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Human Rights Reports slams Iran
Torture and violence without impunity are among the abuses the Iranian regime has conducted against its own people, according to the State Department’s Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for...
Jul 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Is a nuclear deal with Iran in sight?
Iran’s foreign minister returned to nuclear negotiations Tuesday morning, insisting he had a mandate to finalize a deal with world powers. But as the clock wound down on the self-imposed June 30 de...
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Green Party’s Stein: ‘Let’s fight like our lives depend on it’
By Josh Marks Calling for an end to corporate capitalism and the two-party political system, Dr. Jill Stein kicked off her campaign for president on the Green Party ticket with a speech June 23 at ...
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Throughout Hillary Clinton’s life and career, U.S. Jews have been close at hand
WASHINGTON – From the man who married her grandmother to the man who married her daughter, from working a room full of bar mitzvah guests on behalf of her husband’s political career to headlining m...
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J Street U ‘disappointed’ after Hillel meeting
WASHINGTON — Members of J Street U’s National Student Board walked away “disappointed” after a lengthy on-the-record meeting with representatives from Hillel International. Four student board membe...
Jun 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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The obvious choice: Relief for Britain’s Jews as Cameron elected to second term
LONDON — A large chunk of Britain’s Jewish community breathed a sigh of relief on May 8, when David Cameron secured a second five-year term as prime minister. The Conservative’s win of an outright ...
Jun 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jews in a box: Can Germany afford to let its Jewish community disappear?
BERLIN — An exhibit at the Jewish Museum in Berlin raised eyebrows two years ago for its examination of the discomfort of Germans with the Jews in their midst. In the exhibit, a Jew sat in a three-...
Jun 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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A long train trip: But a ride across Siberia uncovers thriving Jewish communties
In May 1891, the Grand Duke Nicholas II, who later became the last czar, picked up a ceremonial shovel and emptied a wheelbarrow full of soil onto an embankment in the port city of Vladivostok. It ...
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Burma: one synagogue and much beauty
[Editor’s note: The military government of Burma changed the country name to "Myanmar" in 1989. According to the State Department, it remains U.S. policy to refer to the country as Burma in most co...
Jun 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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A tech exec with a soft spot for Israel
NEW YORK – When Stephen Kaufer, the CEO of TripAdvisor, an $11 billion company that runs America’s leading user-generated hotel review website, thinks back to all the places he has visited, one sta...
Jun 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Will Sephardic Jews join Ashkenazi embrace of premarriage genetic testing?
“There is no person in the world without issues,” says Rabbi Yosef Ekstein, the founder of the organization Dor Yeshorim (“Upright Generation” in Hebrew), a confidential genetic screening system us...
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OU delegation warns of rise in threats
Attendees of the Orthodox Union Leadership Mission to Washington made clear to the politicians their concerns over ongoing Iran nuclear negotiations and domestic security funding for Jewish institu...
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Chief Rabbi Lau: No intention to remove Rabbi Riskin from his job
JERUSALEM— The Chief Rabbinate has no intention of removing Efrat Chief Rabbi Shlomo Riskin from his position, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau said. “There has never been any intention to push out ...
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On two states, tensions between Netanyahu, Obama have calmed, for now
by Ron Kampeas, JTA
Jun 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Two months after questions about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s commitment to a two-state solution threatened to upend the U.S.-Israel relationship, tensions have abated, ...
Houston Jewish community picks up pieces after flooding
by Daniel Schere
Jun 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
Life for Houston’s Jewish community has yet to return to normal a week and a half after 11 inches of rain caused major flooding to parts of Texas’ largest city, but a number of service and charitab...
Global Briefs
by JTA
May 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
Investigation into politician’s suicide finds no anti-Semitic smear campaign Investigators found no evidence of an anti-Semitic smear campaign against a Missouri gubernatorial candidate who committ...
With White House set to approve Iran deal, options to shape outcome remote
by Ron Kampeas, JTA
May 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — The Iran deal may not be done, but bids by its opponents to shape it are all but buried. Skeptics of the nuclear negotiations have all but given up on a congressional role before the J...
Jewish midshipman, Amtrak victim remembered as strong student
by Marc Shapiro, Justin Katz, Josh Marks and Melissa Gerr
May 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
Richard Zemser, the uncle of United States Naval Academy midshipman Justin Zemser, couldn’t say enough good things about his nephew. “He did more things in his young 20 years than anybody can imagi...
Back in power, haredi parties aim to roll back religious reforms
by Ben Sales, JTA
May 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV — Israel’s last governing coalition — divided on war, peace and economics — did agree on one thing: Israel’s religious policies needed to change. Now it appears that the incoming coalition...
Relief for Britain’s Jews as Cameron elected to second term
by Rachel Stafler
May 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
LONDON — A large chunk of Britain’s Jewish community breathed a sigh of relief on May 8, when David Cameron secured a second five-year term as prime minister. The Conservative’s win of an outright ...
Jewish organizations in position to help make change in policing debate
by Ron Kampeas and Melissa Apter
May 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — From roundtable discussions to protests and prayers to candid talk with law enforcement officials, American Jewish communities are joining in the debate about community policing in the...
Young pot entrepreneurs hope for potent business mixing Jewish and cannabis connections
by Uriel Heilman, JTA
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
DENVER — Seth Wong’s place of work is heavily cluttered, with shelves loaded with moldy bagels, stale cake and fermenting carrots. There’s a not-so-faint smell of urine in the air. But if all goes ...
Religious Action Center welcomes new leader
by Melissa Apter
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
Though the Reform movement’s social action arm has a new leader, the goals of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism remain the same. Close to 400 clergy and Reform movement activists packed...