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Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA

Rabbi Michael Azoulay, right, reading the Torah at the synagogue of Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, Dec. 11, 2017.

Some French shuls dwindle; some surge

NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE, France — If French Jewry is facing an existential threat because of anti-Semitic violence, then little of the drama is on display in this affluent...

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, April 8, 2018 (Laszlo Balogh/)

In latest election, Hungary veers far right

BUDAPEST — The extremist Jobbik party may have come up short in Hungary’s Sunday, April 8, election, but that doesn’t mean the country’s far right isn’t...

Alain Ndigal, left, and Ruth Grammens at the memorial march in Paris for Mireille Knoll, March 28.

Murder of Holocaust survivor galvanizes France

PARIS — After French authorities swiftly filed hate-crime charges against the Muslim suspect in the murder of a Holocaust survivor in Paris, for many Jews at a vigil...

Pieter Heijs, owner of Hollandia Matzes.

In Holland, they love matzah all year long

PASSOVER EDITION 5778 SECTION C PAGE 10 ENSCHEDE, Netherlands — For most matzah bakeries, Passover is their lifeline and only claim to financial viability. After the...

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaking with Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar, 2016. (Alexei Druzhinin/AFP/Getty)

Was Putin’s invocation of ‘Jew’ lost in translation?

MOSCOW — When Boruch Gorin, a rabbi in Moscow, traveled for the first time from Russia to the US, a US Customs officer asked him whether he was Russian. “I said,...

March of the Living participants at Auschwitz, 2017. (Omar Marques/Anadolu Agency/Getty)

What will happen to Poland trips?

NEW YORK — Three years ago, Shaul de Malach had no problem joining fellow educators from his country on a trip to former Nazi death camps in Poland. Like tens of...

Sipora looking out the window of her daughter's Netherlands home, Feb. 15, 2018.

Jewish Iranian refugee awaits her fate in the Netherlands

UTRECHT, Netherlands — To the dozens of revelers of this city’s main Purim party, a Jewish grandmother who cooks the event’s annual Persia-themed holiday feast is...

An etching of Sabbatai Sevi (Wikimedia Commons)

Muslims’ reverence for the eccentric Sabbatei Sevi

ULCINJ, Montenegro — Throughout 1988, Jusuf Lika had debilitating migraines and sensory disruptions that doctors blamed on the chemicals in the darkroom where he had...

Rexhep Hoxha, left, and Fatos Qoqja, pictured with a medal that Qoqja's father received for saving Jews during the Holocaust.

Albanian Muslims saved Jews

TIRANA, Albania — Most anywhere else in Nazi-occupied Europe, an encounter with police would have likely sealed the fate of Jewish refugees like Nissim and Sarah...

Jan Zwartendijk pictured with one of the transit visas he issued.

Jan Zwartendijk: Unsung Holocaust hero

YAOTSU, Japan — Like other journalists and researchers, I traveled all the way to this rural area to gain a better understanding of the actions of Chiune Sugihara, one...