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  • Swiss Jews oppose punishing students who refuse to shake teachers’ hands

    (JTA) — Swiss Jews spoke out against a regulation that makes it illegal for schoolchildren to refuse to shake hands with their teachers because of religious reasons. A regional school board last month ruled that schools in Basel Country can fine parents up to $5,000 if their children refuse to shake hands with teachers, as…

  • Cemeteries initiative has preserved 70 Eastern European graveyards

    (JTA) — A German-funded pilot program for protecting Eastern European Jewish cemeteries has helped preserve at least 70 graveyards since 2015, the effort’s initiators told Council of Europe delegates. The briefing Wednesday in Strasbourg about the European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative, or ESJF, came two years after its inception with an initial budget of $1.35 million,…

  • British Jewish leaders condemn Trump rhetoric ahead of visit

    (JTA) — Ahead of Donald Trump’s planned visit to Britain, leaders of that country’s Jewish community condemned what they said was the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s “divisive and troubling” rhetoric. Trump, who is scheduled to visit Britain on June 22, told The Wall Street Journal earlier this month that an Indiana-born judge with Mexican heritage who…

  • New anti-Semitism definition replaced scrapped EU version, US official says

    (JTA) — The new international definition of anti-Semitism that mentions Israel hatred was adopted in part to replace a similar one scrapped by the European Union, an initiator of the new text said. Robert Williams, a delegate of the United States at the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, or IHRA, told JTA on Tuesday that his…

  • Fears of terrorism turn Moishe Houses into a lifeline for young Paris Jews

    PARIS (JTA) — When David Harroch moved from his native Morocco to France 12 years ago, he found a vibrant Jewish scene with a plethora of activities for young adults like himself. The social circle was something of a lifeline for Harroch, 30, an introverted finance executive who left home to study in France. With…

  • Out of jail, self-exiled Jewish author vows to fight Austria fraud conviction

    (JTA) — Stephan Templ, a critic of Austria’s handling of Jewish property, was released from prison after serving eight months following his controversial conviction for fraud on his mother’s application for restitution. Templ, 56, left Austria for his home in Prague in the Czech Republic shortly after his release Friday, in self exile over his conviction, which he…

  • Amid judicial crackdown, BDS motions scrapped in 4 Spanish cities

    (JTA) — Following legal action by supporters of Israel, four Spanish municipalities dropped their former policy of support for boycotts of the Jewish state. Occurring amid an unprecedented judicial crackdown in Spain against the phenomenon, three of the four reversals last month came following court-issued injunctions that suspended municipal motions passed in support of a boycott,…

  • Israeli lesbian composer moved to tears by NY haredi singer’s Yiddish version of her classic tune

    (JTA) — An unofficial, feel-good anthem that has been embraced (or co-opted, depending on your point of view) by all sides along Israel’s spectrum has again served as a bridge, this time between a haredi Ashkenazi pop star and the Sephardic, lesbian Israeli musician who wrote the music. Written in 1982 when a right-wing Likud government was waging…

  • Dutch singer and feminist icon Corry Brokken dies at 83

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Corry Brokken, a well-known Dutch singer whose father was a Nazi and whose mother was part Jewish, died at the age of 83. Brokken, who in 1957 performed the first of the Netherlands’ four winning entries in the Eurovision Song Contest, died on Thursday. Seen as a role model for feminists in the…

  • Man’s alleged rape of relatives’ daughters seen denting insularity of Jerusalem’s haredim

    (JTA) — A court in Jerusalem extended the remand of a haredi Orthodox school supervisor from Jerusalem whose indictment for the alleged rape of two girls from his own family is reportedly eroding taboos on reporting  sex crimes within his community. The Jerusalem District Court’s decision Thursday on Naftali Maklev, 50, came two weeks after his May 18 indictment, the…