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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...

Inflation drives up Passover food prices for US Jews

Apr. 21, 2022 18:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Shopping for Passover on a recent day at a kosher supermarket in the Hasidic Jewish section of Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood, Moshe Werzberger worried about how inflation is driving up prices during one of the most important holidays for Jews. “It...

For Jews fleeing Ukraine, Passover takes on new meaning

Apr. 13, 2022 03:58 AM EDT

“Good morning! Happy morning!” Rabbi Avraham Wolff exclaimed, with a big smile, as he walked into the Chabad synagogue in Odesa on a recent morning. Russian missiles had just struck an oil refinery in the Ukrainian city, turning the sky charcoal gray. Hundreds were lining up...

All-year daylight saving time threatens Jews' morning prayer

Mar. 25, 2022 15:09 PM EDT

(RNS) — American Jews say they were blindsided by the U.S. Senate’s lightning-fast passage of a bill to make daylight saving time year-round and intend to fight it. The Sunshine Protection Act, which passed the Senate on March 15, will make it nearly impossible for Jews to pray...

New reforms look to chip away Israeli chief rabbis' power

Mar. 18, 2022 02:16 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel’s new government has taken aim at the country’s powerful religious establishment with a pair of reforms that would chip away at the tight grip of the country's chief rabbinate on many aspects of daily life. The reforms, which address rules on...