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  • Annapolis Provides Historic Backdrop to Latest Peace Push

    Three-and-a-half centuries ago, on a late day in March 1655, across the river from this city, soldiers waged the final battle of the English civil war , a war that led to the beheading of King Charles I. This week, as George W. Bush, Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas prepare for their upcoming summit in… More ▸

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    A new study of German teens shows clear signs of anti-Jewish sentiments. In talks with teens around Germany, the Berlin-based Amadeu-Antonio Foundation, which works against racism and xenophobia, found that a large number of the teens believed Jews must have done something to deserve being persecuted during the Third Reich. The results of the study,… More ▸

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    More than 4,500 people gathered for Hallelu Atlanta, a celebration of Jewish spirit and community. Organized by Synagogue 3000, a national institute for congregational leadership and synagogue studies, Tuesday’s one-day event culminated a yearlong series of outreach workshops held at 21 Atlanta-area synagogues. Cantor Alberto Mizrahi opened Tuesday’s program with a Sephardic version of “Lecha… More ▸

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    Two of France’s biggest film stars play Jewish immigrants in a drama being shot in Israel. Gerard Depardieu and Fanny Ardant were in Mevasseret Zion, outside Jerusalem, this week to film a scene in the town’s immigrant absorption center. The center is home to hundreds of recent arrivals from Ethiopia, and the daily Yediot Achronot… More ▸

  • Big Name Documentary on Darfur Has Roots in Local AJC Office

    After listening to a presentation about genocidal killing in the Darfur region of Sudan, Dean Schramm and other members of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Jewish Committee decided that they had to do something. A few of the group’s initial suggestions were old hat — contact legislators, participate in a march on Washington,… More ▸

  • Iranian Leader Gets a Lesson in Democracy from Prague Crowd

    An Iranian leader in the Czech capital who touted the achievements of his “peace-loving, democratic” nation received something he may not have expected in this former Communist country all too familiar with state propaganda: opposition. At a lively public forum Monday sponsored by the Association of International Affairs, about 100 students and Czech citizens peppered… More ▸

  • Plenty of Political Theater, but Nuclear Issue Still Unresolved

    The high political theater surrounding Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to New York this week triggered plenty of protests, headlines and debates. But it remains unclear if, even after all the exertions this week, the international community has inched any closer to resolving the standoff over Tehran’s nuclear program. Ahmadinejad’s Jewish critics gathered Monday in… More ▸

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  • Fallout from Political Theater Unclear As Nuclear Issue Remains Unresolved

    The high political theater surrounding Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to New York this week triggered plenty of protests, headlines and debates. But it remains unclear if, even after all the exertions this week, the international community has inched any closer to resolving the standoff over Tehran’s nuclear program. Ahmadinejad’s Jewish critics gathered Monday in… More ▸

  • Uzbek Theater Director’s Murder Not Being Seen As Anti-semitism

    A well-known Jewish theater director murdered in Uzbekistan may have been a victim of nationalists or homophobes, a distant relative and Tashkent Jews say, rather than anti-Semitism. Mark Vail, who founded the Ilkhom Theatre in Tashkent in the mid-1970s when Uzbekistan was part of the Soviet Union, died after being stabbed and brutally beaten on… More ▸