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Istanbul Synagogue Reopens After Bombings

One of two synagogues bombed in Istanbul last month reopened for Sabbath prayers on Saturday, a service Turkish Jews said showed their resolve to overcome the devastating attacks. Isak Haleva, the chief rabbi at the Beth Israel synagogue, delivered a sermon that stressed the importance of dialogue in this predominantly Muslim but secular country. Haleva was one of those wounded in the nearly simultaneous suicide bombings at Beth Israel and the Neve Shalom synagogue during Sabbath prayers on Nov. 15. Those attacks were followed five days later by suicide bombings on the British Consulate in Istanbul and a London-based bank. A total of 61 people, including the four bombers, were killed in the attacks, in which al-Qaida involvement is suspected. Six of the victims were Jewish. Full Story

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