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Today’s Jewish Life In Vienna

Today’s Jewish Life In Vienna

On a side street off Karmeliterplatz in the 2nd District, Kosherland is a hub of Jewish life. Here, the community feel is tangible. Parents send their school-age children to Dr. Marina Plistiev’s store unaccompanied and instead of paying for their groceries on the spot, the shopkeeper sets up a tab and waits for their parents […]

Worlds Apart? The Many Jewish Viennas

Worlds Apart? The Many Jewish Viennas

The synagogue on Seitenstettengasse is well-guarded, and not just by the Austrian police. Built into an apartment block, it is almost entirely hidden from view. Visitors’ peaceful intentions are tested in lengthy interrogations by two plainclothes security guards, former members of the Israeli army. Though they smile, the process is far from reassuring. Still, their […]

“We don’t live in a ghetto”

“We don’t live in a ghetto”

I didn’t even notice when Oskar Deutsch, the interim President of the Israelitische Kultusgemeinde (IKG, Vienna’s Jewish Community) walked into the waiting room; I looked up and he was suddenly there, shaking my hand and offering me a cup of coffee. Easygoing and disarming, with a slightly awkward smile, Deutsch’s overwhelming earnestness makes him seem […]

Rabbi Friedman’s Complaint

Rabbi Friedman’s Complaint

Moishe Arye Friedman, the chief Rabbi of the Orthodox Anti-Zionist Community in Austria, has been heavily criticised by many both in- and outside the Jewish community for his opinions and his actions. But he had no idea that his attendance at the Holocaust conference in Teheran would later become grounds for his children being expelled […]

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