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Religious Action Center welcomes new leader
Though the Reform movement’s social action arm has a new leader, the goals of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism remain the same. Close to 400 clergy and Reform movement activists packed...
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Tikkun Olam Makers’ turn technology into solutions for people with disabilities
From cyber-security to medicine to agriculture, Israeli innovators are coming up with ideas that make life safer, easier, and more efficient. These creations, in turn, simultaneously fund the Jewis...
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Orthodox rabbis join the conversation on LGBTQ inclusion
NEW YORK — A group of modern Orthodox rabbis have done what advocates for Orthodox gays and lesbians say would have been unthinkable as recently as five years ago: They spoke at a conference on the...
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Ben-Gurion University of the Negev encourages women to excel in the sciences
BEERSHEVA, Israel — In sync with a worldwide momentum to attract more women to STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math — for their study and career choices, Israel’s Council for Hig...
Apr 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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In intimate chat, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin lays out vision, concerns
You could call it Israel’s version of former U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “fireside chat.” President Reuven Rivlin, 75, sat down with English-speaking reporters in advance of his first Is...
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Will Russia’s missile deal with Iran end Israel’s silence on Ukraine?
After Russia invaded Ukraine in March 2014, Israel resisted pressure to join the United States and its European allies in condemning the move — citing in particular its concern not to antagonize Ru...
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Anti-Semitism, Palestinian statehood factor into Jewish calculus in U.K. election
Rising anti-Semitism and the issue of Palestinian statehood will be among the factors in the equation for Jewish voters when the United Kingdom heads to the polls on May 7 to determine the country’...
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Pro-Israel effort to combat BDS on U.S. state level gains steam
Resolutions condemning the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel in the Tennessee and Indiana state legislatures mark what a group of pro-Israel organizations and grassroo...
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Despite anti-Semitism’s nationwide increase, proactive Pittsburgh stays calm
Only eight instances of anti-Semitism in Pittsburgh were reported to monitoring agencies in 2014, which is relatively good news for the local Jewish community in light of last month’s Anti-Defamati...
Apr 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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In aftermath of Nepal quake, Israelis sending help, looking for their own
TEL AVIV — Rabbi Chezki Lifshitz was in the middle of the Torah reading on Saturday when he felt the ground shake. It was “as if a small windmill was underground and was moving the entire area,” th...
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Met Museum’s new president likens role to managing Yanks
Visiting the Memorial de Caen museum in Normandy, France, in 1996, Daniel Weiss was captivated by eight photographs showing the public hanging of three partisans in Minsk, Belarus, on Oct. 26, 1941...
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Is Kosher Switch really kosher for Shabbat?
It promises a revolutionary innovation that could transform Jewish Sabbath observance. By changing the way a light switch works, the patented Kosher Switch offers a novel — and, its backers say, ko...
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In L.A.’s Koreatown, Wilshire Boulevard Temple bets big on the past for its future
The time has long since passed when the Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s address on its namesake boulevard was considered glamorous. Now the surrounding blocks are the clamorous heart of Koreatown, with...
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In new Israeli elections, security issues returning to fore
by Ben Sales, JTA
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 178 178 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 | 180 180 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 | 175 175 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 | 94 94 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 | 91 91 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...
In Montreal, Jews from France see a future for themselves
by Josh Tapper, JTA
Dec 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 91 91 recommendations | email to a friend
TORONTO — When Dan Charbit and his wife, Gaelle Hazan, moved to Montreal from Paris two summers ago, it was meant to be a temporary fix — a yearlong attempt for Charbit to reboot his stalled career...
Globe Briefs November 27
by JTA Reports
Nov 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 96 96 recommendations | email to a friend
Controversial Jewish nation-state bill passes Israeli Cabinet Israel’s Cabinet passed a bill that would identify Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. The measure, which has engendered c...
Terror attacks killing Druze police spotlight united front with Israeli Jews
by Alina Dain Sharon, JNS.org
Nov 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 95 95 recommendations | email to a friend
The Nov. 18 killing of Israeli Druze police officer Zidan Saif, who was the first officer to enter the scene of a Palestinian terror attack on worshippers at a Jerusalem synagogue, has led to an ou...
Kosherfest, a mad dash to sample the ‘facon’
by Uriel Heilman, JTA
Nov 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 95 95 recommendations | email to a friend
SECAUCUS, N.J. – Gefilte fish? Check. Pastrami? Check. Kosher-for-Passover anti-constipation pills? Edible spoons for bar mitzvah appetizers? A cholov Yisroel-certified alternative to the nutrition...
For the Dutch, hiding Jews was an almost popular way to ‘fight back’
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 188 188 recommendations | email to a friend
While there is nothing funny about the Holocaust, the title of Hans Keilson’s long-lost novella, “Comedy in a Minor Key,” seems appropriate, although as comedies go, this is certainly a dark one. “...