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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...
Aug 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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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...
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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...
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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 ...
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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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Shakeup at Anti-Iran Deal Group; In Congress, Democrats stating their positions
Former Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman on Monday was named chairman of an advocacy group opposed to the Iran nuclear deal. The move came after it became known that United Against Nuclear Iran’s p...
Aug 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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After Palestinian baby’s death, Israelis say condemnation not enough
DUMA, West Bank — The smell of stale smoke wafted from the burnt concrete home now marked by a banner bearing the grinning face of a baby and, in bold red letters, a name: Ali Saad Dawabsha. Some 1...
Aug 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs August 6
Neo-Nazis attack Orthodox Jew on Zurich street JTA A group of neo-Nazis harassed, threatened and, finally, assaulted an Orthodox Jew in Zurich, Switzerland’s Jewish community reported. The incident...
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Parsing the polls to find where Jews stand on Iran nuclear deal
Millions are being spent on advertisements aimed at swaying the public and putting pressure on lawmakers to either denounce or support the Iran nuclear agreement. But where do American Jews stand o...
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Jewish midshipman, Amtrak victim remembered as strong student
by Marc Shapiro, Justin Katz, Josh Marks and Melissa Gerr
May 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Back in power, haredi parties aim to roll back religious reforms
by Ben Sales, JTA
May 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Relief for Britain’s Jews as Cameron elected to second term
by Rachel Stafler
May 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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 ...
Jewish organizations in position to help make change in policing debate
by Ron Kampeas and Melissa Apter
May 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Young pot entrepreneurs hope for potent business mixing Jewish and cannabis connections
by Uriel Heilman, JTA
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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 ...
Religious Action Center welcomes new leader
by Melissa Apter
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
‘Tikkun Olam Makers’ turn technology into solutions for people with disabilities
by Maayan Jaffe, JNS.org
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Orthodox rabbis join the conversation on LGBTQ inclusion
by Gabe Friedman, JTA
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev encourages women to excel in the sciences
by Melissa Gerr
Apr 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
In intimate chat, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin lays out vision, concerns
by Judy Lash Balint, JNS.org
Apr 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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...