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Purim on the Rocks

Meet hundreds of young Jews from across Europe and beyond as we party for Purim together in the heart of Central Europe!


Hasidim in Uman break record

The Ukrainian Interior Department in the Cherkassy Oblast announced the number of foreign guests in the Ukrainian city.


Around 200 people attend meeting in memory of the victims of Babi Yar

The participants of the meeting included the Israeli ambassador to Ukraine Eliav Belotserkovski and the German ambassador to Ukraine Christof Weil.


Thousands Delayed On Their Way to Uman

Tens of thousands of Israelis, as well as Jews from around the world, were in Uman Sunday to celebrate Rosh Hashanah


The 'Peanut' gallery on your phone

A new Israeli web browser seeks to revolutionize the way we interact online by allowing users to comment and share from any site.


Ukraine village for Jewish refugees to officially open Monday

Village "Anatevka" to open its doors to some 100 Jewish refugees from Ukrainian conflict


A First for EL AL: Charedi Woman to Train as Pilot

Nechama got the pilot's license at age 20


Birthright sets record for summer participants

The participants came from 32 countries


Maccabi Games kick off in Berlin

Jewish European Maccabi Games begin at Nazi park in Berlin that was the site of the 1936 Olympic Games.


Watch: Architectural Plans for Third Temple Have Begun

While most Jews mourn and pray, one organization has been busily preparing plans to rebuild.


Israeli haredi and secular rarely interact, survey shows

One-fifth of secular Jews reported having little interaction with haredim


World Jewish Population Back at Pre-Holocaust Levels

70 years since end of WWII, Knesset report shows global Jewish population, including mixed marriages, back at 16 million.


Buenos Aires Remembers AMIA Attack in Subway Display

Pasteur subway station is to be renamed in the memory of AMIA attack victims


Women of the Wall founder dies

Bonna Devora Haberman died of cancer.


A scandal about nothing: the Torah was not impounded in Yekaterinburg

The president of the Jewish national and cultural autonomy of the Sverdlovsk Oblast Mikhail Oshtrakh commented on the situation.


British Jewish organization to help elderly Jews in Ukraine

The aid program for elderly people has been operating for almost three years


Torah to be checked for extremism in Yekaterinburg

Representatives of the prosecutor’s office have yet to comment on their actions


100 Ukrainian Jews Land in Israel

IFCJ brings Ukrainians fleeing violent Russia-Ukraine conflict in Donetsk to find new homes in central Israel.


Northern Portugal city opens Jewish museum

Museum tells story of 900-year-old Jewish community of Porto


Chana car rally raises over 350000 pounds in Monaco

Group supports couples who face the challenge of infertility.


Poll: 86% of Israelis Want Their Children to Marry Jewish

New poll finds secular and religious alike want to continue the Jewish nation, amid disagreement over conversion strictness


Tikva UK dinner raises £1m for orphans in Ukraine

The event took place at London’s Millennium Mayfair Hotel


Last surviving Revisionist Warsaw Ghetto fighter dies

Ziuta Hartman-Rutenberg, born in 1922 in Kielce, took part in the revolt against the Nazis


90-year-old celebrates belated Bat Mitzvah

Shirley Schlinger always dreamt of celebrating her Bat Mitzvah


Sargent William Shemin To Receive Medal Of Honor 100 Years Late

The medal is for his bravery fighting in World War I


Delegations from three Ukrainian cities come to Dnepropetrovsk for Shabbat

Representatives of the communities of Krivoy Rog, Kremenchug and Cherkassy can expect a packed program of events


Hasidim from Israel and the USA visit Bukovina

The pilgrims have come to pray at the synagogue in Vizhnitsa


Only Kosher Eatery Opens in Western Ukraine

Children from the local Chabad schools and some thirty Chabad representatives from Western Ukraine came to celebrate the restaurant’s opening.


Jewish veterans of Dnepropetrovsk given presents for Victory Day

The aid campaign for veterans will also be held in other Ukrainian cities


Dnepropetrovsk community celebrates Victory Day

Veterans were given special gift sets


Russian Jewish leader: Increased authoritarianism a cause for aliya

The number of Russians arriving in Israel in the first quarter of 2015 was nearly 50 percent higher than that experienced during the corresponding period last year.


European Jewish Congress gives Kiev Jews $100,000 for security

Speaking by phone, Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich thanked EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor for the grant


Haredi Orthodox neighborhood has NYC’s highest birth rate

Borough Park has 27.9 births per 1,000 residents


In first, Women of the Wall read from full-size Torah scroll at Kotel

Haredi Orthodox men tried to prevent women from praying with the scroll


Yom HaShoah: 5,000 attend largest ever Holocaust memorial event in UK

Community members from across the religious spectrum came together at Allianz Park to honour the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis 70 years ago.


Lubavitcher Woman Saves Entire Airplane

A young Lubavitcher woman discovered a malfunction with the aircraft


Israel among the least religious countries in the world

Only 30% of Israelis say they are religious, survey finds


IFCJ and FSU See ‘Largest Humanitarian Project Ever’ For Passover 2015

The FJC and the Fellowship are distributing 100 tons of kosher for Passover Matzah and thousands of generous food packages.


Boca Synagogue Wins Guinness World Record

For congregant-made prayer shawl measuring 1471.74 square feet


Historic Birmingham Synagogue Restored

Originally built in 1856 to unite two smaller communities within Birmingham, the historic Synagogue continues to serve the community with a host of educational and social programs.


Pupils of Jewish school in Dnepropetrovsk win prize at Robotraffic-2015

The Dnepropetrovsk pupils won prizes in the senior group.


Baseball program brings together Arab 
and Jewish kids

While initially a little wary of each other, by the end of the two-day program, new friendships were formed and more than a few stereotypes were broken.


Rabbi Kaminetsky awarded Star of Dnepropetrovsk

Kaminetsky was presented with the award by the governor’s advisor Boris Treigerman.


A new project was created to recruit the ultra-orthodox to the army

The project is designed to encourage ultra-orthodox to join the IDF ground forces.


Jewish leaders back We Stand Together campaign against hate

Jewish communal leaders have helped launch a new national effort to combat hate and extremism.


Two pre-WWII Polish Torah scrolls to be restored

The renovation will be carried out at the National Library in Warsaw and the Department of Paper and Leather Restoration of Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun.


21 Lost Latvia Synagogues Recreated as Scale Models

Meticulous Detail Opens Window on Life Before Holocaust


Chief rabbi of Donbass calls to celebrate Purim despite the situation in the region

The chief rabbi of Donbass compared modern Ukraine with the Persian Empire in the time of Artaxerxes.


Rabbi David Yosef: Secular Jews Endanger Israel

Those who do not observe the commandments is endangering our existence more than the Arabs, said Rabbi Yosef.


German leader suggests Jews shouldn't wear kippas in Muslim areas

Josef Schuster, head of Central Council of Jews, qualified remarks by saying that hiding isn't right approach to concerns about anti-Semitism.


Christian groups recognized for aiding Ukrainian Jews

The Jewish Agency for Israel honored 7 christian groups.


Tel Aviv police say they busted teenage drug ring

Most of the teens are 16 or 17 and go to the same Tel Aviv high school.


After attacks, European rabbis train in Prague self-defense

During Tuesday's training sessions, dozens of rabbis have learned what to do to survive stabbing and how to treat injuries.


Israeli activists send humanitarian aid to Ukraine

“Friends of Ukraine in Israel” have gathered over a ton of warm items.


Commemoration for Heavenly Hundred held in Israel

Participants tied yellow and blue ribbons to trees planted in memory of the Heavenly Hundred.


Norwegian Muslims volunteer to protect synagogue

After deadly attack at prayer site, activists intend to form a human ‘peace ring’ of protection after weekend services.


British Girl Uses Krav Maga to Defeat Attacker

12-year-old London schoolgirl had a year of training in the Israeli combat technique, and put it to good use returning from Krav Maga class.


Stolen 19th Century Talmud Found

The book was stolen from the National Library years ago. Judaica auction house owner arrested.


USA: Jewish Woman Attacked by Christian Trying to Convert Her

Boise woman allegedly attacked a Jewish woman and stomped on her neck in an attempt to convert her to Christianity.


Sharansky: There is No Future for Jews in Western Europe

Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky urges Israel to invest more money in Aliyah.


Jews of Simferopol hope to get back buildings nationalized in USSR

Simferopol Jewish community seeks to get back 23 Jewish buildings or receive compensation or them.


Boris Khersonsky considers the explosion in Odessa to be an attack on his family

The flat of the Jewish News columnist is located opposite the ‘More’ hostel where the explosives were placed.


Hesed office damaged in the shelling of Kramatorsk

Two missiles hit the 9 storey building where the Jewish social aid centre is housed.


A female member of the Jewish community killed in Donetsk

The deceased worked at a Jewish nursery in territory controlled by the terrorists.


Birthright given $45 million by Adelson, Azrieli

New donation includes a $20 million challenge grant.


Rabbis rule that people with cognitive disabilities can marry

Beit Hillel organization declares support for weddings of people with Down syndrome, autism and other conditions.


Mini-lectures on Hasidism to be held at Kiev-Mohyla Academy

A specialist from Israel will read a cycle of lectures on Hasidism at the Kiev-Mohyla Academy.


Shanghai pushes WWII Jewish neighborhood for UNESCO register

Some 20,000 Jewish refugees who fled the Nazis lived in Shanghai, in the Tilanqiao area of Hongkou District.


Jews of Mariupol restore city after shelling

The Jewish community of Mariupol will help the injured and clean up the aftermath of the shelling.


Kiev club “Taim” to teach women to prepare kosher desserts

Cooking lessons will be held at the Brodsky choral synagogue in Kiev.


Most Secular, Traditional Jewish Israelis Want to Study Torah

Poll reveals that a majority of Israeli Jews who do not define themselves as 'observant' want to learn more about their roots.


Program for studying Judaism opens in Dnepropetrovsk

Dnepropetrovsk has become the 40th city in the world to join the “Kolel Torah” program.


Swedish city prevents Jewish couple from homeschooling children

Chabad emissaries stand trial in Gothenburg for their decision to educate their children at home according to their religious belief due to lack of Jewish schools in the city.


Israeli barber invents invisible kippa

A kippa invented by an Israeli barber that is the color of the owner’s hair makes Jews unnoticeable to anti-Semites.


Lyubomir Huzar: anti-Semitism is a spiritual epidemic

The Bishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Lyubomir Huzar called anti-Semitism a spiritual epidemic, and called for all believers to pray for Israel.


Memorial evening for Holocaust victims to be held in Kiev

On Monday, 26 January the memorial evening “Six million hearts” will be held in Kiev to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day.


Volunteer of Jewish organization from Belaya Tserkov help two teenagers with diabetes

A member of the Jewish volunteer movement helped insulin-dependent teenagers from Belaya Tserkov.


Jews raise aid for families of terrorist attack in Paris by Internet

Jews in France have raised over 100,000 Euros in aid for families of victims of the terrorist attack in Paris.


100th great-grandchild born to Israeli couple who survived the Holocaust

An Israeli couple who fled Nazi Germany in the 1930s have seen the birth of their 100th great-grandchild.


Fire at Jewish cemetery in Kalush

At a Jewish cemetery in the city of Kalush in the Ivano-Frankovsk Oblast in Ukraine, a fire broke out. Journalist Tatyana Gregorash reported this on her Facebook page.


Rabbi calls for Europe to let Jews carry arms

The head of the European Jewish Association Menachem Margolin has called on the EU to let members of the Jewish community carry arms.


Nearly half of British Jews say they have no future in Europe

The poll of 2,230 British Jewish people by the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism found that 45 percent feared Jews may have no future in Britain, and 58 percent were concerned they have no long-term future in Europe.


30-40% of French Jewish Students Stay Home After Attacks

As much as 30-40% of France's Jewish schoolchildren stayed home Monday, Channel 10 reports, on the first day of school after Friday's attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris.


Victims of terrorist attacks in France buried in Jerusalem

The bodies of four Jews who died in Paris last week during a hostage taking at a kosher supermarket have been buried at the Har Hamenuchot cemetery in Jerusalem. The state ceremony will include speeches from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin and the leader of the Labor Party Yitzhak Herzog.


Chesed Besht popularizes “book crossing” in Khmelnitsky

The “Chesed Besht” charitable foundation has joined the “book crossing” public initiative which was launched in the city of Khmelnitsky in Ivan Franko Park.


Jewish organizations around the world condemn terrorist attack in Paris

The Association of Jewish organizations and communities of Ukraine categorically condemned the terrorist attack at the editorial office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, in which the Jewish cartoonist of Jewish ancestry Georges Wolynski and another 11 people were killed.


Victim of terrorist attack in Tel-Aviv commences service in IDF

Shani Winter, who survived a terrorist attack in a café in Tel-Aviv 18 years ago, has begun service in the Israel Defense Forces. Her father Mickey said that his daughter sees military training as a very important stage in life.


Transgender woman prevented from accessing Western Wall

A transgender woman was denied access to both the women’s and men’s sections of the Western Wall.


Maccabi club in Kharkov launches table tennis tournament

The traditional table tennis tournament has begun in Kharkov that is held by the Kharkov Jewish culture and sports club Maccabi, with the support of the Oblast table tennis federation.


Jewish charitable fund collects food for children of Donetsk

The “Keren Yedidut” charitable fund headed by Rabbi Yechiel Ekshtein gave packages of food to around 300 children of the Donetsk community and displaced Jews in other Ukrainian cities.


Toronto Federation gives $100,000 to family of synagogue terror attack victim

The UJA Federation of Greater Toronto raised more than $100,000 for the family of a victim of a terror attack on a Jerusalem synagogue.


U.K. Anti-Semitic Acts at 30-Year High

Anti-Semitic incidents in Britain occurred at a higher rate in 2014 than during any year in the past three decades, according to a British watchdog organization the Community Security Trust.


Israelis empty shops before snow falls

Israeli meteorologists predict cold weather and snow falls of 5-15 centimeters in Jerusalem, and 15-25 centimeters in Gush Etzion this week.


Moshe and Esther among ten most popular names in New York

Esther was the third most popular name for newborn white girls in New York in 2013, and Moshe was the fourth most popular for boys. This information was published by the New York health department at the end of December 2014, which annually compiles lists of the most popular children’s names for the previous year, arranged by gender, community and ethnicity.


Jewish community of Dnepropetrovsk makes reality show

The youth center SeeTheLight in Dnepropetrovsk has made a reality show called “Hanukkah Supper”, in which four teams competed to devise a menu and hold a festive banquet.


New Jerusalem Unity Prize established in Israel

Prizes of up to 100,000 shekels o be awarded for initiatives promoting unity within the Jewish community.


Rabbis Gather in Jerusalem to Discuss Global Crises

130 world rabbis gather in Jerusalem to discuss anti-Semitism, assimilation, and other challenges facing the Jewish world.


Exhibition opens in Khmelnitsky for 100th anniversary of Joint

In the Oblast art museum of Khmelnitsky, an exhibition has opened dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, which is represented in the Khmelnitsky and Ternopol Oblasts by the charitable fund “Chesed Besht”.


Growth of anti-Semitism in Europe discussed at winter conference of Linmud

At York University in Great Britain, the annual winter Linmud conference has opened. Over five days, around 1,000 guests and 500 speakers from around the world while hear 1,200 lectures and discussions about history, politics, religion, philosophy, art and culture.


Last Jew in Pakistan Fights for Jewish Cemetery

Pakistan's only self-declared Jew is fighting an uphill battle to maintain Jewish cemetery from encroaching Muslim graveyard.


Argentina’s President Adopts Jewish Godson

Argentina’s president Christina Fernandez has accepted an official Jewish godson for the first time in the country’s history to help counter legend of death to a seventh son.


Jewish cemetery vandalized in central Greece

Vandals desecrated the Jewish cemetery in the central Greek city of Larissa, spraying swastikas and threats on the cemetery wall.


Netanyahu uses Christmas address to highlight plight of Middle East's Christians

In his special Christmas address prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu stated that Israel the only safe place for christians in the Middle East.


Children of Dnepropetrovsk community treat Ukrainian soldiers to Hanukkah donuts

Children from the Jewish community of Dnepropetrovsk gave Ukrainian soldiers undergoing treatment at the № 2 city clinical hospital Hanukkah donuts, patriotic souvenirs, toys and letters wishing for them to get well and thanking them for their heroism.


Jerusalem residents decorate city with colorful menorahs

Residents of the Old City have decorated the Jewish quarter of Jerusalem with colorful menorahs, marking the path on which the Hasmoneans walked to purify the Holy Temple over 2,000 years ago.


Hanukkah menorah lit at Borispol airport for travellers

The gabai of the central synagogue of Kiev Iosef Azman and students of the All-Ukrainian Jewish academy “Tomhei Tmimim” have lit Hanukkah candles at the international airport of Borispol near Kiev.


Main Hanukkah menorah lit in the heart of Ukraine

Representatives of communities all over Ukraine have gone to a traditional annual lighting ceremony of the most important Jewish candelabrum. Kiev mayor Vitaly Klichko lit a Hanukkah menorah in a smaller circle.


Dnepropetrovsk rabbi Kaminetsky: when society is united, victory is inevitable

The rabbi of Dnepropetrovsk and the Dnepropetrovsk Oblast Shmuel Kaminetsky believes that the Ukrainian army should borrow the experience of Israel and take on rabbis who will provide soldiers with spiritual support and assistance.


The Jewish community of Cuba wants to establish close ties with its American counterpart

The Jewish community of Cuba wants to establish close ties with its American counterparts


Hannukah menorahs lit in Jewish homes in Warsaw

In pre-war houses in Warsaw connected with the history of the Jewish community, candles are being lit every evening throughout Hannukah


Conservative rabbi proposed to review ban on mixed marriages

Rabbi Wesley Gardenswartz, the spiritual leader of Temple Emanuel, one of the largest conservative synagogues in the USA, has proposed to remove the ban on interfaith marriages on the condition that the couple promises not to break ties with the community, and raise the children in the Jewish faith


B’nai B’rith calls on UN to recognize Yom Kippur as a holiday

The Jewish organization B’nai B’rith has appealed to the United Nations to put the most sacred day of the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur, on the list of Christian, Muslim and other holidays officially recognized by the organization


Ukrainian President congratulates Jews on Hanukkah

Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko congratulated the country’s Jews on the holiday of Hanukkah, according to an official address on the president’s site


Politician in Greece criticized for anti-Semitic comments

The central council of the Jewish communities of Greece criticized the leader of the right-wing party “Independent Greeks” Panos Kammenos for a statement that Jews do not pay taxes, which he made in an interview with the Antenna TV channel


Ukrainian Jew sews fur boots for soldiers in ATO zone

In the village of Kodra in the Kiev Oblast, an 81-year-old pensioner is sewing fur boots for Ukrainian soldiers in the ATO zone, the 1+1 TV channel reported


Compensation for Holocaust victims to be increased by 21%

The Global Claims Conference plans to increase financing of social service organizations for Holocaust victims all over the worl


School in Austria to be closed over charges of anti-Semitism.

A school in Austria is to be closed which is financed by Saudi Arabia, because of suspicions of using anti-Semitic textbooks and the refusal to provide a list of the teaching staff


Dnepropetrovsk community gives presents to soldiers in ATO zone

The Dnepropetrovsk Jewish community has given two heating units from one of the military divisions


Three-day Linmud festival opens in Israel

The “Linmud 2014” festival opened today at Ginosar kibbutz on the shore of Lake Kinneret. This year it is dedicated to the poetess Rachel, who was born in Saratov but spent most of her life in the Kinneret region


American boy spends $5,000 from bar mitzvah on treatment for friend

In the state of Pennsylvania, 13-year-old Jesse Kaufman spent all the money from his bar mitzvah on health treatment for a classmate


Israel publishes smallest New Testament in the world

An Israeli company has developed a chip with a size of less than 4.76 x 4.76 millimeters with the original text of the New Testament in Greek, which can lay claim to a place in the Guinness Book of Records


Expert concerned at growth of anti-Semitism in Armenia

The already small Jewish community of Armenia faces the real threat of anti-Semitism. Arye Gut, a member of the board of the “Azerbaijan-Israel” international association wrote about this in Jewish News & Israel News


Jewish cemetery in Argentina desecrated

At least a dozen gravestones were desecrated at a Jewish cemetery in the Argentinean city of Santiago del Estero


Members of Chabad movement attacked in New York

An Israeli citizen received a knife wound from an Afro-American man who broke into the headquarters of the Chabad-Lyubavich movement in New York. The victim is reported to be in a serious but stable condition.


Jews of France protest against anti-Semitism

Hundreds of Jews protested in the city of Créteil on the outskirts of Paris against crimes of religious intoleranc


France to allocate $60 million to Holocaust victims

France will transfer $60 million to an American fund to pay compensations to Holocaust victims who were deported to Nazi death camps by the state railway company SNCF during the Second World War