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Republican leader: Obama must do more on Arab antisemitism

By Jennifer Lipman, December 16, 2011

The most senior Jewish politician in US history has called on President Barack Obama to do more to challenge antisemitic attitudes amongst leaders in the Middle East.


Rare Chagall paintings sold in New York

By Jennifer Lipman, December 15, 2011

Three rare paintings by Russian Jewish artist Marc Chagall have been sold for a total of £1.5 million at a Sotheby’s Judaica auction in New York.

Chagall, a prolific painter known for his dreamlike scenes of European Jewish life, died in 1985.


Sorkin v Spielberg at the Golden Globes

By Jennifer Lipman, December 15, 2011

A film written by Aaron Sorkin has been nominated for a Golden Globe for the second year in a row.

The Jewish screenwriter triumphed with the Best Screenplay award for The Social Network at last year's awards and could do the same at this January's ceremony.


Warning over post-Putin Russia

By Eti Shechtman, December 15, 2011

In the light of growing anti-Putin sentiment in Russia, prominent Jews in the country have warned of what might happen if the former president does not return to head the government.

"There will be again anarchy and chaos, and then antisemitism will definitely grow," said Mikhail Chlenov, general secretary of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress.


Groups scrap for right to lead European Jewry

By Toby Axelrod, December 15, 2011

Established European Jewish leaders have criticised the European Jewish Union (EJU), a recently formed leadership body, for potentially weakening the voice of European Jewry.

In a letter delivered last week to European Union, 16 representatives of Jewish communities from the UK to Serbia argued that the EJU is an attempt to "divide or misrepresent us or our communities".

The charge has been


Portuguese hero still awaiting justice

By Richard Zimler, December 15, 2011

Long after his death, the granddaughter of a Portuguese military captain who was humiliated and persecuted for his attempt to re-establish the country's long-lost Jewish community is fighting to rehabilitate his reputation.

Having discovered early in life that he was descended from a Jewish family, Artur Barros Basto went on to found a yeshivah, a community newspaper and a shul in 1920s Porto.


Shechitah set to be saved in Netherlands

By Esther Voet and Jennifer Lipman, December 15, 2011

The proposed ban on kosher and halal slaughter in the Netherlands is now highly unlikely to pass into law in a vote due to take place this Tuesday.


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.


Senate support falls for Dutch kosher meat ban

By Jennifer Lipman, December 14, 2011

The proposed ban on kosher and halal meat in the Netherlands looks increasingly unlikely to pass at a vote next week.

The ban, which was backed by the Dutch Parliament in June, requires a yes vote from a majority in the Dutch Senate. But there are already hints that members of the Dutch Labour party, who make up the second largest party in the Senate, will not support it.


Matisyahu shaves, quits Chasidic rap industry

By Jennifer Lipman, December 13, 2011

The Orthodox Jewish rapper Matisyahu has shocked fans by shaving his beard and informing them that there is to be "no more Chasidic reggae superstar".

After posting a photograph of himself – shaven – on Twitter, he elaborated on his change on his website.