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Will Netanyahu’s campaign rhetoric cause further estrangement with Washington?
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration’s first response to news that Benjamin Netanyahu had been reelected as prime minister of Israel appeared to be avoidance. White House spokesman Josh Earnest to...
Mar 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Swarthmore Hillel votes to disaffiliate with Hillel Int’l
NEW YORK — Swarthmore Hillel’s student board voted to drop its affiliation with Hillel International and change its name, citing Hillel International’s restrictions on Israel issues. Following an e...
Mar 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Right or left, surprise a common reaction to Bibi victory
Dafna Shimshi was surprised with last week’s Israeli election results, which catapulted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to an expected fourth term. “I think a lot of people were surprised...
Mar 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Reform rabbis install first openly gay president, Denise Eger The Central Conference of American Rabbis, the rabbinical arm of the Reform movement, has installed its first openly gay president, Rab...
Mar 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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NBC Universal’s ‘Dig’ travels far, but not as deep
LOS ANGELES — Last summer, in the midst of the Gaza conflict, the threat of rocket fire forced NBC Universal’s “Dig” to stop production in Jerusalem and move out of the country. If only the show it...
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Oregon couple to brew kosher kegs for community
PORTLAND, Ore. — For Tim and Sonia Marie Leikam, the dream is nearly complete. Behind the couple’s tidy Victorian house on a tree-lined street in southeast Portland is a pitched-roof building that ...
Mar 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Feeling panicked? It could be in the genes
In designing and testing theories on how the body programs its 19,000 genes, Moshe Szyf, a geneticist and molecular biologist at McGill University in Montreal, has expanded the notion of Jewish gui...
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Japanese culinary curiosity gives hummus its moment in the Rising Sun
TOKYO — At the end of his 13-hour workday, Hidehiko Egata takes a seat at the bar at his regular eatery in this city’s upscale Shibuya neighborhood. A senior adviser at a local financial firm, Egat...
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Ramaz taps an outsider, Eric Grossman, to lead elite modern Orthodox school
NEW YORK — For the first time in its history, the Ramaz School, an elite modern Orthodox preparatory-style school in Manhattan, is tapping someone from outside its ranks to be its permanent head of...
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For Russia’s Jews, Nemtsov murder is reminder of their vulnerability
During the past two years, Dima Zicer has skipped several political rallies opposing the chauvinistic policies of Russian President Vladimir Putin. A Jewish scholar of education from St. Petersburg...
Mar 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Isaac Herzog promises unity in his bid for prime minister
TEL AVIV — Isaac Herzog paces slowly up and down the stage, one hand in his suit pocket, a slight smile forming through his slender lips. Quietly, his heavy breath audible through the microphone, t...
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Deal or no deal? More questions than answers surround nuclear Iran
The debate over whether the Obama administration’s nuclear negotiations with Iran were on track toward a good deal, bad deal or no deal took center stage earlier this week. A three-legged checks-an...
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In Lithuania, Yiddish teacher becomes unlikely bulwark against far right
KAUNAS, Lithuania — Dovid Katz isn’t typically a hard man to miss. With his bushy charcoal beard, heavy physique and trademark all-black outfits, Katz, a New York-born scholar of Yiddish, resembles...
Mar 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Op-Ed: Saving equal rights for Israeli women
by Nancy Ratzan
National Council of Jewish Women
Feb 19, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Last April, two Israeli newspapers doctored photographs of the new Israeli Cabinet to remove the images of two female ministers, Limor Livnat and Sofa Landver. In one paper, the...
Federal authorities move to deport illegal Israeli immigrants
by Joel Magalnick
JTNews
Feb 19, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
SEATTLE -- Those attractive Israelis you may see at the mall hawking colorful beauty and hair products from the Dead Sea may not be as innocuous as they seem. Many are in the U.S. illegally, workin...
Christian student group case poses issues for Jewish groups
by Ron Kampeas
JTA
Feb 18, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON (JTA) — Is it discriminatory for government to fund some forms of discrimination and not others? And what does “funding” mean? These questions are at the center of a case concerning the ...
Jewish students called on to withhold applications to Irvine
by JTA
Feb 18, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
The Zionist Organization of America is calling on Jewish students not to apply to the University of California, Irvine because it does not condemn campus anti-Semitism. ZOA in a statement released ...
Rosa Rein, believed to be world’s oldest Jew, dies
by JTA
Feb 18, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Rosa Rein, believed to be the world’s oldest Jewish person, died about a month shy of her 113th birthday. Rein, Switzerland’s oldest resident since September 2003, died Sunday in her sleep at an ol...
Women worshippers condemned at Western Wall
by JTA
Feb 18, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Men and women worshiping at the Western Wall shouted insults at women who gathered for a Rosh Chodesh prayer service. The ultra-Orthodox worshipers called the women “Nazis” and shouted other epithe...
Shahar Pe’er reaches third round of tennis tournament in Dubai
by JTA
Feb 18, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Israel’s Shahar Pe’er reached the third round of a tennis tournament in Dubai a year after being denied a visa to compete there. Competing amid tight security, Pe’er defeated Virginia Razzano of Fr...
Campus confrontations continue
by Ben Harris
JTA
Feb 18, 2010 | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK -- In the wake of the arrests of 11 University of California, Irvine students for disrupting a speech by the Israeli ambassador to the United States, Shalom Elcott, the president and chief...
NIF fracas: Defending Israel or destroying democracy?
by Leslie Susser
JTA
Feb 10, 2010 | 1 1 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM — A campaign against the New Israel Fund — a U.S.-based organization that funds civil society activists in Israel — has sparked a fierce debate over the limits of free speech, the financi...
Protesters arrested at California university as Israeli ambassador speaks
by Lisa Armony
L.A. Jewish Journal
Feb 09, 2010 | 6 6 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
LOS ANGELES -- Israel’s ambassador to Washington was heckled throughout much of a speech on the University of California, Irvine campus, leading to the arrest of 12 protesters, including the presid...