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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 | 0 0 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 | 0 0 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 | 2 2 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 | 11 11 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 | 10 10 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 | 22 22 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 | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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Why there is no Chabad house in Havana
by Josh Tapper, JTA
Mar 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
HAVANA — On the freshly painted, salmon-colored walls of Alberto and Rebeca Meshulam’s apartment, two portraits of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, frame the entranceway le...
Globe Briefs March 5
by JTA Reports
Mar 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
Argentine judge dismisses Nisman accusations against Kirchner A federal judge in Argentina dismissed the complaint against President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner that she covered up Iran’s role i...
On foreign policy, Bush navigates between brother, father
by Ron Kampeas, JTA
Mar 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — As clearly as Jeb Bush has stated that he does not want his foreign policy chops assessed against that of his brother — or his father — his choice in advisers has only made things murk...
Addressing Congress, Netanyahu slams ‘bad deal’ with Iran
by Ron Kampeas, JTA
Mar 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech, in the end, was about reminding Americans that the enemy of your enemy may still be your enemy. He may have lost some friends in the...
Where does war authorization aimed at ISIS leave Iran?
by Dmitriy Shapiro
Feb 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Don’t make the enemy of your enemy your friend. That's the message some lawmakers hope to convey to the Obama administration as they consider its request for a war authorization to com...
As David Cohen becomes CIA’s No. 2, Jews appear to have smoother sailing at security agencies
by Ron Kampeas, JTA
Feb 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — David Cohen’s path to second in command at the Central Intelligence Agency is, in many respects, a typical one in Washington. A seasoned Ivy League lawyer who began his career defendin...
BDS with a twist: California campus divestment measures target more than Israel
by Alina Dain Sharon, JNS.org
Feb 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
While two recent student resolutions initiated by boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement advocates in California ultimately had different fates, the episodes share a common twist: lumping...
Michael Oren lends foreign policy bona fides to new Israeli party Kulanu
by Ben Sales, JTA
Feb 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV — Michael Oren, New York-born and educated at Columbia and Princeton, begins an interview in Hebrew. Though he quickly switches to English, Oren interrupts himself every so often to transl...
Inside V15’s ground game to unseat Netanyahu
by Ben Sales JTA
Feb 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV — When he goes door to door in this city handing out campaign materials, Shai Gal doesn’t tell people to vote for Labor, Meretz or the other liberal parties vying for support ahead of Isra...
Denmark synagogue attack seen as ‘wake-up call’
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Feb 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
From the window of the Jewish Community of Copenhagen’s crisis center, Finn Schwarz can see his country changing before his eyes. Hours after the slaying of a guard outside the Danish capital’s mai...