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  • Pope Francis recalls seeing female Jewish psychoanalyst in 1970s

    (JTA) — Pope Francis in the 1970s had weekly sessions with a Jewish female psychoanalyst to “clarify some things,” he told a French writer. The revelation came in a dozen conversations the pope had with French sociologist Dominique Wolton, who is writing a soon-to-be-published book, The Associated Press reported Friday based on a report in…

  • Firebombs hit studio of Russian-Jewish film director reviled by nationalists

    (JTA) – Firebombs were hurled at the studio of a renowned Russian-Jewish film director who is reviled by some nationalists for his controversial depiction of the love affair between Russia’s last czar and a ballerina. The firebombs hit the windows of Alexei Uchitel’s studio in St. Petersburg on Wednesday night, causing a fire that was…

  • In rare move, Belarus Jews sound alarm over cemetery construction plan

    (JTA) — In a rare questioning of authorities, Jewish leader in Belarus said they were “concerned” over plans to build apartments atop what used to be a Jewish cemetery in Gomel. The statement by the Union of Public Associations and Jewish Communities provided to JTA earlier this week is unusual in a country that is…

  • Body of NY haredi mom missing for four months found in Hudson River

    (JTA) — The body of a haredi Orthodox mother from New York’s Rockland County who had been reported missing in April was discovered in the Hudson River upstate. The body was discovered Wednesday near Bear Mountain Bridge and positively identified the following day as that of Malky Lebowitz, nee Einhorn, the news site Crownheights Info reported….

  • Milwaukee sheriff labeled ‘extremist’ by ADL is stepping down

    (JTA) — David Clarke, labeled an anti-government “extremist” by the Anti-Defamation League when he claimed four months ago that he would be joining the Department of Homeland Security, stepped down as the Milwaukee County sheriff. Clarke, whom the Anti-Defamation League in May said “should not be given this type of leadership role” because of his…

  • European Jewish Congress slams Poland’s ‘lack of concern’ over anti-Semitism

    (JTA) — In an unusually harsh condemnation, the European Jewish Congress said the Polish government has a “staggering lack of concern” about anti-Semitism and a “transparent divide-and-rule tactic” vis-a-vis Jews. The statement Thursday follows an open feud between leaders of Polish Jewry on whether Poland has seen an increase in anti-Semitic incidents or sentiment since…

  • Protesters chant about killing Jews at Netherlands rally

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — A Jewish umbrella group has filed a police complaint over demonstrators in Rotterdam shouting in Arabic about killing Jews. The Dutch Central Jewish Board said in a statement Wednesday that the July 22 incident occurred at a rally advertised by a newly formed organization called the Palestinian Community in the Netherlands, or…

  • Lithuanian troops train at former concentration camp where 5,000 Jews are buried

    (JTA) — Lithuanian soldiers training to fight Russian troops pitched tents on the grounds of a former concentration camp and burial ground for Jews in Kaunas. A battalion of special forces troops camped Monday at Seventh Fort, the first of dozens of concentration camps established by Nazi Germany following its 1941 eastward invasion, the Kauno Diena…

  • Ukraine readies for record pilgrimage of 40,000 Jews to Uman

    (JTA) — Ukrainian authorities are preparing for a record pilgrimage by tens of thousands of Jews gathering in the city of Uman for Rosh Hashanah. Authorities are expecting up to 40,000 Jewish pilgrims ahead of the Jewish New Year, which this year falls on Sept. 20, the Ukrainian Government Press office told the ZN news…

  • Grave of influential Yiddish writer and Soviet resistance activist discovered at former gulag

    (JTA) — Researchers from Israel and Russia discovered the grave of an influential Jewish writer and resistance activist who perished in communist purges at a former Soviet camp for political prisoners. The final resting place of Pinchus Kahanovich, an anti-fascist activist and one of the 20th century’s most influential writers in Yiddish, was found earlier…