World Report

BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — A Jewish community center in Buenos Aires that was bombed in 1994 was evacuated Wednesday morning after receiving a bomb threat.

The AMIA center recently reopened in a new building on the site where 86 people were killed and hundreds injured on July 18, 1994.

The threat came a day after Argentina's recently elected government told the country's Jewish leaders that it would push forward laws that would allow people with information about the 1994 bombing and an attack on the Israeli Embassy in 1992 to come forward without fear of persecution or loss of privacy.

Budapest thieves rob Chassidic synagogue

BUDAPEST (JTA) — Thieves stole about $50,000 worth of valuables from a Lubavitch-run synagogue in Budapest over the weekend.

Among the items stolen were silver Torah crowns, menorahs and tefillin, but no Torah scrolls. The day after the robbery, some of the items turned up at an auctioneer of Judaica, prompting speculation that the motive for the theft was profit, not anti-Semitism.

Chechen kidnappers free Jewish teenager

MOSCOW (JTA) — A 13-year-old Jewish girl has returned home after Russian troops freed her from mobsters in Chechnya.

Alla Geifman, the daughter of a banker and Jewish communal activist in the port city of Saratov, returned Dec. 17 after being abducted last May on the streets of that city. When her father refused to pay the demanded $5 million ransom, the kidnappers severed two of her fingers and mailed them to him.