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  • Jewish leaders lobby in Tbilisi

    As thousands of anti-government demonstrators rally in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, U.S. Jewish leaders meet with Georgian officials to thank them for their friendship toward the West and Israel.

  • Ukraine Jews on guard

    While Jewish groups dispute whether or not Ukraine experienced a surge in anti-Semitic attacks in 2007, it’s clear that Jewish fears in the country are rising.

  • Will Russia’s foreign policy change?

    Experts are concerned about the direction Russia’s foreign policy will take, especially in the Middle East, after Vladimir Putin leaves office. Will Dmitry Medvedev steer Russia on a new course?

  • Reform gains steam in Russia

    Reform’s purchase of a new building in Moscow may be a sign that the movement, long considered an also-ran in the Jewish constellation of the former Soviet Union, is gaining steam in a place dominated by Jewish Orthodoxy.

  • Visa woes for Jews in Russia

    New visa rules in Russia are forcing Jewish organizations to scramble to avoid fines or the expulsion of their employees from the country. Meanwhile, compliance with the new rules is expected to come at very heavy expense.

  • Aliyah up from U.S., Britain

    Immigration to Israel from the United States, Canada, and Britain is up, though total aliyah is down.

  • Orthodox family sues hospital over care

    A Canadian family asked a court to prevent a hospital from taking their father off life support, which violates their Orthodox Jewish beliefs.

  • Status quo seen in Putin’s Russia

    With Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev endorsing each other for prime minister and president, Jews in Russia expect little to change after presidential elections in March.

  • Dissidents dispute Iran nuke report

    An Iranian dissident group is disputing U.S. intelligence that Iran shelved its nuclear weapons program in 2003.

  • Germany frees Iranian ‘bargaining chips

    Germany released two jailed Iranian agents whom Israel had wanted swapped for missing airman Ron Arad.