Coronavirus scare paralyzes Milan and its Jewish community

(JTA) — The institutions of the Jewish community of Milan are in lockdown, along with other faith communities and others, following the discovery of coronavirus cases in the Italian city. “Schools are out, including ours,” Claudia Bagnarelli, a founder of Milan’s Jewish school, which has 500 students, told the… Read more »

More than 50 JCCs nationwide receive emailed bomb threats

This is a developing story. NEW YORK (JTA) — More than 50 Jewish community centers in 23 states have received emailed bomb threats since Saturday. None of the threats have been found to be credible, though local law enforcement agencies have been notified. Officials do not know who sent… Read more »

In Sweden, where anti-Semitism has risen, ‘Big Brother’ catches contestants confessing Jew hatred

Isabel Pereira was kicked off Swedish "Big Brother" after she said she hates Jews. (Screenshot via YouTube)

(JTA) — Two contestants were kicked off a Swedish reality show after having a conversation in which one said she hates Jews, while a third who remains has previously expressed support for neo-Nazi ideas on social media. The comments, made during a live airing of the popular show “Big… Read more »

Polish Jewish history museum chooses new director, ending controversy

WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Poland’s Jewish history museum has chosen a new director, ending the controversy over its leadership. The Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews has been without a director for months since the country’s culture minister, Piotr Glinski, refused to accept the reappointment of Dariusz… Read more »

UN publishes blacklist of companies operating in settlements

(JTA) — The United Nations published its list of companies doing business in settlements — what it calls “Occupied Palestinian Territory,” or the West Bank, eastern Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights released the list on Wednesday following delays to its… Read more »

In Warsaw, elderly Poles who rescued Jews during the Holocaust have a free taxi service

Anna Stupnicka-Bando, the 90-year-old president of the Polish Association of the Righteous Among the Nations, gets set to enter one of the taxis for saviors of Jews, in Warsaw, Poland, Jan. 29, 2020. (Cnaan Liphshiz)

WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Outside one of this city’s many brutalist apartment buildings, passersby stop to stare at and photograph a London-style taxi emblazoned with large Star of David symbols. Some seem puzzled by the out-of-place sight. Others look delighted to encounter something they’ve seen or heard about in… Read more »

In Moldova, Jewish teens go to schools to dispel anti-Semitic stereotypes

Vicky Ignatiuk, left, and Kate Kliuchevschi, 13-year-old Christian students in Moldova, munch on Passover matzah brought to their Chisinau classroom by two Jewish visitors. (Larry Luxner)

CHISINAU, Moldova (JTA) — Fifteen Christian seventh-graders at the City Theater School in this capital city sit in a circle listening attentively while two Jewish teenagers visiting their classroom talk about Jewish traditions. “What do you think a Jew looks like?” asks Arina Andriuschenko, standing at the blackboard with… Read more »

British school to change logo referencing anti-Semitic blood libel

(JTA) — A boarding school in Britain said it will modify its logo following complaints that it references an anti-Semitic blood libel. Jeremy Wyld, headmaster of St. Hugh’s School in Woodhall Spa, situated some 130 miles north of London, told The Jewish Chronicle that a red dot hanging over… Read more »

15% of Italians say Holocaust never happened, poll finds

(JTA) —  More than 15% of respondents to a poll in Italy said the Holocaust never happened. The results are part of the annual Italy Report of the Eurispes published Thursday. The poll by the nongovernmental organization probes Italians’ views on a number of subjects, including the credibility of… Read more »