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  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD Ruling on Orthodox synagogue could impact German Jewish life

    FRANKFURT, Oct. 22 (JTA) – A ruling by a German federal court has the potential to change the way the Berlin Jewish community operates. It could also have considerable significance for the growing number of liberal groups that are forming throughout the country. The court ruled that the Orthodox congregation in Berlin, Adas Israel, founded…

  • German electronics firm balks at compensating slave laborers

    FRANKFURT, Oct. 14 (JTA) – A leading German electronics manufacturer has announced it will not pay compensation to slave laborers forced to work for the company during World War II. Hermann Franz, chairman of Siemens’ supervisory board, said Sunday that the company deeply regretted the actions that took place during World War II in the…

  • German initiative may renew European relations with Iran

    FRANKFURT, Sept. 1 (JTA) – Germany has announced that it wants to re-establish ties with Iran. The announcement came as Russia categorically denied media reports in Israel that it is helping Iran develop ballistic missiles. Statements by top German officials came in response to an offer last week by Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi to…