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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...
Jan 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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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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As Turkey reaches out to Israel, Jewish groups move to embrace rival
WASHINGTON — Less than a month after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signaled a readiness to mend ties with Israel after years of antipathy, a delegation of American Jewish leaders has embar...
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Bernie Sanders surging in the polls, but are Jews feeling ‘the Bern’?
WASHINGTON — Talk of a Bernie Sanders presidency has suddenly become a lot more serious. Recent polling shows the independent Vermont senator and Democratic presidential hopeful dramatically improv...
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Globe Briefs January 21
‘JFR’ Jacob, India’s highest-ranking Jewish military officer, dies at 92 Lt. Gen. Jacob-Farj-Rafael “JFR” Jacob, an Indian Jew who had a storied career in India’s military, has died at 92. (Some re...
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Meet J Street U’s new president, Amna Farooqi
by Melissa Apter, Special to The Chronicle
Sep 02, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
State Department witness on Benghazi looks back on two stints in Foggy Bottom
by Geoffrey W. Melada, Special to The Chronicle
Sep 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
At Tuscany’s only kosher winery, owners can’t touch the Chianti
by Ben Sales, JTA
Aug 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Meet the Baptist baseball lifer who will coach Israel’s team
by Hillel Kuttler, JTA
Aug 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Ten years on, Katrina echoes for Mississippi Jews
by Josh Tapper, JTA
Aug 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
On Greek isle of Rhodes, Jews return to celebrate ancient community all but wiped out
by Gavin Rabinowitz, JTA
Aug 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Here’s why Hamas and Israel may be secretly negotiating
by Ben Sales, JTA
Aug 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Globe Briefs August 20
by JTA Reports
Aug 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Rabbi on a mission to uncover hints of southern Italy’s Jewish past
by Suzanne Pollak, Special to The Chronicle
Aug 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Can the U.S. trust Europe to punish Iran if it violates the nuclear deal?
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Aug 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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...