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A French Jew’s killing provides a test for the new Macron administration
Before he threw Sarah Halimi to her death from a window of her third-story apartment in Paris, 27-year-old Kobili Traore called his Jewish neighbor “Satan” and cried out for Allah. These and other ...
Jun 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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80 percent of Reform rabbis are Democrats, most of any other clergy
NEW YORK — The vast majority of Reform and Conservative rabbis affiliate as Democrats, according to a new study. The study, published Sunday by Yale University, found that more than 80 percent of R...
Jun 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Israeli Arab transgender beauty queen opens up about her story
WASHINGTON — The Israeli Embassy marked LGBT Pride Month with a reception for Jewish and Israeli activists and leaders. About 100 people attended the event, which featured an address by Talleen Abu...
Jun 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Discovery of hidden text prompts new approach to biblical digs in Israel
The recent discovery of a previously invisible inscription on the back of an ancient pottery shard, that was on display at Jerusalem’s Israel Museum for over 50 years, has prompted Tel Aviv Univers...
Jun 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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This dating site connects Jews of Middle Eastern descent
NEW YORK — These days, there’s a dating site or app for just about any group you can imagine, from men with beards (and their admirers) to a farmers-only site. There’s even an app that matches peop...
Jun 15, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jewish leaders deny pro-Israel pressure led California university to cancel faculty hire
A professor at a central California university says pro-Israel groups pressured the school to disband a search committee for a Middle East studies professor. But local Jewish leaders cast doubt on ...
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These young Jews are optimistic about their future in Europe
BERLIN — It’s a drizzly Saturday morning in May. Some 160 young Jews, mostly European and ranging from Orthodox to secular, have come to the Hotel Berlin to talk about everything under the sun. Wel...
Jun 15, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Israel braces for its latest battlefront: the sea
Amid a quiet yet massive arms race between Israel and Hezbollah, both sides are preparing for the possibility of a war branching out to sea.   The new reality for Israel’s navy is that Hezbollah an...
Jun 13, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Israel’s government is right wing, but it’s taking climate change seriously
One of Israel’s strongest condemnations of Donald Trump wasn’t about the peace process. It didn’t concern Trump’s broken promise to relocate the U.S. Embassy, or his reported leak of Israeli intell...
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Kirk Douglas: How the 100-year-old found true love
LOS ANGELES — When movie star Kirk Douglas married Anne Buydens in Las Vegas, the justice of the peace asked Anne to raise her hand and repeat after him, “I take thee, Kirk, for my lawful husband.”...
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An Israeli’s alphabet combines Hebrew and Arabic to promote understanding
TEL AVIV — Middle East peace may remain out of reach, but at least the Hebrew and Arabic languages have found a compromise. Israeli typography designer Liron Lavi Turkenich has created a stylized w...
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How the Six-Day War changed American Jews
NEW YORK — On the morning of June 5, 1967, as Arab armies and Israel clashed following weeks of tension, Rabbi Irving “Yitz” Greenberg sat anxious amid his congregants at daily prayers — fearful th...
Jun 02, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs May 26
Prominent Connecticut rabbi ordered to pay $20M to former student The founding rabbi of a Connecticut yeshiva must pay $20 million to a man who claims the rabbi raped and sexually molested him hund...
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Left-wing groups ramp up protests of Trump’s Israel policies
by George Altshuler, Special to The Chronicle
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 116 116 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Globe Briefs February 17
by JTA reports
Feb 16, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 127 127 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Rabbi’s expulsion rattles Russian Jews fearful of Kremlin crackdown
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Feb 16, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 129 129 recommendations | email to a friend
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 ...
With full Talmud translation, online library hopes to make sages accessible
by Ben Sales, JTA
Feb 16, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 130 130 recommendations | email to a friend
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 ...
Reform movement’s challenge: protesting Trump and remaining inclusive
by Ben Sales, JTA
Feb 16, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 127 127 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
How Israel’s travel bans are — and aren’t — like Trump’s
by Andrew Tobin, JTA
Feb 16, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 127 127 recommendations | email to a friend
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 ...
Outside the synagogue, intermarried are forming community with each other
by Ben Sales, JTA
Feb 16, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 127 127 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
In France’s elections, dramatic upsets turn surprise front-runner into top choice for many Jews
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Feb 16, 2017 | 3 3 comments | 120 120 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Jews gather at rallies across US urging support for refugees
by Josefin Dolsten, JTA
Feb 16, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 122 122 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — More than 100 years ago, Barnett Levine was greeted by the New York skyline and the Statue of Liberty as he arrived in the United States, having fled anti-Semitism and pogroms in his nat...
Dutch Jewish wedding film from 1939 shines light on doomed community
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Feb 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 138 138 recommendations | email to a friend
AMSTERDAM — The Jews of Friesland, a region in the northern Netherlands, are not known for stories with happy endings. During the Holocaust, Friesland’s vibrant Jewish community was forever obliter...