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    Russian non-Jews to begin conversion before immigrating to Israel
    Feb02

    Russian non-Jews to begin conversion before immigrating to Israel

    (JTA) — Russian non-Jews who are preparing to immigrate to Israel have been given the option of beginning their conversion to Judaism in Moscow. This option came with the launch last week in Russia of the Maslul project, which is a joint initiative of several organizations for facilitating the conversion process for prospective immigrants even...

    Jews built this city on rock and roll (and klezmer)
    Feb01

    Jews built this city on rock and roll (and klezmer)

    Eduard Tumansky, third from left, with fellow Simcha musicians, Sept. 3, 2013. (Courtesy of Simcha) KAZAN, Russia (JTA) — When the six members of the Simcha klezmer band hauled their instruments into a dilapidated rehearsal space, no one suspected they were about to hijack a government building in this large, clean city some 450 miles east of...

    Palestinian Authority envoy commemorates Holocaust in Brazil
    Feb01

    Palestinian Authority envoy commemorates Holocaust in Brazil

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — The ambassador of the Palestinian Authority in Brazil joined several Jewish and non-Jewish officials to commemorate the Holocaust at a ceremony in Brazil’s capital. “I could not be absent. It is very important to remember this date,” PA envoy to Brazil Ibrahim Alzeben declared at the event in Brasilia in honor of...

    Ukrainian-Jewish billionaire Igor Kolomoisky sues Russia
    Jan07

    Ukrainian-Jewish billionaire Igor Kolomoisky sues Russia

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Ukrainian-Jewish billionaire Igor Kolomoisky sued Russia in an international court over his inability to operate an airport in Crimea. The Permanent Court of Arbitration, a Hague-based intergovernmental organization with 117 member states, announced on Wednesday that it would review the lawsuit, Reuters reported. Kolomoisky, a...

    Haredi couple from Israel caught with drugs in Ukraine
    Dec31

    Haredi couple from Israel caught with drugs in Ukraine

    (JTA) — Ukrainian police arrested a haredi Orthodox couple from Israel at a Kiev airport after finding more than two pounds of marijuana in their luggage. The website of Ukraine’s border police did not identify the Israelis arrested at Boryspil Airport on Sunday but said they were apprehended in a combined operation by the country’s...

    Christian-funded group begins bringing French Jews to Israel
    Dec30

    Christian-funded group begins bringing French Jews to Israel

    (JTA) — An Israeli organization with major funding from Christian donors brought 17 French Jews to Israel in what its founder said was the “end of a monopoly” for the Jewish Agency for Israel. The newcomers brought to Israel by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, or IFCJ, arrived in Israel on Dec. 27. They constituted the first...

    How a Jewish reporter celebrated Hanukkah at the Kremlin
    Dec29

    How a Jewish reporter celebrated Hanukkah at the Kremlin

    JTA’s Cnaan Liphshiz, right, gets set to accept a Fiddler on the Roof Award from Rabbi Boruch Gorin at the Kremlin, Dec. 8, 2015. (Courtesy of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia) MOSCOW (JTA) — Like many tourists in Red Square, I have often wondered what lies beyond the tall walls that separate this Moscow attraction from the...

    Senior Russian rabbi accuses Ukrainian president of ‘using Jewish card’
    Dec27

    Senior Russian rabbi accuses Ukrainian president of ‘using Jewish card’

    (JTA) — A senior Russian rabbi accused the president of Ukraine of glossing over his country’s Holocaust record and lying about Russia’s treatment of Jews. Rabbi Boruch Gorin, spokesman for Rabbi Berel Lazar, one of Russia’s chief rabbis, made the accusation in an Op-Ed published Friday on the news site Jewish.ru following...

    Ukraine’s brawling parliament hopes to learn from Israel’s — but who’s really worse?
    Dec24

    Ukraine’s brawling parliament hopes to learn from Israel’s — but who’s really worse?

    Israel’s honorary consul in Ukraine, Oleg Vyshniakov, left, posing with officials from the Ukrainian parliament at the Knesset in Jerusalem, Dec. 16, 2015. (Dmitry Spicheko) When Israelis rank the things that make them proud of their country, the Knesset is rarely first on the list. Or second. Or third. In a survey in April, Israelis put...

    France is Israel’s largest source of aliyah for 2nd straight year
    Dec22

    France is Israel’s largest source of aliyah for 2nd straight year

    (JTA) — For the second consecutive year, France is the largest provider of Jewish immigrants to Israel with a record total of 7,328 newcomers in 2015. The number of French citizens who immigrated to Israel under its law of return for Jews, or made aliyah, from Jan. 1 to Dec. 1 constituted a 10 percent increase over the 6,661 French olim who came...

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