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  • Illegally teaching girls in Afghanistan

    NEW YORK, Dec. 22 (JTA) — A Jewish American group is helping to fund illegal activity in Afghanistan: the education of young girls. The American Jewish World Service, a nonsectarian organization that supports grass-roots efforts in the developing world, is one of the groups that recently contributed money to the education of 1,000 “secret” female…

  • KGB files on Lubavitcher rebbe’s dad released

    NEW YORK, Dec 21 (JTA) — The world will soon learn the once- secret details of what happened to the father of the late Lubavitcher rebbe. Rabbi Levi Schneerson — whose son, Menachem, headed the Lubavitcher movement until his death in 1994 — was the Ukrainian chief rabbi in 1939, when the Soviet Union arrested…

  • Prague plans to right historic wrong, correcting monumental Jewish insult

    NEW YORK, Oct. 11 (JTA) – On March 8, 2000, the date designated by Pope John Paul II for worldwide reconciliation between Christians and Jews, the city of Prague plans to apologize for anti-Semitism at its largest crucifix. In 1696, a plaque with Hebrew letters was affixed above Jesus’ head at the cross, located near…

  • Minneapolis uses Sukkot exhibit to highlight the city’s housing crisis

    NEW YORK, Sept. 27 (JTA) – Minneapolis is using the fragile huts associated with the ancient festival of Sukkot to draw attention to a modern political and social issue – lack of affordable housing in the city. During Sukkot, Jews express gratitude for God’s abundance and for the comforts of home while reflecting on the…