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Is Kosher Switch really kosher for Shabbat?
It promises a revolutionary innovation that could transform Jewish Sabbath observance. By changing the way a light switch works, the patented Kosher Switch offers a novel — and, its backers say, ko...
Apr 23, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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In L.A.’s Koreatown, Wilshire Boulevard Temple bets big on the past for its future
The time has long since passed when the Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s address on its namesake boulevard was considered glamorous. Now the surrounding blocks are the clamorous heart of Koreatown, with...
Apr 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Le Pen picks fight with father amid party’s surging Jewish support
At 27, David Rachline is the youngest senator in the history of France’s Fifth Republic and a rising force within the country’s third largest party. A university dropout and the son of a Jewish Soc...
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In one room in Jerusalem, 2,700 years of history
JERUSALEM — When Amit Re’em embarked on a 1999 excavation of an abandoned Ottoman prison in the Old City of Jerusalem, he didn’t expect anything revolutionary. The dig was primarily aimed at inspec...
Apr 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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First in line for Portuguese citizenship: Jewish dreamers and fortune seekers
Hunched over a monument for thousands of Jews killed in a 1506 massacre in Lisbon, Danielle Karo (not her real name) felt a swelling in her eyes. To Karo, an American poet and business analyst who ...
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Portraits of Irish Holocaust survivors present nation with a teachable moment
When Irish artist Diana Muller first presented her works in progress — paintings of some of her country’s few remaining Holocaust survivors — to the Irish Jewish Museum in Dublin City, museum vice ...
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In Indiana, an uncomfortable turn in the spotlight
The talk at Rabbi Michael Friedland’s seder table in South Bend, Ind., was about Memories Pizza in the small Indiana town of Walkerton. Not that the celebrants already had tired of unleavened food ...
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Is ‘Mein Kampf’ a learning tool or too offensive and dangerous to reissue?
Given the current climate of rising anti-Semitism in Europe and elsewhere, is it too offensive and dangerous to reissue Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” autobiographical manifesto? Critics of the book’s...
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Natural gas lights a brighter future for northern Israelis
Jobs are coming to northern Israel in the country’s fledgling natural gas industry, and Erez College is opening the door to those new careers. People have long joked that after 40 years in the dese...
Apr 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pew study: In North America, Muslims to overtake Jews by 2035
NEW YORK — In 20 years, there will be more Muslims in North America than Jews, according to a new Pew Research Center report. The report, which was released April 2, also found that more American J...
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No longer newcomers, Israelis in Europe get organized
Whenever he would fly from his native Israel back home to the Netherlands, Serge Lypcyz would bring a heavy load of Hebrew-language books with him. Lypcyz and his Israeli friends in Amsterdam depen...
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Jewish refugees safe from war, but facing economic crisis in Kiev
KIEV — In a crowded room of the Tolkachov family’s tiny apartment here, a couch and twin bed sit kitty-corner from each other, sandwiching a small crib. In another corner, a wooden table is clutter...
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Meet Omer Mei-Dan: Israeli BASE jumper, stuntman and orthopedic surgeon
BOULDER, Colo. — Omer Mei-Dan has jumped off more cliffs than he can count — not to mention helicopters, skyscrapers and bridges. Just don’t call him a skydiver. An orthopedic surgeon and extreme s...
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Hezbollah pressured Beirut school to drop excerpts of “The Diary of Anne Frank" from textbook
by JTA
Nov 12, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
Hezbollah pressured a private school in Beirut to drop from its curriculum a textbook containing excerpts of “The Diary of Anne Frank.” The English-language school, which asked not to be identified...
Hugo Chavez expects Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to visit Venezuela
by JTA
Nov 12, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
Hugo Chavez expects Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to visit Venezuela by the end of the year, the Venezuelan president said. Chavez made the announcement concerning Iran’s president, a key ally, on his weekly...
White House pushes negotiations without preconditions
by JTA Staff
Nov 12, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Rahm Emanuel urged Palestinians and Israelis to launch negotiations without preconditions, echoing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s call. “All issues should be resolved thro...
Oceanic building blocks
by Earth Talk By the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine
Nov 12, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
Dear EarthTalk: Why is the plankton in the oceans dying? And what does this mean for the health of the oceans and marine life? — Marilynn Block, Portland, Ore. As the lowest link on the marine food...
JCorps founder wins first Jewish Community Heroes award
by Jacob Berkman
JTA
Nov 12, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — After weeks of deliberation and the tally of more than 600,000 online votes, the Jewish Federations of North America has named its first Jewish Community Hero — Ari Teman, the founder of...
For the disabled, Birthright trips are extra special
by Gil Shefler
JTA
Nov 12, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — Pamela Saeks thought her daughter Karly, who has Asperger’s syndrome, would never be able to go on Birthright Israel, the program that offers Diaspora Jews free trips to Israel. “For yea...
Specter introduces resolution to televise Supreme Court proceedings
by Kate Kelly
Press Secretary U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter
Nov 06, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), along with seven colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced a Sense of the Senate Resolution urging the Supreme Court to permi...
Leipzig becoming Orthodox Jewish hub in Germany
by Ben Harris
JTA
Nov 06, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
LEIPZIG, Germany -- At age 12, Pasha Segal arrived in Braunschweig, Germany from Ukraine knowing he was Jewish but lacking any further understanding of what that meant. At 19, he underwent ritual c...
Can Jewish tenets be a model for a more eco-friendly world?
by By Gil Shefler
JTA
Nov 06, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK -- Have Jews been "green" for millennia without knowing it? A Jewish delegation made the case this week to a climate-change conference in Britain, arguing for eco-friendly measures based o...
Despite progress, Obama hesitant about Netanyahu meeting
by Ron Kampeas
JTA
Nov 05, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON -- With President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu set to appear at the same convention of Jewish activists, and their governments nearing a deal on the thorny settlem...