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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...
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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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‘Remember the 11 million’? Why an inflated victims tally irks Holocaust historians
WASHINGTON — “Five million non-Jews died in the Holocaust.” It’s a statement that shows up regularly in declarations about the Nazi era. It was implied in a Facebook post by the Israel Defense Forc...
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Facing synagogue ban, Orthodox women clergy say they’ll keep working
NEW YORK — Rabba Ramie Smith of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, an Orthodox congregation, says she doesn’t have time to protest the Orthodox Union decision banning its synagogues from hiring wom...
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Ellison or Perez? Jewish Dems name their candidate
With the vote for the next chair of the Democratic National Committee scheduled for Feb. 23-26, Jewish activists agree that Democrats need a leader who can rebuild a party that has lost both houses...
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This new kosher deli may be Miami’s hippest restaurant
MIAMI — The first few weeks in January were meant to be a soft opening for Zak Stern’s new traditional deli. But given the massive following that Stern — better known as Zak the Baker — has garnere...
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S. Africa university to vote on Ben-Gurion boycott
by JTA
Sep 28, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
The faculty Senate of a major South African university is set to vote on whether to sever ties and a joint research project with Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. The University of Johan...
Building begins in West Bank as freeze ends
by JTA
Sep 28, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM -- Building began in West Bank communities just hours after the expiration of a 10-month settlement construction freeze. Work on 50 apartments for Gush Katif residents removed five years ...
Freeze over, U.S. trying to push talks
by JTA
Sep 28, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration says it is seeking ways to advance the Israeli-Palestinian talks in light of the end of Israel's partial moratorium on settlement building. "We recognize that...
J Street owns up to Soros funding
by Ron Kampeass
JTA
Sep 27, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON -- George Soros has been a top funder in recent years of liberal political advocacy groups, and Jews have still been voting for Democrats at a 75 to 80 percent clip. J Street, meanwhile,...
Op-Ed: Israel, a fall guy unto the nations?
by Shai Franklin
JTA
Sep 24, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK -- Let’s not be fooled. The opening weeks of the United Nations General Assembly feature numerous side meetings between Jewish organizations and dozens of visiting dignitaries. Many of the...
Meeting again with Jewish leaders, Abbas broaches substance
by Ron Kampeas
JTA
Sep 24, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON -- For Mahmoud Abbas and U.S. Jewish leaders, their second date featured a little more substance and a little less flirtation. And this time the Palestinian Authority president brought a...
Plastic bags pose eco-threat long after they’re thrown away
by Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine
Sep 24, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard conflicting reports regarding how long it really takes for a plastic grocery bag to decompose. Can you set the record straight? — Martha Blount, San Diego Researchers fea...
With wineries and tourism, settlers try to rebrand settlements for Israeli public
by Dina Kraft
JTA
Sep 24, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
PSAGOT, West Bank — Inside the cool of a cavernous wine cellar stacked high with oak barrels of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, the tensions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict seem to fade away eve...
Without memberships, young adults still find synagogues for High Holy Days
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Sep 24, 2010 | 1 1 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Jonah Paul doesn’t belong to a synagogue. He’s a Jewishly active — if not religious — financial analyst who has been living in Pittsburgh for about a year. He grew up in a Reform family, attending ...
Martin Peretz dropped as Harvard event speaker
by JTA
Sep 21, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Martin Peretz has been dropped as a speaker from a Harvard University event. Peretz, the editor in chief of The New Republic and a former Harvard professor, had been scheduled to speak at the 50th ...