World round-up: missing Seders to bring home $1m

World round-up: missing Seders to bring home $1m

The latest and greatest Jewish news from around the globe:


Social entrepreneurs and activists have met at a resort near the famous Iguazu Falls on the Argentina-Brazil border to brainstorm a future for Jewish life in small communities across Latin America. Organisers said the decline of communities in smaller cities was the biggest problem.

United States

The white supremacist charged with killing three people near a Jewish community centre in Kansas on 13 April reportedly told a New York rabbi ‘we have to get rid of every Jew’. Frazier Glenn Miller called the American Friends of Kiev hotline in March and spoke to Rabbi Menachem Siegal.


A university in Zambia has been given $1 million by the Council of Zambian Jewry to develop its medical campus and increase links with Israel. The country’s tiny Jewish population of about 100 has produced several prominent businessmen, including the former chief economist of the World Bank.


A man from Montreal who skipped both seders at his mother’s home to play in a poker tournament has taken home the $1 million title. Eric Afriat, 45, who said at first he was ‘sad and depressed’ about missing the seders, but that he was now ‘delighted’ to have won the World Poker Tour.


A large shipment of Passover supplies arrived in Kathmandu just in time for seder after the container was finally released from an Indian port with just hours to go. It included 1 ton of matzot, 2,000 bottles of wine, 3,000 pieces of gefilte fish and other traditional Jewish foods as well as haggadot.


The Israeli Embassy in Bangkok has asked local police to provide more security for tourists, with special provision for Israeli backpackers on popular routes. The Bangkok police chief said his force would follow through on the request following arrests after fears of a terrorist attack.

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