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Passover seders the new norm at PA Governor’s Residence
HARRISBURG — The freshly painted state dining room in the governor’s mansion was full of lively conversation and political discussion, plenty of wine (four cups, Rabbi Jeffrey Astrachan continuousl...
Apr 21, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs April 21
Tufts student senate passes Israel divestment resolution The Tufts University student senate passed a resolution calling on the university to divest from four companies that do business with Israel...
Apr 21, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hank Azaria opens up about speaking Ladino and his latest TV role
Actor Hank Azaria is known for his portrayal of an array of characters — most notably voicing Moe, Chief Wiggum and Apu on “The Simpsons.” While he may be best known for his work on the long-runnin...
Apr 21, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Toppled graves near Paris inspire conspiracy theories among Jews
Five days after a municipal truck plowed through a Jewish cemetery near Paris in what authorities said was a freak accident, Isabelle Zenou arrived at the scene of the incident with a camera — and ...
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A futuristic Israeli peace plan — minus the peace
TEL AVIV — Gaza is rebuilt. The West Bank is flourishing. And the trains run from Tel Aviv to Riyadh, the Saudi Arabian capital. This is the peaceful future being pitched by Israeli Intelligence Mi...
Apr 21, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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The Israeli response to the Syrian chemical attack? A wave of donations
TEL AVIV — In response to the alleged chemical attack in Syria earlier this month, Israelis have donated hundreds of thousands of shekels to help children and others caught in the conflict raging o...
Apr 21, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs April 14
Ohio buys record $61 million in Israel Bonds The state of Ohio bought a one-day record of $61 million in Israel Bonds. The largest single government purchase of Israel Bonds, which took place April...
Apr 19, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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A state legislator called J Street anti-Semitic; Right to left, Jewish groups disagree
NEW YORK — Is J Street anti-Semitic? A South Carolina state legislator insists it is. But few — if any — Jewish leaders seem to agree. Alan Clemmons, a Republican lawmaker from Myrtle Beach, is a d...
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Krav Maga, an Israeli martial art, is trending in Paris
PARIS — In a dark alley in a poor suburb of this city, five men with violence on their minds closed in fast on 17-year-old Netanel Azoulay and his older brother, Yaakov. “Dirty Jews, you’re going t...
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Here’s how Israeli women are fighting for equal pay in high-tech
TEL AVIV — High-tech workers know there’s no problem that can’t be solved with a spreadsheet. So a group of Israeli women seeking to combat the gender wage gap in the industry created one last mont...
Apr 19, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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HIAS looks to rally in red states
WASHINGTON — Rallies in solidarity with refugees and immigrants should start happening in front of less-than-friendly faces, said Mark Hetfield. “What we need to do is move this call to action from...
Apr 19, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs April 7
White House: US understands construction of new Israeli settlement White House officials appeared to show understanding of the Israeli government’s decision to build a new settlement in the West Ba...
Apr 06, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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This Canadian model is a comedy sensation in Israel
TEL AVIV — Renny Grinshpan is a Canadian Israeli with shaky Hebrew. Yet in the past several months, she has become famous in this country for her comedic commentary on Israeli culture. Millions wat...
Apr 06, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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When politics get in the way of Jewish giving
by Ben Sales, JTA
Apr 06, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — Lisa Greer didn’t think twice when she used her cellphone to donate to IfNotNow, a Jewish organization that protests Israel’s West Bank occupation. Greer and her husband, Joshua, had giv...
AIPAC goes back to the basics
by George Altshuler, David Holzel, Hanna Monicken and Dan Schere, Special to The Chronicle
Apr 06, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
For the 18,000 Israel supporters who came to Washington, D.C., last week, the AIPAC Policy Conference was like a family reunion or a gathering of old friends, where everyone sticks to comfortable t...
Globe Briefs March 31
by JTA reports
Mar 31, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
Israel Police arrest 22 Haredi Orthodox men accused of sex crimes Police arrested 22 Haredi Orthodox men in four Israeli cities who are suspected of sex crimes against women and minors over the pas...
Preparing for Passover in Ukraine’s last shtetl
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Mar 31, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
BERSHAD, Ukraine — At first glance, this drab town 160 miles south of Kiev seems nearly identical to the settlements that dot the poverty-stricken district of Vinnitsa. Shrouded in a seemingly perm...
Jewish bomb threat suspect undermines groups’ narrative on anti-Semitism
by Ben Sales, JTA
Mar 31, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — Many Jewish groups blamed white supremacists, emboldened by Donald Trump’s campaign, for the bomb threats that have plagued Jewish institutions since the beginning of this year. It appea...
How a single mom revolutionized Moldova’s Jewish community
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Mar 23, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
BERSHAD, Ukraine — Olga Levus didn’t set out to revolutionize the Jewish community of her native Moldova when she opened its first-ever support group for single mothers. Unemployed and living in th...
This Sephardi Jew sees preserving Ladino as ‘act of resistance’ against Trump
by Josefin Dolsten, JTA
Mar 23, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
One-year-old Vidal doesn’t know the significance behind the lullaby his father sings him at bedtime. He knows it helps him fall asleep, but not that the Ladino song is part of an effort to teach hi...
Not just prayers: Synagogues are organizing to fight Trump’s agenda
by Ben Sales, JTA
Mar 23, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — The day after the presidential election, as congregants gathered in her Brooklyn synagogue to air their feelings, Rabbi Rachel Timoner was already starting to organize against the incomi...
If at first you don’t succeed, add it to the Wall of Rejection
by Rachel Kurland, Special to the Chronicle
Mar 23, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
Admitting defeat is the first step to accepting rejection. But what if you get rejected again — and again? On college campuses, the competitive nature to strive to be the best outweighs the reality...
Meet the Jewish artist behind the haunting Purim puppets of Paris
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Mar 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
Though he may be one of France’s best-known puppet makers, Michel Nedjar insists he does not really create the acclaimed and haunting figures that he calls his “Purim puppets.” A former tailor’s ap...