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Review: ‘Cha Cha’ is poignant, surprising coming-of-age tale

Jun. 15, 2022 11:34 AM EDT

The glow sticks. The neon lanyards. DJs playing wildly inappropriate songs. The mocktails, the tipsy grown-ups, the awkward adolescent kisses in photo booths. Finally, a feature film set on the suburban bar mitzvah party circuit. But there’s more than just cleverly...

Synagogue challenges Florida abortion law over religion

Jun. 14, 2022 14:25 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A new Florida law prohibiting abortion after 15 weeks with some exceptions violates religious freedom rights of Jews in addition to the state constitution's privacy protections, a synagogue claims in a lawsuit. The lawsuit filed by the Congregation L'Dor...

German federal court rejects bid to remove antisemitic relic

Jun. 14, 2022 08:17 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German federal court on Tuesday rejected a Jewish man's bid to have a 700-year-old antisemitic statue removed from a church where Martin Luther once preached. The Federal Court of Justice upheld rulings by lower courts on the “Judensau,” or “Jew pig,”...

Renaissance synagogues being restored in Venice's ghetto

Jun. 12, 2022 08:45 AM EDT

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Venice’s Jewish ghetto is considered the first in Europe and one of the first in the world, and a new effort is underway to preserve its 16th-century synagogues for the Jews who have remained and tourists who pass through. For nearly two years, restorers have...

LGBTQ outrage over DeSantis visit to NYC during Pride Month

Jun. 10, 2022 14:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is set to appear before a friendly conference of conservative Jewish leaders in New York City on Sunday, despite efforts by gay rights advocates to get the event canceled. LGBTQ groups, still raw over legislation barring instruction about...

Pride parade in Tel Aviv draws tens of thousands

Jun. 10, 2022 10:00 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Tens of thousands of people attended this year's Pride Parade in Tel Aviv on Friday, celebrating the LGBTQ community and calling for equality in the largest annual gathering of its kind in the Middle East. The sprawling event in Israel's seaside metropolis,...

A year after disaster, thousands flock to Israeli holy site

May. 18, 2022 14:13 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of worshippers flocked to a Jewish holy site in northern Israel to light bonfires, pray and dance Wednesday under heavy police presence, a year after a stampede there left 45 people dead. This year's Lag BaOmer holiday festivities at Mount Meron appeared...

Lawyers plan suit against Lufthansa over Jewish passengers

May. 13, 2022 17:34 PM EDT

Lawyers for 26 passengers said Friday they told Lufthansa that they will sue the German airline for refusing to let members of a large group of Orthodox Jewish passengers board a plane after some had refused to wear masks on an earlier flight. The lawyers from the American Center for...

German airline apologizes for excluding Jewish passengers

May. 11, 2022 13:07 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German airline Lufthansa has apologized for refusing to let any members of a large group of Orthodox Jewish passengers onto a flight after some of them had refused to wear masks. In a statement late Tuesday, Lufthansa said that it “regrets the circumstances...

Now in spotlight, Dubai Jews struggle for public synagogue

May. 11, 2022 03:38 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Every Saturday, in secluded beach villas, hotel banquet halls and luxury apartment towers across Dubai, Jews arrive to worship at some of the world's most hidden synagogues even as the United Arab Emirates encourages the dramatic growth and openness of its...