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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 ...
Sep 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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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...
Sep 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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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...
Sep 16, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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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...
Sep 16, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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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...
Sep 16, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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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...
Sep 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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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...
Sep 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Reconstructionist college tries to redo its outlook, live and online
by Bryan Schwartzman
Jewish Exponent
Jul 05, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
WYNCOTE, Pa. -- Hoping to engage Jews "where they are," the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in suburban Philadelphia has adopted an ambitious -- and expensive -- plan to boost its presence in ...
Can Kutsher's, the Catskills' last kosher resort, be saved?
by Uriel Heilman
JTA
Jul 04, 2010 | 2 2 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
MONTICELLO, N.Y. -- For Yossi Zablocki, it was the phone call of a lifetime. Last February, the manager at Kutsher’s Country Club, the last kosher resort hotel in the Catskill Mountains, called him...
Major blazes hit Israel
by JTA
Jul 01, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
A fire that broke out near the Jerusalem suburb of Beit Shemesh and consumed nearly 750 acres was among several major blazes to hit Israel. Police reportedly said that arsonists could be to blame f...
Judge seeks wider scope for flotilla investigation
by JTA
Jul 01, 2010 | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
The judge who is leading an Israeli inquiry into its interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla has requested a wider scope for the investigation. Jacob Turkel, a retired Israeli Supreme Court justice, ...
Russia defends talks with Hamas
by JTA
Jul 01, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Russia’s foreign minister defended his country’s holding direct talks with Hamas in Gaza, while his Israeli counterpart said achieving peace would take time. “Yes, we are holding talks with Hamas —...
Bork turns Kagan process into fight over Israeli justice
by Ami Eden
JTA
Jul 01, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — It was an unexpected headline in an otherwise relatively mundane U.S. Supreme Court confirmation process: Bork tries to Bork Barak’s Elena Kagan with Barak card. Like a ghost from confir...
With flotillas, marches and vigils, Jews press for Shalit’s release
by JTA Staff
Jul 01, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK – Some 100 to 200 passengers in all, they came as members of a self-described True Freedom Flotilla intent on promoting a Middle East-related humanitarian mission. Instead of breaking the ...
Divestment bills face hurdles nationwide
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Jul 01, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
At the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., an entire room is devoted to the tragedy of the genocide in Darfur, reminding those who remember the Holocaust to not sit back and accept ...
Millionaires, marijuana and daily hugs
by Marcy Oster
JTA
Jun 29, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM -- Here is some recent news out of Israel that you may have missed: If I were a rich man … The number of Israeli millionaires grew faster than in all but two countries last year, apparent...
With flotillas, marches and vigils, Jews press for Shalit's release
by JTA
Jun 28, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM -- The family of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and thousands of supporters began a protest march to mark the four years of his captivity. Under the slogan "Gilad is still alive," at least ...