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Study: One in four European Jews afraid to wear kippah

KIEV — A quarter of respondents in a survey of Jews from nine European countries said they avoid visiting places and wearing symbols that identify them as Jews for fear of anti-Semitism.

Fear of wearing a kippah and other identifiably Jewish items was especially strong in Sweden, where 49% of 800 respondents said they refrained from such actions, according to the yearlong survey conducted among more than 5,100 Jews by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights.

In France, 40% of approximately 1,200 Jews said they avoided wearing such items in public, followed by Belgium with 36%, according to preliminary results from the survey obtained by JTA.

Last Updated ( Friday, 25 October 2013 01:44 )

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Day school grants in exchange for learning

Day school grants in exchange for learningROSE Community Foundation and the Kohelet Foundation have partnered to fund a Denver program that covers part of day school tuition in exchange for parents’ commitment to study Jewish texts. RCF has commited $52,000 over two years and the Kohelet Foundation has commited as much as $120,000 over two years. Families will earn $1,000 per year when one parent completes the two-year program and $1,250 per year if both parents complete it. For Jewish day school parents, the grant is made directly...
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Council of Europe waffles on circumcision

Council of Europe waffles on circumcisionJERUSALEM — There is a clear difference between female genital mutilation and male circumcision for religious reasons, the head of the Council of Europe wrote to Israeli President Shimon Peres. Thorbjorn Jagland, secretary general of the Council of Europe, sent the letter dated Oct. 8 in response to a letter from Peres in which the Israeli president called on the council to reconsider a resolution condemning male ritual circumcision, saying it would impede religious freedom.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 October 2013 12:22 )

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NCSY helps cleanup in Boulder

NCSY helps cleanup in BoulderNew Jersey NCSY is sending a delegation of 17 Jewish teens from both public high schools and yeshivas to Boulder, Colo., from Sunday, Oct. 20-Wednesday, Oct. 23 to assist with flood relief in the area. This will be will be New Jersey NCSY’s twenty-second student leadership disaster relief mission in five years. Rabbi Rael Blumenthal, director of the Bergen County NCSY chapter, will lead students from the Torah Academy of Bergen County (TABC) and local public schools such as Freehold Boro Hig...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 October 2013 12:23 )

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Montreal Jewry bled by rising nationalism

Montreal Jewry bled by rising nationalism MONTREAL — Battered and bruised by decades of separatist governments, restrictive language laws and a modern-day exodus, the Jewish community of Quebec may finally have something to celebrate. A new analysis of figures culled from the 2011 Canadian census, known as the National Household Survey, found that Quebec’s Jewish population had not dipped below the 90,000 threshold as had previously been believed. Montreal’s Federation CJA had projected a Jewish population in the province of 88,...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 October 2013 12:20 )

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Separatists free American-Israeli journalist Simon Ostrovsky

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Northeastern U. reinstates Students for Justice in Palestine chapter

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Israel formally suspends talks with Palestinians

Ron Kampeas Israel formally suspended peace talks with the Palestinian Authority over the P.A.’s national unity accord signed with the Hamas authority in the Gaza Strip. ... [Link]

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