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  • 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…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Anti-Semitic rhetoric arises ahead of Hungarian elections

    BUDAPEST, May 14 (JTA) — Parliament may have moved on, but not Hungary’s Jews. Jewish communal leaders are still upset by the Hungarian Parliament’s lack of action against a prominent right-wing politician who recently called attention to the Jewish origins of a former Communist prime minister. In a speech before lawmakers in late March, Deputy…

  • 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….