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Soul food: Aspiring haredi cooks train for restaurant jobs
JERUSALEM — Five haredi Orthodox men are standing around a large wooden table crowded with bowls of chopped tomato, garlic, carrots and greens, their ritual fringes poking out from under their apro...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Money, influence at stake in U.S. Zionist elections
WASHINGTON — One day last week, Alyssa Gabay opened her laptop on her kitchen table, and with a few clicks cast her vote in an international Jewish election that could influence how millions of dol...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rising star: Schiff surges to key congressional post
Although Democrats no longer hold the majority in the House of Representatives, one Jewish lawmaker’s clout is rising. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is now the ranking member — the top Democrat — of ...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Oil spill heightens sense of urgency at Israeli conference on green energy
The worst oil spill in Israel’s history was the unplanned backdrop for a recent international conference on green energy held in Eilat, the country’s southernmost city. A busy port and popular reso...
Jan 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amid $6M deficit, Detroit-area JCC may close
Amid persistent budget deficits, the Jewish community center building in the Detroit suburb of Oak Park may close this spring. The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit announced Monday that a ...
Jan 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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After attack, spike in emigration could deplete France’s Jewish community
PARIS – Taken alone, the attack on the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket near Paris is nothing that French Jews haven’t seen before. Arguably, the 2012 attack that caught the Toulouse community unpre...
Jan 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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A perfect pitch: For Jewish baseball purists, Cuba beckons
To the dismay of baseball fan Kit Krieger, future travels to Cuba will no longer include get-togethers with ex-Washington Senators pitcher Connie Marrero. Marrero, who played for Washington from 19...
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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With French ultimatum, European votes on Palestine recognition gain traction
When Britain’s Parliament voted in favor of recognizing Palestine in October, Elie Barnavi, a former Israeli ambassador to France, dismissed the motion as mere symbolism. Reflecting many Israelis’ ...
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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For poker champ Ari Engel, kipah works to his advantage
NEW YORK — Ari Engel is homeless. It’s been a decade since he last held a regular job and two years since he gave up his apartment. But don’t shed any tears for him. Over the last 10 years or so, E...
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Will Russia’s economic woes burst bubble for Jews?
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — In the basement of one of Europe’s largest synagogues, 100 Jews are waiting to meet local film star Boris Smolkin. The crowd applauds enthusiastically as the 66-year-old fu...
Dec 31, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Estonia’s kosher food problem yields smartphone solution 
When Haim Grinfeld from Tallinn began keeping kosher, he would go to the supermarket and phone up his good friend Moshe Beshkin, a software developer who is one of a handful of observant Jews livin...
Dec 31, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘A rabbi of rabbis’: Harold Schulweis, path-breaking thinker and activist, dies at 89
LOS ANGELES — As a path-breaking thinker, innovator and activist, Rabbi Harold Schulweis’ role extended far beyond his base as the spiritual leader of his Los Angeles-area congregation. “Harold Sch...
Dec 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs December 25
Gal Mekel released by NBA’s Pelicans Gal Mekel, the second Israeli to play in the NBA, was released by the New Orleans Pelicans after two weeks. Mekel, a point guard, had been acquired by the Pelic...
Dec 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Near major oil spill, a solar field grows in Israel
by Ben Sales, JTA
Dec 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV – In the sun-parched fields near where the largest oil spill in Israeli history poured millions of liters of crude oil into the desert on Dec. 4, an ambitious effort is underway to help re...
Highlighting campus sexual assault, Jewish groups have taken a lead
by Ron Kampeas, JTA
Dec 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Jewish campus groups were ready for the painful national dialogue that took place in the wake of murky rape allegations at the University of Virginia. That’s because organiza...
Israeli youth movement: Group aims to help Arabs — and contain them
by Ben Sales, JTA
Dec 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
LOD, Israel — He says he’s a leader of a “Zionist settlement” movement, but Raz Sofer’s home is no West Bank outpost. Sofer, 25, is the manager of a 100-member student village in this mixed Jewish-...
With ‘team’ portrait, Jewish ballplayers hit a home run for charities
by Hillel Kuttler, JTA
Dec 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
At the first Detroit Tigers game he attended, in 1940, Bob Matthews saw slugging first baseman Hank Greenberg play. Now a retired orthodontist living in Farmington Hills, Mich., Matthews can gaze e...
Globe Briefs December 18
by JTA Reports
Dec 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Saperstein wins Senate nod for religious freedom post The U.S. Senate confirmed Rabbi David Saperstein, a Reform movement leader, for a State Department post. Last Friday, Saperstein, in a 61...
Sephardic vogue, Argentine immigrants fuel rapid Jewish revival in Spain
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Dec 18, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
ROTA, Spain — While setting up a synagogue at the American naval base where she works, Ahuvah (Amanda) Gipson made something of a bitter-sweet discovery. Rifling through a storage area at the spraw...
Cuba releases Jewish-American contractor amid spy swap
by Melissa Apter, David Holzel, Dmitriy Shapiro and Geoffrey W. Melada
Dec 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
U.S. contractor Alan Gross, who was imprisoned by the Cuban government for five years, returned home to Maryland Wednesday in what is being dubbed by many as a Chanukah miracle. Sen. Barbara Mikuls...
In new Israeli elections, security issues returning to fore
by Ben Sales, JTA
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV — This government was supposed to be different. During the last election campaign in 2012, Israelis seemed to tire of the existential issues that have plagued the country for decades. Bare...
Clinton, at Saban Forum, endorses Obama’s Middle East policy
by Ron Kampeas, JTA
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — From the drive for Israeli-Palestinian peace to nuclear talks with Iran, Hillary Rodham Clinton is endorsing President Barack Obama’s Israel-related positions. Clinton, who was Obama’s...
Organization representing Israeli settlements reaches out to world Jewry, politicians
by Marc Shapiro
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Israelis living in the West Bank have a new message to politicians and world Jewry: The two-state solution is no solution. Members of the Yesha Council, an umbrella organization that represents the...