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Mumbai Chabad house to reopen

MUMBAI — The reconstructed Chabad house in Mumbai, which closed after a terror attack six years ago, is set to reopen.

Nariman House, the six-story home of Chabad-Lubavitch of Mumbai, was rededicated Tuesday, Aug. 26.

A series of attacks in the Indian city in November, 2008 by members of a Pakistan-based terror group left 166 people dead, including six at the Mumbai Chabad house, which was targeted along with luxury hotels, a train station and a popular cafe.

Chabad emissaries Gabriel and Rivky Holtzberg were killed in the center along with four visitors. Their son Moshe, then two years-old, escaped and now lives in Israel with his grandparents. His Indian baby sitter, who risked her life to save him during the attack, also relocated to Israel.

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Anti-Semitic slurs on New Zealand billboards

Anti-Semitic slurs on New Zealand billboardsSYDNEY — Campaign billboards in New Zealand were defaced with anti-Semitic slurs about Prime Minister John Key, the son of a Jewish refugee from Europe. Ahead of the election on Sept. 20, several billboards were daubed last week, the local media reported. One billboard was scrawled with the words “Lying Jew c***sucker” and defaced the image of Key with a black hat and sidelocks. Key, the leader of the conservative National Party, is seeking a third term in office. “I just find it disa...
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Germany: Jews quit interfaith council

Germany: Jews quit interfaith councilBERLIN — The Jewish community of Frankfurt dropped out of the German city’s interfaith Council of Religions, saying it failed to condemn anti-Israel statements by local Islamic leaders. Leo Latasch, the head of social affairs for the Jewish community, cited the council failing to censure statements made by members of the Islamic Religious Association of Hessen. “These are not people with whom we can continue to work,” Latasch told Germany’s Jewish weekly, the Juedische Allgemeine....
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Dutch chief rabbi says he’d leave if not for job

Dutch chief rabbi says he’d leave if not for jobAMERSFOORT, The Netherlands — After the latest attack on his home, Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs sat down on his couch, picked up the phone and made three calls. A chief rabbi of the Netherlands, Jacobs first phoned police and a Jewish community leader to tell them that late on the night of July 17, just over a week after the onset of the latest round of hostilities between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, four bricks were hurled through a window of his home. It was the fifth time in recent years that Jaco...
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Cochin synagogue in India to receive legal protection

Cochin synagogue in India to receive legal protectionNEW DELHI — Officials sought protection for a historic synagogue in the city of Cochin in western India and a nearby Jewish cemetery following the synagogue’s partial demolition. The procedure seeking protection of the sites as cultural assets was initiated last month, according to a July 30 report on the website of STMEGI, an Azerbaijan-based organization representing Jewish communities in central Asia.

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