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Sephardic vogue, Argentine immigrants fuel rapid Jewish revival in Spain
ROTA, Spain — While setting up a synagogue at the American naval base where she works, Ahuvah (Amanda) Gipson made something of a bitter-sweet discovery. Rifling through a storage area at the spraw...
Dec 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Cuba releases Jewish-American contractor amid spy swap
U.S. contractor Alan Gross, who was imprisoned by the Cuban government for five years, returned home to Maryland Wednesday in what is being dubbed by many as a Chanukah miracle. Sen. Barbara Mikuls...
Dec 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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In new Israeli elections, security issues returning to fore
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...
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Clinton, at Saban Forum, endorses Obama’s Middle East policy
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...
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Organization representing Israeli settlements reaches out to world Jewry, politicians
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...
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs December 4
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...
Dec 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Netanyahu fires Lapid, Livni, moving Israel closer to early elections
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...
Dec 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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In Montreal, Jews from France see a future for themselves
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...
Dec 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs November 27
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...
Nov 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Terror attacks killing Druze police spotlight united front with Israeli Jews
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...
Nov 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kosherfest, a mad dash to sample the ‘facon’
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...
Nov 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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For the Dutch, hiding Jews was an almost popular way to ‘fight back’
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. “...
Nov 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Is she Jewish? Rabbinate says yes, Israel says no
TEL AVIV — In 2012, Anna Varsanyi was married in an Orthodox Jewish ceremony conducted through Israel’s Chief Rabbinate. Two years later, the Hungarian immigrant has made a life in Israel, settling...
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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British Jews weigh fight after court ruling on 'Who is a Jew'
by Winston Pickett, JTA
Feb 05, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
That question has bitterly divided the Jewish community in Britain following the Supreme Court ruling a month-and-a-half ago striking down a Jewish school’s policy of limiting admission to the chil...
The Jewish agenda in Washington for 2010
by JTA
Feb 04, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON -- Following President Obama's State of the Union address and the start of the new congressional year, JTA asked Jewish organizations operating in Washington the following questions: "Wh...
Survivor's grandson buys Mengele diary
by JTA
Feb 04, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
The grandson of a Holocaust survivor reportedly bought the diary of the notorious Josef Mengele. The 180-page journal was sold for an undisclosed sum Tuesday "to an East Coast Jewish philanthropist...
Jewish Agency blames Russian gov't for cancellation
by JTA
Feb 04, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK -- The Jewish Agency for Israel has canceled plans to hold its upcoming board meetings in St. Petersburg over concerns that the Russian government would not allow the gathering to take pla...
Israel’s reply to Goldstone suggests a more civil approach
by Ron Kampeas
JTA
Feb 04, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — The Goldstone wars continue, but beneath the shouting a diplomatic track has emerged. The Israeli government last week published a reply to the U.N. Human Rights Council’s report on th...
Berlusconi feels pain of Shoah victims, Gaza Palestinians
by JTA
Feb 04, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM – Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi expressed his empathy for Israel and the Palestinians during the final day of a three-day visit to Israel. "Today, the safeguarding of Israel's ...
Jewish-themed and Israeli films are in running for Academy Awards
by JTA
Feb 04, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Three Jewish-themed films and an Israeli film are in the running for Academy Awards. “Inglourious Basterds,” a Jewish revenge fantasy in which a squad of Jewish GIs wipes out the Nazi leadership, w...
Israel hits Gaza tunnels in response to barrel bombs
by JTA
Feb 04, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM -- Israel destroyed two Gaza smuggling tunnels in response to Hamas' attempt to attack Israeli targets in the Mediterranean Sea. Israel's Air Force on Tuesday night struck the tunnels use...
J.D. Salinger, reclusive author and grandson of rabbi, dies
by JTA
Jan 29, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK -- J.D. Salinger, author of "Catcher in the Rye," recluse and grandson of a rabbi, has died at 91. Salinger, whose signature novel became an American classic and remains required reading a...
Hezbollah gains a toehold inside U.N. Security Council
by Kenneth Bandler
Jan 28, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK -- Sheik Hassan Nasrallah is not likely to take a seat at the U.N. Security Council’s horseshoe table, but the Hezbollah terrorist organization he has led since 1992 now has a toehold insi...