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As a gunman loomed outside their synagogue, Jews in Halle kept praying

Germany ‘must protect Jewish life,’ its president says at site of attack near synagogue

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier carries flowers alongside his wife, Elke Buedenbender, as they arrive at the synagogue in Halle one day after a gunman shot and killed…

German-Jewish girl, 14, Found Raped and Murdered

(JTA) — A Jewish 14-year-old girl in Germany who had been missing since May was found dead.

The girl, identified as Susanna F., was found Wednesday outside Wiesbaden, a city in western Germany. On Thursday, police said that two male asylum seekers were suspected in her rape and murder.

The men, a 20-year-old Iraqi and 35-year-old Turkish citizen, are suspected of killing the girl on May 22, when she went missing. Police said they believe she had been strangled to death.

The 20-year-old suspect was dating the girl, the Wiesbadener Tagblatt daily reported. Police said Thursday that he had left…

New Jewish Educational Center To Be Built In Berlin

BERLIN (JTA) — Amid signs of growing anti-Semitism in Germany, a new Jewish educational center aimed at reaching both Jews and non-Jews is being built in Berlin.

“Much has been said about fighting anti-Semitism in Germany, and this is something tachles, this is something concrete,” Yehuda Teichtal, a rabbi in Berlin’s Jewish community and executive director of Chabad Lubavitch Berlin, said Tuesday announcing the June 10 groundbreaking ceremony for the Jewish center. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is expected to attend the ceremony.

When construction is completed in about two years, the Pears Jewish Campus, adjacent to the Chabad Jewish…

Top German newspaper apologizes for cartoon using anti-Semitic stereotypes

One of Germany’s top daily newspapers has pulled a cartoon and apologized for its use of anti-Semitic stereotypes.

Wolfgang Krach, editor in chief of the Süddeutsche Zeitung, issued a statement Tuesday saying he had pulled the cartoon, which depicted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dressed as the Israeli Eurovision winner Netta Barzilai, holding up a rocket marked with a Star of David. The artist, Dieter Hanitzsch, had also replaced the “V” in Eurovision with the six-pointed star.

“This led to discussions both within and outside the SZ editorial offices,” Krach’s statement read. “The cartoonist… said he merely wanted to point…