After Five Years, Italy's First Holocaust Museum Is Years Away

Rome's mayor says it's important to open the museum while survivors still live, and expects final approval on funds by the end of January.


If all goes according to plan, a starkly modern, $30 million Holocaust museum will soon rise on the site of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini’s Rome residence.

Italian fascists salute the tomb of Benito Mussolini, whose residence will house Italy's first Holocaust Museum. Getty Images

In Germany, Jewish Activist Named Sexiest Female Politician

Marina Weisband, a leading member of the 'Pirate Party Germany,' immigrated from Ukraine as a child.


A 25-year-old Jewish woman has been voted Germany's sexiest female politician.

Marina Weisband: Breakout star of the German Pirate Party. Getty Images

Dutch City Begins Restoring Fourteenth-Century Mikveh

Ritual bath is proof of permanent Jewish presence in the Netherlands prior to Spanish Inquisition.


The Dutch city of Venlo began restoring a recently discovered mikvah -- the oldest proof of Jewish life in the country.

The mikveh in Speyer, Germany, where Jews settled in the 11th century. Getty Images

Dutch Ruling Protects Sabbath Observance

Government agency: employers may not reject candidates who don't work on day of rest.


A Dutch governmental agency advised a security firm to hire a Sabbath-observing intern after ruling that employers may not reject Jewish candidates on the basis of their refusal to work on the Jewish day of rest.

World's Second-Oldest Bible Fragment Digitized

The Nash Papyrus, found in Egypt, contains the Ten Commandments and part of the Shema.


The University of Cambridge posted online thousands of pages from fragile religious manuscripts.

This Dead Sea Scrolls fragment is roughly contemporaneous with the Biblical texts Cambridge University digitized. Getty Images

Ephraim Mirivs To Become UK's Next Chief Rabbi

South-African born, he will succeed the long-serving Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, the tenth to hold the office.

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Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis will succeed Rabbi Jonathan Sacks as the United Kingdom’s next chief rabbi, the Chief Rabbinate Trust announced the evening of Dec. 17 in a statement on the Chief Rabbi’s website.

THe UK chief rabbi does much interfaith dialogue. Here, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks and Pope Benedict XVI. Getty Images

EU Condemns Israeli Settlements

European Union calls on Israel to cancel construction, avoid 'undermining' Palestinian Authority's finances.


The European Union called on Israel to cancel planned construction in West Bank settlements and “avoid any step undermining the financial situation of the Palestinian Authority.”

The European Union made the appeal in a document published Tuesday titled “Council conclusions on the Middle East Peace Process,” which came out of a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels the previous day.

The European Union's headquarters in Brussels. Getty Images

India Executes Terrorist From 2008 Mumbai Attack

Hanged man participated in 3-day campaign that killed 166, including Chabad emissaries.


The lone surviving terrorist from the 2008 Mumbai attack was hanged in the early hours of Nov 21. in an Indian prison, the Associated Press reported. 

Mohammed Ajmal Kasab’s execution was carried out after India’s President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his plea for mercy.

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee. Getty Images

Israel-Hamas Cease-Fire Goes Into Effect

Netanyahu accepted Obama's recommendation to give cease-fire a chance to work.


Minutes after a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas went into effect,

Israeli reserve soldiers leave the Gaza border on Nov. 22. Getty Images

Obama: Missile Fire From Gaza Must Stop First

At press conference in Bangkok, Obama says Hamas responsible for intensification of violence.


President Obama told the Egyptian and Turkish leaders that a resolution to the Gaza-Israel violence must begin with an end to rocket fire into Israel.

"If we’re serious about wanting to resolve this situation and create a genuine peace process, it starts with no more missiles being fired into Israel’s territory, and that then gives us the space to try to deal with these longstanding conflicts that exist," Obama said Sunday at a news conference in Bangkok, the first leg of his tour of Asian countries.

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