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A Cuban pitcher gets a firm grip on life in Israel
TEL AVIV — Unlike the dangerous maritime escapes attempted by some of his fellow Cuban baseball players, the worst Alejandro Eskenazi endured to leave the island nation was a mountain of paperwork....
Mar 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Celebrating 10 years, egalitarian yeshiva wants to expand learning among Jews in the pews
NEW YORK — In the upstairs sanctuary of a Manhattan synagogue, a group of rabbis is studying Jewish texts on pluralism and community. One floor below, 22 students are sitting in pairs poring over t...
Mar 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Why former US envoy Dan Shapiro keeps staying in Israel
RAANANA, Israel — Dan Shapiro can’t seem to leave Israel. Before stepping down as the U.S. ambassador to the country in January, he said he would stay long enough for his daughters to finish the sc...
Mar 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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J Street in the age of Trump
WASHINGTON — The reality of Donald Trump’s presidency loomed over J Street’s policy conference this week, but J Street leadership and participants at the conference stuck to the dovish, pro-Israel ...
Mar 02, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Middle East big topic at JCPA gathering
WASHINGTON — There were two Steve Bannons at the Jewish Council for Public Affairs gathering this week. At one session, the presidential adviser was the man seeking the “deconstruction of the admin...
Mar 02, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tel Aviv and Jerusalem marathons revel in a ‘healthy competition’
TEL AVIV — Noah Roth likes to recall two moments from Israeli marathons in which he’s raced: a competitor in Jerusalem breezing by him in 2010 wearing all-black, haredi Orthodox garb but for a whit...
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Globe Briefs February 24
Chilean official: ‘Israelite’ tourists cannot be barred, can be expelled from hostels A senior official of an entity tied to the Chilean government threatened Israeli tourists after a group was rem...
Feb 23, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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French Jewish scholar’s hate speech trial leaves anti-racism activists bitter, divided
The hate speech trial of a prominent French historian charged with calling Arabs innately anti-Semitic is dividing French Jews and sowing dissent within the local equivalent of the Anti-Defamation ...
Feb 23, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Holocaust tourism’ is probed in a compelling documentary
NEW YORK — How do people behave when they visit a concentration camp or a Holocaust memorial? Do they act as if they are in a place of reverence or mourning? Or do they behave as crowds do at any t...
Feb 23, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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Evangelicals are ready to speak for Israel in Trump’s Washington
TEL AVIV — Evangelicals, who have been advocating for Israel for years, have historically let the Jews take the lead. Laurie Cardoza-Moore, for one, is excited that they are poised to take on a pro...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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In reviewing ‘Hobby Lobby’ opinion, Jews see reasons to diverge over Neil Gorsuch
WASHINGTON — On June 27, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, based in Denver, handed down a decision that would make history a year later when it was upheld by the Supreme Court: ...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jerusalem art school fosters design talent among students with disabilities
JERUSALEM — The shrapnel that exploded into Asaf Ventura took a lot away from him: His body and brain were shredded, his right hand was mangled. He was unable to fire his gun, swing his tennis racq...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Left-wing groups ramp up protests of Trump’s Israel policies
WASHINGTON — Left-wing Jewish groups have launched a string of protests in response to confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump’s nominee for ambassador to Israel and Trump’s meeting with I...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Holocaust survivor likens treatment of farm animals to modern-day Shoah
by Josefin Dolsten, JTA
Oct 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 159 159 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — Holocaust survivor Alex Hershaft says he’s horrified by watching history repeat itself. But Hershaft isn’t referring to the Syrian refugee crisis or discrimination against gay people in ...
Harlem’s new Jewish renaissance
by Ben Sales, JTA
Oct 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 147 147 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — Living in the Jewish mecca of Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Rabbi Laurie Phillips was loath to uproot her family when her rent shot up two years ago. But in looking for housing around the...
Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Oct 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 144 144 recommendations | email to a friend
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan — As a new immigrant with little savings and no guaranteed income, Mikhail Davidov had no hope of getting a mortgage to buy the $900,000 house in Queens, New York, he now calls...
In battle for the Senate, the Iran nuclear deal is looming large
by Ron Kampeas, JTA
Oct 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 139 139 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — While the Iran nuclear deal gets fleeting attention in the presidential race, it is shaping up as a key issue in at least nine states integral to Democrats’ hopes of regaining control ...
In the land of Ben & Jerry: Finding Vermont’s Jewish life
by Liz Spikol
Oct 19, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 158 158 recommendations | email to a friend
“No one comes to Vermont to be Jewish.” Susan Leff, executive director of Jewish Communities of Vermont (JCVT), isn’t trying to be glib. She’s acknowledging a reality about her adopted state: When ...
In debate over soldier accused of manslaughter, Netanyahu is straddler in chief
by Andrew Tobin, JTA
Oct 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 169 169 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM — The trial of Elor Azaria has pitted the Israeli army against one of its soldiers and divided Israelis’ loyalties. Charged with manslaughter in the shooting of an already subdued Palesti...
On Yom Kippur, atoning for our online sins
by Edmon J. Rodman, JTA
Oct 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 172 172 recommendations | email to a friend
If you’re like me, you blog, read and share a lot of political stuff. But who really reads these posts and articles all the way through? Especially with the longer stories, who has time to look up ...
Globe Briefs October 7
by JTA reports
Oct 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 172 172 recommendations | email to a friend
Ehud Olmert loses Supreme Court appeal in Talansky affair Israel’s Supreme Court rejected an appeal by former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of his conviction for accepting cash-filled envelope...
Shimon Peres, Israeli founding father and ‘Soul of Israel,’ dies at 93
by George Altshuler, Special to the Chronicle
Oct 05, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 170 170 recommendations | email to a friend
Shimon Peres, one the most important leaders in the history of Israel and a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, passed away on Sept. 28 after a career in public service that spanned seven decades. Per...
Globe Briefs September 30
Sep 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 175 175 recommendations | email to a friend
U.S., Jewish security officials urge business as usual for the High Holidays In a pre-Rosh Hashanah briefing, Jewish community and U.S. security officials urged Jewish institutions to be resilient ...