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Meet J Street U’s new president, Amna Farooqi
Amna Farooqi, the new president of J Street U, the campus branch of the liberal, self-described pro-Israel, pro-peace lobby group, is a Muslim of Pakistani descent. She has no plans to convert to J...
Sep 02, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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State Department witness on Benghazi looks back on two stints in Foggy Bottom
Joel Rubin is the president of Washington Strategy Group, a Chevy Chase, Md.-based foreign policy consulting firm. One month ago, he left the State Department after completing two stints there; the...
Sep 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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At Tuscany’s only kosher winery, owners can’t touch the Chianti
CASTELNUOVO BERARDENGA, Italy — Up a windy road in the tranquil Tuscan hills, down a gravel path and past acres of grapevines, a visitor will come across a stainless steel door frame secured with a...
Aug 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Meet the Baptist baseball lifer who will coach Israel’s team
PHILADELPHIA — Visiting Israel the past few winters to see his daughter and her family led to an unexpected job for Jerry Narron, a devout Christian and a baseball lifer: a coaching position for Is...
Aug 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ten years on, Katrina echoes for Mississippi Jews
Standing on an empty lot at the corner of Camellia Street and Southern Avenue, Brad Kessie wistfully inspected one of two sago palms that marked the pathway to Congregation Beth Israel, which had s...
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On Greek isle of Rhodes, Jews return to celebrate ancient community all but wiped out
RHODES, Greece — Each summer, tens of thousands of tourists descend on Rhodes, Greece’s easternmost island. They are drawn by the sandy beaches, the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea, the casino r...
Aug 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Here’s why Hamas and Israel may be secretly negotiating
TEL AVIV — After more than a decade of failed diplomacy, Israel could be close to signing a major agreement with the Palestinians. They’re just not the Palestinians you thought. After years of vowi...
Aug 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs August 20
N.Y. state panel to study controversial E. Ramapo school district The New York State Education Department appointed a panel to study the operations of the haredi Orthodox controlled school board in...
Aug 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rabbi on a mission to uncover hints of southern Italy’s Jewish past
As the only female rabbi in Italy, Barbara Aiello is on a mission to reach out to the anusim, descendants of Jews who were forced hundreds of years ago to convert to Catholicism, and tell them of t...
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Can the U.S. trust Europe to punish Iran if it violates the nuclear deal?
Among his rationales for opposing the nuclear deal with Iran, Sen. Charles Schumer said that he did not trust the three European Union partners to punish Iran should it violate the terms of the acc...
Aug 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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All over the map: Where dozens of local Jewish groups stand on the Iran deal
Across the United States, Jewish community groups have appeared unsure about exactly how to respond to the Iran nuclear deal. Consider Massachusetts. Three groups in the state last month attempted ...
Aug 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Listen to the music … but watch where you’re driving, says Israeli researcher
While driving to work, “Eternal Flames” by the Bangles comes on the radio and the next thing I know, I am back on a beach in Lanai, reliving my honeymoon. I see stretches of clear blue water and pi...
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Globe Briefs August 13
Rivlin urges Netanyahu to repair ties with Obama JERUSALEM — Israeli President Reuven Rivlin told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to repair the damaged relations with President Barack Obama. “I t...
Aug 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Is Kosher Switch really kosher for Shabbat?
by Uriel Heilman, JTA
Apr 23, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
In L.A.’s Koreatown, Wilshire Boulevard Temple bets big on the past for its future
by Anthony Weiss, JTA
Apr 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Le Pen picks fight with father amid party’s surging Jewish support
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Apr 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
In one room in Jerusalem, 2,700 years of history
by Ben Sales, JTA
Apr 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
First in line for Portuguese citizenship: Jewish dreamers and fortune seekers
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Apr 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
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 ...
Portraits of Irish Holocaust survivors present nation with a teachable moment
by Jeffrey F. Barken, JNS.org
Apr 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
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 ...
In Indiana, an uncomfortable turn in the spotlight
by David Holzel
Apr 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
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 ...
Is ‘Mein Kampf’ a learning tool or too offensive and dangerous to reissue?
by Robert Gluck, JNS.org
Apr 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Natural gas lights a brighter future for northern Israelis
by Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod, JNS.org
Apr 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Pew study: In North America, Muslims to overtake Jews by 2035
by Uriel Heilman, JTA
Apr 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
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...