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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 | 3 3 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 | 1 1 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 | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs February 17
Marine Le Pen: No more dual nationalities for Israelis Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right National Front party, said she favored making it illegal to be a dual citizen of France and ot...
Feb 16, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rabbi’s expulsion rattles Russian Jews fearful of Kremlin crackdown
Three years ago, Rabbi Ari Edelkopf and his wife, Chana, worked around the clock for weeks to show off their community and city to the many foreigners in town for the Winter Olympics in Sochi. The ...
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With full Talmud translation, online library hopes to make sages accessible
NEW YORK — For centuries, studying a page of the Talmud has come with a bevy of barriers to entry. Written mostly in Aramaic, the Talmud in its most commonly printed form also lacks punctuation or ...
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Reform movement’s challenge: protesting Trump and remaining inclusive
NEW YORK — Reform Jewish leaders largely oppose President Donald Trump’s policies — and they haven’t been shy about saying so since his election. They’ve marched in the streets by the thousands. Th...
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How Israel’s travel bans are — and aren’t — like Trump’s
TEL AVIV — Defending his executive order directing the construction of a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, President Donald Trump pointed to Israel as a model, saying “a wall protects.” With ...
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Outside the synagogue, intermarried are forming community with each other
NEW YORK — Leading up to their wedding in 2012, Julianne and Jason Kanter hadn’t really discussed how they would incorporate their respective religions into their home. Julianne was raised by Catho...
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In France’s elections, dramatic upsets turn surprise front-runner into top choice for many Jews
With old favorites knocked out of France’s presidential race and the far-right National Front party making worrisome gains, many Jews are joining fellow voters in supporting Emmanuel Macron, the 39...
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Jews gather at rallies across US urging support for refugees
NEW YORK — More than 100 years ago, Barnett Levine was greeted by the New York skyline and the Statue of Liberty as he arrived in the United States, having fled anti-Semitism and pogroms in his nat...
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Dutch Jewish wedding film from 1939 shines light on doomed community
AMSTERDAM — The Jews of Friesland, a region in the northern Netherlands, are not known for stories with happy endings. During the Holocaust, Friesland’s vibrant Jewish community was forever obliter...
Feb 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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JCC bomb threat probe hindered by tech disguises
NEW YORK — A person calls a Jewish institution, makes a bomb threat and hangs up. The call lasts no more than a minute, the caller’s voice is disguised and the call is made to look as if it came fr...
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After bombings, New Yorkers cop an Israeli attitude: ‘Stuff’ happens
by Andrew Tobin, JTA
Sep 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 164 164 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV — “I heard the explosion, then I went to the deli.” In the hours after the bombings two weekends ago in New York and on the Jersey Shore, the phrase became an instant slogan for New Yorker...
Bibi and Barack part amiably as chilly U.S.-Israel relations thaw
by Ron Kampeas, JTA
Sep 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 157 157 recommendations | email to a friend
When President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met for what was likely to be the last time as leaders of their countries, the most important thing they said was “see you soon.” N...
ADL’s Greenblatt embraces controversy, bemoans rancor in community
by Joshua Runyan, Editor-in-Chief
Sep 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 130 130 recommendations | email to a friend
ADL national director Jonathan Greenblatt, coming off an inaugural year after the retirement of longtime leader Abraham Foxman, is not afraid to call the prime minister of Israel out in an internat...
An ‘extreme pragmatist’ and ‘the most beloved man in Israel’
by George Altshuler, Special to the Chronicle
Sep 27, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 158 158 recommendations | email to a friend
Shimon Peres, the last of the founding generation of Israel’s leaders and a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, died Wednesday morning (Israel time) after a career in public service that spanned seven...
Indian-American student becomes pro-Israel symbol for trying to stay neutral
by Gabe Friedman, JTA
Sep 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 163 163 recommendations | email to a friend
When Milan Chatterjee arrived at UCLA’s law school in 2014, Middle East politics wasn’t one of his core interests. He describes himself as an Indian American interested in corporate law who has str...
Globe Briefs September 23
Sep 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 159 159 recommendations | email to a friend
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 ...
Obama’s $38B aid package to Israel comes with caveats: It’s generous, but on his terms
by Ron Kampeas, JTA
Sep 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 158 158 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Israel’s World Baseball Classic team expects to feel at home playing in Brooklyn
by Hillel Kuttler, JTA
Sep 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 159 159 recommendations | email to a friend
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’...
Globe Briefs September 16
Sep 16, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 164 164 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
As Chabad grows in Africa, hardy rabbis encounter crime and spirituality
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Sep 16, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 162 162 recommendations | email to a friend
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 ...