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Globe Briefs April 28
Israeli-American coach David Blatt reportedly on potential list for Lakers post David Blatt, the Israeli American who was fired this season as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, reportedly is u...
Apr 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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No experience necessary: Meet the Orthodox lawyer advising Trump on Israel
NEW YORK — If Donald Trump wins the White House, he’ll probably be the first U.S. president whose top adviser on Israel used to do guard duty at a Jewish settlement in the West Bank armed with an M...
Apr 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pro-Israel, pro ‘peoplehood’ rabbis form new Reconstructionist group
The 2015 decision of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College to ordain rabbis with non-Jewish partners was the “straw that broke the camel’s back” for Rabbi Carol Harris-Shapiro. “I formally left ...
Apr 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs April 14
Austrian government writing law to seize Hitler’s birthplace The Austrian government reportedly is drafting a law that would transfer ownership of Adolf Hitler’s birthplace to the state. The owner ...
Apr 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Could ties with Muslim powerhouse Indonesia be Israel’s latest pivot east?
At a time when Israel is seeking to boost its ties with Arab and Muslim countries in order to counter the threats posed by Iran and terrorist groups, could the world’s largest Muslim country become...
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Humanitarian aid or political meddling? Israel, EU clash over Palestinian buildings
MAALE ADUMIM, West Bank — In a ramshackle village off a dirt road in the West Bank’s central hills, near an inhabited shack with a cloth roof and tin walls, stands an outhouse bearing a peeling sti...
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Who is Donald Trump’s Jewish son-in-law, Jared Kushner?
NEW YORK — Jared Kushner has many claims to fame. He’s married to Ivanka Trump, daughter of the Republican presidential front-runner. He’s the scion of a philanthropy-minded Jewish family from New ...
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How Coca-Cola made processed food Passover friendly
In the 1930s, Rabbi Tobias Geffen of Atlanta began to investigate the hidden ingredients inside mass-produced foods and to evaluate whether those ingredients conflict with kosher laws. He set a pre...
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Shmura matzah for Passover: The real reason it’s so expensive
NEW YORK — It costs more per pound than filet mignon. It might be burnt or taste like cardboard. It’s so delicate it often breaks in the box, rendering it unfit for Passover ritual use. Yet every y...
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The world’s largest seder — in Nepal — will go on, despite slow earthquake recovery
When the ground started to shake beneath Rabbi Chezki Lifshitz’s feet, he was praying near a doorway at the Chabad House of Kathmandu, where he lives with his wife, Chani, and their six children. L...
Apr 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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At Israel’s mikvahs, women claim verbal abuse and unwanted touching
JERUSALEM — Without warning, the ritual bath attendant pulled off Naava Shafner’s towel. She was standing, naked, in front of a woman she didn’t know. Then the attendant began interrogating her. Sh...
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Globe Briefs March 31
Printers at Princeton, other college campuses hacked with anti-Semitic message Printers at a half-dozen college campuses in Massachusetts and Rhode Island were hacked with an anti-Semitic, racist f...
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From left to right, Israelis sour on ‘opportunist’ Donald Trump
TEL AVIV — He’s crude. He’s blunt. He’s inauthentic. He is not a man of peace. Left and right, religious and secular, Arab and Jew, Israelis don’t have many kind words for Donald Trump, the Republi...
Mar 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Using Facebook, Dutch thrift store brings closure to painful Holocaust story
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Mar 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
AMSTERDAM — Two months before they were deported from the Netherlands to Auschwitz, Louis Barzelay and Flora Snatager invited a few guests to their wedding in Amsterdam. Instead of the yellow star ...
Will GOP Jews go for Trump?
by Daniel Schere, Special to The Chronicle
Mar 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
If Donald Trump picks up steam as the Republican front-runner coming out of Super Tuesday, Republican Jews will be wondering if they can cast their ballots for a businessman-celebrity whose no-hold...
What’s behind the dark charisma of ‘Son of Saul’ star Geza Rohrig?
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Feb 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
BERLIN — When the Hungarian-Jewish poet Geza Rohrig agreed to play the lead role in the Oscar-nominated Holocaust drama “Son of Saul,” he knew he was taking on a daunting challenge. With very littl...
Globe Briefs February 25
Feb 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
IDF releases attack-warning app The Israel Defense Forces Home Front Command has released a mobile application to warn Israelis of local security threats. The application, detailed in a call with r...
Disability advocates focus on jobs, caregivers in Congress visit
by Suzanne Pollak, Special to The Chronicle
Feb 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — About 130 Jewish activists descended on Capitol Hill on Feb. 10 to lobby for measures to help people who are disabled and their caregivers. Sponsored by the Jewish Federations of North...
New book prompts soul searching in Lithuania about Holocaust-era complicity
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Feb 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
As the author of a best-seller that deals with female sexuality after 50, the Lithuanian novelist Ruta Vanagaite is used to embarrassing questions from journalists about her private life. But even ...
Meet the guys helping Israeli entrepreneurs make it big in the Big Apple
by Beth Braverman, JTA
Feb 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — The hoodie-clad millennials tap furiously at their laptops. They’re perched on colorful couches, or sitting at long, communal tables, munching on Fruit Loops from the built-in dispenser ...
Thriving indie Jewish communities join forces to create rabbinic fellowship
by Ben Harris, JTA
Feb 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — In the summer of 2011, Lizzi Heydemann returned to her native Chicago to establish a Jewish community loosely modeled on Ikar, the Los Angeles congregation where she had spent two years ...
Record number of Jewish teens gather for BBYO International Convention
by Daniel Schere, Special to The Chronicle
Feb 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
BALTIMORE — More than 2,400 Jewish teens gathered at this city’s downtown Hilton and convention center late last week and into Monday for BBYO’s annual International Convention for an international...
‘Son of Saul’: For Claims Conference, Oscar nominee was a big gamble
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Feb 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
BERLIN — Set amid a 1944 prisoner uprising at Auschwitz, “Son of Saul” stood out as a long shot when its producers first applied for funding from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Ge...