News from Communities


Lithuanian Jewish community closes synagogue over threats

Jewish leaders in Lithuania announced that they were temporarily closing the Vilnius Synagogue and the community's headquarters due to threats, citing an "atmosphere of rising tension".

“Jews have ugly noses”, Belgian journalist writes in column attacking Israel

A Belgian journalist 'joked' about Jews’ noses and accused Israelis of stealing Palestinian land in the column of the Flemish newspaper De Morgen.

Rabbi and two sons spat at in Munich

A rabbi and his two sons said they were spit on and verbally attacked as they left a synagogue in the southern German city of Munich.

Jewish cemetery vandalized in the Czech Republic

A Jewish cemetery was vandalised in a village in the Czech Republic, where unidentified perpetrators smashed at least one headstone and etched obscene drawing on several others.

Rabbi spat on and cursed in Berlin

German police launched an investigation after a prominent Berlin rabbi said he was insulted and spat on while walking down a street in the German capital.

Germany disciplines diplomats over anti-Israel and antisemitic “likes”

Germany's Foreign Ministry has instituted new social media guidelines and disciplined personnel after anti-Israel and antisemitic tweets were "liked" by the official Twitter account of the German mission to the Palestinian territories.

Lionel Kopelowitz, former EJC and BOD President, dies aged 92

Tributes have been paid to former EJC and Board of Deputies (BoD) president Dr Lionel Kopelowitz, who has died aged 92.

Google honours Japanese diplomat who saved Jews in Lithuania

Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat who saved the lives of thousands of Jews during the WWII has been honoured with a Google Doodle.

Syrian citizen arrested after attack on Jewish man wearing kippa in Germany

A Syrian citizen has been arrested in Germany for an antisemitic attack on a resident of Potsdam who was wearing a kippah with a Star of David on it.

European Maccabi games to honour first Jewish Olympic champion

Athletes participating in the European Maccabi Games in Budapest are scheduled to unveil a new commemorative headstone at the grave of the first Jewish Olympic champion, Alfred Hajós.

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