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This Sephardi Jew sees preserving Ladino as ‘act of resistance’ against Trump
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...
Mar 23, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Not just prayers: Synagogues are organizing to fight Trump’s agenda
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...
Mar 23, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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If at first you don’t succeed, add it to the Wall of Rejection
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...
Mar 23, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Meet the Jewish artist behind the haunting Purim puppets of Paris
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...
Mar 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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A Cuban pitcher gets a firm grip on life in Israel
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....
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Celebrating 10 years, egalitarian yeshiva wants to expand learning among Jews in the pews
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...
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Why former US envoy Dan Shapiro keeps staying in Israel
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...
Mar 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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J Street in the age of Trump
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 ...
Mar 02, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Middle East big topic at JCPA gathering
WASHINGTON — There were two Steve Bannons at the Jewish Council for Public Affairs gathering this week. At one session, the presidential adviser was the man seeking the “deconstruction of the admin...
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Tel Aviv and Jerusalem marathons revel in a ‘healthy competition’
TEL AVIV — Noah Roth likes to recall two moments from Israeli marathons in which he’s raced: a competitor in Jerusalem breezing by him in 2010 wearing all-black, haredi Orthodox garb but for a whit...
Mar 02, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs February 24
Chilean official: ‘Israelite’ tourists cannot be barred, can be expelled from hostels A senior official of an entity tied to the Chilean government threatened Israeli tourists after a group was rem...
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French Jewish scholar’s hate speech trial leaves anti-racism activists bitter, divided
The hate speech trial of a prominent French historian charged with calling Arabs innately anti-Semitic is dividing French Jews and sowing dissent within the local equivalent of the Anti-Defamation ...
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‘Holocaust tourism’ is probed in a compelling documentary
NEW YORK — How do people behave when they visit a concentration camp or a Holocaust memorial? Do they act as if they are in a place of reverence or mourning? Or do they behave as crowds do at any t...
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Eric Cantor could help GOP take the House, but can he win over the Jews?
by Ron Kampeas
JTA
Oct 27, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
Among Jews, the Republican congressional whip from Richmond, Va., likes to play the genteel Southern conservative, the posture that won over his wife, a socially liberal banker from New York. Among...
Palestinian gambit for statehood puts Israel against wall
by Leslie Susser
JTA
Oct 26, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM – With talks at a stalemate and no agreement from the Israelis to reinstate a settlement freeze, the Palestinians are playing a new card: an end game to statehood through an appeal to the...
Not wild about Wilders? Populists' anti-Islam message has European Jewish leaders worried
by Toby Axelrod
JTA
Oct 26, 2010 | 1 1 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
BERLIN -- Geert Wilders, the rock star of European politics, is riding the crest of a populist tsunami. As the pro-Israel founder of Holland’s Party of Freedom lets loose recently in Berlin, shouti...
Aid convoy enters Gaza
by JTA
Oct 22, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
An international aid convoy entered Gaza from Egypt. The Viva Palestina convoy of nearly 140 vehicles, $5 million in aid and 370 passengers from 30 countries, entered Gaza through the Rafah crossin...
Quebec Orthodox Jews fight bill banning Muslim veils
by JTA
Oct 21, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
TORONTO -- Quebec's Orthodox Jewish community is fighting a bill that would ban women from wearing a Muslim face veil when receiving government services. Quebec's proposed legislation would ban the...
Congress notified of Saudi arms deal
by JTA
Oct 21, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
The U.S. Defense Department has notified Congress that it is planning to sell $60 billion in advanced military equipment to Saudi Arabia. Israel does not object to the sale, the assistant secretary...
Rescued Chilean miners invited to spend Christmas in Israel
by JTA
Oct 21, 2010 | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
The 33 rescued Chilean miners were invited to spend Christmas in Israel by Israel’s tourism minister. Stas Misezhnikov invited the miners for a one-week, all-expenses-paid trip with their wives to ...
New Chabad House in Mumbai will feature memorial
by JTA
Oct 21, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
The new Chabad House in Mumbai will feature a memorial to the emissary couple slain in the 2008 attacks in the Indian city, according to tentative plans. The plans for the new Nariman House, on the...
China agrees to investigate companies helping Iran
by JTA
Oct 21, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
China agreed to investigate U.S. findings that some of its companies were assisting Iran in its efforts to develop nuclear weaponry. “We did provide some information to China on specific concerns a...
Female scribes finish writing historic Torah scroll
by Sue Fishkoff
JTA
Oct 21, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
SAN FRANCISCO — It took seven years to write and just a few days to sew together, but on Oct. 15 the first Torah scroll written entirely by a group of women was attached to its wooden poles and dec...