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Kiev, Ukraine – Well-known Jewish Man In Legislature Threatened In Ukraine

Monday, June 23rd, 2014 Kiev, Ukraine -  The president of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee said he was threatened by unidentified men in uniform last week who yelled anti-Semitic insults at him and cut his tires. Oleksandr Feldman told authorities that the men surrounded him while in his car on June 17 near the parliament reports JTA (http://bit.ly/1lLlm0Y). The men fled when police move toward them. Feldman’s...

Poland – Krakow Chief Rabbi Under Fire For Derogatory Statement About Non-Jews

Sunday, June 15th, 2014 Krakow, Poland - Krakow's new Chief Rabbi is coming under fire after a June 9 interview in which he issued a blanket statement saying that all non-Jews dislike Jews. JTA (http://bit.ly/1q0QOrz) reports that during the interview Rabbi Eliezer Gurary said, "Let’s state it very clearly: those who are not a Jew – do not like Jews. Everyone understands and knows it.” Since Gurary's...

Israel – IDF’s Sky Rider Units Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles In Search For Kidnapped Teens

Sunday, June 15th, 2014 Israel - Sky Rider units from the IDF, which use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to collect intelligence from hard-to-access regions, has joined in the search for the three teens who were abducted on Thursday. ISRAELINATIONALNEWS.com (http://bit.ly/1uuJTa6) reports that according to Sky Rider battalion commander, Captain Yohai Versano, units have been assisting throughout the region since...

France – Anti-Semitic Attack On 15-Year-Old Boy In Paris

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 France -  A Jewish 15-year-old boy was attacked yesterday in Place de la Republique in Paris in what appears to be an anti-Semitic assault. Alliance.fr (http://bit.ly/1ldogdw) reports six black teenagers attacked the boy – known only at Raphael – who was wearing a kippah and tzitzit. One of the attackers had a baton. The attackers were between 15 and 17 years old, and were about to...

New York – OpEd: Open Orthodoxy? NO Interest In Orthodoxy, That Is The Real Issue

Monday, June 2nd, 2014 New York -  The speech given by the Novaminsker Rebbe at the May 27th Agudah Dinner this past week has certainly been in the news.  First it was the Forward.  Then came the condemnation in the Daily News, and then the New York Times.  The JTA headlines quickly followed suit. “The leading Rabbi of Agudath Israel of America, the ultra-Orthodox umbrella group, condemned non-Orthodox streams...

Ukraine – Kiev Jews With Military Training Fight Back Against Anti-Semitism

Thursday, May 8th, 2014 Ukraine - A small group of men with backgrounds in the military and martial arts skills have formed a militia to battle anti-Semitism in Ukraine. Tthe eight men in the rapid intervention force are Israeli or Ukrainian former military members or have advanced martial arts skills. In an interview with JTA (http://bit.ly/1otUJvJ) Tzvi Arieli, the group’s founder, said he formed the group at...

Washington – US Envoy Tells Young Israelis: You Are Welcome In America

Sunday, April 20th, 2014 Washington - Young Israelis are welcome in the United States, and the State Department is making efforts to permit as many of them into the country as is possible, Dan Shapiro, the US ambassador to Israel, said on Sunday. In a statement posted on his Facebook account, Shapiro was responding to a report over the weekend indicating that the US government is hesitant to waive the requirement for...

Wasselonne, France – Two-Thirds Of France’s Historic Rene Neymann Matzahs Are Now Exported Globally

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 Wasselonne, France - Since 1850, France's legendary matzoh company Etablissements Rene Neymann has gone from producing the unleavened bread strictly for local religious use to exporting its matzoh globally, throughout most of the European Union and Russia, and now even in China and Japan. In a profile of Etablissements Rene Neymann, JTA.org (http://bit.ly/1lHWrbU) reports that Jean-Claude...

Toulouse, France – European Jewry Still On Edge Two Years After Massacre; Group Releases Commemorative Music Video

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 Toulouse, France - Two years after the tragic shooting outside a Jewish day school in Toulouse, France, Jews worldwide are expressing concern about future terrorist attacks while they remember the four murder victims. 30 year old Rabbi Yonatan Sandler, his two sons Gavriel and Aryeh, ages four and five and eight year old Miriam Monsonego were gunned down outside the Ozar Hatorah school as...

Kiev – Rabbi Hurt In Kiev Attack, Wife Calls Anti-Semitic

Friday, March 14th, 2014 Kiev - Ukrainian police are investigating at attack on a rabbi in a Kiev street that the man's wife said on Friday was clearly an anti-Semitic act. Russia has branded Ukraine's new authorities as "fascists" backed by anti-Jewish militants in justifying its takeover of Crimea and hostility to those who overthrew the Moscow-backed Ukrainian president last month. Ukrainian Jewish leaders have...

Buenos Aires – Shabbat Keeps Newly-Elected Argentinian Rabbi From Opening Session Of Parliament

Saturday, March 1st, 2014 Buenos Aires - After winning his seat recently and becoming the first South American rabbi to hold a seat in parliament, Rabbi Sergio Bergman has missed the opening session due to his observance of Shabbot. JTA.org (http://bit.ly/1eC7eTt) reports that Bergman miss the pomp and circumstance as the new members are seated, as well as the State of the Union address which was given by President...

Washington – Hand Written Notes Make Hungarian WWII Cookbook A Unique Find

Friday, February 28th, 2014 Washington - A Washington, D.C. area woman got an added bonus when she bought a World War II era Hungarian cookbook online, which, in addition to containing a large collection of decades old recipes, featured several hand written inscriptions. As originally reported by the JTA, 29 year old Tara Lotstein is a collector of Hungarian Judaica and owns several items including a pre-war Hungarian...

Denmark – Danish Ban On Ritual Slaughter Sparks Confusion Within Jewish Community

Sunday, February 16th, 2014 Denmark - Leaders of Denmark's Jewish community expressed confusion over remarks made last week by Denmark's Agriculture Minister that a "demand" for shechitah still exists when, to the best of their knowledge, the last shechitah took place in the country over a decade ago. JTA.org (http://bit.ly/1bBpCwj) reports that in anticipation of a new regulation that goes into effect on February 17...

Warsaw, Poland – Polish Rabbinate Coordinator Suspended Amid Kosher Slaughter Controversy

Thursday, February 13th, 2014 Warsaw, Poland - Michael Alper, an aide to Poland's chief rabbi and coordinator for kosher production in Poland, has been suspended from his position after misrepresenting the practice of kosher slaughter in a letter sent out to the nation's inspectors. JTA.org (http://bit.ly/1gb6OTH) reports that Alper's letter sought permission from Polish veterinarians to use electricity to stun some 250...

Miami, FL – Florida’s Jewish Population Becoming More Diverse

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 Miami, FL - In direct contradiction to the age-old assumption that just "old Jews" retired and moved way to live in the "Sunshine State," Florida's Jewish population and regionalized communities have now become some of the most diverse and age-integrated in the country. JTA.org (http://bit.ly/1eQcOTk) reports that according to the recent census, over half a million Jews currently reside in...
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