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'Jewish community will not celebrate Hanukkah at the synagogue'

Cairo Jewish community decided not to celebrate Hanukkah at the synagogue, due to increased display of antisemitism since beginning of war.

'Jewish community will not celebrate Hanukkah at the synagogue'

Amudim Is Addressing Crisis in Jewish Communities Worldwide

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Amudim Is Addressing Crisis in Jewish Communities Worldwide

The light of Rabbi L. Rabinowitz, past S. African Chief Rabbi

Continuing with the series of articles on foreign born rabbis who have served and become famous in South Africa.

The light of Rabbi L. Rabinowitz, past S. African Chief Rabbi

Number of Jewish communities with security programs rises by 42%

Jewish communal security programs increase by 42% following LiveSecure launch.

Number of Jewish communities with security programs rises by 42%

Jewish communities bolster security amid growing threats

Amid higher threat levels, Jewish communities lean on $130 million initiative to bolster security.

Jewish communities bolster security amid growing threats

Video series explores American Jewish communities through food

Ruderman Family Foundation’s new series cultivates ties between Israeli & US Jewry, with a culinary journey of American Jewish communities.

Video series explores American Jewish communities through food

US antisemitism envoy travels to Argentina and Chile

Ambassador Deborah Lipstadt meets with local Jewish communities and gov officials about 'actionable strategies' to combat antisemitism.

US antisemitism envoy travels to Argentina and Chile

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 historic event: Gulf ambassadors join Jewish communities

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 communities

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

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

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 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

Historic first: Gulf Jewish communities commemorate Yom Hashoah

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

1st book about Jewish festivals for emerging Jewish communities

'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'

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?

'American Jews need to feel we're 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 community donates video proceeds 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

'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 participate 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 the iron fist of their late ruler

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

After 40 years: 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

Attempted coup in Turkey leaves 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

How Do You Raise the Next Generation of Jewish Leaders?

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

Meet the Only Jewish MP in the Muslim World

Yehuda Abrahamov is accompanying the Azeri foreign minister on his visit to Israel.

Meet the Only Jewish MP in the Muslim World

Netanyahu: Conflict with Arabs is Not About Settlements

Netanyahu: The entire conflict between Israel and the Arabs is over their denial of Israel’s right to exist.

Netanyahu: Conflict with Arabs is Not About Settlements

Rabbi: China Going Kosher, More Products Available than Ever

There has been a “kosher revolution” in China in recent years, with more kosher products produced for domestic use and export

Rabbi: China Going Kosher, More Products Available than Ever

Jewish Birthrate Up, Arab Rate Down in Jerusalem

The Jewish birthrate in Jerusalem is higher than the Arab birthrate, putting an end to reports of an Arab demographic threat.

Jewish Birthrate Up, Arab Rate Down in Jerusalem

Former IDF Officer Plans Security for Canadian Jews

A former IDF officer plans to make Canada safer for Jews with unarmed patrols trained in counter-terror tactics.

Former IDF Officer Plans Security for Canadian Jews