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Is Kosher Switch really kosher for Shabbat?
It promises a revolutionary innovation that could transform Jewish Sabbath observance. By changing the way a light switch works, the patented Kosher Switch offers a novel — and, its backers say, ko...
Apr 23, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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In L.A.’s Koreatown, Wilshire Boulevard Temple bets big on the past for its future
The time has long since passed when the Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s address on its namesake boulevard was considered glamorous. Now the surrounding blocks are the clamorous heart of Koreatown, with...
Apr 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Le Pen picks fight with father amid party’s surging Jewish support
At 27, David Rachline is the youngest senator in the history of France’s Fifth Republic and a rising force within the country’s third largest party. A university dropout and the son of a Jewish Soc...
Apr 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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In one room in Jerusalem, 2,700 years of history
JERUSALEM — When Amit Re’em embarked on a 1999 excavation of an abandoned Ottoman prison in the Old City of Jerusalem, he didn’t expect anything revolutionary. The dig was primarily aimed at inspec...
Apr 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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First in line for Portuguese citizenship: Jewish dreamers and fortune seekers
Hunched over a monument for thousands of Jews killed in a 1506 massacre in Lisbon, Danielle Karo (not her real name) felt a swelling in her eyes. To Karo, an American poet and business analyst who ...
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Portraits of Irish Holocaust survivors present nation with a teachable moment
When Irish artist Diana Muller first presented her works in progress — paintings of some of her country’s few remaining Holocaust survivors — to the Irish Jewish Museum in Dublin City, museum vice ...
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In Indiana, an uncomfortable turn in the spotlight
The talk at Rabbi Michael Friedland’s seder table in South Bend, Ind., was about Memories Pizza in the small Indiana town of Walkerton. Not that the celebrants already had tired of unleavened food ...
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Is ‘Mein Kampf’ a learning tool or too offensive and dangerous to reissue?
Given the current climate of rising anti-Semitism in Europe and elsewhere, is it too offensive and dangerous to reissue Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” autobiographical manifesto? Critics of the book’s...
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Natural gas lights a brighter future for northern Israelis
Jobs are coming to northern Israel in the country’s fledgling natural gas industry, and Erez College is opening the door to those new careers. People have long joked that after 40 years in the dese...
Apr 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pew study: In North America, Muslims to overtake Jews by 2035
NEW YORK — In 20 years, there will be more Muslims in North America than Jews, according to a new Pew Research Center report. The report, which was released April 2, also found that more American J...
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No longer newcomers, Israelis in Europe get organized
Whenever he would fly from his native Israel back home to the Netherlands, Serge Lypcyz would bring a heavy load of Hebrew-language books with him. Lypcyz and his Israeli friends in Amsterdam depen...
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Jewish refugees safe from war, but facing economic crisis in Kiev
KIEV — In a crowded room of the Tolkachov family’s tiny apartment here, a couch and twin bed sit kitty-corner from each other, sandwiching a small crib. In another corner, a wooden table is clutter...
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Meet Omer Mei-Dan: Israeli BASE jumper, stuntman and orthopedic surgeon
BOULDER, Colo. — Omer Mei-Dan has jumped off more cliffs than he can count — not to mention helicopters, skyscrapers and bridges. Just don’t call him a skydiver. An orthopedic surgeon and extreme s...
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Chile synagogue destroyed in quake, Masorti movement says
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Mar 04, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK -- The Masorti synagogue in Concepcion was destroyed in the earthquake that rocked Chile, the Masorti Olami said. The head of the international Masorti organization, Rabbi Tzvi Graetz, has...
Birthright foundation announces new matching grant
by Jacob Berkman/The Fundermentalist
JTA
Mar 04, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK -- A new matching grant program by the Birthright Israel Foundation will provide a dollar-for-dollar match on any increase in donations to the foundation based on 2008 gifts. That means if...
Fishing for Jews in Russia's muddy waters
by Anna Rudnitskaya
JTA
Mar 04, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
MOSCOW (JTA) — This spring, Howard Flower and his assistants plan to go to Russia’s westernmost region, Kaliningrad, on a fishing expedition: They’re fishing for Jews. Flower, the aliyah director o...
Pro-Israel groups set to counter campus apartheid claims
by Ben Harris
JTA
Mar 04, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — At universities across the globe, the annual springtime ritual known as Israel Apartheid Week is kicking off this week, and Jewish students and pro-Israel groups have been readying thems...
Oren says compromise needed over Western Wall controversy
by JTA
Feb 25, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Israel’s U.S. ambassador said resolving the controversy over prayer at the Western Wall will require “compromise on everyone’s behalf.” Michael Oren, speaking Sunday night at the annual plenum of t...
Disagreement aired over UC Irvine boycott
by JTA
Feb 25, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Five Jewish student groups at the University of California-Irvine do not agree with a call to boycott the university over campus anti-Semitism. In a letter issued Monday, the groups said, “As stude...
Son of Hamas founder spied for Israel
by JTA
Feb 24, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM -- The son of a Hamas founder served as a spy for Israel's Shin Bet security service, Haaretz reported. Mosab Hassan Yousef served for more than a decade as the Shin Bet's most valuable s...
Op-Ed: Saving equal rights for Israeli women
by Nancy Ratzan
National Council of Jewish Women
Feb 19, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Last April, two Israeli newspapers doctored photographs of the new Israeli Cabinet to remove the images of two female ministers, Limor Livnat and Sofa Landver. In one paper, the...
Federal authorities move to deport illegal Israeli immigrants
by Joel Magalnick
JTNews
Feb 19, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
SEATTLE -- Those attractive Israelis you may see at the mall hawking colorful beauty and hair products from the Dead Sea may not be as innocuous as they seem. Many are in the U.S. illegally, workin...
Christian student group case poses issues for Jewish groups
by Ron Kampeas
JTA
Feb 18, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON (JTA) — Is it discriminatory for government to fund some forms of discrimination and not others? And what does “funding” mean? These questions are at the center of a case concerning the ...