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Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA

Irina Shlaeva lights Chanukah candles in Chisinau, Moldova.

In Moldova, a little JDS aid makes the difference between survival and poverty

BERSHAD, Ukraine — Olga Levus didn’t set out to revolutionize the Jewish community of her native Moldova when she opened its first-ever support group for single...

Ami Horowitz signing New Yorkers to a fake petition in support of police officers in 2016.

Gonzo filmmaker behind Trump’s Sweden reference

NEW YORK — Pressed to explain his claim that something terrible had happened in Sweden last week, President Donald Trump went back to the reporting of Ami Horowitz, a...

Rabbi Ari Edelkopf and wife Chana in 2009 in Sochi, Russia.

Expulsion of rabbi worries Russian Jews

MOSCOW — Three years ago, Rabbi Ari Edelkopf and his wife, Chana, worked around the clock for weeks to show off their community and city to the many foreigners in town...

French independent presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron. (Sean Gallup/Getty)

French Jews drawn to Macron

PARIS — With old favorites knocked out of France’s presidential race and the far-right National Front party making worrisome gains, many Jews are joining fellow...

Hadassah founder Henrietta Szold meeting with Tehran Children in Israel, February, 1943. (Jewish Agency for Israel)

‘The Tehran Children’ — what they teach today

SAMARKAND, Uzbekistan — After starving for months in Siberia, five-year-old Natan Rom thought he was in paradise when he arrived in this colorful trading hub in...

US Secretary of State John Kerry, l, speaks with EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini during the Mideast peace conference in Paris on January 15, 2017. (Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty)

Great Britain’s stunning about-face

LONDON — Two days after delegates from more than 70 nations attended the Paris summit on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it is clear that Israeli Prime Minister...

Turkish Jewish businesswoman Betty, left, and her friend Suzette at a cafe in Istanbul, Nov. 4, 2016. (Cnaan Liphshiz)

Turkish Jews, scared, look to aliyah

ISTANBUL — At a chic café overlooking the Bosphorus, two Turkish Jewish women are discussing their plans to emigrate when the call to Friday prayers blasts from the...

Niki Kunrath, a non-Jew from Vienna, clearing out cut branches from the city’s Waehringer Jewish Cemetery. (Tina Walzer)

Clean up of Jewish cemetery — on All Souls’ Day

VIENNA — As she prepared to take inventory of one of Vienna’s oldest and least-known Jewish cemeteries, historian Tina Walzer anticipated many genealogical twists...

Carry Ulreich, right, and her older sister, Rachel, in a photograph taken during their time in hiding in Rotterdam during the Nazi occupation. (Boekencentrum/Mozaïek)

Like Anne Frank, but happier end

AMSTERDAM — A Holocaust survivor dubbed “Rotterdam’s Anne Frank” in her native Netherlands published her wartime diary, which she wrote while hiding in the...

Rabbi Shmuel Notik holding a Nile perch at his home in Nairobi in 2015.

Chabad meets needs of growing community in sub-Saharan Africa

NAIROBI — Rabbi Shmuel Notik was on his way to blow the shofar on a Friday evening in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi when six men armed with knives intercepted him on a...