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First in line for Portuguese citizenship: Jewish dreamers and fortune seekers
Hunched over a monument for thousands of Jews killed in a 1506 massacre in Lisbon, Danielle Karo (not her real name) felt a swelling in her eyes. To Karo, an American poet and business analyst who ...
Apr 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Portraits of Irish Holocaust survivors present nation with a teachable moment
When Irish artist Diana Muller first presented her works in progress — paintings of some of her country’s few remaining Holocaust survivors — to the Irish Jewish Museum in Dublin City, museum vice ...
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In Indiana, an uncomfortable turn in the spotlight
The talk at Rabbi Michael Friedland’s seder table in South Bend, Ind., was about Memories Pizza in the small Indiana town of Walkerton. Not that the celebrants already had tired of unleavened food ...
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Is ‘Mein Kampf’ a learning tool or too offensive and dangerous to reissue?
Given the current climate of rising anti-Semitism in Europe and elsewhere, is it too offensive and dangerous to reissue Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” autobiographical manifesto? Critics of the book’s...
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Natural gas lights a brighter future for northern Israelis
Jobs are coming to northern Israel in the country’s fledgling natural gas industry, and Erez College is opening the door to those new careers. People have long joked that after 40 years in the dese...
Apr 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pew study: In North America, Muslims to overtake Jews by 2035
NEW YORK — In 20 years, there will be more Muslims in North America than Jews, according to a new Pew Research Center report. The report, which was released April 2, also found that more American J...
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No longer newcomers, Israelis in Europe get organized
Whenever he would fly from his native Israel back home to the Netherlands, Serge Lypcyz would bring a heavy load of Hebrew-language books with him. Lypcyz and his Israeli friends in Amsterdam depen...
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Jewish refugees safe from war, but facing economic crisis in Kiev
KIEV — In a crowded room of the Tolkachov family’s tiny apartment here, a couch and twin bed sit kitty-corner from each other, sandwiching a small crib. In another corner, a wooden table is clutter...
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Meet Omer Mei-Dan: Israeli BASE jumper, stuntman and orthopedic surgeon
BOULDER, Colo. — Omer Mei-Dan has jumped off more cliffs than he can count — not to mention helicopters, skyscrapers and bridges. Just don’t call him a skydiver. An orthopedic surgeon and extreme s...
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When Jews found refuge in underground warren at Warsaw Zoo
WARSAW — In a carriage bound for the Warsaw Zoo, Moshe Tirosh could sense his parents’ fear and the strong odor of alcohol wafting from the direction of the driver and his horse. The trepidation th...
Apr 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Philly day school bathroom seen as symbol of transgender inclusion
At most Jewish day schools, naming honors tend to be attached to grand spaces — auditoriums, prayer spaces, gymnasiums and the like. But at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, a pluralistic day sch...
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Meet Ruth Porat, Google’s new CFO
To the business media, the symbolism of Ruth Porat’s move from her position as chief financial officer of Morgan Stanley to her newly announced perch as Google’s CFO of the future couldn’t be more ...
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Aliyah debate exposes French Jewry’s internal fault lines
PARIS — A burst of applause greeted Holocaust survivor Marek Halter and his close friend, Imam Hassen Chalghoumi, as they entered the Synagogue de la Victoire together in January. Halter, a celebra...
Mar 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Israeli youth movement: Group aims to help Arabs — and contain them
by Ben Sales, JTA
Dec 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 163 163 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 | 155 155 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 | 155 155 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 | 164 164 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 | 163 163 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 | 161 161 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 | 163 163 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 | 158 158 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...
Globe Briefs December 4
by JTA Reports
Dec 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 77 77 recommendations | email to a friend
Australia’s capital gets first official rabbi to lead Jewish community The Jewish community in Australia’s capital inaugurated its first official full-time rabbi. Rabbi Alon Meltzer, 26, of New Zea...
Netanyahu fires Lapid, Livni, moving Israel closer to early elections
by Ben Sales, JTA
Dec 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV — For the second time in about two years, Israel appears to be headed toward elections. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a news conference Tuesday that he will support a b...