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  • New Pope Visits German Synagogue

    By Toby Axelrod

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Pope Benedict XVI's visit to a German synagogue was replete with symbolism: most notably, the potential for positive relations between the country's Jewish community and a pope who served in the German army during World War II.

    For Germany's Jewish community, which has tripled to...

  • Group Releases E.U. Anti-Semitism Study

    By Toby Axelrod

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In an act of defiance against the European Union, the main Jewish body in Europe has released an unpublished report that found rising anti-Semitism among Muslims in Europe.

    Critics who want the study made public said the Vienna-based E.U. Monitoring Center on Racism and Xenophobia...

  • Main Findings in Suppressed Report

    By Toby Axelrod

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The study that the European Union's Monitoring Center on Racism and Xenophobia commissioned was prompted by a wave of anti-Semitic incidents in Europe that intensified in the spring of 2002. The report was suppressed, allegedly to avoid offending Europe's large Muslim communities....

  • Filing Cutoff Nears on Ghetto Pensions

    By Toby Axelrod

    May 15, 2003 | 8:01 pm

    Time is running out for survivors of Nazi ghettos to apply for retroactive German pensions, a German advocacy group warned.

    Applications received after June 30 will not be eligible for payments going back to 1997, according to Lothar Evers, director of the German Association for...

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  • A Healer Returns

    By Toby Axelrod

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Daniel Libeskind is coming back to New York to help heal the wounds created on Sept. 11. He won't be working with words or medicine but with stone, cement, glass and steel.

    "My hopes are that out of the tragedy that happened, from the depths of the ground, something will soar into...

  • Parents Want Proof

    By Toby Axelrod

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The parents of Israeli soldiers kidnapped a year ago by Hezbollah are asking the World Jewish Congress (WJC) to help press their case.

    The parents of Benny Avraham, one of three soldiers kidnapped along Israel's northern border in October 2000, met Tuesday with WJC members attending...

  • A Historic Change

    By Toby Axelrod

    October 25, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    History is in the making this fall in Germany with the opening of three new Jewish schools for adults.

    Two are rabbinical programs -- Germany's first since World War II ended -- and the third is the country's first Jewish higher education program for women.

    Three rabbinical...