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‘Nazi’ love novel causes outrage after awards nominations

By Sandy Rashty, August 11, 2015

A novel in which a “blonde and blue-eyed Jewess” converts to Christianity after she falls in love with a Nazi officer in the Theresienstadt concentration camp has sparked outrage after it was shortlisted for two prestigious literary awards.


Woman loses arm following Florida alligator attack

By Naomi Firsht, August 10, 2015

A woman’s arm has been severed after she was attacked by an alligator while swimming.

Members of a Chabad group in Orlando, Florida, were asked to pray for community member Rachael Lilienthal after she underwent surgery for her injuries following the incident on Saturday.

A special minyan was held in her honour the following day.


Three Israelis injured in West Bank terror attack

By JC Reporter, August 6, 2015

Three people have been injured in a suspected terror attack near the West Bank settlement of Shiloh.

The attacker, who drove into the victims with a car at the Sinjil junction, was reportedly shot.

The casualties were attended to at the scene by paramedics and IDF medical teams.

Two of the injured were reported to be seriously injured, with head and internal injuries.


US blessing for British first Jewish priestesses

By Simon Rocker, August 6, 2015

Two women have become the first Britons to be formally ordained as Jewish priestesses.

Rachel Rose Reid, one of the country’s top storytellers, and Brighton-born Rabbi Sarah Bracha Gershuny, who now leads a Jewish Renewal community in Boulder, Colorado, are among this year’s graduates from the Kohenet (priestess) Institute in Connecticut, in the United States.


Poland mulls harsh Shoah claims law

By Nissan Tzur, August 6, 2015

International Jewish organisations have welcomed moves by the Polish president to sideline legislation that aims to limit the ability of survivors and their heirs to recover property in Warsaw lost during the war.

The law being proposed sets a six-month deadline for those seeking restitution to complete all their property claims, and ends the practice of appointing a trustee to represent an hei


Departing Jon Stewart leaves US feeling bereft

By Josh Jackman, August 6, 2015

America's Jewish king of satire has only just vacated his throne - and many are missing him already.

Jon Stewart appeared as the host of the country's favourite political comedy programme The Daily Show for the last time on Thursday.


Israeli team flees thugs' pitch attack

August 6, 2015

Bulgarian football thugs attacked Israeli players and coaches during an exhibition match in Sofia on Sunday.

Ashdod players were forced to run from the pitch, into empty stands and then out of the stadium as CSKA Sofia fans attacked them with bottles, kicks and punches.


Maccabi Games participants make up biggest-ever Shabbat dinner

By Jessica Weinstein, August 6, 2015

A Shabbat dinner has entered the Guinness Book of World Records.

Last Friday night, a Chabad-organised dinner for the participants of the European Maccabi Games in Berlin saw 2,322 Jewish men and women joining the largest Shabbat meal on record.


European aliyah? Bring it on, says Silvan Shalom

By Sandy Rashty, August 5, 2015

Israel’s deputy Prime Minister has hinted that more European Jews should be making aliyah.

Silvan Shalom, who is also Interior Minister, made the comment while speaking at an ORT UK round-table lunch in London last Friday.


‘Four injured’ in kosher hotel bridge collapse

By Simon Rocker, August 5, 2015

A number of guests at a kosher hotel in Switzerland are said to have been treated for injuries after a wooden bridge collapsed.

According to unconfirmed reports, four people received treatment on the scene after the accident at Levin’s Hotel Metropol in Arosa on Tuesday night. Two people remained in hospital on Wednesday afternoon.