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Help Needed To Build Montenegro Synagogue

By JTA

Two Jewish organizational leaders asked Montenegro’s president to help the Balkan country’s small Jewish community build a synagogue.Read More


Jews Want Perjorative Out of Spanish Dictionary

By JTA

The representative body of Spain’s Jewish community has renewed efforts to have a pejorative word connected to Jews scrapped from the country’s official dictionary.Read More


280 Graduate From Chabad Rabbi School

By JTA

Chabad’s Rabbinical College of America in Morristown, N.J., plans to ordain 280 new rabbis at an event the movement is billing as the largest ordination class in the modern era.Read More


Catholics Warn Israel on Anti-Christian Attacks

By Haaretz

The “price tag” vandalism this week of the monastery at Latrun, in which the culprits sprayed the building’s facade with the words “Jesus is a monkey” and set the front door alight, prompted a fierce statement of condemnation signed by Catholic church leaders here.Read More


French Soccer Fan Fined for Nazi Salute

By JTA

A French judge has fined a French soccer fan for making a Hitler salute at a match and banned him from entering his city’s main stadium.Read More


Ehud Barak Praises U.S. Anti-Iran Buildup

By JTA

Israel’s defense minister, Ehud Barak, called recent deployment of U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf “impressive” and suggested that the United States is prepared to deal with Iran.Read More


Venezuela's Hugo Chavez Vilifies Jewish Opponent

By JTA

Anti-Semitism in Venezuela has spiked during the electoral race for president between a Catholic man of Jewish descent and President Hugo Chavez, according to a new report.Read More


John Kerry Cites Netanyahu Praising Obama

By JTA

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) quoted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praising the Obama administration in a bid to show that Republicans have “lied” about Obama and Israel.Read More


Gabrielle Giffords Says Pledge at Convention

By JTA

Gabrielle Giffords recited the pledge of allegiance at the Democratic National Convention.Read More


Mayor Seeks To Block Crematory Near Camp

By JTA

The mayor of Lublin introduced a resolution that would prevent the construction of a commercial crematory in the area surrounding the former Majdanek Nazi camp.Read More





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