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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 | 5 5 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 | 6 6 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 | 7 7 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 | 15 15 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 | 15 15 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 | 14 14 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 | 13 13 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 | 13 13 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 | 26 26 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 | 27 27 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 | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Anti-Semitic incidents reach record high for Jews in Britain
by Rachel Stafler, Special to The Chronicle
Feb 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
LONDON — Nat and her husband have always talked about moving to Israel, but the time never seemed right. The London residents had good jobs, were surrounded by friends and family and their three ki...
Negotiating the Negev: The coexistence of development, preservation and growth
by Melissa Gerr
Feb 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
David Ben-Gurion’s vision was to make the Negev desert bloom, but Israel’s efforts to develop the arid lands of its southern interior often pit environmentalists against government land officials, ...
Congressional Democrats facing tough choice
by Dmitriy Shapiro
Feb 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
If Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned address to a joint session of Congress has put pro-Israel Democrats, forced to choose between a disapproving White House and supporters of the...
Islamic radicalism poses dilemma for Jews in interfaith dialogue
by Ron Kampeas, JTA
Feb 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — After the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris last month, Kari Alterman heard from every one of her Detroit-area Muslim dialogue partners, all of them calling to express their sadness an...
What does new citizenship law mean for Portuguese and world Jewry?
by Alina Dain Sharon, JNS.org
Feb 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
Five hundred years after thousands of Jews were burned at the stake or forcefully converted, and many others expelled due to the Inquisition, the Portuguese Cabinet has decided to grant citizenship...
Jewish groups divided on Obama budget plan
by Dmitriy Shapiro
Feb 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
By Dmitriy Shapiro WASHINGTON — Jewish groups are split in their responses to President Barack Obama’s much-anticipated 2015 budget, specifically on the subject of how the White House plans to offs...
Global Briefs February 12
by JTA Reports
Feb 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
Slain journalists Foley, Sotloff honored in memory of Daniel Pearl James Foley and Steven Sotloff, American journalists who were killed by ISIS, were honored with an award in memory of the murdered...
Defense is one bright spot in tense Israel relationship
by Dmitriy Shapiro
Feb 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Although much attention in recent weeks has been focused on the strained political relationship between Israel and the United States, cooperation between the defense establishment of t...
Lackluster fundraising eyed as Frederick Lawrence leaves Brandeis
by Uriel Heilman, JTA
Feb 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
For all the controversies Brandeis University President Frederick Lawrence endured over the past few months, the failures that ultimately doomed his tenure were more fundamental, insiders say: His ...
Abrupt demise of major Jewish social service organization stuns community
by Julie Wiener, JTA
Feb 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — It was one of the largest Jewish nonprofit agencies in the country. And until December, when FEGS unexpectedly announced that it had lost $19.4 million in the last fiscal year, it was co...