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  • Question yourself and ask the other at the Muslim Jewish Conference in Bratislava

    Masha Pryven

    September 21, 2012 | 1:25 am

    One of my casual conversations with a friend came to the point of exchanging “cool world news”:



    me: by the way, have you heard that scientists have probably discovered another solar system?

    my friend: oh yeah?

    me: they say it resembles our own – the orbits of its planets... read on

  • The Jewish Christmas: Rosh HaShana vs. Hannukah

    Ian Shulman / Vienna

    September 19, 2012 | 7:53 am

    People unfamiliar with Judaism often label Hannukah as ‘the Jewish Christmas’. The main argument of parallel lovers here is that Hannukah usually falls in December. Some try to go deeper though, and claim that the real Jewish Christmas is Rosh HaShana, basing this comparison on the... read on

  • Celle, Germany: from fachwerk synagogue to the disappeared concentration camp

    By Klaudia Klimek

    September 15, 2012 | 7:20 am

    Being inspired by the synagogue notes of my colleague Pavel Pustelnik, I feel obliged to add this story to the beautiful collection.

    Celle makes you fall in love with Germany. Seems like there was no war in the town - over 400 beautiful fachwerk houses form a truly medieval city... read on

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  • Rosh HaShana Secular Confessions

    Ian Shulman

    September 15, 2012 | 7:13 am

    It’s Rosh HaShana Eve 5773 and I’m stuck in a dusky rainy city in the Northern Germany. Yesterday I got in touch with the local rabbi again, checked the prayer times and received a shiny wall calendar for the upcoming Jewish year. The rainy Jewish New Year’s Eve is on my mind.

    ... read on
  • A synagogue in Mumbai?

    Pavel Pustelnik

    September 15, 2012 | 6:16 am

    Mumbai. Yes, exotic more than you can imagine. And in the middle of the city there is a huge synagogue. It is blue and as exotic as the whole city.

    - Where are you from? - Poland. - Aaaa, Holand, The Netherlands! -No, Poland. - Aaaa, Poland! After the standard conversation with a... read on

  • Hayden Cohen - Leeds, UK - Secrets of the Elders of Zion

    Dana Hadadi

    September 14, 2012 | 7:14 am

    Hayden Cohen has always wanted to be a member of the Elders of Zion. A secret organisation controlling the world sounds great. He's Jewish. He thinks like a pensioner. Unfortunately he hasn't received an invitation yet. So he decided to form the UK branch of the Elders of Zion... read on

  • The New Cemetery in Cieszyn

    Pavel Pustelnik

    September 14, 2012 | 6:56 am

    The journey through Cieszyn Silesia continues and after Skoczów and Wilamowice we come to the centre of the region – Cieszyn, a town that used to be an important place for the Jewish community before the 2. World War.

     

    It has been raining cat and dogs since days. The Polish... read on

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Jews visiting Central & Eastern Europe frequently come with stereotypes and prejudices about the region.  In particular, group heritage and education tours for young Jews...

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