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With eyes on neighbors, Azerbaijan and Israel intensify ties

BAKU, Azerbaijan (JTA) — With less than a month to go until presidential elections, the moustachioed smile of Ilham Aliyev stares down at his countrymen from giant posters scattered around this bustling metropolis on the Caspian Sea. The Azerbaijani president has been in office since 2003 and is widely expected to be re-elected, extending the […]

Rabbi Shot In Russia Discharged from Israeli Hospital

JTA reports that shot Chabad rabbi has been released from Rabin Medical Center in Petach Tivkah after having surgery to repair his liver. Rabbi Artur Ovadia Isakov, 40, was shot on July 24th while heading home in Derbent. Authorities believe it was an antisemitic attack by Muslim extremists. Isakov intends to return to Derbent as […]

Georgia’s PM Discusses ‘Dream’ for Strategic Alliance with Israel

  From The Jerusalem Post: TBILISI – Nestled high in the forested hills above Georgia’s capital city is a futuristic-looking glass home that looks like it popped right out of a James Bond movie: the redoubt for some mysterious villain aiming to subjugate the world. But it is not. Rather, this is the home and […]

Peres Asked By Lithuanian Government to Head Vilnius Synagogue Restoration

(JTA) — The government of Lithuania asked Israeli President Shimon Peres to head the international advisory board for the restoration of the Vilnius Great Synagogue. “The [restoration] project is an important part of the effort to both preserve and restore Vilnius’ Jewish heritage, and I think that President Peres could bring valuable guidance and insight […]

Azarbaijan: A Partnership Between Jews and Muslims

By Nasimi Aghayev From The Washington Times– With Syria mired in open revolt, several other Middle Eastern and North African countries still reeling from the Arab Spring, and Iran at loggerheads with the United States over its nuclear program, it was astounding to hear Israel’s president refer to a Muslim country this week not as […]

Moscow Jewish Museum Depicts the ComplexHistory of Jews in Russia

From JSpace– The world’s largest and most expensive Jewish Museum opened to great fanfare in Russia late last year. And although it has only been open for less than six months, the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow has become a must-see for any visitors to the Russian capital. A high profile project, its […]

Ukrainian Jews Worry About Rise of the Svoboda Party and Antisemitism

KIEV, Ukraine (JTA) — Marching in formation, six young men in dark jackets approach an anti-government rally in Cherkasy, a city some 125 miles southeast of Kiev. At the appointed moment, they remove their windbreakers to reveal white T-shirts emblazoned with the words “Beat the kikes.” Their jackets carry the name of Svoboda, the ultranationalist […]

Limmud FSU Conference Celebrates Israel’s Independence and Jewish Pride in Russia

From the Jerusalem Post: MOSCOW – Just 40 km. outside the Russian capital at a hotel in a forested suburb, over 1,200 young Russian-Jewish professionals gathered Thursday to attend the latest Limmud FSU conference and learn more about their shared history and to socialize with fellow Jews. Limmud Jewish education conferences are a volunteer driven […]

Two Russian Jewish Lawmakers to Resign Due to Israeli Citizenship

JTA– Russia’s upper house has approved the resignation of a two Jewish lawmakers who stepped down last week amid accusations that one of them hid his Israeli citizenship. Senator Vitaly Malkin, 60, handed in his resignation on Tuesday amid accusations that he has failed to give up his Israeli citizenship as Russian lawmakers are legally […]

Mila Kunis Targeted by Anti-Semitic Ukrainian Lawmaker

Ukrainian MP Igor Miroshnichenko stirred controversy last month by posting an anti-Semitic comment on Facebook regarding Ukrainian-born American actress Mila Kunis. Miroshnichenko stated, “She is not Ukrainian, she is a Jewess by birth,” using the term “zhydovka” which roughly translates to “dirty Jewess,” instead of the accepted word “ievreïska.” He added, “She is proud of this and […]