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As David Cohen becomes CIA’s No. 2, Jews appear to have smoother sailing at security agencies
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...
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BDS with a twist: California campus divestment measures target more than Israel
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...
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Michael Oren lends foreign policy bona fides to new Israeli party Kulanu
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...
Feb 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Inside V15’s ground game to unseat Netanyahu
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...
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Denmark synagogue attack seen as ‘wake-up call’
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...
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Anti-Semitic incidents reach record high for Jews in Britain
LONDON — Nat and her husband have always talked about moving to Israel, but the time never seemed right. The London residents had good jobs, were surrounded by friends and family and their three ki...
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Negotiating the Negev: The coexistence of development, preservation and growth
David Ben-Gurion’s vision was to make the Negev desert bloom, but Israel’s efforts to develop the arid lands of its southern interior often pit environmentalists against government land officials, ...
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Congressional Democrats facing tough choice
If Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned address to a joint session of Congress has put pro-Israel Democrats, forced to choose between a disapproving White House and supporters of the...
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Islamic radicalism poses dilemma for Jews in interfaith dialogue
WASHINGTON — After the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris last month, Kari Alterman heard from every one of her Detroit-area Muslim dialogue partners, all of them calling to express their sadness an...
Feb 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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What does new citizenship law mean for Portuguese and world Jewry?
Five hundred years after thousands of Jews were burned at the stake or forcefully converted, and many others expelled due to the Inquisition, the Portuguese Cabinet has decided to grant citizenship...
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Jewish groups divided on Obama budget plan
By Dmitriy Shapiro WASHINGTON — Jewish groups are split in their responses to President Barack Obama’s much-anticipated 2015 budget, specifically on the subject of how the White House plans to offs...
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Global Briefs February 12
Slain journalists Foley, Sotloff honored in memory of Daniel Pearl James Foley and Steven Sotloff, American journalists who were killed by ISIS, were honored with an award in memory of the murdered...
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Defense is one bright spot in tense Israel relationship
WASHINGTON — Although much attention in recent weeks has been focused on the strained political relationship between Israel and the United States, cooperation between the defense establishment of t...
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Globe Briefs November 27
by JTA Reports
Nov 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
Controversial Jewish nation-state bill passes Israeli Cabinet Israel’s Cabinet passed a bill that would identify Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. The measure, which has engendered c...
Terror attacks killing Druze police spotlight united front with Israeli Jews
by Alina Dain Sharon, JNS.org
Nov 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
The Nov. 18 killing of Israeli Druze police officer Zidan Saif, who was the first officer to enter the scene of a Palestinian terror attack on worshippers at a Jerusalem synagogue, has led to an ou...
Kosherfest, a mad dash to sample the ‘facon’
by Uriel Heilman, JTA
Nov 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
SECAUCUS, N.J. – Gefilte fish? Check. Pastrami? Check. Kosher-for-Passover anti-constipation pills? Edible spoons for bar mitzvah appetizers? A cholov Yisroel-certified alternative to the nutrition...
For the Dutch, hiding Jews was an almost popular way to ‘fight back’
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 115 115 recommendations | email to a friend
While there is nothing funny about the Holocaust, the title of Hans Keilson’s long-lost novella, “Comedy in a Minor Key,” seems appropriate, although as comedies go, this is certainly a dark one. “...
Is she Jewish? Rabbinate says yes, Israel says no
by Ben Sales, JTA
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV — In 2012, Anna Varsanyi was married in an Orthodox Jewish ceremony conducted through Israel’s Chief Rabbinate. Two years later, the Hungarian immigrant has made a life in Israel, settling...
As tempers flare in Jerusalem, Israel-Jordan relations hang in the balance
by Sean Savage, JNS.org
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
While facing increased Arab riots and terrorist attacks that resemble the underpinnings of a renewed Palestinian intifada (uprising), Israel is simultaneously working to manage tension in its delic...
Jerusalem Light Rail under Palestinian attack; call goes out for more police
by Elli Wohlgelernter
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM — When the Jerusalem Light Rail was inaugurated three years ago, it was hailed as a unifying symbol of the capital’s renewal, a municipal service that would seamlessly bring together the ...
For Jews fighting Ebola, their specialty is psychosocial therapy
by Uriel Heilman, JTA
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
Even amid the unceasing horrors of Sierra Leone’s Ebola epidemic, it was a case that stood out. A 5-year-old boy had been found in his home in a remote village, the lone survivor in a house riddled...
Globe Briefs November 6
by JTA Reports
Nov 06, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
Peres at Rabin memorial: Ruling over others against Jewish values Israel cannot protect its Jewish and democratic character without peace, former President Shimon Peres said at a memorial for Yitzh...
Day schools build new fields — and dream
by Anthony Weiss, JTA
Nov 06, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
Persistent rain didn’t stop fans from packing the stands and sidelines at Scheck Hillel Community Day School for the homecoming football game. They gathered Oct. 29 at the South Florida school not ...