Asia

  • Russia Synagogue Arson Suspect Arrested

    Officials in a central Russian city arrested a suspect in a synagogue arson case. In June 2005, a Molotov cocktail was thrown through a broken window in the synagogue in Penza, and three teens were seen leaving the scene, according to a report by the Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism. The… More ▸

  • Op-ed: Move U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem

    I recently participated in a moving experience — an enthusiastic rally held on the site of the proposed United States Embassy in the Talpiot section in the southern part of Jerusalem. The rally, which was held in conjunction with the Orthodox Union’s Biennial National Convention, had two objectives: To call for the U.S. government at… More ▸

  • FSU Chabad Emissaries Remember Holtzbergs

    Chabad emissaries across the former Soviet Union memorialized the victims of last week’s terrorist attacks in Mumbai. Many among the tight-knit group serving in synagogues and community centers across the former Soviet Union — the largest Chabad network outside Israel and Brooklyn — knew Rabbi Gavriel and Rivkah Holtzberg. The Holtzbergs were killed in an… More ▸

  • Aronson to Guide Birthright Israel Foundation

    The outgoing leader of one of the country’s largest Jewish federations will head the Birthright Israel Foundation, the foundation announced. Robert Aronson, who announced this fall that he was stepping down as the CEO of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit after 20 years at its helm, will take over as president and CEO of… More ▸

  • Rabbis: Israel Should Secure Chabad Houses

    An advisory group to the Israeli Chief Rabbinate called on the Israeli government to provide security to Chabad houses worldwide. In the wake of the terrorist attack on the Chabad center in Mumbai, the Chief Rabbinate’s Council adopted a resolution Monday asking Jerusalem to finance security for the 3,000 Chabad houses around the world, saying… More ▸

  • Olmert Praises Indian Government, Military

    Israel’s prime minister praised the Indian government and military for their response to the Mumbai terrorist attacks. Ehud Olmert said Sunday that he was briefed frequently by security and intelligence officials who were “in close touch with the Indian government.” “At no stage were the issues of whether or not Israel should join the operation,… More ▸

  • Mazuz to Olmert: Indictment Likely

    Israel’s attorney general said he is considering charges against Ehud Olmert for allegedly using public funds to finance family vacations. Attorney General Menachem Mazuz on Wednesday informed the Israeli prime minister’s lawyer that he is mulling several counts in what is becoming known as the Rishon Tours double-billing scandal. Olmert is under investigation in six… More ▸

  • Iran Launches New Rocket

    Iran launched a homemade rocket into space, its state media announced. The rocket, called the Kavosh 2 or Explorer 2, was launched Wednesday as part of Iran’s satellite program amid concerns over the Islamic Republic’s pursuit of nuclear weapons. The long-range ballistic technology used to put satellites into space can be used as well for… More ▸

  • O.U. Confab Spotlighting Jerusalem

    A call on Barack Obama to move the United State embassy to Jerusalem will be a centerpiece of the Orthodox Union’s biennial convention. The umbrella group for North American Orthodox congregations held its last two biennial conventions in Jerusalem, but had planned to hold this year’s event in New York. Plans were changed to again… More ▸

  • Jordanian Prisoners in Israel Get Visit

    Jordanians were permitted to visit family members imprisoned in Israel. The visit by 37 Jordanians last week to a prison near Netanya was the third since Israel and Jordan signed a peace treaty in 1994, according to a report Wednesday in the Jordan Times. The first was in 1999 and the second in 2006. The… More ▸