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Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA

Netta Barzilai preforming in Tel Aviv, May 14. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

Israeli entrant wins despite bias

BRUSSELS — Hours before the Eurovision song contest’s kickoff, Rafi Kishon posted on Facebook a sobering message and a picture of himself wearing a head of lettuce...

Students at King David in Birmingham celebrate Israel's 70th anniversary.

Muslim majority at UK Jewish school

BIRMINGHAM, UK — Like hundreds of Jewish institutions in the Diaspora, the King David School celebrated Israel’s 70th Independence Day with blue-and-white flags and...

A participant at 2016's Memorial for Latvian Legionnaires march in Riga. (Ilmars Znotins/AFP/Getty)

In Latvia, backlash against annual Nazi SS veteran march

RIGA, Latvia — Each year on March 16, a macabre event unfolds on the square around this capital city’s most famous monument. Known as the Memorial for Latvian...

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...