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Soul food: Aspiring haredi cooks train for restaurant jobs
JERUSALEM — Five haredi Orthodox men are standing around a large wooden table crowded with bowls of chopped tomato, garlic, carrots and greens, their ritual fringes poking out from under their apro...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Money, influence at stake in U.S. Zionist elections
WASHINGTON — One day last week, Alyssa Gabay opened her laptop on her kitchen table, and with a few clicks cast her vote in an international Jewish election that could influence how millions of dol...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rising star: Schiff surges to key congressional post
Although Democrats no longer hold the majority in the House of Representatives, one Jewish lawmaker’s clout is rising. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is now the ranking member — the top Democrat — of ...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Oil spill heightens sense of urgency at Israeli conference on green energy
The worst oil spill in Israel’s history was the unplanned backdrop for a recent international conference on green energy held in Eilat, the country’s southernmost city. A busy port and popular reso...
Jan 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amid $6M deficit, Detroit-area JCC may close
Amid persistent budget deficits, the Jewish community center building in the Detroit suburb of Oak Park may close this spring. The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit announced Monday that a ...
Jan 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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After attack, spike in emigration could deplete France’s Jewish community
PARIS – Taken alone, the attack on the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket near Paris is nothing that French Jews haven’t seen before. Arguably, the 2012 attack that caught the Toulouse community unpre...
Jan 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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A perfect pitch: For Jewish baseball purists, Cuba beckons
To the dismay of baseball fan Kit Krieger, future travels to Cuba will no longer include get-togethers with ex-Washington Senators pitcher Connie Marrero. Marrero, who played for Washington from 19...
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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With French ultimatum, European votes on Palestine recognition gain traction
When Britain’s Parliament voted in favor of recognizing Palestine in October, Elie Barnavi, a former Israeli ambassador to France, dismissed the motion as mere symbolism. Reflecting many Israelis’ ...
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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For poker champ Ari Engel, kipah works to his advantage
NEW YORK — Ari Engel is homeless. It’s been a decade since he last held a regular job and two years since he gave up his apartment. But don’t shed any tears for him. Over the last 10 years or so, E...
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Will Russia’s economic woes burst bubble for Jews?
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — In the basement of one of Europe’s largest synagogues, 100 Jews are waiting to meet local film star Boris Smolkin. The crowd applauds enthusiastically as the 66-year-old fu...
Dec 31, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Estonia’s kosher food problem yields smartphone solution 
When Haim Grinfeld from Tallinn began keeping kosher, he would go to the supermarket and phone up his good friend Moshe Beshkin, a software developer who is one of a handful of observant Jews livin...
Dec 31, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘A rabbi of rabbis’: Harold Schulweis, path-breaking thinker and activist, dies at 89
LOS ANGELES — As a path-breaking thinker, innovator and activist, Rabbi Harold Schulweis’ role extended far beyond his base as the spiritual leader of his Los Angeles-area congregation. “Harold Sch...
Dec 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs December 25
Gal Mekel released by NBA’s Pelicans Gal Mekel, the second Israeli to play in the NBA, was released by the New Orleans Pelicans after two weeks. Mekel, a point guard, had been acquired by the Pelic...
Dec 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jewish debate on Sochi Olympics centers on human rights, corruption, security
by Alina Dain Sharon/JNS.org
Feb 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
With the Winter Olympics gearing up for their Feb. 7 start in Sochi, Russia, the Jewish debate on the games mirrors the discourse taking place in the broader international and athletic communities....
Senate boosts efforts to keep Iraqi Jewish Archive out of Iraq
by Dmitriy Shapiro/JNS.org/Washington Jewish Week
Feb 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
Efforts to keep a significant collection of artifacts seized from Iraq’s Jewish community by Saddam Hussein from being returned to the Gulf nation by the United States may be picking up steam on Ca...
Jerusalem conference seeks self-empowerment of people with disabilities
by Josh Hasten, JNS.org
Feb 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
Wheelchair-bound Yoav Kreim—a well-known leader and spokesperson for people with disabilities in Israel for more than 20 years—has led demonstrations, lobbied members of Knesset to pass legislation...
Is Canada Israel’s new best friend?
by Sean Savage, JNS.org
Jan 24, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
Canada has emerged as a staunch supporter of Israel. At a time when Israel is routinely singled out for condemnation, Canada has been at the forefront of defending Israel and criticizing its enemie...
Birthright expands eligibility for free trips to Israel
by Jacob Kamaras/JNS.org
Jan 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
The Taglit-Birthright Israel program has expanded eligibility for its free 10-day trips to Israel for Jewish young adults ages 18-26, JNS.org has learned. Teenagers who went on an educational trip ...
An early Zionist protest against racism
by Rafael Medoff, JNS.org
Jan 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
For American Jews, the birthday of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is an occasion to recall the impressive Jewish contributions to the movement for African-American civil rights — from the Jew...
Every tree in the Jewish state has a story — just ask
by Michael Brown, JNS.org
Jan 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
In 2013, the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) published a survey of mature trees in Jerusalem that was “the most comprehensive of the recent SPNI surveys, including some 4,000 ...
'Bulldozer' Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon dies at 85
by JNS.org
Jan 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has died at the age of 85. Sharon had a storied career in the Israeli military, later serving as defense minister and foreign minister. Over the years he ...
Fate of Bedouin resettlement plan a mystery in aftermath of apparent cancelation
by Alex Traiman, JNS.org
Jan 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
Several weeks after Bedouin and global anti-Israel elements celebrated the apparent cancelation of a plan to resettle tens of thousands of Bedouin in Israel’s southern Negev region, the fate of the...
Iron Dome manufacturer’s CEO assesses rising threats faced by Israel
by Josh Hasten, JNS.org
Jan 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
Despite a spike in terror attacks in Israel carried out on numerous fronts, and through various means, by both recognized terror groups and presumed “lone wolf” assailants, retired Vice Admiral Yed...