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May 11, 2004
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Berel Lazar, one of Russia’s two chief rabbis, attended President Vladimir Putin’s inauguration. As leader of one of Russia’s “traditional” faiths, along with the local leaders of Orthodox Christianity, Islam and Buddhism, Lazar was invited to the May 7 ceremony marking the start of Putin’s second four- year term.

Roman Polanski, Academy Award-winning director of “The Pianist,” received an honorary doctorate from a university in Rome. The Literature and Philosophy Department of Sapienza University honored the Polish-born filmmaker with a ceremony Monday in recognition of “the fundamental relationship of a Polish Jewish intellectual and artist to the entirety of European culture.”

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