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Israeli rabbinate ‘blacklisting’ American rabbis
Some 160 rabbis, including several prominent American Orthodox leaders, appear on a list of rabbis whom Israel’s haredi Orthodox-dominated Chief Rabbinate does not trust to confirm the Jewish ident...
Jul 13, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fed-up Reform leaders are thinking twice about their donations to Israel
NEW YORK — Daryl Messinger knows she’s going to visit Israel again. But the next time she flies there, it won’t be on El Al. Messinger, the chair of the Union for Reform Judaism, will be boycotting...
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How Gaza’s electricity crisis could spell trouble for Israel
JERUSALEM — An internal Palestinian dispute has left Gaza’s nearly 2 million Palestinian residents dangerously vulnerable to a heat wave, but Israel could get burned, too. The West Bank Palestinian...
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Here’s why Israel and India’s leaders couldn’t get enough of each other
WASHINGTON — Barefoot walks on the beach, warm hugs, lots of mutual admiration, hesitant attempts to speak each other’s language. And giggles. The bromance between Prime Ministers Narendra Modi of ...
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Athletes come for love and glory at the 2017 Maccabiah Games
RAMAT GAN, Israel — Danny Janel first noticed Allison Silfen’s smile in July 2013. They were hanging out with other athletes in a hotel room a few evenings after arriving in Israel. He was smitten....
Jul 12, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs July 7
Jewish couple marries on Temple Mount despite ban An Israeli couple married on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem despite rules prohibiting Jews from carrying out religious rituals at Judaism’s holiest ...
Jul 06, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
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PJ Library’s free books for kids spur Jewish connections, study finds
NEW YORK — Families that receive free Jewish children’s books from the Massachusetts-based PJ Library say the program has helped them feel more connected to their Jewish communities, with interfait...
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The West Bank’s world-class wines have Israelis toasting the settlements
PSAGOT, West Bank — Psagot Winery calls its Sinai wine an “unassuming but distinctive blend” of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Like all its wines, the bottle is stamped with the image of a coin dat...
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Netanyahu defends suspending the Western Wall agreement
American Jewish leaders are calling it a betrayal. They say that 17 months after achieving a historic agreement to provide a non-Orthodox space at Judaism’s holiest prayer site, Israeli Prime Minis...
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This 400-year-old Jewish library survived Hitler and the Inquisition
AMSTERDAM — Livraria Ets Haim is the world’s oldest functioning Jewish library. As such, it is no stranger to the prospect of imminent destruction. Founded in 1616 by Jews who fled Catholic persecu...
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How these teachers learned to teach the Holocaust
NEW YORK — When Megan Corbin was in school, she learned about the Holocaust as an optimistic story. Her grade school, she said, “highlighted Anne Frank as the voice of hope, and that really wasn’t ...
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After Jerusalem attack, US experts warn Islamic State may be coming to Israel
JERUSALEM — When the Islamic State claimed credit for an attack on Israeli soil for the first time and vowed to strike again, the response here was not fear but incredulity. Israeli officials gener...
Jun 29, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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British Jewry feels left behind amid the election turmoil
Nearly 50 years after she left her native South Africa for Britain to escape apartheid, Sharon Klaff again is finding herself unable to imagine a future for her family in her country and society be...
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Suspension of Western Wall deal leaves Jewish leaders feeling betrayed
by Ben Sales, JTA
Jun 29, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
They’ve tried strongly worded statements. They’ve tried private meetings with the prime minister. They’ve tried negotiations, protest and prayer. But for the past five years, despite broad internal...
A trove of Nazi-era objects in Argentina stuns investigators
by JTA Staff
Jun 29, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — A cache of 75 original Nazi objects discovered earlier this month by the Argentine Federal Police has been evaluated as “unprecedented” and “the biggest” discovery of its ...
Globe Briefs June 30
by JTA reports
Jun 29, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
Delaware lecturer loses job for saying Warmbier ‘got what he deserved’ An adjunct professor at the University of Delaware who said American Jewish college student Otto Warmbier “got exactly what he...
Israeli company that produces water from air launches first pilot program in Florida
by Andrew Tobin, JTA
Jun 29, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
Large parts of Florida are suffering from severe drought, and hurricane season threatens to make things worse. Enter Water-Gen, an Israeli company whose technology captures humidity to extract drin...
This outdoor preschool in the Negev is shaking up Israeli education
by Andrew Tobin, JTA
Jun 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
MITZPE RAMON, Israel — It sounds like a Jewish mother’s nightmare: a preschool class held outdoors in the desert. But parents in this remote Israeli town drop off their children at Gan Keshet every...
A French Jew’s killing provides a test for the new Macron administration
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Jun 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
Before he threw Sarah Halimi to her death from a window of her third-story apartment in Paris, 27-year-old Kobili Traore called his Jewish neighbor “Satan” and cried out for Allah. These and other ...
80 percent of Reform rabbis are Democrats, most of any other clergy
by Ben Sales, JTA
Jun 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — The vast majority of Reform and Conservative rabbis affiliate as Democrats, according to a new study. The study, published Sunday by Yale University, found that more than 80 percent of R...
Israeli Arab transgender beauty queen opens up about her story
by Giovanna Paz, JTA
Jun 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — The Israeli Embassy marked LGBT Pride Month with a reception for Jewish and Israeli activists and leaders. About 100 people attended the event, which featured an address by Talleen Abu...
Discovery of hidden text prompts new approach to biblical digs in Israel
by Adam Abrams, JNS.org
Jun 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
The recent discovery of a previously invisible inscription on the back of an ancient pottery shard, that was on display at Jerusalem’s Israel Museum for over 50 years, has prompted Tel Aviv Univers...
This dating site connects Jews of Middle Eastern descent
by Josefin Dolsten, JTA
Jun 15, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 80 80 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — These days, there’s a dating site or app for just about any group you can imagine, from men with beards (and their admirers) to a farmers-only site. There’s even an app that matches peop...