Putin to host Jewish leaders while marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Russian leader Vladimir Putin will meet with the country’s top Jewish leaders in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, local media reports. According to the TASS news outlet, Putin will meet with Russian Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar and Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia president Alexander Boroda later today. This meeting comes after a top…

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Putin fires top official who described Chabad as a supremacist cult

Russian President Vladimir Putin has fired a top national security official who recently drew widespread condemnation for calling the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic movement in Ukraine a supremacist cult, Russian media reported. No official reason was given for the Friday dismissal of the assistant secretary of the Russian Security Council Aleksey Pavlov. A spokesperson for the Security…

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In a twist, German Reform rabbi at scandal’s center cedes rabbinical school ownership to Berlin Jews

In a shocking development, the embattled founder of Germany’s non-Orthodox rabbinical schools has relinquished his ownership stake in them to the Jewish Community of Berlin. The 25,000 euro transaction means that Rabbi Walter Homolka is no longer in control of the Reform Abraham Geiger College and the Conservative Zacharias Frankel College at the University of…

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Anger and confusion as strictly-Orthodox girls banned from London concert

Strictly-Orthodox girls in London have been warned by religious authorities to stay away from a women-only concert being performed by an Orthodox Jewish female singer because it may cause “spiritual harm”. The row, involving several Charedi girls’ schools and the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations (UOHC) umbrella group, centres on the singer Bracha Jaffe, a…

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