Two people from the region with knowledge of contemporary Polish Jewry say that while the recent ban on kosher slaughter in Poland should not be overlooked, the legislation is also not cause for panic about growing anti-Semitism in the country.
In his first formal address to the Jewish community, Archbishop Charles Chaput spoke candidly about his desire for strong Jewish-Catholic relations, while also highlighting the issues that sometimes impede understanding between the two religions.
The president of Lincoln University, a local historically black college that employs a professor who made comments calling for the destruction of Israel, recently visited the Jewish state as part of a program to build partnerships between Israeli and American universities.
Eric Berger has been a staff writer for the Jewish Exponent since August 2012.
Prior to that he spent six months interning at the Jerusalem Post and two years as reporter and then news and online editor of the Boonville Daily News, a community newspaper in Missouri. He has also written for the St. Louis Beacon, an online newspaper covering the St. Louis area.
He is a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism.