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Will Netanyahu’s campaign rhetoric cause further estrangement with Washington?
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration’s first response to news that Benjamin Netanyahu had been reelected as prime minister of Israel appeared to be avoidance. White House spokesman Josh Earnest to...
Mar 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Swarthmore Hillel votes to disaffiliate with Hillel Int’l
NEW YORK — Swarthmore Hillel’s student board voted to drop its affiliation with Hillel International and change its name, citing Hillel International’s restrictions on Israel issues. Following an e...
Mar 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Right or left, surprise a common reaction to Bibi victory
Dafna Shimshi was surprised with last week’s Israeli election results, which catapulted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to an expected fourth term. “I think a lot of people were surprised...
Mar 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Reform rabbis install first openly gay president, Denise Eger The Central Conference of American Rabbis, the rabbinical arm of the Reform movement, has installed its first openly gay president, Rab...
Mar 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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NBC Universal’s ‘Dig’ travels far, but not as deep
LOS ANGELES — Last summer, in the midst of the Gaza conflict, the threat of rocket fire forced NBC Universal’s “Dig” to stop production in Jerusalem and move out of the country. If only the show it...
Mar 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Oregon couple to brew kosher kegs for community
PORTLAND, Ore. — For Tim and Sonia Marie Leikam, the dream is nearly complete. Behind the couple’s tidy Victorian house on a tree-lined street in southeast Portland is a pitched-roof building that ...
Mar 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Feeling panicked? It could be in the genes
In designing and testing theories on how the body programs its 19,000 genes, Moshe Szyf, a geneticist and molecular biologist at McGill University in Montreal, has expanded the notion of Jewish gui...
Mar 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Japanese culinary curiosity gives hummus its moment in the Rising Sun
TOKYO — At the end of his 13-hour workday, Hidehiko Egata takes a seat at the bar at his regular eatery in this city’s upscale Shibuya neighborhood. A senior adviser at a local financial firm, Egat...
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Ramaz taps an outsider, Eric Grossman, to lead elite modern Orthodox school
NEW YORK — For the first time in its history, the Ramaz School, an elite modern Orthodox preparatory-style school in Manhattan, is tapping someone from outside its ranks to be its permanent head of...
Mar 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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For Russia’s Jews, Nemtsov murder is reminder of their vulnerability
During the past two years, Dima Zicer has skipped several political rallies opposing the chauvinistic policies of Russian President Vladimir Putin. A Jewish scholar of education from St. Petersburg...
Mar 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Isaac Herzog promises unity in his bid for prime minister
TEL AVIV — Isaac Herzog paces slowly up and down the stage, one hand in his suit pocket, a slight smile forming through his slender lips. Quietly, his heavy breath audible through the microphone, t...
Mar 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Deal or no deal? More questions than answers surround nuclear Iran
The debate over whether the Obama administration’s nuclear negotiations with Iran were on track toward a good deal, bad deal or no deal took center stage earlier this week. A three-legged checks-an...
Mar 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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In Lithuania, Yiddish teacher becomes unlikely bulwark against far right
KAUNAS, Lithuania — Dovid Katz isn’t typically a hard man to miss. With his bushy charcoal beard, heavy physique and trademark all-black outfits, Katz, a New York-born scholar of Yiddish, resembles...
Mar 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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For poker champ Ari Engel, kipah works to his advantage
by Uriel Heilman, JTA
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 138 138 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — Ari Engel is homeless. It’s been a decade since he last held a regular job and two years since he gave up his apartment. But don’t shed any tears for him. Over the last 10 years or so, E...
Will Russia’s economic woes burst bubble for Jews?
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Dec 31, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 145 145 recommendations | email to a friend
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — In the basement of one of Europe’s largest synagogues, 100 Jews are waiting to meet local film star Boris Smolkin. The crowd applauds enthusiastically as the 66-year-old fu...
Estonia’s kosher food problem yields smartphone solution 
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Dec 31, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 134 134 recommendations | email to a friend
When Haim Grinfeld from Tallinn began keeping kosher, he would go to the supermarket and phone up his good friend Moshe Beshkin, a software developer who is one of a handful of observant Jews livin...
‘A rabbi of rabbis’: Harold Schulweis, path-breaking thinker and activist, dies at 89
by Tom Tugend, JTA
Dec 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 129 129 recommendations | email to a friend
LOS ANGELES — As a path-breaking thinker, innovator and activist, Rabbi Harold Schulweis’ role extended far beyond his base as the spiritual leader of his Los Angeles-area congregation. “Harold Sch...
Globe Briefs December 25
by JTA Reports
Dec 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 135 135 recommendations | email to a friend
Gal Mekel released by NBA’s Pelicans Gal Mekel, the second Israeli to play in the NBA, was released by the New Orleans Pelicans after two weeks. Mekel, a point guard, had been acquired by the Pelic...
Near major oil spill, a solar field grows in Israel
by Ben Sales, JTA
Dec 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 136 136 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV – In the sun-parched fields near where the largest oil spill in Israeli history poured millions of liters of crude oil into the desert on Dec. 4, an ambitious effort is underway to help re...
Highlighting campus sexual assault, Jewish groups have taken a lead
by Ron Kampeas, JTA
Dec 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 129 129 recommendations | email to a friend
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Jewish campus groups were ready for the painful national dialogue that took place in the wake of murky rape allegations at the University of Virginia. That’s because organiza...
Israeli youth movement: Group aims to help Arabs — and contain them
by Ben Sales, JTA
Dec 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 141 141 recommendations | email to a friend
LOD, Israel — He says he’s a leader of a “Zionist settlement” movement, but Raz Sofer’s home is no West Bank outpost. Sofer, 25, is the manager of a 100-member student village in this mixed Jewish-...
With ‘team’ portrait, Jewish ballplayers hit a home run for charities
by Hillel Kuttler, JTA
Dec 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 133 133 recommendations | email to a friend
At the first Detroit Tigers game he attended, in 1940, Bob Matthews saw slugging first baseman Hank Greenberg play. Now a retired orthodontist living in Farmington Hills, Mich., Matthews can gaze e...
Globe Briefs December 18
by JTA Reports
Dec 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 133 133 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Saperstein wins Senate nod for religious freedom post The U.S. Senate confirmed Rabbi David Saperstein, a Reform movement leader, for a State Department post. Last Friday, Saperstein, in a 61...