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Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA

A view of Pelourinho Square in Belmonte, Portugal (Filipe Rocha/Wikmedia)

The Inquisition isn’t just history here

BELMONTE, Portugal — To a casual observer, the weekend routines of the Jewish community of this placid town of about 6,000 in eastern Portugal are deceptively normal....

L-r: Dominique Sopo, Sacha Ghozlan, Mohamed Sifaoui and Sen. David Assouline attend the annual commemoration for the HyperCacher victims of 2015. (Alain Azria)

Post HyperCacher: French unity overtaken by hate

PARIS — Four years ago, a heartbroken Bernard-Henri Levy found some solace in how more than a million Frenchmen marched through this city to protest extremism. The...

Cnaan Liphshiz at Amsterdam's Albert Cuyp Market, Jan. 5, 2018.

Synagogue going inspires dumpster diving

AMSTERDAM — I was recently offered a handout while rummaging for food in a heap of trash as my two small children looked on. It happened all because I wanted to start...

Murray Lee standing outside his London real estate agency, Dec. 13, 2018.

Pro-Brexit voters have second thoughts

LONDON — Two-and-half years ago, Murray Lee voted in favor of the United Kingdom leaving the EU. A Jewish real-estate agent from northern London, Murray shared the...

EU officials Frans Timmermans and Vera Jourova at the news conference about the anti-Semitism survey results, Dec. 10, 2018. (John Thys/AFP/Getty)

Poll: European anti-Semitism growing

AMSTERDAM — The last time that a stranger directed an anti-Semitic insult at me, I was carrying supplies for my son’s birthday party. It was on a Sunday afternoon on...

Dutch man wants to sail to Israel in Noah’s Ark

KRIMPEN AAN DE IJSSEL, Netherlands — For two years, the world’s only seaworthy life-size replica of Noah’s Ark has been wowing passengers traveling along...

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz speaks to a Holocaust survivor in Jerusalem on June 10, 2018. (Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty)

In Europe, Austria leads fight against anti-Semitism

VIENNA — Less than one year after the election of Sebastian Kurz as Austria’s leader, he has taken his government to the forefront of the fight against Europe’s...

The restored synagogue in Kaliningrad reopened on Nov. 8, 2018.

80 years after Kristallnacht, Kaliningrad synagogue rebuilt

KALININGRAD, Russia — Walking to school and back, Michael Wieck twice a day would pass by one of Europe’s largest and most spectacular Jewish places of worship:...

A Torah scroll that fleeing Jews hid 75 years ago at a church Is returned to the Great Synagogue of Copenhagen, Denmark, Oct. 11.

Denmark commemorates 75th anniversary of remarkable rescue

COPENHAGEN — Danish Jews celebrated their community’s rescue 75 years ago in a ceremony Oct. 11 at the country’s main synagogue, the packed sanctuary filled with...

The Jewish cemetery in Frampol, Poland

Nazi photos help preserve Jewish cemeteries

LUBLIN, Poland — When German air force pilots took aerial photographs of western Ukraine in 1941, they did it to help Nazi Germany defeat the Soviet Union in a war...