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  • Upscale kosher restaurant thrives in Prague’s Old Town

    PRAGUE, April 8 (JTA) — “You know what makes me happy?” says restauranteur Amos Fellah. “It’s when someone who has eaten dinner upstairs asks for an after- dinner espresso with milk in it — and then I have to explain to him why he can’t.” Fellah, a 29-year-old Israeli, is the manager of Metzada, a…

  • Budapest university lectures on Judaism draw large crowds

    BUDAPEST, April 24 (JTA) — A two-month Jewish lecture series at the Budapest-based Central European University has drawn enthusiastic audiences and has bolstered efforts to develop a broader Jewish studies presence at the school. Entitled “Jews in Central European Societies,” the series ran from early February to mid-April and was open to students, faculty and…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD [Part 3] Vibrant Serbian community enjoying Jewish resurgence

    BELGRADE, Jan. 23 (JTA) — Last summer, crisis-ridden Belgrade was the scene of a particularly joyous simcha. Two young members of the Belgrade Jewish community celebrated their wedding in the city’s sole synagogue. It was the first full-scale, traditional synagogue wedding in the city in many years. “You start a new life when you get…

  • Priebke goes on trial again for his role in Nazi massacre

    ROME, April 15 (JTA) — Former Nazi SS Capt. Erich Priebke went on trial this week to face for a second time war crimes charges related to Italy’s worst World War II atrocity. The retrial opened Monday, when the military court ruled that another ex-Nazi, former SS Maj. Karl Hass, would be tried jointly with…

  • 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…