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  • New radio show in Italy plays international Jewish melodies

    MILAN, Italy, June 22 (JTA) — Francesco Spagnolo was selecting music for his prime-time program on Radio Popolare, one of Italy’s foremost independent radio stations. “I want the show this week to be about ghettos,” the bearded 28-year-old said. He considered the possibilities. Classical music that was composed in the World War II ghetto of…

  • Sarajevo Jewish aid organization awarded international peace prize

    VATICAN CITY, April 15 (JTA) — During his brief visit to the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo over the weekend, Pope John Paul II granted a cash award to the Sarajevo Jewish community’s social aid organization La Benevolencija. In a ceremony Sunday, he presented the Pope John XXIII International Peace Prize to four Sarajevo-based religious humanitarian…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Many across Europe identify with revelations about Albright

    WARSAW, Feb. 9 (JTA) — U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is far from alone in discovering her Jewish origins as an adult. A 50-year-old Jewish university professor who was born in Poland after World War II said, “When I was small, I went to Protestant church with my nanny. I liked very much going…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD Leadership of Poland’s Jews passes to younger generation

    ROME, May 29 (JTA) — The Holocaust survivor generation has ceded the helm of Poland’s Jewish community to a new, younger generation of leaders. It is a move that could prove a landmark in the revival of Jewish life in Poland. Meeting in Warsaw Monday, May 26, the newly elected board of the Union of…

  • American, German perceptions debated at AJCommittee forum

    BERLIN, March 10 (JTA) — A conference sponsored by the American Jewish Committee last week in Berlin became a forum for a wide-ranging discussion on relations among Jews, Germans and Americans half a century after the Holocaust. Jewish and non-Jewish participants, including prominent diplomats, scholars, politicians and journalists, debated topics ranging from lingering mutual stereotypes…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD [Part 1] Serbia’s Jews skirt politics, hoping for improved situatio

    BELGRADE, Jan. 20 (JTA) — At 5 o’clock on a recent Friday evening, a score of Jews gathered in Belgrade’s synagogue for Shabbat services. At the door, one man reached into his pocket and showed a friend a handful of badges bearing slogans from the mass street demonstrations that have been sweeping Belgrade on a…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD Polish Jews aim to overcome discord in building community

    WARSAW, Feb. 2 (JTA) — A joke told by Polish Jews describes how if the last remaining Jew leaves town, 20 other Jews go to the station to bid him goodbye. Two speakers at a recent conference of Polish Jews referred pointedly to that joke when describing the current situation of Jews in Poland. The…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD [Part 1] Croatian government strives to revamp relations with Jews

    ZAGREB, Croatia, Dec. 17 (JTA) — On the first night of Chanukah, Ognjen Kraus, the president of Croatia’s 2,000-member Jewish community, took the stage of Zagreb’s modern Lisinski concert hall and lit the candles on a 3-foot-tall menorah. With television cameras trained on him, Kraus recited the Chanukah blessings in Hebrew before an audience that…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD [Part 2] Israel’s first envoy to Belgrade in 30 years cheerful about

    BELGRADE, Yugoslavia, Jan. 21 (JTA) — The new Israeli Embassy in Belgrade is, for the time being, an eighth-floor suite at the end of a long corridor in the Intercontinental Hotel. But Ambassador David Sasson, the first Israeli ambassador to Yugoslavia since Belgrade cut ties after the 1967 Six-Day War, is looking for a more…

  • Polish priest faces charges of slandering Jews in sermon

    WARSAW, Jan. 28 (JTA) — Controversial right-wing Polish priest Henryk Jankowski has made another anti-Semitic sermon in his church in the northern city of Gdansk. His comments, reported by the Polish news agency PAP, came less than a week after he was formally charged with slandering Jews in an earlier sermon. On Sunday, in a…