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  • Italian Jewish leader ready to step down after 15 years

    ROME, June 14 (JTA) — For 15 years, Tullia Zevi has used her position as the leader of Italy’s Jewish community to speak out forcefully against anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination, both at home and in the international arena. In doing so, the elegant, silver-haired grandmother has become one of Italy’s most prominent and…

  • Leader of Italian rightists makes overtures to Israel

    ROME, March 2 (JTA) — A leader of an Italian party with neo-fascist roots has been busy building bridges to the Jewish world. But his actions have raised questions among some regarding whether his moves have been made in an effort solely to improve his party’s image. At a three-day convention ending Sunday, Gianfranco Fini…

  • Vatican document focus of Catholic-Jewish talks

    ROME, March 24 (JTA) — A Jewish leader who played a key role in rescuing Jews during the Holocaust has denied Vatican claims that the wartime pope, Pius XII, saved hundreds of thousands of Jews. Gerhart Riegner, honorary vice president of the World Jewish Congress, spoke Monday night at the opening of talks between the…

  • In annual Easter sermon, pope slams Christian teaching

    ROME, April 13 (JTA) — Pope John Paul II’s Easter message criticized the Christian teaching that Jews bear responsibility for the death of Jesus. But the pope also criticized the Israeli policy of building Jewish settlements in eastern Jerusalem, saying peace is being threatened by “dangerous political decisions.” The self-criticism came during the traditional Way…

  • Poles mark 30th anniversary of 1968 anti-Semitic campaign

    ROME, March 4 (JTA) — Hundreds of people in Poland marked this week the 30th anniversary of the 1968 anti-Semitic campaign that forced 20,000 Polish Jews to emigrate. A standing-room-only crowd of more than 350 people filled a downtown Warsaw auditorium Sunday to hear a panel discussion and take part in a question-and-answer session on…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Catholic-Jewish dialogue advances amid dismay over Vatican document

    ROME, March 29 (JTA) — The Vatican’s recent document on the Holocaust, and a series of meetings it hosted last week with Jewish leaders, show how far relations between the two faiths have come in recent years — but also how far they have to go. At an audience last week with Pope John Paul…

  • Jewish heritage sites in Europe focal point of growing attention

    PARIS, Feb. 10 (JTA) — In the Alsace region of eastern France, local tourist authorities cooperate with B’nai B’rith to sponsor Jewish culture festivals and help organize tourist trips to Jewish cemeteries, synagogues, ancient mikvahs and museums. In Britain, a full-scale survey of Jewish heritage sites is being carried out with funding from the national…

  • Czech Jews outraged by book calling for transfer of Judaica

    PARIS, Feb. 8 (JTA) — Czech Jewish leaders are outraged by a book endorsed by Jewish organizations that calls for Nazi-looted Judaica currently housed in the Prague Jewish Museum to be moved to Israel. The book, “The Last Chapter of the Holocaust?” by Itamar Levin, also slanders the museum and insults the reputation of Czech…

  • Poland celebrates dialogue during annual ‘Day of Judaism

    ROME, Jan 19 (JTA) — Poland has marked its second annual “Day of Judaism.” As part of the event, designed to foster interfaith dialogue and education, a number of Polish churches included the day’s theme in their services, and 1 million postcards bearing a photograph of Pope John Paul II together with Rome’s Chief Rabbi…

  • Priest in Poland under fire for selling anti-Semitic books

    NEW YORK, Jan. 12 (JTA) — A Polish priest who has been suspended in the past for repeated anti-Semitic statements is in hot water once again. Father Henryk Jankowski was criticized by several bishops for selling anti-Semitic publications at his parish church. Jankowski reportedly moved the bookstand from the church to his residence next door…