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Middle East

Rabbis From Small, Far-Flung Jewish Communities Welcomed in Turkey
Middle East
From Iceland to Mauritius, men and women discussed common challenges
Operation Exodus: The Chabad Effort That Saved 1,800 Iranian Jewish Children
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Forty years after the Iranian Revolution, recalling an unlikely and unheralded story
New Center to Give Added Jewish Glow to Cyprus’ Mediterranean Beauty
Middle East
Chabad provides a spiritual hub for Israeli businesspeople, tourists and European expatriates
Excitement Builds in Advance of Special Needs Israel Trip
Middle East
Max Zwain, 23, is getting ready to go to the Holy Land. His free Birthright Israel trip leaves Monday from Newark Liberty International Airport, and like other members of his diverse group, Zwain’s been posting on Facebook for weeks.
Israeli FM Visits Jewish School During Diplomatic Mission to Azerbaijan
Middle East
In Azerbaijan to tout his country’s ties with the predominantly-Muslim former Soviet republic, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman toured the Ohr Avner Chabad day school in the capital of Baku.
Tunisian President Invites Country’s Jews Back
Middle East
Newly-elected Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki, a veteran human rights activist, is making it clear that the country’s Jews are safe and have nothing to fear.
Combatting Misinformation About Israel, Netanyahu Cites Rebbe’s Directive
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Taking the podium of the United Nations General Assembly to educate world leaers about Israel’s impassioned defense of human rights and contributions to the world community, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu referred to guidance he received from the Rebbe and called on that body to turn away from the injustices of the past and finally confront Islamist terror head on.
Security Situation Puts Crimp in Tunisian Jews’ Holiday Plans
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Swept up in the regional tensions of the past several months, Jews in Tunisia’s capital are praying the traditional evening service in full daylight these days.
All Quiet at Ancient Tunisian Synagogue
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In a drastic departure from years past, the ancient Jewish community on the southern Tunisian island of Djerba was silent this Lag B’Omer.
Citing Security Concerns, Tunisian Jews Cancel Annual Festival
Middle East
In a rare and unprecedented move, leaders of the ancient Jewish community on the Tunisian island of Djerba have cancelled their annual Lag B’Omer celebration.
Moroccan Authorities Arrest Suspects in Bombing
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Moroccan authorities arrested six people in connection with last month’s terrorist bombing of a Marrakech café that killed 17 people, including a Jewish couple from China, and orphaned their little boy.
Morocco Blast Kills 15, Orphans Jewish Toddler
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A Jewish toddler was orphaned Thursday after a terrorist’s bomb claimed the lives of his parents and 13 others at a Marrakech, Morocco, café.
Israeli Celebrants Toast Growth of Cyprus Jewish Center
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Billed by organizers as a “reunion of friends,” hundreds of Israelis filled an event hall in the central city of Nes Tziyona to show support for a Jewish community center in the coastal resort of Larnaca, Cyprus.
King of Bahrain Extends Jewish Communal Welcome During State Visit
Middle East
At the Tuesday meeting in New York, Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Levi Shemtov made the traditional blessing upon seeing an earthly monarch.
Special Shipments Bring Holiday Cheer to Jewish Soldiers Stationed Abroad
Middle East
Stationed along the Syrian border in a remote region of Iraq, U.S. Marine officer Etan Anthony looked forward each day to those few precious minutes when he could don tefillin and pray the Shema.
Passover Haggadah Signed by President Makes its Way to Troops in Iraq
Middle East
President George W. Bush inscribed a special edition Passover Haggadah with greetings to troops in Iraq in an Oval Office ceremony proclaiming Education and Sharing Day, USA. American Friends of Lubavitch coordinated the Haggadah's shipment to soldiers serving in Iraq.
Jewish Communities Support Family of Slain American Soldier
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As the family of Maj. Stuart Wolfer, killed Sunday in a rocket attack in Baghdad’s Green Zone, prepared for his Friday funeral, Jewish community members in Des Moines, Iowa, and New York City rallied together to help with food, child care and moral support.
Moroccan Consul Consoled Family of Deceased Lubavitch Emissary
Middle East
In a visit with the family of the late Rabbi Shlomo Matusof, the Moroccan consul in New York praised him and Chabad-Lubavitch for building a network of schools in the North African country.
Four Species Arrive Just in Time for Sukkot in Iraq
Middle East
The Aleph Institute this year provided a lulav and etrog to every base in Iraq that had Jewish soldiers.
Building a Sukkah in Iraq
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Army Capt. Shlomo Shulman, the only Jewish chaplain in all of Iraq, constructs a sukkah in Baghdad’s Camp Striker.
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