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  • Italian Jews protest party’s attempt to ally with anti-Semitic French group

    ROME, Aug. 1 (JTA) — Italian Jewish leaders are protesting an attempt by Italy’s Radical Party to forge an alliance in the European Parliament with France’s far-right National Front. The strongest protest came from Bruno Zevi, a prominent Jewish architect and the honorary president of the Radicals, who lambasted the party leadership during the party’s…

  • Balkan religious leaders vow to use their voice to fight hatred

    BUDAPEST, July 7 (JTA) — Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders from the former Yugoslavia and other Balkan countries have set up a permanent interreligious committee to instill reconstruction efforts in the war-torn region with a spiritual dimension. Following a one-day meeting here on Tuesday, they stressed that education was needed to prevent “religious and cultural…

  • Foundation gives grants to push Holocaust education to new level

    ROME, July 5 (JTA) — The Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture is trying to keep the memory of the Holocaust at the forefront of Jewish thinking in the 21st century. The foundation’s board of trustees, meeting in Florence last week, announced grants for the coming year totaling more than $3.1 million to support Jewish cultural…

  • Kosovar Albanian leader promises to prevent revenge attacks on Jews

    ROME, July 5 (JTA) — The leader of Kosovar Albanians issued a written promise to safeguard Kosovo’s Jews and their property. Hashim Thaci met twice in recent days with a special envoy of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Eli Eliezri, to whom he issued a letter ordering “the entire Kosovo Liberation Army under my…

  • Pristina Jewish leader, family guided to safety in Macedonia

    ROME, June 29 (JTA) — International Jewish representatives have entered Kosovo for the first time since the NATO air war against Yugoslavia began and evacuated the leader of Pristina’s Jewish community and his family. Chedar Prlincevic, 61, his wife, Vidosava, and his 81-year-old mother, Bea Mandil, were brought Tuesday to the Macedonian capital of Skopje…

  • KLA reportedly forced Kosovar Jewish leader from Pristina home

    ROME, June 27 (JTA) — People claiming to be representatives of the Kosovo Liberation Army have ordered the president of the tiny Jewish community in Kosovo to vacate his home and leave town, according to the Federation of Jewish Communities of Yugoslavia. Further details were not immediately available. A spokesman for the Belgrade-based federation told…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Reaction to rabbi’s appeal to pope highlights generation gap in Poland

    ROME, June 13 (JTA) — A personal appeal made by Poland’s outgoing chief rabbi to Pope John Paul II to remove the one remaining cross standing near the site of the former Auschwitz death camp has embarrassed and angered Poland’s Jewish leaders. Rabbi Menachem Joskowicz reignited the debate over religious symbols at the former Nazi…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD Yugoslav Jews welcome peace, face daunting job of reconstruction

    ROME, June 6 (JTA) — When Yechiel Bar Chaim, the Paris-based Yugoslavia program director for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, checked his e-mail last week he found an emotion-laden message from a Yugoslav correspondent. “PEAAACCCE!” the message said. The Yugoslav “Parliament accepted!!!!!!! I AM SOOOOO HAPPPYYY THAT IT IS PEACE!” The prospect of a…

  • Ariel Sharon and pope discuss millennium, conflict in Nazareth

    ROME, April 27 (JTA) — Israeli Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon has met with Pope John Paul II and other top church officials for more than two hours on what Vatican insiders termed “cordial but difficult” talks on issues largely relating to the millennium. However, no agreement from Monday’s meeting emerged on a papal trip to…

  • Warsaw Jewish revival peaks with the hiring of spiritual leader

    ROME, April 27 (JTA) — Marking a milestone in efforts to revive Jewish communal life in Poland, the Jewish community in Warsaw has hired a rabbi to serve as a spiritual leader in the Polish capital. He will be the first rabbi believed to be employed by the Warsaw community in at least 40 years….