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How the 2016 election is upending pro-Israel orthodoxies
WASHINGTON — When it comes to Israel, Democrats and Republicans simply do not see eye to eye, and for all their love of Zion, evangelicals will turn out for a candidate who is less than 100 percent...
May 18, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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In new film, Yitzhak Rabin narrates his autobiography
“Rabin in his Own Words,” which opened on Friday in New York, Los Angeles and South Florida, is more than a tribute to the two-time Israeli prime minister tragically gunned down in 1995. The aptly ...
May 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs May 12
Steve Gutow named senior political adviser for J Street arm Rabbi Steve Gutow, a longtime Jewish communal activist who guided the Jewish Council for Public Affairs for a decade, will serve as a sen...
May 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy advisers are exactly who you’d expect them to be — which is now rare
WASHINGTON — It’s the season of the unconventional foreign policy adviser: Donald Trump takes advice from his son-in-law and real estate attorney, and Bernie Sanders cites folks who didn’t know the...
May 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Synagogue condos: If you lived here, you could be praying by now
NEW YORK — If there’s one story that sums up the changes afoot on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, a once heavily Jewish neighborhood, it’s the saga surrounding the Anshei Meseritz synagogue. The ...
May 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs May 5
Would-be Miami synagogue bomber reportedly was Muslim convert The South Florida man arrested for planning to bomb a Miami synagogue has been publicly identified and charged in federal court. James ...
May 05, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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A land flowing with milk, honey … and water
Desalination innovation infiltrates Israel’s economy Even as one of the world’s smallest countries, Israel is in its second decade of progress toward tackling one of the world’s largest problems: w...
May 05, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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As congregations shrink, cantors become rabbis — and work as both
MIAMI — After 30 years as a cantor, Mark Kula, who spent more than two decades at a Miami-area Conservative synagogue, became a rabbi. To make this happen, Kula didn’t have to withdraw from his lon...
Apr 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs April 28
Israeli-American coach David Blatt reportedly on potential list for Lakers post David Blatt, the Israeli American who was fired this season as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, reportedly is u...
Apr 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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No experience necessary: Meet the Orthodox lawyer advising Trump on Israel
NEW YORK — If Donald Trump wins the White House, he’ll probably be the first U.S. president whose top adviser on Israel used to do guard duty at a Jewish settlement in the West Bank armed with an M...
Apr 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pro-Israel, pro ‘peoplehood’ rabbis form new Reconstructionist group
The 2015 decision of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College to ordain rabbis with non-Jewish partners was the “straw that broke the camel’s back” for Rabbi Carol Harris-Shapiro. “I formally left ...
Apr 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs April 14
Austrian government writing law to seize Hitler’s birthplace The Austrian government reportedly is drafting a law that would transfer ownership of Adolf Hitler’s birthplace to the state. The owner ...
Apr 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Could ties with Muslim powerhouse Indonesia be Israel’s latest pivot east?
At a time when Israel is seeking to boost its ties with Arab and Muslim countries in order to counter the threats posed by Iran and terrorist groups, could the world’s largest Muslim country become...
Apr 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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One year after historic release, Alan Gross reflects on his return to freedom
by Suzanne Pollak, Special to The Chronicle
Jan 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — During his first year of freedom, Alan Gross has come to realize that his imprisonment in Cuba and subsequent fame has little to do with him. His imprisonment, he believes, was due lar...
The most famous hummus purveyors in the Netherlands
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Dec 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Like many Israelis in Europe, Yuval Gal and Muawi Shehadeh decided to market their hummus restaurant specifically to health-minded vegetarians. A Jew from Tel Aviv and an A...
Influential academics organize to counter boycott movement on college campuses
by Melissa Apter, Special to The Chronicle
Dec 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Alarmed by what they called “Orwellian efforts” by the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement to link Israel with a multitude of free speech issues roiling college campuses a...
Globe Briefs December 24
Dec 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
UN to recognize Yom Kippur as official holiday The United Nations will for the first time recognize Yom Kippur as an official holiday. Starting in 2016, no official meetings will take place on the ...
More men making monthly mikvah dunks as menstrual rite
by Uriel Heilman, JTA
Dec 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — Mikvah night has an unusual meaning in the Ozur Bass household. As for many observant Jewish women, it’s the night each month that Janet Ozur Bass immerses in the mikvah ritual bath foll...
Gentrification — via gardening — slowly comes to derelict South Tel Aviv
by Debra Kamin, JTA
Dec 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV — The teeming blocks around this city’s New Central Bus Station are anything but scenic. Packed with humanity at every hour of the day, they are dizzying monuments to urban blight: equal p...
Deciphering satellite photos, soldiers with autism take on key roles in IDF
by Ben Sales, JTA
Dec 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV — Sitting in front of a computer at the center of Israel’s largest army base, a soldier stares at the screen, moving pixel by pixel over a satellite photograph, picking out details and fin...
Globe Briefs December 17
by JTA Reports
Dec 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Jews for Jesus denounces Vatican’s no-converting-Jews policy The Jews for Jesus organization has denounced the Vatican for saying the Catholic Church must not try to convert Jews to Christianity. D...
Ayman Odeh brings his message of shared history — and destiny — to America
by Ron Kampeas, JTA
Dec 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Ayman Odeh travels the land of his heroes, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, but prefers to deliver paeans to their inspiration not in their native English, but in Hebrew and Arabi...
David Bernstein, former David Project chief, tapped to head JCPA
by David Holzel, Special to The Chronicle
Dec 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Hours after the announcement that he would be the next head of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and weeks before he starts work, David Bernstein was asked his first public affairs question: Wh...