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Germany: Jews quit interfaith council

Germany: Jews quit interfaith council

BERLIN — 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.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 August 2014 12:43 )

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Hundreds of Jews flee East Ukraine

Hundreds of Jews flee East UkraineDNEPROPETROVSK, Ukraine — Anatoly Lazaurenko’s face betrays no emotion as he watches footage of an old woman he used to know lying in the rubble of what once was his home in the war-torn city of Slavyansk. Oblivious to her mangled face, Anatoly, 8, points to a corner of the computer screen to indicate the bombed-out apartment in eastern Ukraine that his family fled last month as a tense standoff between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian government forces escalated into urban warfare. L...
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Nuclear Iran far worse than ISIS

Nuclear Iran far worse than ISISTHE bloody sectarian warfare in Iraq and Syria and the swift takeover of wide swaths of territory by the Sunni fundamentalist ISIS — now calling itself a “caliphate” — has triggered calls to cooperate with Shiite Iran as a counterweight. Yet we must not allow our justified concerns about ISIS to blind us to the even greater danger to regional security posed by a nuclear Iran. We must remember that a nuclear Iran could credibly threaten our allies with destruction — especially Israel,...
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Met Council’s new CEO to step down

Anthony Weiss The CEO of the scandal-tarred Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty is planning to step down. ... [Link]

Hamas admits kidnapping Israeli teens

Anthony Weiss A senior Hamas official has acknowledged, for the first time, that the organization’s military wing was behind the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers in June. ... [Link]

Wallenberg Foundation off the hook in Argentina libel case

mbrodsky The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation does not have to compensate the grandson of a World War II Argentine diplomat who the group accused of letting 100 Argentine Jews die in Nazi gas chambers... [Link]

Rebecca Lepkoff, photographer who documented Lower East Side, dies at 98

Ben Sales Rebecca Lepkoff, a photographer who documented Jewish life on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, has died. ... [Link]

Calls to UK anti-Semitism hotline soar since start of Gaza conflict.

Ben Sales The number of calls to an anti-Semitism hotline in the United Kingdom have jumped nearly fivefold since the beginning of Israel’s conflict with Gaza, according to a British Jewish organization. ... [Link]

Schechter network partnering with Montessori group

Julie Wiener The Conservative movement’s Schechter Day School Network and the Jewish Montessori Society have announced a strategic partnership. ... [Link]

N.Y. woman admits to scamming $180K from Jewish National Fund

Julie Wiener A suburban New York woman admitted to stealing another person’s identity in order to scam more than $180,000 from the Jewish National Fund. ... [Link]

In Muslim Kosovo, Jewish remnant stakes claim to nation’s past and future

Ron Kampeas Europe’s newest country and its tiny Jewish community cooperate in their quests for recognition. ... [Link]

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