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With White House set to approve Iran deal, options to shape outcome remote
WASHINGTON — The Iran deal may not be done, but bids by its opponents to shape it are all but buried. Skeptics of the nuclear negotiations have all but given up on a congressional role before the J...
May 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jewish midshipman, Amtrak victim remembered as strong student
Richard Zemser, the uncle of United States Naval Academy midshipman Justin Zemser, couldn’t say enough good things about his nephew. “He did more things in his young 20 years than anybody can imagi...
May 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Back in power, haredi parties aim to roll back religious reforms
TEL AVIV — Israel’s last governing coalition — divided on war, peace and economics — did agree on one thing: Israel’s religious policies needed to change. Now it appears that the incoming coalition...
May 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Relief for Britain’s Jews as Cameron elected to second term
LONDON — A large chunk of Britain’s Jewish community breathed a sigh of relief on May 8, when David Cameron secured a second five-year term as prime minister. The Conservative’s win of an outright ...
May 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jewish organizations in position to help make change in policing debate
WASHINGTON — From roundtable discussions to protests and prayers to candid talk with law enforcement officials, American Jewish communities are joining in the debate about community policing in the...
May 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Young pot entrepreneurs hope for potent business mixing Jewish and cannabis connections
DENVER — Seth Wong’s place of work is heavily cluttered, with shelves loaded with moldy bagels, stale cake and fermenting carrots. There’s a not-so-faint smell of urine in the air. But if all goes ...
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Religious Action Center welcomes new leader
Though the Reform movement’s social action arm has a new leader, the goals of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism remain the same. Close to 400 clergy and Reform movement activists packed...
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Tikkun Olam Makers’ turn technology into solutions for people with disabilities
From cyber-security to medicine to agriculture, Israeli innovators are coming up with ideas that make life safer, easier, and more efficient. These creations, in turn, simultaneously fund the Jewis...
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Orthodox rabbis join the conversation on LGBTQ inclusion
NEW YORK — A group of modern Orthodox rabbis have done what advocates for Orthodox gays and lesbians say would have been unthinkable as recently as five years ago: They spoke at a conference on the...
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ben-Gurion University of the Negev encourages women to excel in the sciences
BEERSHEVA, Israel — In sync with a worldwide momentum to attract more women to STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math — for their study and career choices, Israel’s Council for Hig...
Apr 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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In intimate chat, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin lays out vision, concerns
You could call it Israel’s version of former U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “fireside chat.” President Reuven Rivlin, 75, sat down with English-speaking reporters in advance of his first Is...
Apr 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Will Russia’s missile deal with Iran end Israel’s silence on Ukraine?
After Russia invaded Ukraine in March 2014, Israel resisted pressure to join the United States and its European allies in condemning the move — citing in particular its concern not to antagonize Ru...
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Anti-Semitism, Palestinian statehood factor into Jewish calculus in U.K. election
Rising anti-Semitism and the issue of Palestinian statehood will be among the factors in the equation for Jewish voters when the United Kingdom heads to the polls on May 7 to determine the country’...
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In Indiana, an uncomfortable turn in the spotlight
by David Holzel
Apr 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 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 | 34 34 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 | 51 51 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 | 51 51 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...
No longer newcomers, Israelis in Europe get organized
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Apr 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Jewish refugees safe from war, but facing economic crisis in Kiev
by Ben Sales, JTA
Apr 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Meet Omer Mei-Dan: Israeli BASE jumper, stuntman and orthopedic surgeon
by Uriel Heilman, JTA
Apr 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
When Jews found refuge in underground warren at Warsaw Zoo
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Apr 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
WARSAW — In a carriage bound for the Warsaw Zoo, Moshe Tirosh could sense his parents’ fear and the strong odor of alcohol wafting from the direction of the driver and his horse. The trepidation th...
Philly day school bathroom seen as symbol of transgender inclusion
by Anthony Weiss, JTA
Apr 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
At most Jewish day schools, naming honors tend to be attached to grand spaces — auditoriums, prayer spaces, gymnasiums and the like. But at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, a pluralistic day sch...
Meet Ruth Porat, Google’s new CFO
by Anthony Weiss, JTA
Apr 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
To the business media, the symbolism of Ruth Porat’s move from her position as chief financial officer of Morgan Stanley to her newly announced perch as Google’s CFO of the future couldn’t be more ...