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  • Jewish cemetery desecrated in Lithuania, leaving bones scattered

    (JTA) — A Jewish cemetery in Lithuania was desecrated and human remains were brought to the surface during digging connected to the laying of pipes. Pictures showing freshly dug soil, garbage and bone fragments on the grounds of the cemetery of Siauliai, in northern Lithuania, began circulating Wednesday on social media amid reports of a…

  • British teen visits Israeli city where terrorists killed her uncle

    (JTA) — The niece of a Scottish student who died in a Tel Aviv terrorist attack in 2002 visited that city with dozens of Jewish children from the United Kingdom, many of them seeing Israel for the first time. Chloe Jesner, 13, landed in Israel last month as part of a group of 100 British…

  • Jerusalem approves major US embassy expansion

    (JTA) — The Jerusalem municipality approved building permits to enlarge the size of the U.S. embassy, which relocated to the Israeli capital on May 14. The plans, reported by Hadashot TV news on Thursday, include an expansion of office space, creation of new entrances and additional areas for providing services to the public, The Times…

  • Jewish groups in Ukraine trade accusations over Yiddish conference

    (JTA) — The World Jewish Congress is being criticized in Ukraine for partnering with a Jewish organization whose leader is accused of spreading conspiracy theories to downplay concerns about anti-Semitism. The World Jewish Congress is co-organizing next week’s Yiddish-language conference in Ukraine with the Vaad Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of Ukraine. Eduard Dolinsky,…

  • Jeremy Corbyn no longer scheduled to address Jewish audience in London

    (JTA) — Talks between Jeremy Corbyn and the Jewish Museum in London on a speech by the leader of the British Labour Party have broken down. The party, beset by allegations of anti-Semitism, approached the Jewish Museum with a plan to host a speech on the issue, the London-based Jewish Chronicle first reported on Thursday….

  • Textbook claims Holocaust victims didn’t ‘tap into’ their inner strength

    (JTA) — An online textbook that says Holocaust victims did not “tap into their strength” is required reading at the University of North Carolina. The book, “21st Century Wellness,” is part of a one-credit hour Lifetime Fitness course that is mandatory for UNC undergraduates. The course is meant to teach students how to stay physically…

  • Washington state Republican official resigns after hosting white supremacist leader

    (JTA) — A Washington state Republican Party county chair resigned after saying that she made a mistake in inviting a white supremacist to speak at a local GOP event. Cecily Wright said she wanted to “profoundly apologize” for giving James Allsup a platform to speak at a Spokane Tea Party gathering, the Daily Forward reported…

  • Lithuanian Jews say a national hero killed Jews and should have honorary plaque removed

    (JTA) — Leaders of Lithuania’s Jewish community have asked authorities in Vilnius to remove a plaque honoring an anti-Soviet fighter whose granddaughter said killed Jews. The Lithuanian Jewish Community last week posted on its website a statement calling for the removal of the plaque for Jonas Noreika that is displayed prominently on a central wall…

  • Eviction of Dutch Jews from Nazi-ravaged synagogue brings back bitter memories

    DEVENTER, Netherlands (JTA) — Four years ago, Tom Furstenberg proudly carried into his synagogue its first Torah scroll since the Holocaust, when local Nazis destroyed the building’s interior. The scroll’s introduction in 2014 was an important moment for the Beth Shoshana Masorti community that Furstenberg helped establish in 2010 in this city of nearly 100,000…

  • London synagogue honors Ponzi scammer at Sabbath services

    (JTA) — Leaders of a synagogue in London apologized for giving an honor to a convicted fraudster two days before he was sentenced to six years in prison for his crimes. Freddy David, who defrauded 55 people, mostly Jewish, of nearly $19 million, was called up to the bimah of his Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue…