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Soul food: Aspiring haredi cooks train for restaurant jobs
JERUSALEM — Five haredi Orthodox men are standing around a large wooden table crowded with bowls of chopped tomato, garlic, carrots and greens, their ritual fringes poking out from under their apro...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Money, influence at stake in U.S. Zionist elections
WASHINGTON — One day last week, Alyssa Gabay opened her laptop on her kitchen table, and with a few clicks cast her vote in an international Jewish election that could influence how millions of dol...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rising star: Schiff surges to key congressional post
Although Democrats no longer hold the majority in the House of Representatives, one Jewish lawmaker’s clout is rising. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is now the ranking member — the top Democrat — of ...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Oil spill heightens sense of urgency at Israeli conference on green energy
The worst oil spill in Israel’s history was the unplanned backdrop for a recent international conference on green energy held in Eilat, the country’s southernmost city. A busy port and popular reso...
Jan 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amid $6M deficit, Detroit-area JCC may close
Amid persistent budget deficits, the Jewish community center building in the Detroit suburb of Oak Park may close this spring. The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit announced Monday that a ...
Jan 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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After attack, spike in emigration could deplete France’s Jewish community
PARIS – Taken alone, the attack on the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket near Paris is nothing that French Jews haven’t seen before. Arguably, the 2012 attack that caught the Toulouse community unpre...
Jan 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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A perfect pitch: For Jewish baseball purists, Cuba beckons
To the dismay of baseball fan Kit Krieger, future travels to Cuba will no longer include get-togethers with ex-Washington Senators pitcher Connie Marrero. Marrero, who played for Washington from 19...
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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With French ultimatum, European votes on Palestine recognition gain traction
When Britain’s Parliament voted in favor of recognizing Palestine in October, Elie Barnavi, a former Israeli ambassador to France, dismissed the motion as mere symbolism. Reflecting many Israelis’ ...
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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For poker champ Ari Engel, kipah works to his advantage
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...
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Will Russia’s economic woes burst bubble for Jews?
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...
Dec 31, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Estonia’s kosher food problem yields smartphone solution 
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...
Dec 31, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘A rabbi of rabbis’: Harold Schulweis, path-breaking thinker and activist, dies at 89
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...
Dec 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs December 25
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...
Dec 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Campaign aims to stop rocket attacks
by Dmitriy Shapiro
Jul 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
Following days of rocket attacks from Hamas in Gaza, Israel on Monday launched a “continuous, methodical and forceful campaign against the terrorist group in the Gaza Strip,” according to a governm...
IDF launches Gaza operation in response to escalated rocket attacks
Jul 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) launched “Operation Protective Edge” in Gaza after at least 80 rockets and mortar shells were fired at Israel on Monday night. Above Netivot and Ashdod, the Iron Dom...
U.S. intervenes in Europe's circumcision wars
by Ron Kampeas, JTA
Jul 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's anti-Semitism monitor has added an issue to his office's portfolio: defending circumcision in Europe. Circumcision has become a top focus for Ira Forman, th...
David Blatt riding Tel Aviv’s Euro title to NBA
by Anthony Weiss, JTA
Jul 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
LOS ANGELES — In 1981, David Blatt moved to Israel in pursuit of a path of lifelong worship — to play professional basketball. Now, more than 30 years later, Blatt is leaving Israel to make a diffe...
A tragedy: Israeli teens’ murders bring condemnation, sadness
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jul 01, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Jews around the world were reeling from the horrific news Monday that the three Israeli boys kidnapped by terrorists were murdered, their bodies found in a shallow grave just north of Hebron in  th...
Bodies of kidnapped Israeli teens found north of Hebron
by JTA
Jun 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM (JTA) — The bodies of three kidnapped Israeli teens have been found in a field north of Hebron. Israeli media announced at about 8:30 p.m. Monday that the families of Gilad Shaar, Naftali...
At World Cup, Argentinian couple kicking Jewishness into high gear
by Hillel Kuttler, JTA
Jun 27, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
As Argentina plays its opening-round matches in the World Cup, Mariano Schlez of Buenos Aires is screaming his support from the stands. But taking in his home country’s matches in Brazil isn’t all ...
Sometimes in unexpected locations, Jewish food festivals unite history, culture
by Robert Gluck, JNS.org
Jun 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Asheville, N.C., and Little Rock, Ark. Not exactly the Jewish capitals of America, but they are both home to major Jewish food festivals. From street vendors to strolling klezmer musicians, food fe...




Zak Kukoff trains 'ambassadors' to interact with autistic peers
by Suzanne Kurtz Sloan, JTA
Jun 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON  — Watching his cousin suffer both socially and academically from the effects of autism inspired Zak Kukoff at an early age to help other children diagnosed with the condition. “I could ...
Eric Cantor headed for primary defeat
Jun 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON (JTA) — Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the majority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives and the most senior Jewish official in government, was headed for defeat by a Tea Party primary...