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Italian Jewish communities look to digitize 35,000 Jewish texts

New initiative aims to digitize 35,000 Jewish texts from 40 Italian libraries, within three years.

Italian Jewish communities look to digitize 35,000 Jewish texts

This Jewish community is still mourning its Surfside victims

Venezuela has one of the world’s most tight-knit Jewish communities. They are still mourning their Surfside victims.

This Jewish community is still mourning its Surfside victims

First Jewish wedding held in Bahrain in 52 years

Association of Gulf Jewish communities facilitates ceremony as it continues to build Jewish life in the GCC.

First Jewish wedding held in Bahrain in 52 years

Two French Jewish communities and mayor receive death threats

Letters sent to mayor and Jewish communities in southern France threatens terror attack against synagogues.

Two French Jewish communities and mayor receive death threats

Watch: Gulf state ambassadors join Jewish communities for historic event

Ambassadors from three countries hold first joint Lag Ba'omer/ Iftar celebration with Jewish communities in the Gulf.

Watch historic event: Gulf ambassadors join Jewish communitiesplayer

In Bosnia, Holocaust survivors are at risk of dying from coronavirus

A Bosnian War prosecutor from Boston is trying to help Sarajevo’s Jews survive a brutal COVID-19 surge.

In Bosnia, Holocaust survivors at risk of dying from COVID-19

In Chicago, a synagogue's congregation worry for its future - and that of its window

Future in question for Chicago Loop Synagogue and its monumental stained-glass window.

In Chicago, a synagogue's congregation worry for its future

In Northern Ireland, a small Jewish community tries to avoid conflict

As it did decades ago, Northern Ireland’s Jewish community looks to weather the storm of violence on the streets of Belfast.

In Northern Ireland, a Jewish community tries to avoid conflict

In Nevada, an Orthodox community quietly continues to grow

Henderson, Nev., has a growing Jewish population. Here’s what locals love about living Jewishly in the desert.

In Nevada, an Orthodox community quietly continues to grow

Uni of Connecticut to hold rally against campus Jew hatred

After anti-Semitic incidents over Passover weekend at UConn, rally held in support of Jewish students.

Uni of Connecticut to hold rally against campus Jew hatred

In historic first, Jewish communities commemorate Yom Hashoah in the Gulf

Young Muslims to participate in programming, visit Yad Vashem, and share their experiences learning about the Holocaust.

Historic first: Gulf Jewish communities commemorate Yom Hashoah

First book about Jewish festivals for emerging Jewish communities released for Passover

'Hands-On Jewish Holidays,' a book for communities discovering Jewish ancestry and wishing to reconnect to the traditions of their ancestors

1st book about Jewish festivals for emerging Jewish communities

'In 10 or 20 years there might not be a religious community in Newcastle'

The Jewish community in Newcastle, England, is shrinking. But it’s getting some unexpected help.

'In 10 or 20 years there might not be a religious community'

Gulf Jewish communities plan extensive Passover programming

In a record, 650 pounds of matzah are shipped to Gulf communities.

Gulf Jewish communities plan extensive Passover programming

Jura Abaev, Tajikistan's last Jew, dead at 93

For centuries, Jews thrived in Khujand, Tajikistan. Now the city’s last Jew has died.

Jura Abaev, Tajikistan's last Jew, dead at 93

Is there a Black-Jewish cooperation in the United States?

People of the Pod: Lonnie Bunch on race relations; Isaac Herzog on Israel and the Diaspora.

Is there a Black-Jewish cooperation in the United States?

'Jewish communities in the US need to feel that Israeli Jews are there for them'

'Instead of focusing on getting them to come live here, we need to make it easier for them to stay,' rabbi says.

'American Jews need to feel we're there for them'

Oporto Jewish community donates proceeds from video to Israeli food bank

Jewish community in Oporto, Portugal, donates proceeds from video to help feed Israelis suffering from hunger during coronavirus outbreak.

Oporto community donates video proceeds to Israeli food bank

Dubai Jewish community gets first shipment of kosher meat

Shipment of glatt kosher meat arrives in Dubai, in time for Shavuot holiday. 'Until now we were like partisans, now everything has changed.'

Dubai Jewish community gets first shipment of kosher meat

'Resilience' program for Jewish communities around the world

World Union of Orthodox Synagogues and Communities will offer online seminar in conjunction with qualified professionals from Israel.

'Resilience' program for Jewish communities around the world

Rivlin to Jewish leaders: We are one family, we all stand together

President Reuven Rivlin meets heads of communities from the US, Turkey, Argentina, Australia, South Africa and other countries.

'We are one family, we all stand together'

NYU chaplain to be first chief rabbi in the United Arab Emirates

Rabbi says he aims to support establishment of permanent Jewish community in Dubai.

NYU chaplain to be first chief rabbi in the United Arab Emirates

Mossad secures Jewish communities abroad

Mossad receives more than NIS 10 million from one government ministry to increase security for Jewish communities around world.

Mossad secures Jewish communities abroad

Rivlin: Improve relations with global Jewish community

Rivlin meets Israeli ambassadors from around the world, discusses importance of relations with the Jews of the world.

Rivlin: Improve relations with global Jewish community

"Our diversity is our strength as a Jewish community”

Two leaders of Jewish Federations talk about opportunities and challenges as they look towards the future.

"Our diversity is our strength as a Jewish community”

This Torah made its way from a dead community to a new continent

A Torah scroll makes its way from Iowa to Paraguay, telling a story about modern Judaism on its way.

This Torah made its way from a dead community to a new continent

One of Brazil's oldest synagogues to be rededicated

Sao Paulo congregation rededicates centennial synagogue 100 years after it first opened.

One of Brazil's oldest synagogues to be rededicated

Historic Maine synagogue to be turned into high-end apartments

Communities bid farewell to two historic synagogues sold to developers planning to raze them, build high-end apartments.

Historic Maine synagogue to be turned into high-end apartments

Avi Gabbay refuses to retract his remarks on 'the settlements'

'Land of Israel belongs to the Jews, God promised it to Abraham,' says Zionist Union chief.

Avi Gabbay refuses to retract his remarks on 'the settlements'

Last remnants of Jewish community struggle to retain heritage

A Hasidic dynasty began in this Romanian town. Now the Jewish community is barely surviving.

Last remnants of Jewish community struggle to retain heritage

PM Netanyahu leaves on historic visit to Latin America

Netanyahu leaves for trip to Argentina, Mexico, and Columbia, then meets world leaders at UN General Assembly in New York.

PM Netanyahu leaves on historic visit to Latin America

Will Harvey's victims celebrate the upcoming Jewish holidays?

Jewish students, Chabad rabbis and a kosher salami company pitch in to help Houston.

Will Harvey's victims celebrate the upcoming Jewish holidays?

Poland’s Jewish revival is marred by community infighting

As the number of anti-Semitic incidents in Poland rises, some Jews insist Poland is relatively safe.

Poland’s Jewish revival is marred by community infighting

Israeli arrested for threats to Jewish institutions

Israeli police arrest Israeli-American for making threats and publishing false reports in Jewish communities in countries around the world.

Israeli arrested for threats to Jewish institutions

Syrian refugees join in Jewish parade in Berlin

Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal, Rabbi of the Jewish community, called for unity ahead of the upcoming elections in the city.

Syrian refugees participate in  Jewish parade in Berlin

Why Uzbekistan's Jews miss late ruler's iron fist

Jews of Uzbekistan insist that late President Islam Karimov's ruthless and often brutal policies were necessary to keep out radical Islam.

Why Uzbekistan's Jews miss the iron fist of their late ruler

World's 3rd-largest synagogue returns to Jews

Ten years of efforts bear fruit on behalf of Czech synagogue-turned-museum in city of Pilsen.

After 40 years: World's 3rd-largest synagogue returns to Jews

Failed coup leaves Istanbul synagogues half empty

Turkish Jewish community member describes tensions in Istanbul as news of attempted coup arrives over Friday night meal.

Attempted coup in Turkey leaves synagogues half empty

Amplifying Jewish Leaders' Skills around the World

US-based foundation launches new program to engage rising leaders and turn them into a tour de force for communities worldwide.

How Do You Raise the Next Generation of Jewish Leaders?

Sukkot Pilgrimage To Hershey Park

Every year on Chol HaMoed (intermediate day) Sukkot, thousands of Jews gather at Hershey Park for a day of kosher festivities.

Sukkot Pilgrimage To Hershey Park