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Jews live in the shadows in Muslim-majority Indonesia

Tondano - Yaakov Baruch is the rabbi at Indonesia's only synagogue but he keeps his religious identity under wraps, like most of the tiny Jewish community living in the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation.

In Albania, a sole Jewish history museum on the brink

Berat - On a sloped, cobblestone street in southern Albania sits a small shop, empty except for a dozen framed panels on the walls bearing photos and stories from 500 years of Jewish life.

Polish anti-Semitism festers on the internet

Warsaw - Graffiti of a swastika and the words "Jude Raus" (Jew, get out) recently appeared overnight on the headquarters of a liberal opposition movement in the Polish capital Warsaw.

Israeli Holocaust survivors fear for French Jews

Jerusalem - Like other Holocaust survivors who left France for Israel, Samy Gryn has watched with a sorrow a resurgence of anti-Semitism in the country where he was born."The situation in France reminds me of the 1930s.

Israeli ultra-Orthodox woman eyes Labor seat in April vote

Apo - The wig and long skirt she wears are not slowing Michal Zernowitski down in her race to become the first ultra-Orthodox woman MP for the Labor party in Israel's April polls.

Synagogue attack casts spotlight on American far-right

Washington - The murder of 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue has cast the spotlight on a racist, neo-Nazi and anti-Semitic fringe in American society -- and rekindled a bitter debate over whether it is being enabled by President Donald Trump.

US Muslim groups raise tens of thousands for synagogue victims

Washington - A crowdfunding campaign by two Muslim American groups has raised almost $80,000 for the surviving victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting and the relatives of the 11 killed.The campaign on LaunchGood (https://www.launchgood.

Close-knit, diverse Jewish hub numbed by slaughter

Pittsburgh - Hushed mourning blanketed the close-knit community of Squirrel Hill, for decades a hub of Jewish life in Pittsburgh, numb with grief Sunday after 11 people were shot dead at a synagogue.

French court orders new probe in Paris bombing case

Paris - A French court Friday ordered a new probe into evidence allegedly linking a Lebanese-Canadian academic to the 1980 deadly bombing of a Paris synagogue before deciding whether to put him on trial.

Danish Jews recall desperate escape from Nazis, 75 years on

Copenhagen - Freddy Vainer was only four years old when he and his family were forced to flee Copenhagen to escape being deported to Nazi concentration camps, but he remembers it like it was yesterday.

Hollywood dives deep into 1980s Israeli spy 'resort' in Sudan

Apo - The brochure portrayed it as a divers' paradise located along the Red Sea in Sudan. It was in fact one of the Israeli intelligence agency's most audacious operations.

Ultra-orthodox Israeli radio fined for excluding women

Jerusalem - An Israeli court has fined an ultra-orthodox Jewish radio station one million shekels ($280,000) for excluding women from its programmes over a two year period, local media said.

Netanyahu warns Jews still under threat

Vilnius - Israel's prime minister said on Sunday that Jews were still at risk even decades after the Holocaust as he wrapped up a groundbreaking visit to Lithuania, a Baltic state once home to his forefathers.

Team finds sacred part of Vilnius synagogue razed by the Nazis

Vilnius - For decades, little did the principal of a kindergarten in Lithuania's capital realise that his office stood on top of a sacred part of Vilnius' 17th century Jewish temple, once famous across Europe.

Imams, rabbis ride tandems in Berlin rally for mutual respect

Berlin - Jewish rabbis and Muslim imams took to tandem bicycles Sunday to ride through central Berlin in a joint show of inter-faith respect and against racism and anti-Semitism.

Russia seeks to force out foreign rabbis as 'national security threat'

Moscow - For the past three months, Asher Krichevsky, Siberia's chief rabbi, has been battling to stay in the country after the Russian authorities accused the Israeli citizen of attempting to overthrow the state.

Tunisian Islamist party endorses Jewish candidate

Monastir - Decked out in a striking blue suit and white shirt, matching his political allegiance, Simon Slama rubs shoulders with fellow candidates ahead of Tunisia's municipal elections.

Rome's Jews reject Israel artichoke dictat

Rome - Rome's Jewish community is embroiled in a standoff with Israel's top religious authority after it declared the Eternal City's cherished dish of "carciofi alla giudia" (deep-fried whole artichoke) not kosher.

Prague pedestrians tread unaware on Jewish graves

Prague - On a fine spring day in the Czech capital, a young busker draws a crowd with his rendition of "Knockin' on Heaven's Door". Little does he realise the poignancy of the Bob Dylan lyrics.

Greeks delve back into Thessaloniki's Jewish heritage

Thessalon - "The voices of 50,000 deported Thessaloniki Jews must not be forgotten. It is time for Greece to delve back into its memory.

Beyond belief: From strict ultra-Orthodox roots to street artist

Telavi - With her nose piercing, jeans and sweatshirt, rising street artist Sara Erenthal looks nothing like what she was 20 years ago -- a member of an extreme ultra-Orthodox Jewish group.

Key players recall 1968 Polish student revolt, ensuing anti-Semitism

Warsaw - In March 1968, a student revolt crushed by Poland's baton-wielding police was used as a pretext for an anti-Semitic purge by the communist regime.

Netanyahu trip highlights India's tiny Jewish community

Mumbai - Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu makes an emotional visit this week to a Jewish centre targeted in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, in a trip that India's tiny and shrinking Jewish community hopes will boost its profile.

Jewish trove hidden from Nazis, Soviets gives up its secrets

Vilnius - For decades, a confessional in a church in Lithuania's capital Vilnius kept a precious secret: a trove of documents offering an unprecedented glimpse into Jewish life in Eastern Europe before and during the Holocaust.

Hundreds of thousands mourn Jewish spiritual leader in Israel

Bnei Brak - Hundreds of thousands attended funeral ceremonies in Israel Tuesday for a spiritual leader of ultra-Orthodox Jews after his death aged 104, with a sea of black-hatted mourners thronging his neighbourhood.

Sweden investigates attempted arson against Jewish chapel

Stockholm - Swedish police on Monday said they are probing an attempted arson against a Jewish chapel after a similar attack against a synagogue, which came in the wake of the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Sweden boosts security around synagogues after attack

Stockholm - Swedish police on Monday tightened security near Jewish sites following a fire attack on a synagogue at the weekend, which came in the wake of the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Secret Holocaust-era archive on display in Poland

Warsaw - Eight decades ago, Jewish archivists facing death in the Warsaw Ghetto hid a trove of documents they hoped would bear testimony to the sufferings of the Holocaust.

Historic Jewish quarter of Marrakesh sees revival

Marrakesh - The once teeming Jewish area of Moroccan tourist gem Marrakesh is seeing its fortunes revived as visitors including many from Israel flock to experience its unique culture and history.

Israeli MP quits under fire after attending gay wedding

Jerusalem - An ultra-Orthodox Jewish Israeli lawmaker quit his seat on Wednesday under fire from religious colleagues and rabbis for attending a gay relative's wedding, his daughter said.
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