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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 ...
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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
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...
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After Palestinian baby’s death, Israelis say condemnation not enough
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...
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Globe Briefs August 6
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...
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In one room in Jerusalem, 2,700 years of history
by Ben Sales, JTA
Apr 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM — When Amit Re’em embarked on a 1999 excavation of an abandoned Ottoman prison in the Old City of Jerusalem, he didn’t expect anything revolutionary. The dig was primarily aimed at inspec...
First in line for Portuguese citizenship: Jewish dreamers and fortune seekers
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Apr 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
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 ...
Portraits of Irish Holocaust survivors present nation with a teachable moment
by Jeffrey F. Barken, JNS.org
Apr 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
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 ...
In Indiana, an uncomfortable turn in the spotlight
by David Holzel
Apr 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
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 ...
Is ‘Mein Kampf’ a learning tool or too offensive and dangerous to reissue?
by Robert Gluck, JNS.org
Apr 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Natural gas lights a brighter future for northern Israelis
by Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod, JNS.org
Apr 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Pew study: In North America, Muslims to overtake Jews by 2035
by Uriel Heilman, JTA
Apr 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
No longer newcomers, Israelis in Europe get organized
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Apr 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Jewish refugees safe from war, but facing economic crisis in Kiev
by Ben Sales, JTA
Apr 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Meet Omer Mei-Dan: Israeli BASE jumper, stuntman and orthopedic surgeon
by Uriel Heilman, JTA
Apr 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
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...