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Human Rights Reports slams Iran
Torture and violence without impunity are among the abuses the Iranian regime has conducted against its own people, according to the State Department’s Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for...
Jul 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Is a nuclear deal with Iran in sight?
Iran’s foreign minister returned to nuclear negotiations Tuesday morning, insisting he had a mandate to finalize a deal with world powers. But as the clock wound down on the self-imposed June 30 de...
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Green Party’s Stein: ‘Let’s fight like our lives depend on it’
By Josh Marks Calling for an end to corporate capitalism and the two-party political system, Dr. Jill Stein kicked off her campaign for president on the Green Party ticket with a speech June 23 at ...
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Throughout Hillary Clinton’s life and career, U.S. Jews have been close at hand
WASHINGTON – From the man who married her grandmother to the man who married her daughter, from working a room full of bar mitzvah guests on behalf of her husband’s political career to headlining m...
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J Street U ‘disappointed’ after Hillel meeting
WASHINGTON — Members of J Street U’s National Student Board walked away “disappointed” after a lengthy on-the-record meeting with representatives from Hillel International. Four student board membe...
Jun 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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The obvious choice: Relief for Britain’s Jews as Cameron elected to second term
LONDON — A large chunk of Britain’s Jewish community breathed a sigh of relief on May 8, when David Cameron secured a second five-year term as prime minister. The Conservative’s win of an outright ...
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Jews in a box: Can Germany afford to let its Jewish community disappear?
BERLIN — An exhibit at the Jewish Museum in Berlin raised eyebrows two years ago for its examination of the discomfort of Germans with the Jews in their midst. In the exhibit, a Jew sat in a three-...
Jun 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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A long train trip: But a ride across Siberia uncovers thriving Jewish communties
In May 1891, the Grand Duke Nicholas II, who later became the last czar, picked up a ceremonial shovel and emptied a wheelbarrow full of soil onto an embankment in the port city of Vladivostok. It ...
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Burma: one synagogue and much beauty
[Editor’s note: The military government of Burma changed the country name to "Myanmar" in 1989. According to the State Department, it remains U.S. policy to refer to the country as Burma in most co...
Jun 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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A tech exec with a soft spot for Israel
NEW YORK – When Stephen Kaufer, the CEO of TripAdvisor, an $11 billion company that runs America’s leading user-generated hotel review website, thinks back to all the places he has visited, one sta...
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Will Sephardic Jews join Ashkenazi embrace of premarriage genetic testing?
“There is no person in the world without issues,” says Rabbi Yosef Ekstein, the founder of the organization Dor Yeshorim (“Upright Generation” in Hebrew), a confidential genetic screening system us...
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OU delegation warns of rise in threats
Attendees of the Orthodox Union Leadership Mission to Washington made clear to the politicians their concerns over ongoing Iran nuclear negotiations and domestic security funding for Jewish institu...
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Chief Rabbi Lau: No intention to remove Rabbi Riskin from his job
JERUSALEM— The Chief Rabbinate has no intention of removing Efrat Chief Rabbi Shlomo Riskin from his position, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau said. “There has never been any intention to push out ...
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Supreme Court strikes down Israel passport law
by Suzanne Pollak
Jun 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Stressing the supremacy of presidential over congressional power to set foreign policy, the Supreme Court struck down a federal statute that would allow American citizens born in Jerusalem to list ...
Ex-CFO of San Diego JCC pleads guilty to embezzling $400k
by JTA
Jun 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Two former staff members at San Diego’s Jewish community center pleaded guilty to embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the institution in two separate schemes. Nancy Johnson, chief fina...
Jewish comedian goes big in China — but the humor doesn’t always translate
by Uriel Heilman, JTA
Jun 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
How do you tell a joke in China about Jews when the only things most Chinese think they know about the Chosen People is that they’re smart and good with money? That was Jesse Appell’s quandary when...
Young couples now getting Birthright-style ‘honeymoons’ in Israel
by Ben Sales, JTA
Jun 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM  — Jay and Mikelle sat next to each other on the bus as it ascended the road to Jerusalem. Later the same day they accompanied each other on an emotional trip to Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holo...
Orange pullout seen as sign of BDS influence on French policy
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Jun 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
To Israel’s supporters, the decision by the French telecommunications giant Orange to dump its Israeli affiliate is not only a politically motivated divestment by a major multinational corporation,...
Where the Obama-Netanyahu relationship went wrong
by Ron Kampeas, JTA
Jun 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — When David Axelrod, then a senior adviser to President Barack Obama, first learned that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly had referred to him and White House Chief o...
As Syria’s Assad suffers civil war setbacks, what’s the best outcome for Israel?
by Sean Savage, JNS.org
Jun 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
With the Syrian civil war well into its fifth year, President Bashar al-Assad’s government has outlasted many observers’ predictions of his demise. But recently, major setbacks for that government ...



How to build an American shtetl — See: Bloomingburg, N.Y.
by Uriel Heilman, JTA
Jun 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
BLOOMINGBURG, N.Y. — This is how you launch a Chasidic shtetl in 21st-century America. Step 1. Find a place within reasonable distance of Brooklyn where the land is cheap and underdeveloped. Step 2...
Hillel poised to battle BDS in the fall
by David Holzel
Jun 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
The boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement on college campuses threatens not Israel but the lives of American Jewish students and the integrity of the university, according to Eric Finger...
Targeting modern Orthodox rabbi, Israeli rabbinate draws battle line
by Ben Sales, JTA
Jun 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV — There’s no shortage of Israelis who want to reform the office of the Chief Rabbinate. Ranging from advocates of religion-state separation to leaders of Israel’s non-Orthodox movements to...