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Meet J Street U’s new president, Amna Farooqi
Amna Farooqi, the new president of J Street U, the campus branch of the liberal, self-described pro-Israel, pro-peace lobby group, is a Muslim of Pakistani descent. She has no plans to convert to J...
Sep 02, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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State Department witness on Benghazi looks back on two stints in Foggy Bottom
Joel Rubin is the president of Washington Strategy Group, a Chevy Chase, Md.-based foreign policy consulting firm. One month ago, he left the State Department after completing two stints there; the...
Sep 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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At Tuscany’s only kosher winery, owners can’t touch the Chianti
CASTELNUOVO BERARDENGA, Italy — Up a windy road in the tranquil Tuscan hills, down a gravel path and past acres of grapevines, a visitor will come across a stainless steel door frame secured with a...
Aug 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Meet the Baptist baseball lifer who will coach Israel’s team
PHILADELPHIA — Visiting Israel the past few winters to see his daughter and her family led to an unexpected job for Jerry Narron, a devout Christian and a baseball lifer: a coaching position for Is...
Aug 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ten years on, Katrina echoes for Mississippi Jews
Standing on an empty lot at the corner of Camellia Street and Southern Avenue, Brad Kessie wistfully inspected one of two sago palms that marked the pathway to Congregation Beth Israel, which had s...
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On Greek isle of Rhodes, Jews return to celebrate ancient community all but wiped out
RHODES, Greece — Each summer, tens of thousands of tourists descend on Rhodes, Greece’s easternmost island. They are drawn by the sandy beaches, the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea, the casino r...
Aug 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Here’s why Hamas and Israel may be secretly negotiating
TEL AVIV — After more than a decade of failed diplomacy, Israel could be close to signing a major agreement with the Palestinians. They’re just not the Palestinians you thought. After years of vowi...
Aug 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs August 20
N.Y. state panel to study controversial E. Ramapo school district The New York State Education Department appointed a panel to study the operations of the haredi Orthodox controlled school board in...
Aug 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rabbi on a mission to uncover hints of southern Italy’s Jewish past
As the only female rabbi in Italy, Barbara Aiello is on a mission to reach out to the anusim, descendants of Jews who were forced hundreds of years ago to convert to Catholicism, and tell them of t...
Aug 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Can the U.S. trust Europe to punish Iran if it violates the nuclear deal?
Among his rationales for opposing the nuclear deal with Iran, Sen. Charles Schumer said that he did not trust the three European Union partners to punish Iran should it violate the terms of the acc...
Aug 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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All over the map: Where dozens of local Jewish groups stand on the Iran deal
Across the United States, Jewish community groups have appeared unsure about exactly how to respond to the Iran nuclear deal. Consider Massachusetts. Three groups in the state last month attempted ...
Aug 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Listen to the music … but watch where you’re driving, says Israeli researcher
While driving to work, “Eternal Flames” by the Bangles comes on the radio and the next thing I know, I am back on a beach in Lanai, reliving my honeymoon. I see stretches of clear blue water and pi...
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Globe Briefs August 13
Rivlin urges Netanyahu to repair ties with Obama JERUSALEM — Israeli President Reuven Rivlin told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to repair the damaged relations with President Barack Obama. “I t...
Aug 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Tikkun Olam Makers’ turn technology into solutions for people with disabilities
by Maayan Jaffe, JNS.org
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
From cyber-security to medicine to agriculture, Israeli innovators are coming up with ideas that make life safer, easier, and more efficient. These creations, in turn, simultaneously fund the Jewis...
Orthodox rabbis join the conversation on LGBTQ inclusion
by Gabe Friedman, JTA
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — A group of modern Orthodox rabbis have done what advocates for Orthodox gays and lesbians say would have been unthinkable as recently as five years ago: They spoke at a conference on the...
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev encourages women to excel in the sciences
by Melissa Gerr
Apr 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
BEERSHEVA, Israel — In sync with a worldwide momentum to attract more women to STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math — for their study and career choices, Israel’s Council for Hig...
In intimate chat, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin lays out vision, concerns
by Judy Lash Balint, JNS.org
Apr 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
You could call it Israel’s version of former U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “fireside chat.” President Reuven Rivlin, 75, sat down with English-speaking reporters in advance of his first Is...
Will Russia’s missile deal with Iran end Israel’s silence on Ukraine?
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Apr 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
After Russia invaded Ukraine in March 2014, Israel resisted pressure to join the United States and its European allies in condemning the move — citing in particular its concern not to antagonize Ru...
Anti-Semitism, Palestinian statehood factor into Jewish calculus in U.K. election
by Alina Dain Sharon, JNS.org
Apr 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
Rising anti-Semitism and the issue of Palestinian statehood will be among the factors in the equation for Jewish voters when the United Kingdom heads to the polls on May 7 to determine the country’...
Pro-Israel effort to combat BDS on U.S. state level gains steam
by Sean Savage, JNS.org
Apr 30, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
Resolutions condemning the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel in the Tennessee and Indiana state legislatures mark what a group of pro-Israel organizations and grassroo...
Despite anti-Semitism’s nationwide increase, proactive Pittsburgh stays calm
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
Only eight instances of anti-Semitism in Pittsburgh were reported to monitoring agencies in 2014, which is relatively good news for the local Jewish community in light of last month’s Anti-Defamati...
In aftermath of Nepal quake, Israelis sending help, looking for their own
by Ben Sales, JTA
Apr 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV — Rabbi Chezki Lifshitz was in the middle of the Torah reading on Saturday when he felt the ground shake. It was “as if a small windmill was underground and was moving the entire area,” th...
Met Museum’s new president likens role to managing Yanks
by Hillel Kuttler, JTA
Apr 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
Visiting the Memorial de Caen museum in Normandy, France, in 1996, Daniel Weiss was captivated by eight photographs showing the public hanging of three partisans in Minsk, Belarus, on Oct. 26, 1941...