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Israeli rabbinate ‘blacklisting’ American rabbis
Some 160 rabbis, including several prominent American Orthodox leaders, appear on a list of rabbis whom Israel’s haredi Orthodox-dominated Chief Rabbinate does not trust to confirm the Jewish ident...
Jul 13, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fed-up Reform leaders are thinking twice about their donations to Israel
NEW YORK — Daryl Messinger knows she’s going to visit Israel again. But the next time she flies there, it won’t be on El Al. Messinger, the chair of the Union for Reform Judaism, will be boycotting...
Jul 13, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend
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How Gaza’s electricity crisis could spell trouble for Israel
JERUSALEM — An internal Palestinian dispute has left Gaza’s nearly 2 million Palestinian residents dangerously vulnerable to a heat wave, but Israel could get burned, too. The West Bank Palestinian...
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Here’s why Israel and India’s leaders couldn’t get enough of each other
WASHINGTON — Barefoot walks on the beach, warm hugs, lots of mutual admiration, hesitant attempts to speak each other’s language. And giggles. The bromance between Prime Ministers Narendra Modi of ...
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Athletes come for love and glory at the 2017 Maccabiah Games
RAMAT GAN, Israel — Danny Janel first noticed Allison Silfen’s smile in July 2013. They were hanging out with other athletes in a hotel room a few evenings after arriving in Israel. He was smitten....
Jul 12, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs July 7
Jewish couple marries on Temple Mount despite ban An Israeli couple married on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem despite rules prohibiting Jews from carrying out religious rituals at Judaism’s holiest ...
Jul 06, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
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PJ Library’s free books for kids spur Jewish connections, study finds
NEW YORK — Families that receive free Jewish children’s books from the Massachusetts-based PJ Library say the program has helped them feel more connected to their Jewish communities, with interfait...
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The West Bank’s world-class wines have Israelis toasting the settlements
PSAGOT, West Bank — Psagot Winery calls its Sinai wine an “unassuming but distinctive blend” of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Like all its wines, the bottle is stamped with the image of a coin dat...
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Netanyahu defends suspending the Western Wall agreement
American Jewish leaders are calling it a betrayal. They say that 17 months after achieving a historic agreement to provide a non-Orthodox space at Judaism’s holiest prayer site, Israeli Prime Minis...
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This 400-year-old Jewish library survived Hitler and the Inquisition
AMSTERDAM — Livraria Ets Haim is the world’s oldest functioning Jewish library. As such, it is no stranger to the prospect of imminent destruction. Founded in 1616 by Jews who fled Catholic persecu...
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How these teachers learned to teach the Holocaust
NEW YORK — When Megan Corbin was in school, she learned about the Holocaust as an optimistic story. Her grade school, she said, “highlighted Anne Frank as the voice of hope, and that really wasn’t ...
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After Jerusalem attack, US experts warn Islamic State may be coming to Israel
JERUSALEM — When the Islamic State claimed credit for an attack on Israeli soil for the first time and vowed to strike again, the response here was not fear but incredulity. Israeli officials gener...
Jun 29, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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British Jewry feels left behind amid the election turmoil
Nearly 50 years after she left her native South Africa for Britain to escape apartheid, Sharon Klaff again is finding herself unable to imagine a future for her family in her country and society be...
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Jewish bomb threat suspect undermines groups’ narrative on anti-Semitism
by Ben Sales, JTA
Mar 31, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 149 149 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — Many Jewish groups blamed white supremacists, emboldened by Donald Trump’s campaign, for the bomb threats that have plagued Jewish institutions since the beginning of this year. It appea...
How a single mom revolutionized Moldova’s Jewish community
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Mar 23, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 152 152 recommendations | email to a friend
BERSHAD, Ukraine — Olga Levus didn’t set out to revolutionize the Jewish community of her native Moldova when she opened its first-ever support group for single mothers. Unemployed and living in th...
This Sephardi Jew sees preserving Ladino as ‘act of resistance’ against Trump
by Josefin Dolsten, JTA
Mar 23, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 161 161 recommendations | email to a friend
One-year-old Vidal doesn’t know the significance behind the lullaby his father sings him at bedtime. He knows it helps him fall asleep, but not that the Ladino song is part of an effort to teach hi...
Not just prayers: Synagogues are organizing to fight Trump’s agenda
by Ben Sales, JTA
Mar 23, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 159 159 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — The day after the presidential election, as congregants gathered in her Brooklyn synagogue to air their feelings, Rabbi Rachel Timoner was already starting to organize against the incomi...
If at first you don’t succeed, add it to the Wall of Rejection
by Rachel Kurland, Special to the Chronicle
Mar 23, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 134 134 recommendations | email to a friend
Admitting defeat is the first step to accepting rejection. But what if you get rejected again — and again? On college campuses, the competitive nature to strive to be the best outweighs the reality...
Meet the Jewish artist behind the haunting Purim puppets of Paris
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Mar 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 184 184 recommendations | email to a friend
Though he may be one of France’s best-known puppet makers, Michel Nedjar insists he does not really create the acclaimed and haunting figures that he calls his “Purim puppets.” A former tailor’s ap...
A Cuban pitcher gets a firm grip on life in Israel
by Hillel Kuttler, JTA
Mar 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 176 176 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV — Unlike the dangerous maritime escapes attempted by some of his fellow Cuban baseball players, the worst Alejandro Eskenazi endured to leave the island nation was a mountain of paperwork....
Celebrating 10 years, egalitarian yeshiva wants to expand learning among Jews in the pews
by Ben Sales, JTA
Mar 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 165 165 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — In the upstairs sanctuary of a Manhattan synagogue, a group of rabbis is studying Jewish texts on pluralism and community. One floor below, 22 students are sitting in pairs poring over t...
Why former US envoy Dan Shapiro keeps staying in Israel
by Andrew Tobin, JTA
Mar 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 163 163 recommendations | email to a friend
RAANANA, Israel — Dan Shapiro can’t seem to leave Israel. Before stepping down as the U.S. ambassador to the country in January, he said he would stay long enough for his daughters to finish the sc...
J Street in the age of Trump
by George Altshuler and Dan Schere, Special to The Chronicle
Mar 02, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 174 174 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — The reality of Donald Trump’s presidency loomed over J Street’s policy conference this week, but J Street leadership and participants at the conference stuck to the dovish, pro-Israel ...