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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...

London – UK Orthodox Chief Rabbi Mirvis Doesn’t Disappoint In Historical First Appearance At Limmud

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 London - Amid the swirl of controversy created last week when he openly denounced Partnership Minyans, and pressure from ultra-Orthodox leadership to follow in the footsteps of his predecessor Jonathan Sacks to decline the invitation to speak, UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis made history on Monday, becoming the first chief rabbi to appear at the Limmud convention---and he did not...

Krasnodar, Russia – Pig’s Head And Graffiti Left Behind By Vandals At Jewish Synagogue In Russia

Monday, December 23rd, 2013 Krasnodar, Russia - Vandals left a pig's head on the doorstep, while spray painting anti-Semitic slurs on the wall of a Jewish Synagogue in Krasnodar, Russia. JTA (http://bit.ly/1hyT2Ki) reports that Jewish community members discovered the vandalism last Thursday and believe that the same individuals committed both acts. Along with the pig's head, written on the outside wall of the...

Granada, Spain – Spain Opens Museum Dedicated To Sephardic Jews Exiled By Inquisition

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013 Granada, Spain - Officials have announced that a museum has opened in Granada celebrating the cultural history of Spain's Sephardic Jews who were forced into exile during the Spanish Inquisition. JTA (http://bit.ly/1e2M2Tw) reports that the museum, named "The Palace of the Forgotten," is located inside Albaicin's Santa Ines palace and is part of any ongoing push to acknowledge Spain's...

Jerusalem – Orthodox Jewish Snowboarder On Cover Of Wall Street Journal Identified

Friday, December 20th, 2013 Jerusalem - Now you can put a name to the face of the Jewish snowboarder who made the front page of The Wall Street Journal. In an interview given to JTA.org (http://bit.ly/1bg8gxX) the man in the photo published December 16 identified himself as Yochanan Katz, an American expat who now lives in Jerusalem with his wife and two children. The major snowstorm in Jerusalem was the subject and...

San Diego, CA – Daughter Of Shlomo Carlebach Announces She Is A Reformed Jew

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 San Diego, CA - At a recent reform convention Neshama Carlebach, daughter of late singer-songwriter Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, publicly stated she is a reformed Jew. The JTA (http://bit.ly/1cbRxSz) reports that Carlebach announced her transformation Saturday night at the biennial convention of the Union for Reform Judaism or URJ. The URJ is the largest spirituality-oriented gathering of Jews in...

Romania – X-mas Carol About Burning Jews Airs On Romanian State TV

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 Romania – Romanian public broadcasting distanced itself from a X-mas carol aired reveling in the Holocaust. As reported by JTA (http://bit.ly/1aW1kpH) the carol was presented on December 5 during the initial transmission of TVR3 Verde, a television channel for rural communities. The lyrics, sung by the Dor Transilvan ensemble, included, “The kikes, damn kikes, Holy God would not leave...

New York, NY – Rabbi Announces New Beit Din For 2014 Aimed At Addressing Agunot

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 New York, NY - At the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance on Sunday it was announced that an independent rabbinical court will be begin addressing the issue of the agunot in 2014. JTA (http://bit.ly/1bzpfQ3) reports that the beit din will be based in New York and headed up by renown scholar, Rabbi Simcha Krauss, who is a leading figure among Modern Orthodox. Krauss vowed to leave "no door...
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