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  • US envoy’s son has bar mitzvah at his ancestors’ shul in Prague

    PRAGUE (JTA) — The U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Andrew H. Schapiro, celebrated his son’s bar mitzvah in the same synagogue that his ancestors attended before the Holocaust. The service for 13-year-old Alex Schapiro took place last Saturday in Prague’s Spanish Synagogue, which was built for a Reform congregation and is now part of…

  • Czech tour bus owner removing Auschwitz design from vehicle following uproar

    PRAGUE (JTA) — The owner of a Czech tour bus that advertised the Auschwitz extermination camp as an emotion-packed holiday destination will remove the vehicle’s controversial design showing oversized pictures of inmates from the Nazi extermination camp and a massive yellow Star of David. The action comes following an outcry from Czech Holocaust survivors and…

  • Czech Jewish community calls Terezin memorial addresses anti-German, nationalist, xenophobic

    PRAGUE (JTA) — The Czech Republic’s Jewish community has condemned some of the addresses delivered at a memorial ceremony at the former Nazi concentration camp in Terezin as anti-German, nationalist and xenophobic. In a statement released Monday, the Federation of the Czech Jewish communities denounced the keynote address delivered earlier that day by the head…

  • Extremist Czech politician charged with crimes against humanity

    PRAGUE (JTA) — The Czech Police have filed charges of crimes against humanity against Adam Bartos, the leader of the extremist far-right National Democracy political party. Bartos is also charged with defamation, incitement to hatred, and genocide denial, the police announced on Friday. If convicted, he faces up to three years in prison. Bartos, 36,…

  • Security to be tightened at Jewish sites in Prague

    (JTA) — Security at Jewish sites in Prague and across the Czech Republic will be tightened due to increased terror concerns. On Tuesday, Czech officials and Jewish groups signed a memorandum on cooperation on security issues. The Jewish groups — the Federation of the Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic along with the Chabad center…

  • Brno Jewish community unveils new Torah scroll

    The dedication ceremony on Sunday marked the completion of an over one-year-long renovation of the synagogue in the country’s second largest city.

  • EU’s new anti-Semitism chief prioritizing online hate, implementing laws

    Katharina von Schnurbein, the first person to hold the newly created post, said she will contact Jewish communities and organizations to learn their concerns and possible solutions.

  • 2 far-right Czech politicians charged with supporting century-old blood libel

    The National Democracy leaders could be sentenced to three years in prison.

  • Czech lawmakers reject labeling of Israeli settlement goods

    The lower house of the Czech Parliament called on the government not to abide by a recent European Commission decision urging the labeling of products from Israeli settlements.

  • Czech man posthumously honored for helping Jews in Holocaust

    Karel Weirich organized a network that provided food and medicine as well as forged documents to hundreds of Jewish refugees trapped in Italian detention camps.