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Imams in Morocco Learn Jewish Culture as Part of Training — and Bring Tolerance to France

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 12:00am
by Irina Tsukerman for the algemeiner.com

The 30 imams who have signed a letter against antisemitism and extremism in France are graduates of a special training program for imams in Morocco. Created in 2005, the Institute Mohammed VI de la Formation des Imams Mourchidens et Mourchidates now boasts of approximately 1,600 graduates — more than 1,000 male, and 800 female imams.

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Israel’s Rabbinate Rejects Authority Of Certain U.S. Orthodox Rabbis, Letter Shows

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 12:00am
BY JTA, The Jewish Week/Times of Israel

JERUSALEM — An internal correspondence document written by a senior member of Israel’s Rabbinical Courts rejects the authority of all rabbis who receive their ordination from a yeshiva located in New York.

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Roberto Saviano, Author of ‘Gomorrah,’ Takes on Internet Nazis

Mon, 05/28/2018 - 12:00am
By Simone Somekh for Tablet Magazine 

Tired of internet conspiracy theories and vile anti-Semitism, the journalist turns his attention from Italy’s mafia to its white supremacists

Later this month, Roberto Saviano, the renowned Italian journalist, will testify at the first hearing of a trial against 39 Italian neo-Nazis who were accused, among other things, of participating in an online group that incited racial discrimination and violence. For years, between 2009 and 2012, the group held discussions that included white supremacist and anti-Semitic rhetoric on the American hate site Stormfront.

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Israel’s Newfound Popularity in Syria

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 12:00am

Since 2013, Israel has been providing humanitarian aid to Syrian civilians near its border and has brought thousands of Syrians to its hospitals for treatment. It has also provided some covert military aid to Syrian rebels, in addition to launching sporadic attacks on Syrian and Iranian positions. As a result, many Syrians have changed their attitude toward the Jewish state. Elizabeth Tsurkov writes:

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Ex-Hasidic Woman Becomes Britain’s First Orthodox Female Rabbi

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 12:00am
In Haaretz, from JTA

Dina Brawer, who was born in Milan to Moroccan-born parents, will take the title of 'rabba'

Dina Brawer became Britain’s first Orthodox female rabbi.

She received her semicha, or rabbinic ordination, on Monday in London from British-born Israeli academic and rabbi, Dr. Daniel Sperber, after he administered a two-hour exam.

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Mon, 05/07/2018 - 12:00am

The impression is of a one way street where Israelis and Palestinians only receive and have nothing to offer.

Do you think the situation in Gaza is bad? Yet a group from Afghanistan and Pakistan met to learn about cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians. What ensued will surprise you.

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Jewish Irish population rises almost 30 per cent due to foreign investment

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 12:00am
by Ben Welch for TheJC.com

The increase has been attributed to the influx of young Jewish professionals working with high-tech U.S. multinational companies

After long-term decline, the Jewish community in Ireland has grown by almost 30 per cent in five years.

According to the 2016 Irish census, 2,557 Jews now live in Ireland, with more than half in Dublin.

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Anne Frank House Barred Jewish Employee From Wearing ‘Kipah’

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:00am
From JNS

Of all the places on earth, the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam prohibited its Jewish employees from wearing kipot, head coverings worn by observant Jews that are also referred to as yarmulkes. The outrageous policy was changed only recently after a local media outlet intervened.

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