Tunisian Jews cut Lag B'Omer festivities over security fears

By Jennifer Lipman, May 17, 2011

Security concerns have led to the cancellation of the main part of an annual Tunisian Jewish pilgrimage for the first time in 20 years.

Tunisian Jews have long marked Lag B'Omer with a mass visit to the historic El Ghriba synagogue on the island of Djerba.


After the bomb hit the Marrakesh Argana

By Andrew Rosemarine, May 5, 2011

Horror is the only word to describe the Argana Restaurant in Marrakesh minutes after it was blown to pieces. Bodies and shredded parts were strewn around; ambulances dashed up to the site and pulled away at speed.


Peter Moss: a life on the move

By Robyn Rosen, May 5, 2011

Family and friends of Peter Moss, killed by the Marrakesh bomb last week, have paid tribute to the "inspirational" and "passionate" travel writer.

Mr Moss, a former Hasmonean School pupil and a long-time writer for the JC, was among 16 victims killed by a remotely-activated bomb at the Argana café in Djema el Fnaa Square in the city's old quarter last Thursday.


Moroccan ambassador writes of 'sorrow' over Peter Moss death

By Jennifer Lipman, May 4, 2011


British writer killed in Marrakesh cafe blast

By Jennifer Lipman, April 29, 2011

A former JC writer was among the victims of the explosion in Marrakesh on Thursday.

Peter Moss, 59 and from London, was one of 15 people killed in the blast in a cafe.

Morocco’s Interior Minister said the device, which exploded in Djemma el-Fna square in the city’s old quarter, was activated remotely.


Why an 88-year-old Holocaust survivor has become a heroine to young Africans

April 21, 2011

To her friends, Hilde Back was a quiet, elderly Jewish woman who used to teach pre-school children and had lived alone for 35 years. But to Chris MBuru she was "an angel who had walked into my life and fixed it".

Back, now 88, is the star of Jennifer Arnold's new documentary, A Small Act, after she unwittingly inspired the largest educational fund in Kenya.


Forgotten Algeria revived

April 14, 2011

Dramatic images of a forgotten Jewish society in the war-torn history of Algeria form part of a new photographic exhibition which has opened in Manchester.

French-Jewish photojournalist Sophie Elbaz is one of 10 artists depicting conflict and change since Algeria's independence from France in 1962.


Did Israel really hit a Hyundai in Sudan?

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 14, 2011

Mystery still surrounds the attack last week on a car killing two men near the Red Sea coast of Sudan, but it bears all the hallmarks of another strike in Israel's campaign against arms smuggling to Hamas and Hizbollah.


On this day: The El Ghriba synagogue bombing

By Libby Galvin, April 11, 2011

Just weeks before the annual pilgrimage to Lag B'Omer – a major celebration time - Africa's oldest synagogue was targeted in an al-Qaeda plot.

It was a Thursday afternoon when a suicide bomber drove a truck loaded with explosives into the outer wall of the historic Tunisian El Ghriba synagogue, killing 21 and injuring 30 more.


Travelling rabbi battles killer bees in Zimbabwe

By Jennifer Lipman, April 4, 2011

A rabbi working to support the dwindling Jewish population of Zimbabwe is recovering after a killer bee attack.

Rabbi Moshe Silberhaft, a director of the African Jewish Congress, an umbrella organisation for Jewish communities in 13 countries, was in Harare on a Shabbat afternoon walk as part of a pre-Passover visit when a swarm of bees appeared from a hive beneath a wooden pole.