WJC News Update – Hungary: Former leader of anti-Semitic party embraces Judaism after discovering Jewish ancestry

WJC News Update – Hungary: Former leader of anti-Semitic party embraces Judaism after discovering Jewish ancestry

News updates from the World Jewish Congress website – 21 October 2013

World Jewish Congress Executive convenes in Jerusalem

WJC leaders will discuss reports from Jewish community leaders in Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary and Ukraine about the situation with respect to extreme-right political parties.

Pope Francis sends e-mail on Holocaust to American Jewish leader – Washington Post

Pope Francis reached out to World Jewish Congress General Counsel Menachem Rosensaft, the son of two Holocaust survivors, in a recent e-mail exchange.

Hungary: Former leader of anti-Semitic party embraces Judaism after discovering Jewish ancestry

21 Oct 2013 Csanád Szegedi, a former leader of the extreme-right Hungarian Jobbik party who last year found out that he is half-Jewish, is converting to Judaism, the German newspaper ‘Welt am Sonntag’ reports.  READ MORE »

Quebec Jewish community: We are not alone – Jerusalem Post

21 Oct 2013 Human rights watchdog steps in to help protest ban on the wearing of “conspicuous” religious symbols by government workers.  READ MORE »

Mayor Bloomberg is first to receive a $1 million Jewish award – New York Times

21 Oct 2013 New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be honored as the first recipient of the Genesis Award, also nicknamed the ‘Jewish Nobel Prize’, for his “track record of outstanding public service and his role as one of the world’s greatest philanthropists.” READ MORE »

‘Lost’ Indian Jews come to Israel despite doubts – Times of Israel

21 Oct 2013 The Bnei Menashe community, whose rituals have only glancing similarity to Judaism, has been permitted to make aliyah en masse. READ MORE »