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Hardships for Lugansk Jews

Hardships for Lugansk Jews

LUGANSK, UKRAINE — In an unheated synagogue with no running water, a dozen Jews are trying to keep warm as temperatures here veer toward the single digits.

Not moving too much helps keep the warmth under their thick coats, they say, a technique developed as the group gathered at least once a week to maintain a sense of community in a city torn by conflict between pro-Russian rebels and the Ukrainian army.

“We usually stay for about two hours,” says Igor Leonidovich, the synagogue’s gabbai, or caretaker. “We pray for peace. In this cold, two hours is enough.”

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Auschwitz survivors to mark the anniversary of their liberation

Auschwitz survivors to mark the anniversary of their liberationMore than 100 Auschwitz survivors from at least 17 countries will travel to Poland to participate in the observance of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Jan. 27, 2015. The official event is organized by the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and the International Auschwitz Council. The World Jewish Congress and the USC Shoah Foundation’s Institute for Visual History and Education will be among the organizations supporting this event....

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 December 2014 13:21 )

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Chanukah on a note of hope

Chanukah on a note of hopeSMALL POCKETS of people arrived at the corner of Alameda and Dahlia several minutes before JEWISHcolorado’s annual Chanukah menorah lighting ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 16. Rush hour traffic streamed up and down the noisy thoroughfare. Four-year-olds from the JCC ECE Center and their teachers  flanked the menorah and sang traditional melodies. The mood was ebullient. No one complained about the chill in the air. Jews joined with non-Jews. Studious rabbis mingled with the curious....

Last Updated ( Friday, 19 December 2014 10:11 )

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Alan Gross freed

Alan Gross freedWASHINGTON — Alan Gross was imprisoned while trying to connect Cuba’s isolated Jewish community to the wider world. The deal that got him released five years later may do just that and much more. Gross’ flight home to suburban Washington on Wednesday, Dec. 17, with his wife Judy, was part of a historic deal that overturns over five decades of US policy isolating the Communist island nation headed by the Castro brothers. “We will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to a...
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'Fix UNRWA' elicits boycott call

'Fix UNRWA' elicits boycott call CHANUKAH EDITIONSECTION A PAGE 23 A LIVELY Opinion published in last week’s Intermountain Jewish News has garnered calls for boycott from a top advocate for Palestinian refugees. The op-ed by Bassem Eid, “As a proud Palestinian, I say: Palestinians must reform UNRWA,” was based on remarks the author planned to deliver at a special presentation hosted by the Henry Jackson Society at the British Parliament on Dec. 4.

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 December 2014 13:34 )

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Jesus comes to the Hanukkah party

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For Cuban Jews in U.S., rapprochement with Castro regime cause for concern

Uriel Heilman For those old enough to remember the most brutal years of the Castro regime, there is deep concern that rapprochement with Washington will extend the life of a dictatorship whose crimes can be neither... [Link]

Washington Institute names former Palestinian negotiator as fellow

Ron Kampeas The Washington Institute for Near East Policy named a former Palestinian negotiator to its think tank team. ... [Link]

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