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  • Kosovar Albanian Leader Promises to Prevent Revenge Attacks on Jews

    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 control to respect and protect… More ▸

  • Jewish Agency Workers Tackle Tricky Aid Distribution in Albania

    It did not take long for Jewish Agency for Israel relief workers in Albania to find out just how desperately ethnic Albanian Kosovars needed their aid. In early April, the first trucks carrying Jewish Agency relief chugged down Albania’s dilapidated, single-lane roads toward a dozen isolated camps in the southern Fier and Berat regions, a… More ▸

  • Caught Up in Political Furor, Albanian Jews Ponder Future

    Unlike most Albanians today, Rashel Kohen Cikuli and Luiza Konomi are able to share an inside joke about the pyramid- scheme scandal that has rocked this tiny Balkan nation. The vast majority of Albanians were swept up last year in the frenzy to make “easy money,” sinking an estimated $2 billion into the high-risk investment… More ▸

  • Albanian Jews Hear Blast of Shofar at JDC Celebration

    The sound of the shofar was heard in Albania this High Holiday season for the first time in at least 50 years. About two-thirds of Albania’s estimated 60 Jews gathered in the capital of Tirana just before Rosh Hashanah for a High Holiday celebration organized by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. “We talked with… More ▸

  • Israel and Albania Sign Protocol to Establish Diplomatic Relations

    Israel and Albania agreed Monday to establish diplomatic relations for the first time. A hard-line Marxist state when Israel was founded in 1948, Albania did not follow the Soviet Union and other Communist bloc countries in recognizing Israel. A protocol to establish ties was signed here by Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy and his visiting… More ▸

  • Albanian Leaders Express Interest in Ties with Israel, Rabbi Reports

    Diplomatic relations could soon be established between Israel and Albania, until recently a Communist dictatorship existing in self-imposed isolation from both East and West. That is the opinion of Rabbi Arthur Schneier of New York, president of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, who led an interfaith delegation to the Albanian capital of Tirana last week,… More ▸