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Man threatens to 'burn down' Moscow synagogue

By Marcus Dysch, October 2, 2016

More than 150 people, including the Chief Rabbi of Russia, were trapped in a Moscow synagogue last night after an attacker attempted to enter the building.

The man, believed to be Russian, approached the Moscow Choral Synagogue as congregants took part in an evening service just 24 hours before Rosh Hashanah.


Big Chief Rabbi: Why Cherokees could be Jewish

By David Lazarus, September 30, 2016

If one American geneticist is correct, the list of groups known to make up the Twelve Tribes of Israel may need urgent updating.

According to Donald Yates, there is compelling evidence that within the Cherokee nation of American Indians, mothers and other matrilineal forbearers bear bona fide Middle East Jewish genetic markers.


Jewish leaders attack Philippine president over Shoah remarks

By JC Reporter, September 30, 2016

Jewish leaders around the world have reacted with fury after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte compared his anti-drugs campaign to the Holocaust.

Mr Duterte said: “Hitler massacred three million Jews... there’re three million drug addicts. I’d be happy to slaughter them.”


Jewish donors abandoning Donald Trump

By Daniel Sugarman, September 29, 2016

A new study indicates that Jewish donors have given far less to American presidential candidate Donald Trump than they gave to the Republican campaign during the last election.

The study, by polling website fivethirtyeight, calculated that Jewish donations to Mr Trump so far make up just eight per cent of what Mitt Romney received during the 2012 race.


Fresh fears EU may take Hamas off its terror list

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 29, 2016

A recommendation by a legal adviser to the European Court of Justice that Hamas should be removed from the EU's list of terror organisations has caused concern that the court will stand by a previous ruling to do so.


France's long-time spiritual leader dies in Paris aged 71

By Andrew Rosemarine, September 28, 2016

French Jewry is in mourning for Joseph Sitruk, France's Chief Rabbi for three successive terms, from 1987 to 2008.

Born in Tunisia, he helped consolidate a Sephardi hold over Europe's largest Jewish community, succeeding Rene-Samuel Sirat, the first-ever Sephardi Chief Rabbi of France.

Le Monde described Rabbi Sitruk as a man "of absolute intransigence, hidden by a permanent smile."


Hungarian MP who hated Jews makes aliyah

By Petru Clej, September 28, 2016

A former far-right Hungarian MP who was a rabid antisemite before discovering he was Jewish is making aliyah to Israel, where he wants to contribute to the fight against Jew-hate around the world.

In an interview with the Israeli daily Ma'ariv, Csanad Szegedi, 34, said he had submitted his emigration papers for himself and his family, wife and two children.


'He epitomised optimism': World leaders pay tribute to Shimon Peres

By Daniel Sugarman, September 28, 2016

Eulogies have poured in from around the globe for Shimon Peres, the former Israeli president, who died early this morning.


Shimon Peres: Tributes in Full

By Daniel Sugarman, September 28, 2016

Both religious and political leaders have paid effusive tribute to Shimon Peres, after the Israeli statesman passed away during the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The Jewish Chronicle has reproduced some of those tributes in full.

President Barack Obama


Sacks paints grim prospect of Jewish exodus from Europe

By Daniel Sugarman, September 27, 2016

Lord Rabbi Sacks has warned of the prospect of Europe becoming “judenrein” – “free of Jews” - pleading for European leaders to “stop it now while there is still time”.

The Emeritus Chief Rabbi said that “in every single country of Europe, without exception, Jews are fearful for their or their children’s future”.