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Globe Briefs May 26
Austrian far-right pol’s narrow loss in presidential runoff provides wake-up call, Jewish groups say European Jewish groups reacted with relief to the victory by a left-wing politician over a far-r...
May 26, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Anti-Semitism charges stir the calm waters of bucolic Oxford
OXFORD, England — For a city that has made headlines recently for its anti-Semitism problem, Oxford has a pretty laid back Jewish scene. On a recent Friday night, dozens of recognizably Jewish fami...
May 26, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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New hard-line defense minister said to join Israeli government in surprise turn to right
TEL AVIV — The unity government was about to form: Likud and Labor, right and left, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Isaac Herzog. Then, according to media reports, N...
May 26, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Brazil’s Jews are scaling back on their kids’ birthday extravaganzas
RIO DE JANEIRO — Mini roller-coasters, Ferris wheels, monorails and zip lines are just some of the over-the-top attractions featured at birthday parties for Rio’s privileged under-10 set — includin...
May 19, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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How the 2016 election is upending pro-Israel orthodoxies
WASHINGTON — When it comes to Israel, Democrats and Republicans simply do not see eye to eye, and for all their love of Zion, evangelicals will turn out for a candidate who is less than 100 percent...
May 18, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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In new film, Yitzhak Rabin narrates his autobiography
“Rabin in his Own Words,” which opened on Friday in New York, Los Angeles and South Florida, is more than a tribute to the two-time Israeli prime minister tragically gunned down in 1995. The aptly ...
May 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs May 12
Steve Gutow named senior political adviser for J Street arm Rabbi Steve Gutow, a longtime Jewish communal activist who guided the Jewish Council for Public Affairs for a decade, will serve as a sen...
May 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy advisers are exactly who you’d expect them to be — which is now rare
WASHINGTON — It’s the season of the unconventional foreign policy adviser: Donald Trump takes advice from his son-in-law and real estate attorney, and Bernie Sanders cites folks who didn’t know the...
May 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Synagogue condos: If you lived here, you could be praying by now
NEW YORK — If there’s one story that sums up the changes afoot on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, a once heavily Jewish neighborhood, it’s the saga surrounding the Anshei Meseritz synagogue. The ...
May 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs May 5
Would-be Miami synagogue bomber reportedly was Muslim convert The South Florida man arrested for planning to bomb a Miami synagogue has been publicly identified and charged in federal court. James ...
May 05, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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A land flowing with milk, honey … and water
Desalination innovation infiltrates Israel’s economy Even as one of the world’s smallest countries, Israel is in its second decade of progress toward tackling one of the world’s largest problems: w...
May 05, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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As congregations shrink, cantors become rabbis — and work as both
MIAMI — After 30 years as a cantor, Mark Kula, who spent more than two decades at a Miami-area Conservative synagogue, became a rabbi. To make this happen, Kula didn’t have to withdraw from his lon...
Apr 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs April 28
Israeli-American coach David Blatt reportedly on potential list for Lakers post David Blatt, the Israeli American who was fired this season as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, reportedly is u...
Apr 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jewish foundation seeks to convert gentiles, saying ‘We all want Judaism to grow’
by Suzanne Pollak, Special to The Chronicle
Jan 14, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Maybe it’s the centuries of living under Christian and Muslim rule. Maybe it’s the history of forced conversion. Maybe it’s that there’s no religion requirement for the Jewish afterlife. Whatever t...
Advancing NGO bill, Israel’s Cabinet fires another shot at its critics
by Ben Sales, JTA
Jan 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV — Its backers call it a victory for transparency. Opponents say it smacks of dictatorship. Either way, a new bill requiring certain Israeli nongovernmental organizations to publicly declar...
Globe Briefs January 7
by JTA Reports
Jan 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
Novel banned from Israeli high schools is runaway best-seller A novel about a Israeli-Palestinian romance that was banned at secular state schools in Israel is a runaway best-seller. Following repo...
Left and right make common cause on alleged torture of Jewish Duma suspects
by Ron Kampeas, JTA
Jan 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
The issue of torture in Israel has received unusual attention in recent weeks because of the identity of the alleged victims. Human rights groups say nothing is new in the allegations that Jewish y...
One year after historic release, Alan Gross reflects on his return to freedom
by Suzanne Pollak, Special to The Chronicle
Jan 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — During his first year of freedom, Alan Gross has come to realize that his imprisonment in Cuba and subsequent fame has little to do with him. His imprisonment, he believes, was due lar...
The most famous hummus purveyors in the Netherlands
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Dec 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Like many Israelis in Europe, Yuval Gal and Muawi Shehadeh decided to market their hummus restaurant specifically to health-minded vegetarians. A Jew from Tel Aviv and an A...
Influential academics organize to counter boycott movement on college campuses
by Melissa Apter, Special to The Chronicle
Dec 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Alarmed by what they called “Orwellian efforts” by the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement to link Israel with a multitude of free speech issues roiling college campuses a...
Globe Briefs December 24
Dec 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
UN to recognize Yom Kippur as official holiday The United Nations will for the first time recognize Yom Kippur as an official holiday. Starting in 2016, no official meetings will take place on the ...
More men making monthly mikvah dunks as menstrual rite
by Uriel Heilman, JTA
Dec 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — Mikvah night has an unusual meaning in the Ozur Bass household. As for many observant Jewish women, it’s the night each month that Janet Ozur Bass immerses in the mikvah ritual bath foll...
Gentrification — via gardening — slowly comes to derelict South Tel Aviv
by Debra Kamin, JTA
Dec 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV — The teeming blocks around this city’s New Central Bus Station are anything but scenic. Packed with humanity at every hour of the day, they are dizzying monuments to urban blight: equal p...