To Counter Islam’s Critics, Imam Says Muslims Need To Relearn Faith

12/30/2015 - 11:41

ISTANBUL (RNS) In the bustling conservative Fatih district, Fadel Solimon looks at the floor and nods as a young woman asks him for advice on how to respond to criticism of Islam on Twitter. 

Fadel Solimon conducts a workshop with students in Istanbul. Courtesy of Center for Cross-Cultural Communication

French Jews To Gather on 1st Anniversary Of Hyper Cacher Killings

12/23/2015 - 15:50

A commemoration on the first anniversary of the murderous siege at a Paris kosher supermarket is for all the victims in terrorist slayings over a three-day period in January, the main Jewish umbrella group in France said.

The Hyper Cacher was the scene of four murders coordinated with the Charlie Hebdo killings. Getty Images

Ten Keepers For 2015

What touched us in the year that was.

12/23/2015 - 08:53
Managing Editor

Yes, it was a brutal year, from Paris to the streets of Jerusalem to San Bernardino. And yet, as we exit 2015, we mined the year’s news and came up with a few nuggets that catch the light. Here then, 10 stories that shined:

Matisyahu: Beats back BDS. Getty Images

Syrians To Be Housed In Dutch Former Village For Jews Who Fled Nazis

12/21/2015 - 12:25

Amsterdam — The Dutch owner of land that was once a village for Jews fleeing the Nazis offered to use it to house refugees from Syria and Iraq.

Slootdorp. Wikimedia Commons

U.N. Adds Yom Kippur To Official Holiday List

12/18/2015 (All day)
Staff Writer

For the first time, the United Nations will recognize a Jewish holiday – Yom Kippur – as an official U.N. holiday.

The U.N. building. Via

Brazil Refuses To Confirm Israeli Settler Leader As Ambassador

12/18/2015 (All day)

Brazil is refusing to confirm Dani Dayan, who was named as Israeli ambassador to the country.

Citing an unnamed senior Brazilian official, the Times of Israel reported Thursday that Brazil plans not to respond to Israel’s request for confirmation in hopes that the Jewish state will eventually name another ambassador.

Dani Dayan. Via

Kuwait Air Cancels New York-London Route

U.S. Department of Transportation ruled airlines' refusal to sell Israelis tickets illegal.

12/18/2015 (All day)
Staff Writer

Kuwait Airways has canceled its New York to London route after federal and state authorities determined the airline was violating the law because of its refusal to allow Israelis to buy tickets for the flights.

The airline cancelled its route rather than sell Israelis tickets. Via

In An Ultra-Wealthy Moscow Suburb, A Luxurious JCC Opens Its Doors

12/16/2015 - 12:57

Zhukovka, Russia — On the only road connecting this affluent village on Moscow’s western outskirts, Russian secret service agents are blocking all inbound traffic. Drivers bound for Zhukovka pull over and step out to smoke while chatting with other motorists as a line of luxury cars grows on the shoulder of a two-lane road.

An exterior view of the Zhokuvka Jewish Community Center. JTA

Shedding Light, And Heat, At White House Chanukah Party

12/15/2015 (All day)
Staff Writer

How far does the light of the Chanukah candles extend?

For Susan Talve, a St. Louis rabbi who recited the blessing at last Wednesday afternoon’s Chanukah candle-lighting ceremony at the White House, it was a chance to illuminate many of the ills besetting the nation and the world.

Rabbi Susan Talve, with President Obama, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at White House Chanukah party. Steve Sheffey

2 Arrested In Connection With Attack On Paris Kosher Supermarket

12/15/2015 - 12:02

An “acknowledged mercenary” and his partner have been arrested in connection with the deadlyattack in January on a kosher supermarket in Paris that left four people dead.

Hyper Cacher supermarket in Paris, the scene of an attack in June 2015. Getty Images
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