By Anshel Pfeffer Haaretz.com Leaders of European Jewish communities found it hard to hide their disbelieving smiles last week at the Kremlin. In a meeting with Vladimir Putin, organized by the European Jewish Congress, the Russian president, who appeared to be well apprised on the situation of anti-Semitism in Europe and the rise in the figures of Jewish emigration from the continent, had an original proposal. “They should come here, to … [Read more...] about How did Putin’s Man become the President of European Jews?
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By Shana Penn Until recently, Birkenau has been locked in shadows. Though it was the site where most Jews were murdered during the Holocaust, it was obscured and rendered inaccessible during Poland’s communist era. The new permanent exhibition being planned at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, however, has inaugurated a new era of acknowledgement about the site’s bitter truths. The first exhibit to exemplify this positive shift is on … [Read more...] about Uncovering Birkenau – Reflections Upon the 71st Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz
By Liam Hoare eJewish Philanthropy SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzogovina - In Bosnia-Herzegovina, discussion of women’s health issues, and especially breast cancer, remains something of a taboo. “During my childhood, I never heard the word ‘cancer.’ If that was the situation in my home, what was it like in the rest of the country?” Nela Hasic, Regional Director of the Women’s Health Empowerment Program (WHEP) in Bosnia-Herzegovina and in Montenegro, … [Read more...] about Nela Hasic’s Remarkable Journey and Her Battle to Beat Bosnia’s Cancer Taboo
By Alejandro Okret The narrative and harsh realities coming out of Europe are far too familiar. Anti-Semitism is prevalent and terrorism around the globe has cast a wide shadow. Yet even during these precarious times that have given many reasons to hide or leave, I have had the privilege of seeing young Jewish adults in Europe and beyond stand up proud, eager and excited to create Jewish community for their peers. I recently spent a weekend … [Read more...] about Learning From Jewish European Community Builders: Reflections and Inspiration
Foundation’s $1 million grant to Hillel will strengthen and expand programs for Russian-speaking Jewish college students around the world Genesis Philanthropy Group (GPG) and Hillel International have announced a partnership that will expand Hillel’s ability to serve Russian-speaking Jewish college students in North America, the Former Soviet Union, Germany and Israel. The $1 million grant from GPG will allow Hillel, the largest Jewish … [Read more...] about Genesis Philanthropy Group, Hillel International Launch Global Partnership