Rabbis Gather In Toulouse To Denounce Islamist Terror


Senior rabbis from across Europe and Israel gathered in Toulouse, France, for a conference devoted to finding solutions for challenges facing European Jewry.

Keeping The Jewish Past Alive

Travel Writer

The night clerk at my hotel in Lisbon’s port district was complaining. Too many immigrants, he groused. Brazilians, Cape Verdeans, Angolans — the breadth of Portugal’s erstwhile empire is visible on every street in downtown Lisbon. The clerk darkly suggested a link to increased prostitution.

A fountain in the old Jewish quarter. TRAM CREDIT: Alvegaspar / FOUNTAIN: Jose Manuel

Holocaust Memorial Day Marked Through Europe


For many decades, the Nazis’ murder of six million European Jews was marked on different dates in different countries on the continent, based on significant wartime dates in each land.

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The Year Ahead: Jewish Security in Europe


Is Europe becoming, for the first time since the 1930s, a place that is inhospitable to Jews? American Jews should pay attention in 2014 to four discrete anti-Jewish expressions.

Masorti Movement Growing In Europe

Gillian Caplan, the new head of the worldwide Conservative movement, says it offers the Judaism people are looking for.

Staff Writer

Gillian Caplin, the newly elected president of the worldwide Conservative or Masorti movement, lives in North West London. She is a former chairperson of the Assembly of Masorti Synagogues, during which she was instrumental in the creation and development of Masorti Europe, the regional body that fosters the development of Masorti communities across Europe. A former television producer, she is married and the mother of two. The Jewish Week caught up with her late last month when she was in New York. This is an edited transcript.

Gillian Caplin: Conservative “is the kind of Judaism people all over the world are looking for.”

European Anti-Semitism: The Unpleasant Truth

Author suggests ‘humanitarian racism’ behind demonization of Israel.
Editor and Publisher

Anti-Semitism in Europe, often in the guise now of anti-Israel rhetoric and actions, has become too big a problem to ignore or rationalize away. And it is taking place on two levels: as official policy, and within societies where, according to recent polls, Israel is considered the most dangerous nation in the world, more of a threat to world peace even than Iran or North Korea.

Gary Rosenblatt

Omens In Mitteleuropa

Under tight security and alongside protest, World Jewish Congress gathering highlights region’s growing anti-Semitism.
Israel Correspondent

Budapest, Hungary — Close to the parliament building, dozens of shoes from a bygone era stand at the edge of the Danube River, the focal point of this picturesque central European city.

A Holocaust memorial in the shape of a weeping willow bears the names of many of nearly half a million Hungarian Jews.

Greek Neo-Nazi party rises as economy sinks

Golden Dawn party faults immigrants for unemployment, blames Jews for Europe's financial problems.

Tens of thousands of Greek protesters welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel to their country Oct. 9 with Nazi uniforms, Hitler salutes and swastika flags, lamenting her new austerity measures amid their floundering economy.

While protesters’ gestures were symbolic, the real threat Nazi ideology poses to Greece comes from within.

The logo of Golden Dawn, Greece's neo-Nazi party. Wikimedia Commons

Slovenia, Estonia announce new shechitah restrictions

European Jewish Parliament writes to Slovenian Ministry of Agriculture

Slovenia’s National Assembly is set to vote on a proposed ban on all ritual slaughter, which the European Union member country’s government recently submitted for approval.

Estonia, meanwhile, has reportedly imposed new restrictions on its already stringent slaughter policy.

Dr. Igor Vojtic, a member of the executive board of Slovenia's Jewish community, told JTA that the proposed ban came in animal welfare amendments which the government adopted last month.

Tragedy In France


In the season before Passover, one of the most joyous dates on the Hebrew calendar, the Jewish communities of the United States, France and other lands find themselves in mourning, on high alert and reminded once again that anti-Semitism remains a reality, especially in Europe.

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