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Metro Briefs October 16
Riverview Towers will hold Quick-Step at the View, an evening with the pros from Arthur Murray Dance Studios that will include a dessert bar and Chinese auction on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. at 52 G...
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Message of coexistence: ‘Jerusalem’ focuses squarely on city’s common thread
The Carnegie Science Center’s Rangos Omnimax Theater was filled to its 300-person capacity Monday night for a screening of the film “Jerusalem,” which was followed by a panel of interfaith leaders ...
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‘Focus on Jewish continuity’ fuels young leaders’ philanthropic push
Thirty thousand dollars in local grant funds are currently available to support innovative projects that will engage teens and young adults, thanks to the vision of three young leaders aiming to fo...
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Helping Hollywood get Chasidim right
NEW YORK — When it comes to Chasidic characters in movies, film consultant Elli Meyer believes that the real deal trumps a random actor in costume. But that approach isn’t without its challenges. M...
Aug 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Parade’ offers a powerful tale of an American blood libel
A young girl is found dead in the factory where she worked. There are three suspects for the brutal murder: the black night watchman, the black janitor and the Jewish factory superintendent. The to...
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Retro Review ‘Rachel Calof’s Story: Jewish Homesteader on the Northern Plains’
When Rachel Bella Kahn was a girl growing up in Russia, she certainly never imagined that one day she’d end up as a pioneer woman on the prairies of North Dakota. She was born in 1876, and almost f...
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Open Hillel is a necessary intervention
Four rabbis are engaged in an animated debate about Jewish law. Three of them agree, but the dissenter is adamant that he’s got it right. He cries out: “A sign, God, I beg You, a sign!” It begins t...
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Hillel is an open forum
Once again the love affair between the Jewish people and higher education is back in full bloom. The start of a new school year, and the Jewish New Year, marked the beginning of robust programming ...
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Let IDF soldiers, haredim swap roles
Controversy over haredi military service roils Israeli society, but respect for each side’s concerns and values can help resolve it. Haredim believe Jews of all backgrounds are equally commanded to...
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Ralph Goldman, former JDC head and a builder of Israel, dies at 100
JERUSALEM — Ralph Goldman, who as a young man helped shepherd the State of Israel into existence and later devoted his professional life to bringing humanitarian relief to Jews around the globe, ha...
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Amid drought, Jewish groups push conservation agenda
LOS ANGELES — Devorah Brous’ San Fernando Valley home is shaded by green trees, studded with 19 fruit trees and patrolled by a pair of affable chickens that strut around the backyard. But at the mo...
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Tensions rise in eastern Jerusalem neighborhood after 200 Jews move in
JERUSALEM — Jewish- and Arab-Israeli residents of the Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan disagree on whether the neighborhood is historically Jewish or Arab. They disagree about whether Israeli Jews ...
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Adat Shalom Religious School students in Sharon Serbin’s art class display their Sukkah of Peace mural.  From left: Noah Eaton, Samantha Dinh, Alana Calig, Isaac Eaton, Peyton Kushon and Josh Ummer. (Photo provided by Adat Shalom)
Adat Shalom Religious School students in Sharon Serbin’s art class display their Sukkah of Peace mural.  From left: Noah Eaton, Samantha Dinh, Alana Calig, Isaac Eaton, Peyton Kushon and Josh Ummer. (Photo provided by Adat Shalom)
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New to Pittsburgh, Jewish Voice for Peace has ruffled many feathers with its tactics
A chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace, whose stated mission is to work “for peace, social justice, equality, human rights, respect for international law and a U.S. foreign policy based on these ideal...
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Azerbaijan’s energy drives a connection between Jews and Muslims
A long slinky line on a map that travels from Azerbaijan through Georgia and into Turkey is often referred to as the peace pipeline, as its oil frequently ends up in Israel. The Baku-Tbilsi-Ceyhan ...
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Harvard hosts Open Hillel’s first-ever conference
Open Hillel, which surged into national headlines last year as student opposition to Hillel International’s guidelines on Israel, held its inaugural national conference last weekend at Harvard Univ...
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ReelAbilities uses the power of film to showcase a more inclusive world for those with disabilities
Twenty percent of the U.S. population has a disability, and this year’s ReelAbilities Film Festival promises to bring those experiences to the big screen in a universal way. “More than 54 million A...
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A good place to begin understanding what life is like in Israel right now, in the fall of 2014, i...
Dear Medea Benjamin, I address you because your recent participation in a Tehran conference of an...
I have thought about the great Russian dissident and human rights activist Valeriya Novodvorskaya...
The email arrived on the last Friday afternoon of the spring term shortly before 5:00 p.m. Anasta...
We moderns subscribe to the doctrine of “root causes,” but the ancient Greek and Roman poets subs...

The Jerusalem City Council elected two new chief rabbis, including Rabbi Shlomo Amar, the former chief rabbi of Israel.

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Rabbi Barry Freundel didn’t just make conversion candidates take practice dunks in the mikvah where he allegedly spied on them in the shower — he also compelled them to do clerical tasks and donate money to the local rabbinical court.

2014-10-21 15:37:12 -0400

Austria has no claims against a Jewish author who was convicted of defrauding the republic out of Holocaust restitution funds, a government official said.

2014-10-21 15:26:19 -0400

Many of those who braved the heckling of protesters to see “The Death of Klinghoffer” said they felt unfairly judged.

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