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Indian-American student becomes pro-Israel symbol for trying to stay neutral
When Milan Chatterjee arrived at UCLA’s law school in 2014, Middle East politics wasn’t one of his core interests. He describes himself as an Indian American interested in corporate law who has str...
Sep 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs September 23
British gov’t minister warns municipal councils considering Israel boycott A British Cabinet minister threatened to take investment decisions away from municipal councils if they choose to boycott ...
Sep 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Obama’s $38B aid package to Israel comes with caveats: It’s generous, but on his terms
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s near parting gift to Israel, a guarantee of $38 billion in defense assistance over a decade, distills into a single document what he’s been saying throughout e...
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Israel’s World Baseball Classic team expects to feel at home playing in Brooklyn
What is likely the strongest squad of Jewish players ever assembled figures to have a home-field advantage, too, as Team Israel aims to reach the next round of the World Baseball Classic. The club’...
Sep 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs September 16
184 U.S. synagogues pledge to welcome, support refugees Some 184 Jewish congregations and communities in the U.S. signed a pledge of support for refugees, promising to take action to help those see...
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As Chabad grows in Africa, hardy rabbis encounter crime and spirituality
Rabbi Shmuel Notik was on his way to blow the shofar on a Friday evening in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi when six men armed with knives intercepted him on a dark street. Notik — a follower of the ...
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Donkey redemption a rare ritual in Judaism
CHERRY HILL, N.J. — The Torah is specific when it describes what a Jew should do about his first fruits, his first harvest and his first-born male children. Is it any wonder that it is equally prec...
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Poll: Israeli Jews favor Hillary, but say Trump is better for Israel ‘policy’
JERUSALEM — Most Israeli Jews would prefer Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump as the next president of the United States — even though more of them think Trump would be better for the “Israeli gover...
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Muslims look to Jewish example in campaigning for school days off
NEW YORK — When Jessica Abdelnabbi-Berrocal wanted her local public schools in Jersey City, N.J., to close for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in September, she looked to her Jewish heritage. Th...
Sep 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs September 9
Defense minister: Israel to follow court order to demolish Amona settlement Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said the Jewish state will raze the West Bank settlement of Amona by the Dec. 2...
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Bernie Sanders’ new movement endorses candidates with a range of Israel views
WASHINGTON — A Florida state senator caught up in a boycott-Israel controversy. A Wisconsin state representative who combated anti-Israel bias on his campus. The diversity of Israel-related outlook...
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Why do Florida’s Orthodox Jews support Trump? Because they fear Clinton
NEW YORK — Rebecca Raab was shopping recently in a South Florida Costco, wearing the trademark Orthodox outfit of a long skirt and baseball cap, when an employee waved to her and said “Shalom! We’r...
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Anti-immigrant and white supremacist, maybe. But is the alt-right anti-Semitic?
WASHINGTON — Can you go alt-right without going anti-Semitic? The movement that has emerged from conservatism — and in some ways has turned against it — appears to be nudging its way into the Ameri...
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As congregations shrink, cantors become rabbis — and work as both
by Dina Weinstein, JTA
Apr 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 102 102 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Globe Briefs April 28
by JTA reports
Apr 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 103 103 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
No experience necessary: Meet the Orthodox lawyer advising Trump on Israel
by Uriel Heilman, JTA
Apr 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 103 103 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Pro-Israel, pro ‘peoplehood’ rabbis form new Reconstructionist group
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 102 102 recommendations | email to a friend
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 ...
Globe Briefs April 14
by JTA reports
Apr 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 105 105 recommendations | email to a friend
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 ...
Could ties with Muslim powerhouse Indonesia be Israel’s latest pivot east?
by Sean Savage, JNS.org
Apr 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 104 104 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Humanitarian aid or political meddling? Israel, EU clash over Palestinian buildings
by Ben Sales, JTA
Apr 15, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 101 101 recommendations | email to a friend
MAALE ADUMIM, West Bank — In a ramshackle village off a dirt road in the West Bank’s central hills, near an inhabited shack with a cloth roof and tin walls, stands an outhouse bearing a peeling sti...
Who is Donald Trump’s Jewish son-in-law, Jared Kushner?
by Uriel Heilman, JTA
Apr 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 102 102 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — Jared Kushner has many claims to fame. He’s married to Ivanka Trump, daughter of the Republican presidential front-runner. He’s the scion of a philanthropy-minded Jewish family from New ...
How Coca-Cola made processed food Passover friendly
by Alina Dain Sharon, JNS.org
Apr 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 95 95 recommendations | email to a friend
In the 1930s, Rabbi Tobias Geffen of Atlanta began to investigate the hidden ingredients inside mass-produced foods and to evaluate whether those ingredients conflict with kosher laws. He set a pre...
Shmura matzah for Passover: The real reason it’s so expensive
by Uriel Heilman, JTA
Apr 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 98 98 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — It costs more per pound than filet mignon. It might be burnt or taste like cardboard. It’s so delicate it often breaks in the box, rendering it unfit for Passover ritual use. Yet every y...