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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 | 5 5 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 | 5 5 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...
Apr 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 28 28 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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At JOFA conference, passion shifts to women’s leadership
by Ben Harris
JTA
Mar 18, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — The last time the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance organized a conference at Columbia University, in 2007, Israeli activist Tova Hartman electrified a crowd of several hundred with her ...
Israel allows United Nations into Gaza Strip
by JTA
Mar 11, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Israel will allow the United Nation's secretary-general and a top European Union official to enter the Gaza Strip from Israel. Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations and Catherine Ashton, the EU's high ...
Israel expresses interest in nuclear energy
by JTA
Mar 11, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Israel announced its interest in producing electricity from nuclear energy at a conference in Paris. Syria announced the same intention at Tuesday's conference hosted by France to promote nuclear r...
Israel's U.S. ambassador offers to return to California university
by JTA
Mar 11, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Israel’s U.S. ambassador has offered to return to the California university where students interrupted his speech last month. Michael Oren, in an open letter Monday, said he would meet with student...
Communications activist silenced in Cuban jail cell
by Ron Kampeas
JTA
Mar 11, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Alan Gross has been about communications all his life: The call-mom-everyday son, the family newsbreaker, the message guy for Jewish groups, the get-out-the-vote enthusiast for candida...
Holocaust book collection dedicated at Morgantown library
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Mar 11, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — J.D. Rechter, tattoo number 72751, a Viennese Jew who died at Auschwitz in 1943, now has a permanent legacy in the heart of West Virginia. Dozens of West Virginians — Jews and n...
Do anti-Semitic faxes from Kansas church have First Amendment protection?
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Mar 11, 2010 | 2 2 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
Almost every day, for the last 10 months, Rabbi Beth Jacowitz Chottiner has begun her morning glancing at the repugnant faxes Wheeling’s Temple Shalom received during the previous night: “Jews kill...
U.S. anti-Semitism envoy wants to bring non-Jews into the fight
by Melissa Apter
JTA
Mar 11, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — President Obama’s special envoy on anti-Semitism wants to recruit non-Jews to make her case. Hannah Rosenthal outlined her goals in her new role during a recent address in Dallas to th...
Snow removal has negative environmental side effects
by Editors
E/The Environmental Magazine
Mar 04, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Dear EarthTalk: What are the environmental impacts of all the de-icing and snow removal taking place on roads everywhere in the wake of all the recent storms? -- Benjamin P Sander, via e-mail The a...
Jewish leaders to Biden: Reach out to Israelis
by JTA
Mar 04, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON -- Jewish leaders who met with Vice President Joe Biden stressed the need to convey the Obama administration's message to the Israeli public. Biden hosted a number of leaders at his resi...