Tag: Jewish Communities

George W. Bush to attend launch of Jewish Agency institute in NY

(JTA) — The Jewish Agency is launching an institute in New York to prepare Israeli emissaries for their service.

The Shlichut Institute, which will be launched Wednesday, will provide the emissaries, or shlichim, with training, tools and technology before they serve, as well during and after.

Natan Sharansky, the outgoing chairman of the Jewish Agency, will serve as the founding chair of the institute. The launch will be part of a special event in New York celebrating the end of Sharansky’s nine-year tenure as chairman of the Executive Committee.

President George W. Bush will be among those on hand…

French Jewish group demands action following rash of anti-Semitic incidents

(JTA) — Citing a “dangerous atmosphere” in France due to a rise in recent weeks in anti-Semitic attacks, the federation of the country’s Jewish communities demanded authorities take tough action to stop it.

CRIF, the umbrella group of French Jewish communities, made the appeal Tuesday in a statement following threats to burn down a Jewish community center in the Paris suburb of Saint-Maur.

“In recent days, numerous serious incidents have begun occurring in the Paris region: The scrawling of swastikas and arson in Creteil, the slashing of a young girl’s face in Sarcelles, an anonymous letter and threats against the…

Iraqi Jews’ expulsion highlighted at UK Limmud learning festival

BIRMINGHAM, England (JTA) — Approximately 2,500 people gathered in northern England for British Jewry’s best-attended cultural event, the annual Limmud Festival of learning.

Some 1,000 classes, workshops, screenings and performances are on offer at Birmingham’s Metropole Hilton hotel during the 5-day event that kicked off Sunday. Among the most popular was the screening of a newly released documentary about the first known purchase in decades of a home in Iraq by a Jew — Londoner Edwin Shuker, who was born in Baghdad.

Remember Baghdad” features Shuker, a member of the executive committee of the Board of Deputies of…

What we talk about when we talk about Jerusalem

(JTA) — E.B. White famously wrote that there are “roughly three New Yorks”: the one of the native New Yorker, the one of the commuter, and the New York of the “person who was born somewhere else and came to New York in quest of something.”

To which a resident of Jerusalem might respond, “Only three? Lucky you.”

Jerusalem is messy, in the best and worst sense of the word. It’s a city of secular intellectuals and insular haredim. It’s the seat of Israel’s government and flypaper for the dreamers, fanatics, seekers and tourists from three major religions and…

Anti-Semitism in France has deep roots and new masks, French PM says

PARIS (JTA) — Amid attacks in Europe on Jews following the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe condemned anti-Semitism “that always tries to justify itself with new pretext,” and which he said has deep roots in France.

Philippe’s remarks, which were unusual for his acknowledgment of the phenomenon’s depth in his country, came Sunday during a speech before approximately 700 participants of the 8th annual conference of the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities.

“In our country, anti-Semitism is alive. It is not new, it is ancient. It is not superficial, it is…