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"Jewish boys wearing yarmulkes cannot walk down the streets of major European cities without fearing for their safety. We haven’t seen things this bad since the end of World War II."

Ronald S. Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress and president of The Jerusalem Post Annual Conference in New York, is sounding the alarm about growing anti-Semitism in Europe and hatred of Israel.
Jews cannot remain silent again, says World Jewish Congress President Ron Lauder.
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Building bridges and pipelines: meet Amer Sweity, Israel's first Jordanian PhD
Desalination researcher Amer Sweity’s years at Ben-Gurion University put him in unique position to build bridges — and pipelines
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"I think probably for the first time they realised that even with security measures already in place for a long time in Belgium, you could be killed here in Brussels or Belgium because you are a Jew or presumed Jew."
The mayor of Brussels led tributes Sunday to the four people murdered at the Jewish Museum a year ago as he sought to reassure Jews about their future in the Belgian capital. Mayor Yvan Mayeur also renewed his condemnation of the attack allegedly carried out by an Islamist extremist, as he spoke outside the museum to a crowd of several hundred people, including Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel. "Brussels is Jewish because all Jews have their...
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Your Facebook feed is always full of recipes for the next Jewish holiday and 20 more things anyone who went to Jewish school will understand.
Whether you only attended a Jewish day school for a couple of years as a kid, or are a Jewish school lifer (like a “preschool through your PhD in Modern Jewish Literature at Brandeis, with perhaps a gap year in Israel in between” lifer), you’ve definitely struggled against — and hopefully
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Mehdi Nemmouche, who shot four people to death at the Jewish Museum in Brussels one year ago, had returned from Syria a few days before committing the murders. Is enough being done to tackle the problem of returning Islamists?
German Islamists are returning from war abroad, some reformed but others more dangerous than ever. Social workers, imams and extremists are fighting for their souls -- and for Germany's safety. Government officials have few answers to the problem.
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"The notoriously anti-Semitic Henry Ford, a fervent supporter of Prohibition—which he saw as a way to increase his workers’ productivity—claimed that distilling was “one of the long list of businesses which has been ruined by Jewish monopoly.” Here is how Jews helped create the bourbon industry.
The history of the most iconic American whiskies isn’t always reflected in the names that appear on their labels.
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More sad news today! Professor Robert S. Wistrich, one of the world’s leading experts on anti-Semitism, died of a sudden heart attack. He was 70 years old.

Dr. Laurence Weinbaum, director of the Israel Council on Foreign Relations, which operates under the WJC, said, "An eloquent and riveting speaker, Robert was an indefatigable champion in the struggle against what he evocatively called 'the lethal obsession' and 'the longest hatred.' His death comes as a devastating blow to all of us, yet his prodigious, canonical work will guide and inspire future generations." May his memory be a blessing!

Only a month ago, Robert Wistrich was on Al Jazeera's Head to Head, explaining why criticism of Israel is a modern manifestation of historical anti-Jewish hatred. Watch here: ow.ly/NcKMO Photo: Detlev Schilke
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May he rest in peace; may his memory be for a blessing.
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Jewish life on campus: "less prayer, more food; less Torah and Talmud, more cake decorating, open mic nights and service projects." Sounds familiar?
As the number of religious young people declines, Hillel International is trying to build a "big tent" Judaism for secular and religious students alike. But some say that tent may not be big enough.
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Two things that shouldn't go together: sport and politics. And yet, they do. This week, the FIFA Congress will be voting on a motion brought forward by the Palestinian Football Association to suspend Israel from FIFA. Boycotting a sporting country doesn't foster friendship between nations. But a football match could actually help. Please share. More: ow.ly/NsCFb
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Mayer Kirshenblatt was 73-year-old when he began to paint everything he could recall about growing up in pre-war Poland. The paintings were now bursting from his brush, more than 300 in total, each with a vivid story. At 91, now living in Canada, he published a book. “Lest we remember more about how Jews died than how they lived,” he would say. Here is Shavuot, as remembered by Mayer Kirshenblatt in his wonderful book Mayer July: Painted Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland before WWII.

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Shavuot Sameach!
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People of the book: Jewish children with a teacher, Samarkand, Uzbekistan, 1911. Celebrate Jewish diversity with WJC. Everywhere.

Hebrew: facebook.com/WJCIsrael / Russian: facebook.com/wjcru / French: ow.ly/MQliY / Spanish: ow.ly/MQlrM
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This day in Jewish and fashion history: Levi Strauss receives patent 139,121 which protects the invention of blue jeans with copper rivets in areas of stress including the pocket corners and the button fly. The year is 1873. Today, the oldest pair of jeans in the world, dated to 1879, is worth $150,000. Levi's historian Lynn Downey has more interesting facts for you here: ow.ly/Nb9aV
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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.
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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.

Towards these ends, the World Jewish Congress works to

  • Secure the rights and safety Jews and Jewish communities around the world;
  • Intensify the bonds of world Jewry and strengthen the ties of solidarity among Jewish communities everywhere;
  • Act in coordination with and on behalf of Jewish communities before governmental, intergovernmental and other international authorities on matters concerning the Jewish people, and;
  • Cooperate with all peoples on the basis of universal ideas of peace, freedom and justice.

Membership in the WJC is open to all representative Jewish groups or communities, irrespective of the social, political or economic ideology of the community's host country. The World Jewish Congress is supported by those communities and individual members who as concerned Jewish citizens want their voices to be heard on matters of concern to the Jewish people.

With headquarters in New York, the WJC has affiliate offices around the world including Brussels, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Geneva, Johannesburg, Moscow, Ottawa, Paris, Sydney and Jerusalem where the WJC's research institute is located.

As a global leader, the World Jewish Congress received special credentials and recognition at the United Nations making it unique among world-wide organizations as it enjoys a diplomatic seat in the U.N. and within many of it institutions, commissions and sub-bodies.

The core principle of the World Jewish Congress is that all Jews are responsible for one another. We seek to achieve this by governing with consensus and celebrating unity in our vast diversity.

As we have been for nearly three quarters of a century, the World Jewish Congress continues to be the permanent address of the Jewish people.