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  • Caught up in political furor, Albanian Jews ponder future

    TIRANA, Albania, Feb. 20 (JTA) — Unlike most Albanians today, Rashel Kohen Cikuli and Luiza Konomi are able to share an inside joke about the pyramid-scheme scandal that has rocked this tiny Balkan nation. The vast majority of Albanians were swept up last year in the frenzy to make “easy money,” sinking an estimated $2…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD Aging, poor Jews in Bulgaria struggle for daily subsistence

    SOFIA, Bulgaria, Jan. 21 (JTA) — Mordo Ishak Almoznino has survived three wars and four decades of communism. Now, the 90-year old Bulgarian Jew is enduring an economic crisis that is hurtling his country toward chaos. Inflation, which soared to 311 percent last year, is climbing at a clip of nearly 1 percent per day….

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD Romania’s Jews encouraged by newly elected government

    By Michael J. Jordan BUDAPEST, Hungary, Dec. 3 (JTA) — Pinched between their drive for justice and the specter of an anti-Semitic backlash, Romania’s Jews are seeking to maintain their traditionally warm relations with the newly elected government in Bucharest. Leaders of the rapidly aging 14,000-member Romanian Jewish community have three leading goals. They are…

  • Graduates of JDC program aim to invigorate Hungarian Jews

    BUDAPEST, Hungary, April 20 (JTA) — For 20 years, Katalin Talyigas led a secure existence as a respected Hungarian sociologist. But her life underwent a profound change when she became a “Buncherian.” Four years ago, Talyigas participated in the Buncher Leadership Program, a three-week course in Israel that since 1989 has fortified Jewish communities around…