 1955. "Everyone, I need help. I found this...

 

In Amsterdam, the world's priciest menorah gets a new life

AMSTERDAM (JTA) - For the Amsterdam Jewish Historical Museum, Chanukah this year entailed the stressful chore of assembling the world's most expensive menorah. Last week, the Rintel Menorah, a...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    June 19, 2020

World Council of Churches wants EU sanctions on Israel if it annexes West Bank lands

(JTA) — The World Council of Churches is asking European diplomats to punish Israel with sanctions if it annexes West Bank lands. The request has triggered a heated debate in Christian circles. The call to punish Israel came last month in a letter...

 

Hans Calmeyer is remembered for saving thousands of Jews-a Holocaust survivor says he sent her to Auschwitz

AMSTERDAM (JTA)—In his native Germany and beyond, Hans Calmeyer is celebrated as a hero who saved more Jews from the Holocaust than Oskar Schindler. As a jurist for the Nazi German forces in the Netherlands, Calmeyer was put in charge of a small...

 

French-Jewish marathoner runs the entire race on his 7-yard-long balcony

(JTA)-Elisha Nochomovitz, a 32-year-old French Jew, was to be among the 17,000 participants in the Barcelona Marathon on March 15. But the marathon, one of Europe's most popular running events, was po...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    April 24, 2020

Polish leaders block resolution to stop restitution of property

(JTA)-Poland's ruling party took a stand on Wednesday against a far-right push to stop the restitution of property owned by Jews and others before the Holocaust. Far-right activists had gathered enoug...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    April 17, 2020

Keir Starmer, who has vowed to fight anti-Semitism, replaces Jeremy Corbyn as leader of Britain's Labour Party

(JTA)—A British lawmaker who has said that he supports Zionism will replace Jeremy Corbyn as the head of Britain’s Labour Party. Keir Starmer, who managed the party’s Brexit approach under Corbyn, won 52 percent of the vote in the Labour...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    April 10, 2020

Why are Jews vastly overrepresented in coronavirus deaths in the UK?

(JTA)—There are about 250,000 Jews in the United Kingdom. They account for only 0.3 percent of its population. But the coronavirus has killed 44 known Jewish victims so far—about 2.5 percent of the total U.K. tally. That means British Jews are ov...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    March 13, 2020

At another Spanish carnival, dancers equate Jews and Nazis alongside train and Auschwitz floats

(JTA)-A second carnival in Spain has referenced the Holocaust with Nazi and concentration camp prisoner uniform costumes. The theme was "the same." The Holocaust-themed display at the Feb. 23 event...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    March 6, 2020

Israeli coronavirus carrier infected his wife and sold Purim costumes to children while sick

(JTA)—The owner of a toy shop near Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport infected his wife with the coronavirus, bringing the number of known cases in that country to three. The man, who was not named, spent about 30 hours at the Red Pirate costume shop...

 

Israeli dad documents his family and the coronavirus

(JTA)-Like many parents when their small children are a bit under the weather, Ofer Dekel measures his boy's temperature frequently. But in Dekel's case, his concern for his son Liam is exacerbated...

 

The first kosher bar in the former Soviet Union serves up cocktails and Torah lessons

ODESSA, Ukraine (JTA)-As an Orthodox Jew, Aryeh Rov had little interest in this port city's rich and vibrant bar scene. For one thing, most drinks served in Odessa's bars are not kosher, limiting his...

 

Belgian leader celebrates Holocaust rescuer's 100th birthday

(JTA)—One week before International Holocaust Remembrance Day, dozens of European officials arrived in Poland for a large commemoration event at Auschwitz. The delegation from the Brussels-based European Jewish Association visited the former Nazi d...

 

Johnson defeats Corbyn in UK

LONDON (JTA)—Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party has defeated Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party by a large margin in Britain’s general elections on Thursday, exit polls indicate. The...

 

Belgian parade that mocked Jews gives up its UNESCO endorsement

(JTA)-The U.N.'s leading cultural body was scheduled to vote this month on whether to remove a Belgian carnival that had hosted a float seen as mocking Jews from its list of important human cultural...

 

Belgian parade that mocked Jews gives up its UNESCO endorsement

(JTA)—The U.N.’s leading cultural body was scheduled to vote this month on whether to remove a Belgian carnival that had hosted a float seen as mocking Jews from its list of important human cultural expressions. But the carnival’s organizers...

 

Holocaust rescuer gets a surprise 100th birthday party in Poland

(JTA)-The day after he turned 100, Jozef Walaszczyk prepared to attend yet another Holocaust commemoration ceremony in his native Warsaw. Walaszczyk is Poland's oldest living Righteous Among the...

 

Jordan reclaims farmland

(JTA)—Jordan reclaimed two pieces of land leased by Israel as part of a 1994 peace agreement. King Abdullah II announced Sunday that Jordan would “impose our full sovereignty on every inch” of the properties known in Jordan as Ghumar and...

 

How Ukraine's bloody 2014 revolution affected Jews

(JTA)-Ukraine is in the news now for its ties to the Trump impeachment scandal, but this year also marks the fifth anniversary of a turbulent revolution that roiled the country and ousted its...

 

In Ukraine, aid for needy Jews comes with a catch

ODESSA, Ukraine (JTA)—Alina Feoktistova always knew she was Jewish, but the first time she sought contact with the community was to see if it could pay her tuition. Feoktistova’s family couldn’t afford to send her to college, but the local...

 

93-year-old Albanian who rescued Jews to be honored in Poland

(JTA)-A Muslim man from Albania who saved Jews during the Holocaust will attend an event in Poland honoring rescuers from across Europe. Xhemal Veseli, 93, who is among a handful of Muslim rescuers...

 

The German synagogue shooter was a far-right extremist-here's why that's rare in Europe

(JTA)-The identity of the German synagogue attacker may have sounded familiar to American Jews, who have endured multiple attacks by far-right extremists over the past year. But the suspect's...

 

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