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French Jewish scholar’s hate speech trial leaves anti-racism activists bitter, divided
The hate speech trial of a prominent French historian charged with calling Arabs innately anti-Semitic is dividing French Jews and sowing dissent within the local equivalent of the Anti-Defamation ...
Feb 23, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Holocaust tourism’ is probed in a compelling documentary
NEW YORK — How do people behave when they visit a concentration camp or a Holocaust memorial? Do they act as if they are in a place of reverence or mourning? Or do they behave as crowds do at any t...
Feb 23, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Evangelicals are ready to speak for Israel in Trump’s Washington
TEL AVIV — Evangelicals, who have been advocating for Israel for years, have historically let the Jews take the lead. Laurie Cardoza-Moore, for one, is excited that they are poised to take on a pro...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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In reviewing ‘Hobby Lobby’ opinion, Jews see reasons to diverge over Neil Gorsuch
WASHINGTON — On June 27, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, based in Denver, handed down a decision that would make history a year later when it was upheld by the Supreme Court: ...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jerusalem art school fosters design talent among students with disabilities
JERUSALEM — The shrapnel that exploded into Asaf Ventura took a lot away from him: His body and brain were shredded, his right hand was mangled. He was unable to fire his gun, swing his tennis racq...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Left-wing groups ramp up protests of Trump’s Israel policies
WASHINGTON — Left-wing Jewish groups have launched a string of protests in response to confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump’s nominee for ambassador to Israel and Trump’s meeting with I...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs February 17
Marine Le Pen: No more dual nationalities for Israelis Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right National Front party, said she favored making it illegal to be a dual citizen of France and ot...
Feb 16, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rabbi’s expulsion rattles Russian Jews fearful of Kremlin crackdown
Three years ago, Rabbi Ari Edelkopf and his wife, Chana, worked around the clock for weeks to show off their community and city to the many foreigners in town for the Winter Olympics in Sochi. The ...
Feb 16, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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With full Talmud translation, online library hopes to make sages accessible
NEW YORK — For centuries, studying a page of the Talmud has come with a bevy of barriers to entry. Written mostly in Aramaic, the Talmud in its most commonly printed form also lacks punctuation or ...
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Reform movement’s challenge: protesting Trump and remaining inclusive
NEW YORK — Reform Jewish leaders largely oppose President Donald Trump’s policies — and they haven’t been shy about saying so since his election. They’ve marched in the streets by the thousands. Th...
Feb 16, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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How Israel’s travel bans are — and aren’t — like Trump’s
TEL AVIV — Defending his executive order directing the construction of a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, President Donald Trump pointed to Israel as a model, saying “a wall protects.” With ...
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Outside the synagogue, intermarried are forming community with each other
NEW YORK — Leading up to their wedding in 2012, Julianne and Jason Kanter hadn’t really discussed how they would incorporate their respective religions into their home. Julianne was raised by Catho...
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In France’s elections, dramatic upsets turn surprise front-runner into top choice for many Jews
With old favorites knocked out of France’s presidential race and the far-right National Front party making worrisome gains, many Jews are joining fellow voters in supporting Emmanuel Macron, the 39...
Feb 16, 2017 | 3 3 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Breitbart’s Jerusalem chief explains site’s ‘nationalist’ appeal
by Andrew Tobin, JTA
Dec 14, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 81 81 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV — Stephen Bannon recently called Breitbart News “the most pro-Israel site in the United States of America.” That will not change with Bannon leaving the far-right news website for the Whit...
Betsy DeVos, Trump pick for education, pleases Orthodox, spooks church-state separationists
by Ron Kampeas, JTA
Dec 14, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 80 80 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Add sweeping school reforms — and with them, funding for private schools that Orthodox groups embrace and secular Jewish groups fear — to the campaign promises that Donald Trump plans ...
Keith Ellison’s ascent signals the Democrats’ willingness to redefine ‘pro-Israel’
by Ron Kampeas, JTA
Nov 30, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 99 99 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — The most shocking thing about talk of Keith Ellison’s Israel record as he rises within the Democratic Party is how few think it’s shocking. Rep. Ellison (D-Minn.) is a leading contende...
Globe Briefs December 2
by JTA reports
Nov 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 95 95 recommendations | email to a friend
France returns painting to family of Jewish couple who fled Nazis France returned a 16th-century painting to the grandchildren of a German-Jewish couple who were forced to sell the work in Paris as...
Jewish Trump voters are ready for their party to get started
by Ben Sales, JTA
Nov 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 97 97 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — Everyone said their guy was going to lose. Three quarters of their fellow American Jews voted for the other candidate. But now, Jewish Trump voters are triumphant. “I was elated,” said J...
Top U.S. firefighters ‘dropped everything’ to help Israel battle the blazes
by Andrew Tobin, JTA
Nov 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 94 94 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV — Call them Israel’s American volunteer fire brigade. Dozens of firefighters from across the United States put their lives on hold — leaving behind jobs and families — to help subdue the w...
In Madagascar, ‘world’s newest Jewish community’ seeks to establish itself
by Josefin Dolsten, JTA
Nov 30, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 93 93 recommendations | email to a friend
Though there is no synagogue, mikvah or Jewish school in Madagascar, visitors to the African island nation can enjoy a strictly kosher meal, Shabbat services and weekly learning programs. The Jewis...
Chabad-Lubavitch makes it 50 with South Dakota
by Liz Spikol, Special to The Chronicle
Nov 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 95 95 recommendations | email to a friend
In a vast banquet hall at the Brooklyn Marine Terminal Pier 8 in New York, more than 5,000 Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries, lay leaders and supporters gathered on Sunday night for the culminating event...
‘Radical’ yeshiva finds Talmud study engaging multitudes of millennials
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 96 96 recommendations | email to a friend
While Jewish organizations across the nation are scratching their collective heads trying to come up with social events and tikkun olam projects to engage millennials, a queer Conservative rabbi in...
Globe Briefs November 25
by JTA reports
Nov 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 104 104 recommendations | email to a friend
Canadian prime minister denounces anti-Semitic vandalism in Ottawa Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada condemned three anti-Semitic acts of vandalism that occurred in Ottawa. The city’s hate cr...