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The World Jewish Congress is an international organization whose mission is to address the interests and needs of Jews and Jewish communities throughout the world. Founded in Geneva in 1936 to unite the Jewish people and mobilize the world against the Nazi onslaught, the WJC is the representative body of Jewish communities and organizations in over 80 countries from Argentina to Zimbabwe across six continents. It seeks to foster the unity and creative survival of the Jewish people while maintaining its spiritual, cultural and social heritage.
The World Jewish Congress is an international organization whose mission is to address the interests and needs of Jews and Jewish communities throughout the world. Founded in Geneva in 1936 to unite the Jewish people and mobilize the world against the Nazi onslaught, the WJC is the representative body of Jewish communities and organizations in over 80 countries from Argentina to Zimbabwe across six continents. It seeks to foster the unity and creative survival of the Jewish people while maintaining its spiritual, cultural and social heritage.

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"My hope for the future is to have a normal life, over here... There's no reason for us not to get along."

Kibbutz Nahal Oz is located 700 meters from Gaza. Residents have been under threat every day from fire kites and balloons launched by Hamas, which have set agricultural fields ablaze and pose a serious threat to civilians. But residents are determined to live in peace in their homes.
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Celebrating the 14th of July, Bastille Day, with our French friends! And there's lots of French Jewish history to discover, here: https://bit.ly/2mdM2fo
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Jazz musician Louis Armstrong, whose birthday is this month, enjoyed a special relationship with the Karnofskys, a Jewish family in New Orleans. The friendship with his employers explains why the legendary musician spoke Yiddish, loved matzah, and wore a Star of David around his neck.

Being so close to a Jewish family, Armstrong also witnessed anti-semitism first-hand. "I was only seven years old, but I could easily see the ungodly treatment that the white folks were handing the poor Jewish family whom I worked for," he wrote.
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On July 10, 1941, hundreds of Jewish men, women and children were burned alive in a barn in the Polish town of Jedwabne, which had just been overrun and occupied by Nazi German forces. Other Jews were axed to death, stoned, or drowned. Encouraged by the Germans, local Poles, who had lived alongside Jewish neighbors for generations, perpetrated this horrific atrocity.

Before the war, Jews accounted for nearly ¾ of the population of Jedwabne, which was in an area that was a hotbed of the anti-Semitic National Democratic Party (Endecja). Similar appalling acts of violence were carried out in neighboring towns.

In 2001, the late Roman Catholic priest Stanislaw Musial said that alongside Auschwitz, “Jedwabne has become a new name for the Holocaust.” Today, we remember.

Photo: Yad Vashem
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The head of Berlin's Jewish community described anti-Semitism as increasing, with the situation becoming "uncomfortable" in Berlin. The assault comes less than two weeks after a 19-year-old Syrian was found guilty of serious bodily harm and verbal abuse after attacking two people in April who were wearing kippot, traditional male Jewish head coverings.
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"If I am unstoppable it's because of the truth, which I believe in profoundly."

French filmmaker Claude Lanzmann undertook 11 years directing the documentary 'Shoah,' interviewing survivors, witnesses, and perpetrators of the Holocaust during visits to sites in Poland. He passed away at the age of 92. May his memory be a blessing.

Read more: http://bit.ly/2IVpucq
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A searing indictment of the tsunami of antisemitic discourse in the wake of Poland's controversial “history law”: Rafał Pankowski, one of Poland’s best experts on Polish nationalism, suggests that the present tone conjures up memories of the "bad old days" of 1968. READ: http://bit.ly/2KuFbg9
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Happy Independence Day, America! For generations, Jews found shelter from persecution in the US and were able to thrive. For the 4th of July, here are some of the many stories of the Jewish American experience. WATCH: bit.ly/JewishJourneyToAmerica
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New week goals: Speak like a Canadian.

Shavua tov and Happy Canada Day!
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By 1868, with the tracks of the Union Pacific Railroad reaching southeastern Wyoming, German Jews followed, looking for new opportunities. In the following decades, new Jewish immigrants from eastern Europe would come. Slowly but surely, Wyoming, the Equality State, became home to those Jews looking for a better life.

Shabbat Shalom!
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