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2012-08-16 14:21:36

NEW YORK, Aug. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The World Jewish Congress strongly condemns the outrageous decision taken by the United Church of Canada to support a boycott of Israeli communities and for its stated regret for previously calling for Palestinian recognition of Israel's Jewish character. This one-sided decision, rather than fostering peace, undermines any efforts at reaching a peace agreement, as it singles out Israel for blame. Evelyn Sommer, Chair, World Jewish...

2012-08-07 10:03:53

A new genetic analysis focusing on Jews from North Africa has provided an overall genetic map of the Jewish Diasporas. The findings support the historical record of Middle Eastern Jews settling in North Africa during Classical Antiquity, proselytizing and marrying local populations, and, in the process, forming distinct populations that stayed largely intact for more than 2,000 years. The study, led by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, was published...

2012-08-06 10:23:58

BRONX, N.Y., Aug. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new genetic analysis focusing on Jews from North Africa has provided an overall genetic map of the Jewish Diasporas. The findings support the historical record of Middle Eastern Jews settling in North Africa during Classical Antiquity, proselytizing and marrying local populations, and, in the process, forming distinct populations that stayed largely intact for more than 2,000 years. The study, led by researchers at Albert Einstein College...

2012-07-31 14:21:39

NEW YORK, July 31, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The World Jewish Congress today applauded the introduction of bi-partisan legislation by Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Howard Berman (D-CA), Ted Poe (R-TX), Joe Crowley (D-NY), and Bob Turner (R-NY) that seeks to recognize the fact that 850,000 Jewish refugees were expelled from Arab countries during the past 60 years. Among other actions, the bill would require the President and members of the...

2012-07-05 06:21:35

NEW YORK, July 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A 17-year-old Jewish student, on a train from Toulouse to Lyon, was attacked and badly beaten last night. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100816/AJCLOGO) He is a student at the Ozar HaTorah school in Toulouse, the scene of a deadly terrorist attack in March that left three children and one teacher dead. The young man was wearing a visible Star of David around his neck when the brazen assault on the train took place. In...

2012-06-27 10:22:57

BERLIN, June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AJC criticized a German court's ban of circumcision as an infringement on private religious practice. A district court in Cologne ruled that circumcision is acceptable only when performed as a medical necessity. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100816/AJCLOGO) "We are deeply concerned about the court's lack of understanding of basic religious freedom," said AJC Berlin Director Deidre Berger. "This decision throws into question...

2012-06-12 06:22:53

NEW YORK, June 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The population of the New York Jewish community has grown nearly 10 percent since the previous study in 2002, according to UJA-Federation of New York's Jewish Community Study of New York: 2011, released today. More than 1.5 million Jews now live in the eight-county New York area, a total that surpasses the combined Jewish populations of the metropolitan areas of Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. In the five...

2012-04-16 02:30:42

TEL-AVIV, Israel, April 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- They were scattered across the globe more than 500 years ago and went to great lengths to hide their true identities, but now, thanks to a new website powered by an online database, descendants of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews whose ancestors were forced to convert or be exiled during the Spanish & Portuguese Inquisitions, might be able to trace their heritage. Today, the descendants of these Jews, also known as...

2012-04-11 10:23:17

WASHINGTON, April 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An AJC survey of Latinos in the United States shows that only 18 percent are highly familiar with Jews, while 31 percent are not familiar with them at all. However, in an encouraging sign for future Latino-Jewish relations, the survey also found that more positive views in the Latino community about Jews on a wide range of issues tended to correlate with frequency of personal contacts, and levels of education, income and acculturation....

2012-03-27 14:20:35

NEW YORK, March 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The World Jewish Congress praised the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the case of Zivotofsky v. Clinton, which determined that federal courts can decide whether American citizens born in Jerusalem to have the right to list "Jerusalem, Israel" as their place of birth on their U.S. passports. The justices decided overwhelmingly by a vote of 8 to 1 to overturn a previous decision by a lower court that had determined that the...