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French Jewish scholar’s hate speech trial leaves anti-racism activists bitter, divided
The hate speech trial of a prominent French historian charged with calling Arabs innately anti-Semitic is dividing French Jews and sowing dissent within the local equivalent of the Anti-Defamation ...
Feb 23, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Holocaust tourism’ is probed in a compelling documentary
NEW YORK — How do people behave when they visit a concentration camp or a Holocaust memorial? Do they act as if they are in a place of reverence or mourning? Or do they behave as crowds do at any t...
Feb 23, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Evangelicals are ready to speak for Israel in Trump’s Washington
TEL AVIV — Evangelicals, who have been advocating for Israel for years, have historically let the Jews take the lead. Laurie Cardoza-Moore, for one, is excited that they are poised to take on a pro...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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In reviewing ‘Hobby Lobby’ opinion, Jews see reasons to diverge over Neil Gorsuch
WASHINGTON — On June 27, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, based in Denver, handed down a decision that would make history a year later when it was upheld by the Supreme Court: ...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jerusalem art school fosters design talent among students with disabilities
JERUSALEM — The shrapnel that exploded into Asaf Ventura took a lot away from him: His body and brain were shredded, his right hand was mangled. He was unable to fire his gun, swing his tennis racq...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Left-wing groups ramp up protests of Trump’s Israel policies
WASHINGTON — Left-wing Jewish groups have launched a string of protests in response to confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump’s nominee for ambassador to Israel and Trump’s meeting with I...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs February 17
Marine Le Pen: No more dual nationalities for Israelis Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right National Front party, said she favored making it illegal to be a dual citizen of France and ot...
Feb 16, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rabbi’s expulsion rattles Russian Jews fearful of Kremlin crackdown
Three years ago, Rabbi Ari Edelkopf and his wife, Chana, worked around the clock for weeks to show off their community and city to the many foreigners in town for the Winter Olympics in Sochi. The ...
Feb 16, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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With full Talmud translation, online library hopes to make sages accessible
NEW YORK — For centuries, studying a page of the Talmud has come with a bevy of barriers to entry. Written mostly in Aramaic, the Talmud in its most commonly printed form also lacks punctuation or ...
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Reform movement’s challenge: protesting Trump and remaining inclusive
NEW YORK — Reform Jewish leaders largely oppose President Donald Trump’s policies — and they haven’t been shy about saying so since his election. They’ve marched in the streets by the thousands. Th...
Feb 16, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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How Israel’s travel bans are — and aren’t — like Trump’s
TEL AVIV — Defending his executive order directing the construction of a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, President Donald Trump pointed to Israel as a model, saying “a wall protects.” With ...
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Outside the synagogue, intermarried are forming community with each other
NEW YORK — Leading up to their wedding in 2012, Julianne and Jason Kanter hadn’t really discussed how they would incorporate their respective religions into their home. Julianne was raised by Catho...
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In France’s elections, dramatic upsets turn surprise front-runner into top choice for many Jews
With old favorites knocked out of France’s presidential race and the far-right National Front party making worrisome gains, many Jews are joining fellow voters in supporting Emmanuel Macron, the 39...
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Globe Briefs November 11
by JTA reports
Nov 11, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 110 110 recommendations | email to a friend
European Parliament head reiterates support for restitution Amid growing pressure on Poland and other Eastern European countries to offer full restitution for plundered Jewish property, the Europea...
Pennsylvania embraces anti-boycott law, is 14th state to do so
by Joshua Runyan, Editor-in-Chief
Nov 11, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 107 107 recommendations | email to a friend
With the stroke of a pen, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf last week made Pennsylvania the 14th state to adopt legislation targeting companies that engage in boycotts or other actions supporting the boycot...
In Austria, an annual cleanup of a Jewish cemetery on a Catholic holiday
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Nov 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 110 110 recommendations | email to a friend
As she prepared to take inventory of one of Vienna’s oldest and least-known Jewish cemeteries, historian Tina Walzer anticipated many genealogical twists and archaeological challenges. But upon ent...
Fleeing anti-Semitism in France, an African Jewish family makes aliyah
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Nov 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 109 109 recommendations | email to a friend
As a Jewish family originally from the Ivory Coast, Amy and George Camara and their four children felt somewhat immune to the rising anti-Semitic thuggery in France. The Camaras, relieved to leave ...
Spain’s Jewish ‘ghost towns’ seek a boost from living Jews
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Nov 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 107 107 recommendations | email to a friend
RIBADAVIA, Spain — Overlooking the confluence of two rivers near the Spanish-Portuguese border, this small and picturesque town has more Jewish institutions than some European capitals. In the hist...
Black rabbinical student leads ‘Army of Moms’ in fighting Chicago gun violence
by Ben Sales, JTA
Nov 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 121 121 recommendations | email to a friend
CHICAGO — The same week Tamar Manasseh’s African-American son was going to become a bar mitzvah, gang violence killed two 13-year-old black boys who were also from Chicago’s South Side. As she pick...
A Brooklyn judge becomes America’s first Chasidic woman to serve in public office
by Andrew Katz, JTA
Nov 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 109 109 recommendations | email to a friend
For much of her adult life, Rachel Freier has been a trailblazer in her Chasidic Brooklyn community of Borough Park: a lawyer, an advocate for higher education, the founder of an all-female ambulan...
Globe Briefs November 3
by JTA reports
Nov 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 117 117 recommendations | email to a friend
Berrin slams Ari Shavit for not apologizing for ‘committing sexual assault’ Jewish-American reporter Danielle Berrin slammed prominent Israeli journalist Ari Shavit for not admitting and apologizin...
Among Cleveland’s Orthodox voters, reluctance reigns
by Ben Sales, JTA
Nov 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 105 105 recommendations | email to a friend
“She’s accumulated a fair amount of warts.” She is “proven to be dishonest and difficult to trust.” “I thought as secretary of state she should have been fired.” That’s what some Orthodox supporter...
Anti-BDS legislation passes Pennsylvania Senate and House
by Liz Spikol, Special to The Chronicle
Nov 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 112 112 recommendations | email to a friend
A little less than a month after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill against the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, the Pennsylvania Senate passed a similar bill by a vote of 4...