Conference of European Rabbis

Leading Italian rabbi Elio Toaff dies aged 99

By Sandy Rashty, April 22, 2015

Rome’s Chief Rabbi Elio Toaff – who fought the Nazis and strengthened relations between the Italian Jewish community and Catholic Church after centuries of mistrust – died on Sunday.

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European rabbis in first meeting with Pope Francis

By Naomi Firsht, April 20, 2015

Pope Francis has spoken of his concern over the "troubling" rise of antisemitism in Europe and said Holocaust commemorations should serve as a warning for future generations.

In his first meeting with the Conference of European Rabbis, the Pontiff said Christians around the world must show solidarity with Jews.

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New euro initiation

July 25, 2013

A group has been set up to regulate the work of European mohalim.

The Union of Mohalim in Europe was created by the Conference of European Rabbis, and will ensure that all practising mohalim are held to the same high medical standards.

Based on the UK’s Initiation Society, the independent legal body will work to compile a list of all the fully certified mohalim in Europe.

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Chabad Rabbi shot in south west Russia

By Josh Jackman, July 25, 2013

Rabbi Ovadia Isakov, an emissary to Derbent, in the Republic of Dagestan, was shot by an unknown assailant on Wednesday night as he approached his house.

The rabbi was evacuated to hospital, where he received successful emergency surgery on his right lung and liver. He has now returned home to recover.

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Angela Merkel honoured for opposing antisemitism

By Zoe Winograd, May 23, 2013

German chancellor Angela Merkel has been awarded the Lord Jakobovits Prize for European Jewry by the Conference of European Rabbis.

At a ceremony in Brussels on Wednesday Ms Merkel was honoured for her support of the German Jewish community and her outspoken denunciation of anti s emitism throughout Europe.

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Israel rabbinate backs Berlin rabbi over oral suction

By Zoe Winograd, April 24, 2013

The Chief Rabbinate of Israel has written a letter in support of Berlin’s Chabad Rabbi Yehudah Teichtal, who has come under fire for including the practice of metzitah b’peh – direct oral suction of blood from the wound – in his son’s circumcision.

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Milah UK to protect Jewish circumcision in Britain

By Sandy Rashty, November 2, 2012

A new group, Milah UK, has been launched to promote the practice of Jewish circumcision in the UK.

The new group will serve all members of the community, from strictly Orthodox to Liberal Judaism.

Milah UK is jointly chaired by Dr Simon Hochhauser, former president of the United Synagogue and Prof David Katz, from the defence division at the Board of Deputies of British Jews.

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European Jewish leaders call for new legislation

March 22, 2012

on a visit to London this week, the Chief Rabbi of Moscow and President of the Conference of European Rabbis, Pinchas Goldschmidt, called on the European Parliament to boost security for threatened minorities in the wake of the killings in Toulouse.

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Rabbis condemn 'desecration' of Brussels mosque murder

By Jennifer Lipman, March 14, 2012

European rabbis have offered their condolences following the fatal attack on a Brussels mosque earlier this week.

The imam of the the Shi'ite Rida Mosque in Brussels's Anderlicht district was killed on Tuesday when an extremist threw a petrol bomb into the building.

Abdallah Badou, a 46-year-old father of four, died of smoke inhalation after he tried to put out the fire.

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Praise as compromise nears for Dutch kosher meat slaughter ban

By Jennifer Lipman, December 14, 2011

Rabbis and Jewish groups have welcomed the emergence of a deal to block a proposed ban on kosher and halal meat slaughter in the Netherlands.

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