International News

BY JTA Wire Service
May 30, 2013

What is being described as the oldest Torah scroll known to exist was discovered in the library of the University of Bologna. The parchment scroll had been wrongly catalogued as dating from the 17th century, a university statement said. “Instead, ‘Roll 2’ was copied in a period between the second half of the 12th and CONTINUE »

BY JTA Wire Service
May 30, 2013

The first Jewish funeral in an Australian Outback town since 1943 was held with the aid of a Facebook and Twitter campaign. On Sunday, more than 20 Jews came to the cemetery in the rural town of Goulbourn, about 125 miles south of Sydney, for the funeral of Wayne Robinson, whose dying wish was to CONTINUE »

May 30, 2013

On May 21, Iran’s Guardian Council released a list of “approved” candidates for the June 14 presidential election. As expected, the list of eight candidates included a number of hardliners loyal to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, crushing any hope that Iran’s next president would bring about new policies that would end the nuclear standoff CONTINUE »

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BY Amy Landsman
May 30, 2013

Imagine growing up in Roman Catholic Poland only to discover that you have Jewish heritage. What do you do? Filmmaker Adam Zucker explores this question in his documentary “The Return.” Speaking from his home in New York, Zucker, 55, explained that after the Holocaust and through the fall of communism in 1989, Poland’s few Jews CONTINUE »

May 29, 2013

JTA Wire Service A French university defended a student theater production that a Jewish leader labeled “grossly anti-Semitic.” “The humor is difficult to handle, but this is not an anti-Semitic show,” Catherine Benguigui, vice president of the University of La Rochelle, told the local newspaper Sud Ouest in an article published last week.CONTINUE »