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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 | 3 3 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...
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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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Sephardic vogue, Argentine immigrants fuel rapid Jewish revival in Spain
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Dec 18, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 143 143 recommendations | email to a friend
ROTA, Spain — While setting up a synagogue at the American naval base where she works, Ahuvah (Amanda) Gipson made something of a bitter-sweet discovery. Rifling through a storage area at the spraw...
Cuba releases Jewish-American contractor amid spy swap
by Melissa Apter, David Holzel, Dmitriy Shapiro and Geoffrey W. Melada
Dec 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 142 142 recommendations | email to a friend
U.S. contractor Alan Gross, who was imprisoned by the Cuban government for five years, returned home to Maryland Wednesday in what is being dubbed by many as a Chanukah miracle. Sen. Barbara Mikuls...
In new Israeli elections, security issues returning to fore
by Ben Sales, JTA
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 140 140 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV — This government was supposed to be different. During the last election campaign in 2012, Israelis seemed to tire of the existential issues that have plagued the country for decades. Bare...
Clinton, at Saban Forum, endorses Obama’s Middle East policy
by Ron Kampeas, JTA
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 142 142 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — From the drive for Israeli-Palestinian peace to nuclear talks with Iran, Hillary Rodham Clinton is endorsing President Barack Obama’s Israel-related positions. Clinton, who was Obama’s...
Organization representing Israeli settlements reaches out to world Jewry, politicians
by Marc Shapiro
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 137 137 recommendations | email to a friend
Israelis living in the West Bank have a new message to politicians and world Jewry: The two-state solution is no solution. Members of the Yesha Council, an umbrella organization that represents the...
Globe Briefs December 4
by JTA Reports
Dec 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
Australia’s capital gets first official rabbi to lead Jewish community The Jewish community in Australia’s capital inaugurated its first official full-time rabbi. Rabbi Alon Meltzer, 26, of New Zea...
Netanyahu fires Lapid, Livni, moving Israel closer to early elections
by Ben Sales, JTA
Dec 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV — For the second time in about two years, Israel appears to be headed toward elections. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a news conference Tuesday that he will support a b...
In Montreal, Jews from France see a future for themselves
by Josh Tapper, JTA
Dec 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
TORONTO — When Dan Charbit and his wife, Gaelle Hazan, moved to Montreal from Paris two summers ago, it was meant to be a temporary fix — a yearlong attempt for Charbit to reboot his stalled career...
Globe Briefs November 27
by JTA Reports
Nov 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 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 | 57 57 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...