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State representative honored for work on school choice
State Rep. Jim Christiana (R-District 15) was recently honored with the Pennsylvania School Choice Champion Award during National School Choice Week in Lancaster, Pa. The award, presented by PA CAP...
Feb 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Years after raid, Postville, Iowa’s Jewish community is smaller, more self-reliant
POSTVILLE, Iowa — On a frigid evening late last month, Aron Schimmel, the Chabad emissary here, sat in a deli at the back of the glatt kosher supermarket sipping from a can of Israeli mango juice. ...
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Ezra Nawi’s arrest after undercover sting enrages right and left alike
TEL AVIV — The footage, aired on a respected Israeli news show, appeared damning: a left-wing activist, driving through the West Bank, casually describing how he has turned Palestinian real estate ...
Feb 04, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs February 4
Jerusalem grand mufti condemns Western Wall agreement The grand mufti of Jerusalem has condemned the agreement approved by Israel’s Cabinet to establish an egalitarian prayer area at the Western Wa...
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Meet the Israeli composer of Indian Muslim music who collaborates with Radiohead’s guitarist
For most musicians working in the underappreciated genre of world music, recording an album with Jonny Greenwood, the guitarist of the famed English rock band Radiohead, would be something of a pip...
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Day school groups plan merger: New national organization to speak for 375 day schools
Regional day school heads are expressing support for a merger of five North American Jewish day school organizations. Those groups represent more than 375 schools from across the denominational spe...
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The country’s tastiest chicken will soon be kosher
LINDSBORG, Kan. — Thousands of birds strutted around like rambunctious kids at recess — six varieties of turkey and nearly 40 breeds of chicken, duck and geese. As soon as a stranger stepped into t...
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French Jews, struggling to find work in Israel, consider going home
RAANANA, Israel — Before she traded her native France for Israel, Catherine Berdah ran a successful drug store in an affluent suburb on the eastern edge of Paris. A 50-year-old pharmacist with a ma...
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In Palestinian city of the future, few residents and charges of collusion with Israel
RAWABI, West Bank — Bashar Masri is not your typical billionaire real estate developer. Born in the Palestinian city of Nablus in 1961, as a teenager Masri was apprehended and jailed by Israel eigh...
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Globe Briefly January 28
Israel’s US ambassador ‘regrets’ timing of remarks criticizing Israel The U.S. ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, says he regrets the timing of his criticisms of Israel’s policies in the West Bank ...
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What Pope Francis synagogue visit says about Catholic-Jewish relations
When Pope Francis crossed the Tiber River to visit to Rome’s Great Synagogue on Sunday, he became the third pontiff in history to do so. But his 1.5-mile journey to the towering Tempio Maggiore sho...
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Rabbi Lila Kagedan poised to make history with job at Orthodox shul
NEW YORK — When Rabbi Lila Kagedan spends her first Shabbat at the Mount Freedom Jewish Center in Randolph, N.J., later this month, she will be making history. A recent graduate of Yeshivat Maharat...
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In poor Paris suburb, crime and extremism spur internal Jewish exodus
LA COURNEUVE, France — At this Paris suburb’s only Jewish facility, Rabbi Prosper Abenaim serves sweet tea to his synagogue’s most frequent and reliable guests: machine gun-toting troops of the Fre...
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How Jerusalem is coping with the attacks: police and pepper spray
by Ben Sales, JTA
Oct 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM — “No pepper spray, no tear gas, no nightsticks,” sighed Itzhak Mizrahi to three disappointed men, as if it were a mantra he’d recited dozens of times. The glass-topped display case in Ma...
Globe Briefs October 22
by Compiled from JTA reports
Oct 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Kerry to meet with Netanyahu, Abbas in bid to curb violence Secretary of State John Kerry said in Paris that he will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Pr...
In Putin’s policing of Middle East, some see a boon for Israel
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Oct 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
As a defiant Russia again flexes military muscles in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, Cold War analogies are, perhaps, unavoidable. The deployment last month of Russian warplanes in Syria laid b...
On Syrian refugee crisis, Jewish community moves from words to action
by Eitan Arom, JNS.org
Oct 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Will Recant pulls both heartstrings and purse strings for a living. As the head of the Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief, a consortium of 49 national Jewish organizations, he has been at the cen...
Everyone’s talking ISIS at the UN, leaving Netanyahu glaring
by Ron Kampeas, JTA
Oct 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
All anyone attending the United Nations General Assembly opening seemed to want to talk about was the threat posed to the world by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. That was much to the constern...
A personal statement of apology from Rabbi Freundel
Sep 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and the time period in which they fall call for soul searching, repentance and apology when necessary. In that spirit, Rabbi Bernard Freundel, who is serving a six-year se...
Stumbling blocks to repentance: Difficulties abound when making a return
by David Holzel
Sep 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
Most of us have heard the pillow parable. A Jewish man goes around town, talking smack about the rabbi. The rabbi tells him to cut open a pillow and let the feathers fly across town, which the man ...
Auschwitz ‘showers’ highlight challenge of balancing tourism and memory
by Ruth Ellen Gruber, JTA
Sep 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
Pawel Sawicki gets to his desk every morning by 7, but he works no regular office job. Sawicki is an information officer at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Memorial and Museum, the sprawling complex i...
European Jews, mindful of risks, urge aid to refugees
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Sep 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
When he looks into the tired eyes of the Syrian refugees now flooding Europe’s borders, Guy Sorman is reminded of his father, Nathan, who fled Germany for France just months before Adolf Hitler cam...
American Airlines cancels Philadelphia-Tel Aviv route
by Jason Cohen, Special to The Chronicle
Sep 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
PHILADELPHIA — Getting a nonstop flight to Israel from Pennsylvania will become a lot more challenging come 2016. American Airlines announced late last month that it will no longer operate nonstop ...