(JTA) – A radar survey has found that significant pieces of Lithuania’s largest synagogue complex, which was damaged by the Nazis and destroyed by the Soviets, still remain but are buried underground. [Read more…]
(JTA) – An Israeli surveillance plane reportedly bombed a car in Syria, killing five men with ties to a pro-Assad Druze militia and the Hezbollah terrorist group. [Read more…]
ROME (JTA) – The Vatican Museum opened an exhibit in Rome dedicated to the strong relationship between Pope John Paul II and the Jewish community. [Read more…]
(JTA) – For many years Rami Waisman, the director of a major jewelry chain, was earning enough to give back handsomely to the Jewish communal institutions in his eastern Ukraine hometown, Dnepropetrovsk.
But, these days, Waisman is struggling and can no longer financially support such institutions as the local synagogue, mikvah and Jewish day school where his son attends kindergarten. Ukraine’s military conflict against Russian-backed rebels has wreaked havoc on the Ukraine currency, halving the value of its hryvnia against the dollar since 2013. [Read more…]
(JTA) – Munich upheld a ban on small brass street memorials to Holocaust victims but will allow other kinds of memorials. [Read more…]
WASHINGTON (JTA) – U.S. President Barack Obama will not alter the terms of Jonathan Pollard’s parole once he is released, a signal that Israel’s struggle to bring him to the country whose citizenship he has assumed will outlast his November release date. [Read more…]
JERUSALEM (JTA) – The two suspects in the alleged arson attack on a historic church in northern Israel have been involved in attacks on churches and Palestinians. [Read more…]
JERUSALEM (JTA) – Medical marijuana will be available at pharmacies and more doctors will be able to prescribe it to their patients, Israel’s deputy health minister announced. [Read more…]
JERUSALEM (JTA) – Two illegal buildings in a West Bank settlement were demolished amid violent protests, but the Israeli government authorized new housing for the Beit El community. [Read more…]
(JTA) – Violence erupted in a West Bank Jewish settlement ordered to be demolished after police forcibly removed 200 demonstrators.
On Tuesday morning, the protesters were taken from two buildings that the Israeli Supreme Court has ruled must be razed by Thursday; they barricaded themselves in the buildings to prevent their demolition. The buildings, erected without permits and not yet completed, are on private Palestinian land seized by the Israel Defense Forces in the 1970s, the court ruled.
Some protesters threw rocks at Border Police officers. [Read more…]