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This week in power: Spanish bill and Sochi memorial

by Danny Groner

February 12, 2014 | 7:56 pm

A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

Rule of return
Spain’s government last week approved a bill, which was filed last month, that will "allow for granting citizenship to Sephardic Jews who chose to apply for it," reported JTA. The bill would allow dual nationality. "We see it as a very important step in the bilateral relations and some justice," Abraham Haim,hHead of the Council of the Sephardic Community in Jerusalem, told Reuters. "Yes, we don't have 100 percent of justice but, of course, it contributes to the bilateral relations especially to the attitude of the Sephardim." People were excited about the development.

Sochi Olympics
The Winter Olympics, for some, was a magical and spiritual visit. "The Jewish infrastructure in Sochi is aimed not only at serving Jewish visitors but also at advertising what the Chabad-affiliated Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia calls a Jewish revival in the former Soviet Union. Boruch Gorin, a senior Chabad rabbi in Moscow, said the Jewish presence in Sochi is meant to function something like an embassy," according to New Jersey Jewish News. There was also a historical element to the proceedings: Members of the Jewish community and Israeli delegates held a memorial for the 11 Israelis killed at the Summer Games in 1972 in Munich.

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Danny Groner is a contributing writer to the Jewish Journal. He has worked in journalism since he was a teenager, starting off as an intern for a local publication. During his...

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