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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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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 “We will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to a...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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Fractious Budapest community faces another chasm

Fractious Budapest community faces another chasmBUDAPEST — An anti-corruption whistleblower elected to head the Budapest Jewish community has sparked a crisis among the highest officials of Hungarian Jewry at a time of heightened tensions with the government. The conflict, one of the fractious community’s most vociferous and colorful fights in years, erupted shortly after the election last month of David Schwezoff as CEO of the Budapest community. Within days, Schwezoff announced that he had filed a police complaint alleging that hundre...

Last Updated ( Friday, 28 November 2014 10:29 )

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Kosher restaurant in Paris attacked

Marcy Oster A kosher restaurant in Paris was fired on in an attack that is similar to one on a Paris synagogue days earlier. ... [Link]

Israeli girl, 11, seriously injured in West Bank firebomb attack

Marcy Oster The girl and her father were driving from their home in the El Matan outpost near Maale Shomron to a bat mitzvah at a synagogue in the neighboring community of Ginot Shomron. ... [Link]

Argentina’s president adopts Jewish godson

Marcy Oster Yair Tawil, a member of a Chabad-Lubavitch family was adopted as a godson under a law passed in the 1920s to counteract a legend that led to the death of Argentine boys. ... [Link]

Netanyahu promises religious freedom in Christmas message

Marcy Oster In a videotaped message, Netanyahu noted that Christians throughout the Middle East are subject to persecution, except in Israel. ... [Link]

U.S. agency pays Alan Gross in contract settlement

Marcy Oster The U.S. Agency for International Development has reportedly paid Alan Gross $3.2 million as part of a settlement of his original contract to connect Cuba’s Jewish community to the Internet. ... [Link]

Ex-envoy Michael Oren announces Knesset run

Marcy Oster Oren was presented Wednesday as a candidate for the new political party Kulanu. ... [Link]

Israel returns bodies of Har Nof terrorists

Marcy Oster The bodies were transferred more than a month after the attack during morning worship services at Bnei Torah Kehillat Yaakov, which left four rabbis and a police officer dead. ... [Link]

Rabbi Leonard Beerman, known for political activism, dies

Marcy Oster Beerman, who grew the Leo Baeck Temple from 28 members when he arrived in 1949 into one of the most prominent synagogues in Los Angeles, died on Dec. 24 at the age of 93. ... [Link]

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