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Globe Briefs September 23
British gov’t minister warns municipal councils considering Israel boycott A British Cabinet minister threatened to take investment decisions away from municipal councils if they choose to boycott ...
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Obama’s $38B aid package to Israel comes with caveats: It’s generous, but on his terms
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s near parting gift to Israel, a guarantee of $38 billion in defense assistance over a decade, distills into a single document what he’s been saying throughout e...
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Israel’s World Baseball Classic team expects to feel at home playing in Brooklyn
What is likely the strongest squad of Jewish players ever assembled figures to have a home-field advantage, too, as Team Israel aims to reach the next round of the World Baseball Classic. The club’...
Sep 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs September 16
184 U.S. synagogues pledge to welcome, support refugees Some 184 Jewish congregations and communities in the U.S. signed a pledge of support for refugees, promising to take action to help those see...
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As Chabad grows in Africa, hardy rabbis encounter crime and spirituality
Rabbi Shmuel Notik was on his way to blow the shofar on a Friday evening in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi when six men armed with knives intercepted him on a dark street. Notik — a follower of the ...
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Donkey redemption a rare ritual in Judaism
CHERRY HILL, N.J. — The Torah is specific when it describes what a Jew should do about his first fruits, his first harvest and his first-born male children. Is it any wonder that it is equally prec...
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Poll: Israeli Jews favor Hillary, but say Trump is better for Israel ‘policy’
JERUSALEM — Most Israeli Jews would prefer Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump as the next president of the United States — even though more of them think Trump would be better for the “Israeli gover...
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Muslims look to Jewish example in campaigning for school days off
NEW YORK — When Jessica Abdelnabbi-Berrocal wanted her local public schools in Jersey City, N.J., to close for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in September, she looked to her Jewish heritage. Th...
Sep 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs September 9
Defense minister: Israel to follow court order to demolish Amona settlement Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said the Jewish state will raze the West Bank settlement of Amona by the Dec. 2...
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Bernie Sanders’ new movement endorses candidates with a range of Israel views
WASHINGTON — A Florida state senator caught up in a boycott-Israel controversy. A Wisconsin state representative who combated anti-Israel bias on his campus. The diversity of Israel-related outlook...
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Why do Florida’s Orthodox Jews support Trump? Because they fear Clinton
NEW YORK — Rebecca Raab was shopping recently in a South Florida Costco, wearing the trademark Orthodox outfit of a long skirt and baseball cap, when an employee waved to her and said “Shalom! We’r...
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Anti-immigrant and white supremacist, maybe. But is the alt-right anti-Semitic?
WASHINGTON — Can you go alt-right without going anti-Semitic? The movement that has emerged from conservatism — and in some ways has turned against it — appears to be nudging its way into the Ameri...
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Once a prop for anti-Semites, the Talmud makes a comeback in Russia
A century ago, passages from the Talmud were translated into Russian to be used as evidence in the anti-Semitic show trial of Menahem Mendel Beilis, a Jew charged with — and eventually acquitted of...
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Non-Jewish activists link arms with Hungarian Jews in ‘symbols war’
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Mar 16, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 99 99 recommendations | email to a friend
Hungarian officials likely anticipated some Jewish opposition to their decision to erect a monument in Budapest to a Holocaust-era lawmaker who promoted anti-Semitic legislation. What they probably...
In Flint crisis, Jews pitching in with corned beef, Dr. Brown’s — and water
by David Stanley, JTA
Mar 16, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 100 100 recommendations | email to a friend
FLINT, Mich. — At 86, Jeanne Aaronson is blind and lives alone, but she has seen a lot over the years. She lived in Flint when it was a manufacturing powerhouse, a center of the automotive business...
To understand the American Jews who support Trump, read this
by Uriel Heilman, JTA
Mar 16, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 101 101 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — America’s political system is broken, and the last thing the country needs is another career politician at the helm. With money more than ever a corrupting influence in politics, the Whi...
Should we get hammered on Purim — and Election Day?
by Edmon J. Rodman, Special to The Chronicle
Mar 16, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 96 96 recommendations | email to a friend
Purim parties are just around the corner — as is the presidential election. This got me thinking: What does the holiday’s operative phrase, “ad lo yada,” “until one no longer knows,” really mean? T...
Globe Briefs March 10
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Rally for Robert Levinson urges US-Iran cooperation for his release The family of  Robert Levinson, a Jewish-American who disappeared from Iran in 2007, held a rally calling on the United States an...
With 75 percent non-Jewish students, Utah’s Jewish school seeks to universalize Judaism
by Uriel Heilman, JTA
Mar 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 102 102 recommendations | email to a friend
SALT LAKE CITY — It’s Friday afternoon at the McGillis School in Salt Lake City, and students from the third through fifth grades are gathered for the weekly Shabbat celebration. They read and disc...
Israel fractures by faith on politics and society
by Lauren Markoe, RNS
Mar 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 103 103 recommendations | email to a friend
Israel today grapples with profound existential questions of its national identity, including how Jewish the Jewish state can be. More than three-quarters (76 percent) of Israeli Jews believe their...
In face of labeling push, Dutch Christians hawking Israeli settlement goods
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Mar 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 97 97 recommendations | email to a friend
NIJKERK, Netherlands — As a boy, Pieter van Oordt would often accompany his father, Karel, on the elder van Oordt’s weekly shopping excursions specifically seeking out products made in Israel. A Ch...
Vegas’ Jewish mayor talks about her city, how husband would love to run against Trump
by Ron Kampeas, JTA
Mar 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 104 104 recommendations | email to a friend
LAS VEGAS — You haven’t heard a lot about Carolyn Goodman, which may be just how she wants it. Goodman, 76, was elected mayor of this city in 2011, succeeding her husband, Oscar Goodman, who had se...
J Street popping up in a role traditionally played by NJDC
by Daniel Schere, Special to The Chronicle
Mar 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 106 106 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — When Republican Jewish Coalition executive director Matt Brooks takes the stage in Las Vegas next week to debate foreign affairs, his opponent will not be a heavyweight from the Nation...