Judaism

Holocaust survivor and WWII veteran Mikhail Spectr, 86, pauses as he speaks during the annual Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Ceremony in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019. Spectr was taken to Jewry in 1941 at the age of 8 when Nazi soldiers arrived at his village in Ukraine Soviet republic. Mikhail Spectr had been kept at ghetto in Transnistria, territory between Dniester and Southern Bug, occupied by the Nazi and its allies from 1941 and 1944. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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December 23, 2019 - 6:14 pm
PARIS (AP) — Holocaust survivors sang at Jerusalem's Western Wall, danced in Paris and lit candles in other cities to celebrate Hanukkah together, recalling Nazi horrors that Jewish community leaders fear are fading from the world's collective memory. An 86-year-old man in Moscow described being...
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German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, left, and Josef Schuster, President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, right, shake hands after they signed a treaty on rabbis in the German forces in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
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December 20, 2019 - 7:21 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's defense minister signed an agreement Friday with the country's main Jewish organization to reintroduce military rabbis, saying it was a “strong sign” of the importance of Jewish life in the country. Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said the decision to restore...
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December 02, 2019 - 9:18 am
LONDON (AP) — A neighborhood watch group that protects largely Jewish neighborhoods in London says a visiting rabbi has been badly beaten by men shouting anti-Semitic abuse. The security group Shomrim said Monday that the rabbi was left “bleeding and dazed” after an assault by men who shouted “Kill...
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Britain's main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks at the launch of the Labour Party race and faith manifesto, in London, Tuesday Nov. 26, 2019. The race and faith manifesto comes after the Labour Party and its leader Jeremy Corbyn have been deeply tarnished by anti-Semitism accusations, as the UK prepares to go to the polls in a General Election on Dec. 12. (Joe Giddens/PA via AP)
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November 26, 2019 - 3:51 pm
LONDON (AP) — Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn struggled Tuesday to defuse harsh criticism about anti-Semitism leveled at both himself and the party by Britain’s chief rabbi. In what was arguably his most difficult day in the general election campaign so far, Corbyn faced a multitude of questions...
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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds the Conservative Party's Manifesto for the General Election campaign, in Telford, England, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019. Britain goes to the polls on Dec. 12. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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November 25, 2019 - 5:35 pm
LONDON (AP) — Britain’s most senior Jewish religious leader stepped into Britain’s election campaign Monday, saying the country’s main opposition leader has allowed the “poison” of anti-Semitism to take root in his party. Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, spiritual leader of the U.K.’s Orthodox Jews,...
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In this Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019 photo, ultra-Orthodox Jews pray in the Tomb of the Kings, a large underground burial complex dating to the first century BC, in east Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. After several aborted attempts, the French Consulate General has reopened one of Jerusalem's most magnificent ancient tombs to the public for the first time in over a decade, sparking a distinctly Jerusalem conflict over access to an archaeological-cum-holy site in the volatile city's eastern half. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
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November 08, 2019 - 1:21 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — French authorities reopened one of Jerusalem's most magnificent ancient tombs to the public for the first time in over a decade, despite a dispute over access to the archaeological-cum-holy site in the city's volatile eastern half. After several aborted attempts, the French...
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Signs, flowers and candles expressing love for the Jewish community stand outside the Temple Emanuel in Pueblo, Colo., Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. Richard Holzer, 27, of Pueblo was arrested Friday by the FBI after he allegedly said he was going to go blow up the temple because he hates Jews. Temple president Michael Atlas-Acuña found the items when he arrived in the morning. (Christian Murdock/The Gazette via AP)
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November 05, 2019 - 5:36 pm
DENVER (AP) — The synagogue that was the target of an alleged bombing plot plans to add surveillance cameras to enhance security that was already tightened in response to the deadly Pittsburgh synagogue attack last year. The cameras will help keep watch on activity outside the synagogue in Pueblo...
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FILE - In this July 12, 2012 file photo, Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, cheif of the Conference of European Rabbis, gestures during a news conference in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, July 12, 2012. Chief Rabbi Goldschmidt will give the Moshe Rosen Award, which recognizes non-Jews who promote dialogue, understanding and tolerance to ensure a Jewish future in Europe, to founder of Catholic charity Andrea Riccardi during a ceremony Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 in Rome. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer, file)
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October 24, 2019 - 11:35 am
MILAN (AP) — The chief rabbi of the main Orthodox rabbinical alliance in Europe says that a resurgence of anti-Semitism on the continent "poses an existential threat to the Jewish community." The warning by Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmit was sounded as the Conference of European Rabbis awarded the...
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Police officers cross a wall at a crime scene in Halle, Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 after a shooting incident. A gunman fired several shots on Wednesday in the German city of Halle. Police say a person has been arrested after a shooting that left two people dead. (Sebastian Willnow/dpa via AP)
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October 15, 2019 - 2:04 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's security services are seeking greater powers to fight the kind of far-right extremism behind last week's synagogue attack, including requiring internet companies to report illegal hate speech. The heads of Germany's domestic intelligence service BfV and the Federal Criminal...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019 file photo, ultra-Orthodox Jews watch Rabbi Israel Hager vote in Bnei Brak, Israel. In Israel's secular heartland, the role of religion in daily life played a central role in this week's deadlocked election. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s tight alliance with the ultra-Orthodox may have contributed to his second-place finish. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)
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September 20, 2019 - 3:04 am
KFAR SABA, Israel (AP) — Yamit Dulberg considers herself a traditional Israeli woman with right-wing views who would usually vote for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party. But this week the 37-year-old mother of two cast her ballot for his main rival, in part because she's sick of his...
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