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Globe Briefs February 4
Jerusalem grand mufti condemns Western Wall agreement The grand mufti of Jerusalem has condemned the agreement approved by Israel’s Cabinet to establish an egalitarian prayer area at the Western Wa...
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Meet the Israeli composer of Indian Muslim music who collaborates with Radiohead’s guitarist
For most musicians working in the underappreciated genre of world music, recording an album with Jonny Greenwood, the guitarist of the famed English rock band Radiohead, would be something of a pip...
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Day school groups plan merger: New national organization to speak for 375 day schools
Regional day school heads are expressing support for a merger of five North American Jewish day school organizations. Those groups represent more than 375 schools from across the denominational spe...
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The country’s tastiest chicken will soon be kosher
LINDSBORG, Kan. — Thousands of birds strutted around like rambunctious kids at recess — six varieties of turkey and nearly 40 breeds of chicken, duck and geese. As soon as a stranger stepped into t...
Jan 27, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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French Jews, struggling to find work in Israel, consider going home
RAANANA, Israel — Before she traded her native France for Israel, Catherine Berdah ran a successful drug store in an affluent suburb on the eastern edge of Paris. A 50-year-old pharmacist with a ma...
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In Palestinian city of the future, few residents and charges of collusion with Israel
RAWABI, West Bank — Bashar Masri is not your typical billionaire real estate developer. Born in the Palestinian city of Nablus in 1961, as a teenager Masri was apprehended and jailed by Israel eigh...
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Globe Briefly January 28
Israel’s US ambassador ‘regrets’ timing of remarks criticizing Israel The U.S. ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, says he regrets the timing of his criticisms of Israel’s policies in the West Bank ...
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What Pope Francis synagogue visit says about Catholic-Jewish relations
When Pope Francis crossed the Tiber River to visit to Rome’s Great Synagogue on Sunday, he became the third pontiff in history to do so. But his 1.5-mile journey to the towering Tempio Maggiore sho...
Jan 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rabbi Lila Kagedan poised to make history with job at Orthodox shul
NEW YORK — When Rabbi Lila Kagedan spends her first Shabbat at the Mount Freedom Jewish Center in Randolph, N.J., later this month, she will be making history. A recent graduate of Yeshivat Maharat...
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In poor Paris suburb, crime and extremism spur internal Jewish exodus
LA COURNEUVE, France — At this Paris suburb’s only Jewish facility, Rabbi Prosper Abenaim serves sweet tea to his synagogue’s most frequent and reliable guests: machine gun-toting troops of the Fre...
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As Turkey reaches out to Israel, Jewish groups move to embrace rival
WASHINGTON — Less than a month after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signaled a readiness to mend ties with Israel after years of antipathy, a delegation of American Jewish leaders has embar...
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Bernie Sanders surging in the polls, but are Jews feeling ‘the Bern’?
WASHINGTON — Talk of a Bernie Sanders presidency has suddenly become a lot more serious. Recent polling shows the independent Vermont senator and Democratic presidential hopeful dramatically improv...
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Globe Briefs January 21
‘JFR’ Jacob, India’s highest-ranking Jewish military officer, dies at 92 Lt. Gen. Jacob-Farj-Rafael “JFR” Jacob, an Indian Jew who had a storied career in India’s military, has died at 92. (Some re...
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On Syrian refugee crisis, Jewish community moves from words to action
by Eitan Arom, JNS.org
Oct 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Will Recant pulls both heartstrings and purse strings for a living. As the head of the Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief, a consortium of 49 national Jewish organizations, he has been at the cen...
Everyone’s talking ISIS at the UN, leaving Netanyahu glaring
by Ron Kampeas, JTA
Oct 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
All anyone attending the United Nations General Assembly opening seemed to want to talk about was the threat posed to the world by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. That was much to the constern...
A personal statement of apology from Rabbi Freundel
Sep 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and the time period in which they fall call for soul searching, repentance and apology when necessary. In that spirit, Rabbi Bernard Freundel, who is serving a six-year se...
Stumbling blocks to repentance: Difficulties abound when making a return
by David Holzel
Sep 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
Most of us have heard the pillow parable. A Jewish man goes around town, talking smack about the rabbi. The rabbi tells him to cut open a pillow and let the feathers fly across town, which the man ...
Auschwitz ‘showers’ highlight challenge of balancing tourism and memory
by Ruth Ellen Gruber, JTA
Sep 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
Pawel Sawicki gets to his desk every morning by 7, but he works no regular office job. Sawicki is an information officer at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Memorial and Museum, the sprawling complex i...
European Jews, mindful of risks, urge aid to refugees
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Sep 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
When he looks into the tired eyes of the Syrian refugees now flooding Europe’s borders, Guy Sorman is reminded of his father, Nathan, who fled Germany for France just months before Adolf Hitler cam...
American Airlines cancels Philadelphia-Tel Aviv route
by Jason Cohen, Special to The Chronicle
Sep 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
PHILADELPHIA — Getting a nonstop flight to Israel from Pennsylvania will become a lot more challenging come 2016. American Airlines announced late last month that it will no longer operate nonstop ...
Will Obama and Netanyahu reconcile next year?
by Ron Kampeas, JTA
Sep 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Now that enactment of the Iran nuclear deal appears to be a sure thing, the profound and often personal disagreement between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin ...
Kerry offers impassioned defense of Iran Accord as deal’s victory clinched
by Joshua Runyan, Editor-in-Chief
Sep 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
PHILADELPHIA — In what could have been the first leg of a victory lap now that the survival of the Obama administration’s key foreign policy achievement is virtually assured, Secretary of State Joh...
In the Ashkenazi heartland, a struggle over ruins and Jewish memory
by Eitan Arom, JNS.org
Sep 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Walking through Lviv, a Ukrainian city near the Polish border whose Jewish population is a small fraction of what it once was, it’s not uncommon to spot faded Hebrew letters on the outside of shops...