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  • On Their Island Paradise, Tahitian Jews Make Do

    Bright morning sunlight illuminates the synagogue floor as Francois Yonah Poul sits alone in a dark corner wrapped in a tallit and tefillin. Praying in the Quarter Fariipiti of the bustling port city of Papeete, the 48-year-old Poul is among those trying to keep the Jewish community alive on this exotic, 400-square-mile island in the… More ▸

  • Serb Extremism on Rise, but Jewish Life Flourishing

    Avram Israel, a Jew, is worshiped in this capital city. That may seem surprising in a country where an extreme right-wing, xenophobic party leads in voter support and neo-Nazi activity is rising. Yet when the smartly dressed Israel enters an overcrowded cafe across from the National Theater, he automatically is seated in the cordoned-off VIP… More ▸

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    The Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies is opening its new $55 million facility in Chicago this week. The 10-story building, featuring a dramatic faceted wall of 726 pieces of glass and located next to the institute’s former home, a 100-year-old renovated office building on Michigan Avenue, will open Friday to the public. The design already… More ▸

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    Two Israeli movie theaters paid damages to a group of Israeli army reservists after screening a controversial documentary. The Tel Aviv and Jerusalem cinemas this week paid $10,000 total in compensation to five former soldiers who had sued them for screening “Jenin, Jenin,” which insinuates the army committed war crimes during 2002 fighting in the… More ▸

  • 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 ▸