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  • Seeking tribute for a Salvadoran rescuer

    El Salvador is trying to win global recognition for an obscure diplomat whose actions during World War II helped rescue at least 25,000 European Jews from deportation to Nazi death camps.

  • Castro quits, but his policies remain

    The end of Fidel Castro’s political career is not expected to change Cuba’s friendliness toward its Jews – or the state’s antipathy toward Israel.

  • Cheap gas pumps up Venezuela vs. West

    Despite their vast cultural differences, Venezuela and Iran’s leaders are building an alliance to use their countries’ oil wealth to turn world opinion against the United States and its support of Israel.

  • Jews relieved by Chavez defeat

    The defeat of Hugo Chavez’s broad-ranging referendum has eased Jewish fears in Venezuela. Yet many remain fearful about their future in the country and are making plans to leave.

  • Muslims restore Tunisia shuls

    With Jewish life in rural Tunisia all but disappeared, Muslim caretakers are helping restore its synagogues with the help of the country’s president. Meanwhile, in the Jewish enclave of Djerba, Jewish life is flourishing.

  • Venezuela Jews assessing options

    With Hugo Chavez laying the groundwork for authoritarian rule, Venezuela’s Jews are fearful for the future in a country with an increasingly grim political prognosis, economic instability and warm ties with the regime in Tehran.

  • Is S. America a terrorist incubator?

    The palm-fringed islands off the Caribbean coast may not look dangerous, but some Israelis say they are becoming hotbeds of support for terrorism.

  • Stability, not democracy, in Tunisia

    Distinct from many of its neighbors in the Arab world, Tunisia safeguards its 1,500 Jews, foots the bill to restore old synagogues and even welcomes Israeli tourists. It also struggles to keep out Islamic terrorists.

  • Trinidad’s Jews stick together

    With just 55 Jews left, Trinidad’s Jews are doing what they can to keep the community together and encourage their country’s support for Israel.

  • Charter school’s Hebrew plan approved

    The Ben Gamla Charter School has received permission to move ahead with its Hebrew classes. Now it can start addressing its other challenges – like how to get the air conditioning working.