September 25, 2011 12:34pm
Confused by this blog post’s title? Don’t worry: That’s "happy new year" in Icelandic. Yep — at 7 a.m. on Tuesday morning, I’m headed to Iceland — for Rosh Hashanah, of all things. Iceland has no synagogue and no organized Jewish community. The country, which has just over 300,000 residents in total, is estimated to…
September 21, 2011 7:39pm
Sometimes it takes a Zionist organization to show Israeli Jews that Israel isn’t the only place where Jews have a future.
September 20, 2011 7:02pm
A Hungarian folk singer performs at the open house for Budapest’s Balint Haz community center. (Alex Weisler) In Budapest, the (Kiddush) cup runneth over. I’m used to cities that have one marquee event a year, where Jewish culture is something distinct and separate from a city’s soul. Not so in Budapest. Here, the Jewish Quarter…
September 20, 2011 11:09am
About 25 Jewish student leaders from around the world drafted the document. (Courtesy of Andrea Gergely) Two weeks ago, I left Chaniotis, Greece, with a bus full of other young travelers — but about 25 Jewish student leaders from around the world stuck around to draft a "statement of principles" for the World Union of…
September 19, 2011 3:52pm
Yad Vashem rescinded invitations to two Lithuanian officials to an annual commemoration of Lithuanian victims of the Holocaust.
September 19, 2011 9:27am
The Lithuanian Jewish community has joined with other minority groups — including gays and Roma — in a new human rights coalition.
September 18, 2011 9:05am
About 60 young Budapest-area Jews converged on the Israeli Cultural Institute Saturday night for a youth group’s fall kick-off party. (Alex Weisler) Five years ago, Hanoar Hatzioni was a long-dormant fixture of Budapest’s Jewish youth group scene — but on Saturday night, more than 60 children came out to celebrate the kick-off of the group’s…
September 17, 2011 9:14am
Andrea Gergely, incoming president of the European Union of Jewish Students (Alex Weisler) I was first introduced to the European Union of Jewish Students at Summer U, the raucous week of beach parties the organization holds annually. This year, EUJS based the event in Chaniotis, a small resort town on the Aegean Sea in northern Greece. But…
September 14, 2011 4:35pm
Participants in the first St. Petersburg Limmud gathered to remember the 70th anniversary of the Siege of Leningrad.
September 12, 2011 8:04pm
A tiny converso community in southern Sicily is drawing the support and attention of the Italian Jewish establishment.
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