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  • Visa woes keep Miss Israel from U.S. event

    Miss Israel, Yityish Aynaw, could not get a visa on time to attend a Friends of the Israel Defense Forces event in New York.

  • All about the bolivars

    With the 1,000 bolivar fuertes I had set aside, I was hoping to buy an inflatable Hugo Chavez doll or some other souvenir of the late leader for sale in Venezuela, where I was reporting last week for JTA. When I got to Simon Bolivar International Airport, however, I discovered that while El Comandante’s image…

  • New $1 million matching fund created for Jewish social justice causes

    A group of foundations announced they are giving away up to $1 million in matching funds to Jewish social justice organizations.

  • Venezuela Jews unveil new main Sephardic synagogue

    The Jewish community of Caracas officially dedicated the Venezuelan city’s new main Sephardic synagogue, Tiferet Israel Este.

  • New study offers tips on engaging Jewish teens

    A new study suggests strategies to engage Jewish teens: Hire good staff, be flexible on attendance, and target teens through social media and text messaging.

  • VIDEO: Venezuela’s Jews react to the death of Chavez

    During his 14 years in power, the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez radically altered the landscape of his country, both figuratively and literally. In this video JTA’s Gil Shefler takes a look at his legacy and its effects on the shrinking Jewish community.

  • Passover without wine? For Jewish addicts, sober seders are a life-saver

    Since the late 1990s, a number of rabbis have been holding sober seders for recovering Jewish alcoholics. The practice has spread all over the world.

  • With Chavez gone, Venezuelan Jews look warily to future

    With the passing of Hugo Chavez and Venezuela facing a difficult crossroads, the country’s dwindling Jewish community is vowing to press on. JTA’s Gil Shefler reports.

  • After lavish Chavez funeral, Maduro sworn in as interim president of Venezuela

    Nicolas Maduro, the handpicked successor of the late Hugo Chavez, was sworn in as the interim president of Venezuela amid opposition calls that the choice was unconstitutional.

  • World leaders gather in Caracas for Chavez funeral

    The heads of 55 states, including Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, arrived in Venezuela for the funeral of Hugo Chavez.