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Meet J Street U’s new president, Amna Farooqi
Amna Farooqi, the new president of J Street U, the campus branch of the liberal, self-described pro-Israel, pro-peace lobby group, is a Muslim of Pakistani descent. She has no plans to convert to J...
Sep 02, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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State Department witness on Benghazi looks back on two stints in Foggy Bottom
Joel Rubin is the president of Washington Strategy Group, a Chevy Chase, Md.-based foreign policy consulting firm. One month ago, he left the State Department after completing two stints there; the...
Sep 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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At Tuscany’s only kosher winery, owners can’t touch the Chianti
CASTELNUOVO BERARDENGA, Italy — Up a windy road in the tranquil Tuscan hills, down a gravel path and past acres of grapevines, a visitor will come across a stainless steel door frame secured with a...
Aug 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Meet the Baptist baseball lifer who will coach Israel’s team
PHILADELPHIA — Visiting Israel the past few winters to see his daughter and her family led to an unexpected job for Jerry Narron, a devout Christian and a baseball lifer: a coaching position for Is...
Aug 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ten years on, Katrina echoes for Mississippi Jews
Standing on an empty lot at the corner of Camellia Street and Southern Avenue, Brad Kessie wistfully inspected one of two sago palms that marked the pathway to Congregation Beth Israel, which had s...
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On Greek isle of Rhodes, Jews return to celebrate ancient community all but wiped out
RHODES, Greece — Each summer, tens of thousands of tourists descend on Rhodes, Greece’s easternmost island. They are drawn by the sandy beaches, the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea, the casino r...
Aug 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Here’s why Hamas and Israel may be secretly negotiating
TEL AVIV — After more than a decade of failed diplomacy, Israel could be close to signing a major agreement with the Palestinians. They’re just not the Palestinians you thought. After years of vowi...
Aug 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs August 20
N.Y. state panel to study controversial E. Ramapo school district The New York State Education Department appointed a panel to study the operations of the haredi Orthodox controlled school board in...
Aug 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rabbi on a mission to uncover hints of southern Italy’s Jewish past
As the only female rabbi in Italy, Barbara Aiello is on a mission to reach out to the anusim, descendants of Jews who were forced hundreds of years ago to convert to Catholicism, and tell them of t...
Aug 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Can the U.S. trust Europe to punish Iran if it violates the nuclear deal?
Among his rationales for opposing the nuclear deal with Iran, Sen. Charles Schumer said that he did not trust the three European Union partners to punish Iran should it violate the terms of the acc...
Aug 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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All over the map: Where dozens of local Jewish groups stand on the Iran deal
Across the United States, Jewish community groups have appeared unsure about exactly how to respond to the Iran nuclear deal. Consider Massachusetts. Three groups in the state last month attempted ...
Aug 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Listen to the music … but watch where you’re driving, says Israeli researcher
While driving to work, “Eternal Flames” by the Bangles comes on the radio and the next thing I know, I am back on a beach in Lanai, reliving my honeymoon. I see stretches of clear blue water and pi...
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Globe Briefs August 13
Rivlin urges Netanyahu to repair ties with Obama JERUSALEM — Israeli President Reuven Rivlin told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to repair the damaged relations with President Barack Obama. “I t...
Aug 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Shakeup at Anti-Iran Deal Group; In Congress, Democrats stating their positions
by Melissa Apter, Special to The Chronicle
Aug 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Former Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman on Monday was named chairman of an advocacy group opposed to the Iran nuclear deal. The move came after it became known that United Against Nuclear Iran’s p...
After Palestinian baby’s death, Israelis say condemnation not enough
by Ben Sales, JTA
Aug 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
DUMA, West Bank — The smell of stale smoke wafted from the burnt concrete home now marked by a banner bearing the grinning face of a baby and, in bold red letters, a name: Ali Saad Dawabsha. Some 1...
Globe Briefs August 6
Aug 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Neo-Nazis attack Orthodox Jew on Zurich street JTA A group of neo-Nazis harassed, threatened and, finally, assaulted an Orthodox Jew in Zurich, Switzerland’s Jewish community reported. The incident...
Parsing the polls to find where Jews stand on Iran nuclear deal
by Melissa Apter, Special to The Chronicle
Aug 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Millions are being spent on advertisements aimed at swaying the public and putting pressure on lawmakers to either denounce or support the Iran nuclear agreement. But where do American Jews stand o...
Globe Briefs July 30
by JTA
Jul 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Wecht: Nisman case more likely a homicide BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Renowned forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht believes that the late Argentine special prosecutor Alberto Nisman likely was mur...
Jewish groups to spend millions persuading lawmakers on Iran deal
by Melissa Apter, Special to The Chronicle
Jul 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Proponents and detractors of the Iran nuclear deal are working overtime — and spending millions of dollars — to lobby undecided members of Congress over the summer recess. The American Israel Publi...
Israel’s Teva drops Mylan bid: Buys Boto-maker Allergan
Jul 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Israel’s Teva Pharmaceutical Industries this week gave up its hostile takeover bid of rival Mylan, according to reports. Instead, Teva will purchase Allergan’s generic drugs business for $40.5 bill...
Pollard release set for November
by Ben Sales
Jul 28, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Jonathan Pollard, the American Jew who has served 30 years of a life sentence for passing classified information to Israel, will be released Nov. 20 from a U.S. prison. The Parole Board announced i...
Analysis: In Israel’s domestic politics, Iran deal is a gift for Netanyahu
by Ben Sales, JTA
Jul 23, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Maybe Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should be thanking the Obama administration for the Iran deal. Netanyahu called Tuesday’s agreement on Iran’s nuclear program a “stunning historic mi...
Will Iran deal’s sanctions relief fund terror?
by Alina Dain Sharon and Sean Savage, JNS.org
Jul 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Beyond the recently reached nuclear deal’s implications for Iran’s nuclear program itself, much of the fear about the agreement centers on how the substantial sanctions relief it provides to the Is...