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As David Cohen becomes CIA’s No. 2, Jews appear to have smoother sailing at security agencies
WASHINGTON — David Cohen’s path to second in command at the Central Intelligence Agency is, in many respects, a typical one in Washington. A seasoned Ivy League lawyer who began his career defendin...
Feb 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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BDS with a twist: California campus divestment measures target more than Israel
While two recent student resolutions initiated by boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement advocates in California ultimately had different fates, the episodes share a common twist: lumping...
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Michael Oren lends foreign policy bona fides to new Israeli party Kulanu
TEL AVIV — Michael Oren, New York-born and educated at Columbia and Princeton, begins an interview in Hebrew. Though he quickly switches to English, Oren interrupts himself every so often to transl...
Feb 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Inside V15’s ground game to unseat Netanyahu
TEL AVIV — When he goes door to door in this city handing out campaign materials, Shai Gal doesn’t tell people to vote for Labor, Meretz or the other liberal parties vying for support ahead of Isra...
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Denmark synagogue attack seen as ‘wake-up call’
From the window of the Jewish Community of Copenhagen’s crisis center, Finn Schwarz can see his country changing before his eyes. Hours after the slaying of a guard outside the Danish capital’s mai...
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Anti-Semitic incidents reach record high for Jews in Britain
LONDON — Nat and her husband have always talked about moving to Israel, but the time never seemed right. The London residents had good jobs, were surrounded by friends and family and their three ki...
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Negotiating the Negev: The coexistence of development, preservation and growth
David Ben-Gurion’s vision was to make the Negev desert bloom, but Israel’s efforts to develop the arid lands of its southern interior often pit environmentalists against government land officials, ...
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Congressional Democrats facing tough choice
If Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned address to a joint session of Congress has put pro-Israel Democrats, forced to choose between a disapproving White House and supporters of the...
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Islamic radicalism poses dilemma for Jews in interfaith dialogue
WASHINGTON — After the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris last month, Kari Alterman heard from every one of her Detroit-area Muslim dialogue partners, all of them calling to express their sadness an...
Feb 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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What does new citizenship law mean for Portuguese and world Jewry?
Five hundred years after thousands of Jews were burned at the stake or forcefully converted, and many others expelled due to the Inquisition, the Portuguese Cabinet has decided to grant citizenship...
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Jewish groups divided on Obama budget plan
By Dmitriy Shapiro WASHINGTON — Jewish groups are split in their responses to President Barack Obama’s much-anticipated 2015 budget, specifically on the subject of how the White House plans to offs...
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Global Briefs February 12
Slain journalists Foley, Sotloff honored in memory of Daniel Pearl James Foley and Steven Sotloff, American journalists who were killed by ISIS, were honored with an award in memory of the murdered...
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Defense is one bright spot in tense Israel relationship
WASHINGTON — Although much attention in recent weeks has been focused on the strained political relationship between Israel and the United States, cooperation between the defense establishment of t...
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David Blatt riding Tel Aviv’s Euro title to NBA
by Anthony Weiss, JTA
Jul 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
LOS ANGELES — In 1981, David Blatt moved to Israel in pursuit of a path of lifelong worship — to play professional basketball. Now, more than 30 years later, Blatt is leaving Israel to make a diffe...
A tragedy: Israeli teens’ murders bring condemnation, sadness
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jul 01, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
Jews around the world were reeling from the horrific news Monday that the three Israeli boys kidnapped by terrorists were murdered, their bodies found in a shallow grave just north of Hebron in  th...
Bodies of kidnapped Israeli teens found north of Hebron
by JTA
Jun 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM (JTA) — The bodies of three kidnapped Israeli teens have been found in a field north of Hebron. Israeli media announced at about 8:30 p.m. Monday that the families of Gilad Shaar, Naftali...
At World Cup, Argentinian couple kicking Jewishness into high gear
by Hillel Kuttler, JTA
Jun 27, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
As Argentina plays its opening-round matches in the World Cup, Mariano Schlez of Buenos Aires is screaming his support from the stands. But taking in his home country’s matches in Brazil isn’t all ...
Sometimes in unexpected locations, Jewish food festivals unite history, culture
by Robert Gluck, JNS.org
Jun 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
Asheville, N.C., and Little Rock, Ark. Not exactly the Jewish capitals of America, but they are both home to major Jewish food festivals. From street vendors to strolling klezmer musicians, food fe...

Zak Kukoff trains 'ambassadors' to interact with autistic peers
by Suzanne Kurtz Sloan, JTA
Jun 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON  — Watching his cousin suffer both socially and academically from the effects of autism inspired Zak Kukoff at an early age to help other children diagnosed with the condition. “I could ...
Eric Cantor headed for primary defeat
Jun 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON (JTA) — Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the majority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives and the most senior Jewish official in government, was headed for defeat by a Tea Party primary...
20 years after Rebbe’s death, Jewish movements increasingly emulate Chabad
by Maayan Jaffe/JNS.org
Jun 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
Many questions surrounded the future of the Chabad-Lubavitch branch of Hasidism after the death of its seventh and final leader — “the Rebbe,” Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson—on June 12, 1994. Sch...
On pope’s trip to Israel, rabbi and sheik will be traveling companions
by Ruth Ellen Gruber
May 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
ROME – With a rabbi and a Muslim sheik as his travel companions, Pope Francis is heading to the Middle East with what he hopes will be a powerful message of interfaith respect. It will be the first...
ADL anti-Semitism study is historically large, but how accurate?
by Dmitriy Shapiro
May 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
While there seems to be no argument on the size of the Anti-Defamation League’s newly published study on anti-Semitism, concerns have arisen about the accuracy of the survey’s findings on certain c...