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    Lithuanian city names park for native Jewish philosopher
    Dec18

    Lithuanian city names park for native Jewish philosopher

    (JTA) — Lithuania’s second-largest city named a park for Emmanuel Levinas, a late Jewish philosopher who was born there before moving to France. Levinas, whose writings greatly influenced Bernard-Henri Levy, another French Jewish thinker, was honored by the city council of Kaunas on Monday, the news site Jewish.ru reported. Born to a Jewish...

    In an ultra-wealthy Moscow suburb, a luxurious JCC opens its doors
    Dec16

    In an ultra-wealthy Moscow suburb, a luxurious JCC opens its doors

    An exterior view of the Zhokuvka Jewish Community Center (Courtesy of The Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia) ZHUKOVKA, Russia (JTA) — On the only road connecting this affluent village on Moscow’s western outskirts, Russian secret service agents are blocking all inbound traffic. Drivers bound for Zhukovka pull over and step out to...

    Syrian refugees participate in Berlin public menorah lighting
    Dec09

    Syrian refugees participate in Berlin public menorah lighting

    BERLIN (JTA) — A group of Syrian refugee children — along with other Muslim groups in Berlin — joined with Jewish groups for a public Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony in the German city. On Sunday, the Syrian children joined with local Jewish kids to light the giant Chabad menorah at the Brandenburg Gate. Aiman Mazyek, head of the Central...

    Elton John to headline ‘Life Festival’ in Auschwitz town
    Dec06

    Elton John to headline ‘Life Festival’ in Auschwitz town

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Elton John will headline the next Life Festival Oswiecim. He will perform in the city of former Nazi death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, at the festival in June, the festival announced on Thursday. “Like everyone, I am shocked by the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and elsewhere. In June, in Oswiecim, we’ll be...

    Angela Merkel accepts German Reform movement’s top honor
    Dec03

    Angela Merkel accepts German Reform movement’s top honor

    BERLIN (JTA) — Refugees in Germany must unlearn the anti-Semitism fed to them in their home countries, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in accepting the German Reform movement’s top annual award. Merkel on Wednesday was presented with the Abraham Geiger Prize, worth more than $10,000, for her commitment as “guarantor of basic democratic values...

    Jewish group’s report: Nationalism, anti-Semitism appear in some Polish textbooks
    Nov19

    Jewish group’s report: Nationalism, anti-Semitism appear in some Polish textbooks

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Nationalism and anti-Semitism are present in some history textbooks in Poland, a new report found. The report, “Anti-Semitism is not an option,” by the Czulent Jewish Association in conjunction with the Autonomia Foundation, analyzed 142 Polish history textbooks used in formal education settings accepted by the Polish...

    Human rights group: Ukraine Jewish mausoleum fire may have been arson
    Nov09

    Human rights group: Ukraine Jewish mausoleum fire may have been arson

    (JTA) — A Jewish mausoleum in western Ukraine burned down in what a human rights group said may have been a deliberate arson attack connected with a dispute over a commemoration project. The gravesite of Hillel Lichtenstein, a 19th century Jewish sage and former chief rabbi of the Ukrainian city of Kolomyia, was partially destroyed last week in a...

    Ukrainian Jewish politician arrested on embezzlement charges
    Nov02

    Ukrainian Jewish politician arrested on embezzlement charges

    (JTA) — A Ukrainian Jewish politician has been arrested on suspicion of embezzlement and participating in organized crime. Hennadiy Korban, head of the UKROP party that he founded in June, was arrested Saturday in Dnepropetrovsk, a city in eastern Ukraine. He is accused of stealing $1.7 million intended to fund Ukrainian troops fighting the...

    U.S. commerce secretary visits her Jewish roots in Ukraine
    Oct28

    U.S. commerce secretary visits her Jewish roots in Ukraine

    (JTA) – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker visited the Ukrainian village where her Jewish ancestors lived in the 19th century. Marina Poroshenko, the wife of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, accompanied Pritzker on her visit Tuesday to Bolshi Prytsky, 55 miles southeast of Kiev, the news agency Regnum reported. During her working...

    US religious freedom report: Anti-Semitism ‘major problem’ around globe
    Oct16

    US religious freedom report: Anti-Semitism ‘major problem’ around globe

    (JTA) — Anti-Semitism “continued to be a major problem around the globe,” the U.S. State Department’s annual International Religious Freedom Report for 2014 found. The 17th annual report, which was released Wednesday, noted that anti-Semitic incidents rose significantly in Western Europe during the 2014 Gaza War between Israel and Hamas as...

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