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  • 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…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD [Part 2] Croatian Jewish community faces challenges to survival

    ZAGREB, Croatia, Dec. 17 (JTA) — Croatia’s Jews observed Chanukah this year by celebrating the 190th anniversary of the founding of the Jewish community here in the Croatian capital. The Festival of Lights is a perfect example of the “ever- renewed miracle of the survival of the Jewish people, their resilience, optimism and courage,” Paris-based…

  • 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…

  • 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…