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The Hague, Netherlands – Tiny Jewish Faction In Muslim Hague Neighborhood Gets OK For Sukkah; Dutch Police Warn Against It

Sunday, October 5th, 2014 The Hague, Netherlands - Despite warnings from Dutch police that the erection of a sukkah in the predominately Muslim neighborhood of Schilderswijk in the Hague could attract vandalism, city officials went ahead and gave the green-light on Friday to an application to erect one put forth by a member of the tiny ultra-Orthodox Jewish community located within the neighborhood. JTA is reporting...

Minsk – Late Israeli PM Ariel Sharon Honored in Belarus Museum

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 Minsk, Belarus - A memorial event with a special photo exhibition honoring the late Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon took place on Monday, September 15 in Minsk at the National History Museum of Belarus, from where Sharon’s parents immigrated to the Jewish State. The event was held as part of the Limmud FSU Belarus festival, a festival of Jewish learning, held Sept. 12-14 in Vitebsk...

Chicago, IL – Rabbi At Israeli Seminary Sued By American Parents Allege Sexual Assault Of Their Daughters

Sunday, August 10th, 2014 Chicago  ,IL – The parents of teen girls who registered to sent to Orthodox seminaries in Israel, are suing the rabbi in charge and the school to refund their tuition, stating that the rabbi sexually assaulted girls and falsely presented the seminaries to entice the parents to pay thousands of dollars to attend the schools. According to the court documents filed Aug. 4, 2014 at the NORTHERN...

Perth, Australia – Chasidic Israeli Rabbi, Assistant Accosted By Youths While Visiting Australia

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 Perth, Australia – A n Israeli Hasidic rabbi and his assistant who were traveling were the targets of anti-Semitic verbal  abuse and threats while visiting a mall in Australia. The West Australian (http://yhoo.it/1kkYiX6) reports that the Stropkover Rebbe from Jerusalem, Rabbi Avraham Shalom Halberstam, and his 21-year-old assistant were approached and insulted by a group of six teenagers...

Detroit, MI – Confusion At Detroit Post Office Leads To Ban On Customer’s Package To Israel

Thursday, July 31st, 2014 Detroit, MI - A man trying to send a package to Israel from the Southfield Post Office in Detroit today was denied, and told that all packages sent to Israel weren’t being accepted. Ruchie Weisberg sent a letter to Detroit Jewish News (http://bit.ly/1rU94X2) explaining her dilemma. A reporter from the paper also tried to send a package and was told the same thing. A supervisor told the...

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...
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