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is JTA's correspondent in Prague. She has been covering the former Eastern European bloc since 1990 and currently serves as the news editor of The Prague Post. The former Europe editor for Travel Weekly, she also contributes to several other publications, including The Independent on Sunday, Conde Nast Traveler and several guidebooks on the Czech Republic.


  • Unsolved JDC death invites speculation

    Forty years ago Charles Jordan, the chief executive of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, turned up dead in Prague’s Vltava River. The case remains unresolved – and continues to stir passions.

  • Russian mogul wins European vote

    The election of the first Eastern European to the helm of the European Jewish Congress is fueling speculation that the organization will expand its focus beyond anti-Semitism and Middle East issues.

  • Russian billionaire pushes education

    Moshe Kantor’s Russian origins may be the key to his victory or defeat when members of the European Jewish Congress elect a president next week.

  • Czech cellist spearheading revival

    Thanks to an ebullient young cellist, Jewish composers from pre-World War II Czechoslovakia are finally getting their due in the land of their birth.

  • Travel guide reflects European revival

    The latest version of a travel guide of Eastern Europe reveals a revolution in monument care and the return of Jewish culture in areas where it had long been dormant.

  • Gruber’s Top 10 sites to see

    With hundreds of sites to choose from in her Jewish Heritage Travel guidebook for Eastern Europe, Ruth Ellen Gruber outlines 10 of her favorites.

  • Holocaust numbers spark row

    A dispute between Russia and Poland over whether some 1 million Holocaust victims from countries taken over by the Soviet Union should be listed at Soviet citizens, is keeping an exhibit at Auschwitz’s museum closed.

  • Blind singer touching Czechs

    Czech performer’s compelling voice singing Jewish music make her blindness seem almost secondary.

  • Students abroad eye seder invites

    American college students may not seek out Jewish life when they’re taking a semester or year abroad, but say they easily could be coaxed to experience it with even a modicum of outreach from local communities.

  • Can Poles get deal done on reparations?

    Their prime minister may be promising a deal, but compensation for looted property remains a hard pill to swallow for strapped Poles.