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A New Jewish Identity Is Thriving In Central And Eastern Europe

USA Today / Religion News Service | Katarina Wecker and Maya Vidon | Posted 03.24.2015 | Religion

BERLIN — In Cafe Elfenbein, which opened last year in a trendy Berlin neighborhood, two businessmen wearing yarmulkes — Jewish skullcaps — chat ...

MAG: Is It Time For Jews To Leave Europe?

The Atlantic | Posted 03.15.2015 | World

For half a century, memories of the Holocaust inoculated the Continent against overt anti-Semitism. That period has ended—the recent fatal attacks i...

Anti-Semitism Is On The Rise In German Schools

HuffPost Germany | Christoph Asche | Posted 03.05.2015 | Religion

MUNICH -- Scrawling swastikas on synagogues, Jew-baiting during demonstrations, desecration of Jewish cemeteries: Once again, 75 years after the Holoc...

Report: Global Harassment Of Jews Has Reached A Seven-Year High

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 02.26.2015 | Religion

The number of countries where Jewish people are mistreated is at a seven-year high. According to the Pew Research Center, about a quarter of the wo...

A Message to Netanyahu: Enough Is Enough

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 04.27.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The killing of a security guard at a synagogue in Copenhagen over two weeks ago has renewed Netanyahu's call for mass immigration of European Jews to Israel. Although he has made such impetuous appeals before, he now makes a new brazen claim that as Prime Minister of Israel, he represents and can speak on behalf of world Jewry.

After Attacks, European Rabbis Train In Self-Defense

AP | KAREL JANICEK | Posted 04.26.2015 | Religion

PRAGUE (AP) — Rabbis from European countries gathered in Prague Tuesday for training in self-defense and first aid in response to a wave of attacks ...

A French Leader Speaks for His Nation's Jews and His Nation

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 04.15.2015 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

Why the reluctance of many democratic societies, in Europe and beyond, to recognize that anti-Semitism is the canary in the coal mine alerting them to the existential threat they face? Why does Prime Minister Valls seem more like an exception than like the rule?

How to Defeat Meme of Fear

David Brin | Posted 03.15.2015 | World
David Brin

This is not about Islam or Christianity or Judaism or even capitalism versus communitarianism, but their angriest and most vehement branches. If our enlightenment "wins," there will be Islam in the future and everything else. But the fuming tenor of zero-sum machismo will be gone. Those who today preach hatred will live, but not their hate. Moreover, they know this. And because hatred is addictive, like a drug, that is the wellspring of their fury.

European Jews Haven't Felt This Threatened Since World War II, Experts Say

AP | COLLEEN BARRY and ARON HELLER | Posted 01.12.2015 | Religion

MILAN (AP) — The killing of four French Jews at a kosher market in last week's terror attacks by Islamic extremists in Paris has deepened the fears ...

Ayelet Waldman's New Book Is More Than a Holocaust Novel

Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted 11.12.2014 | Books
Dora Levy Mossanen

It would be a mistake to call Love and Treasure a Holocaust novel, although it is that, too. More than anything, this is a tale of hope and the unbreakable spirit of a people, the transformative power of love and the miracle of the birth of Eretz Israel.

Reckless Policies, Dire Consequences

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 11.04.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The Netanyahu-led government's announcement of its decision to annex nearly 1,000 acres of Palestinian land in the West Bank between the Etzion settlement block and Jerusalem amounts to nothing less than a reckless and offensive act that only further undermines Israel's moral international standing and has dire future consequences.

How American Jews Rescued Europeans From The Nazis

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 05.20.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK -- An exhibition opens Tuesday at a museum in Lower Manhattan about efforts by American Jews to bring refugees to the U.S. from Europe during...

Where We Once Gathered: Lost Synagogues Of Europe

Andrea Strongwater | Posted 03.12.2012 | Religion
Andrea Strongwater

World War II saw the destruction of 6 million Jews, their lives, their homes and thousands of synagogues. I am telling a part of Jewish history that I have missed hearing: what came before the war.

Jewish Liberals from all Nations, Unite

Carlo Strenger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Carlo Strenger

The movement initiated by J Street is now joined by the European JCall which includes leading Jewish intellectuals like Bernard-Henri Levy and Alain Finkielkraut, which has presented its message to the European Parliament this week.

Israel's Supporters in the Diaspora Need Not Speak in One Voice

Carlo Strenger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Carlo Strenger

Does being pro-Israel mean that as a diaspora Jew you are required to support the policies of Israeli governments, even if they contradict your values?

Diaspora Jews More Critical Of Israel Than Ever

Haaretz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

There is something very strange and more than a little frustrating for a reporter used to being on the frontlines to experience a war in Israel from a...