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French Jewish scholar’s hate speech trial leaves anti-racism activists bitter, divided
The hate speech trial of a prominent French historian charged with calling Arabs innately anti-Semitic is dividing French Jews and sowing dissent within the local equivalent of the Anti-Defamation ...
Feb 23, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Holocaust tourism’ is probed in a compelling documentary
NEW YORK — How do people behave when they visit a concentration camp or a Holocaust memorial? Do they act as if they are in a place of reverence or mourning? Or do they behave as crowds do at any t...
Feb 23, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Evangelicals are ready to speak for Israel in Trump’s Washington
TEL AVIV — Evangelicals, who have been advocating for Israel for years, have historically let the Jews take the lead. Laurie Cardoza-Moore, for one, is excited that they are poised to take on a pro...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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In reviewing ‘Hobby Lobby’ opinion, Jews see reasons to diverge over Neil Gorsuch
WASHINGTON — On June 27, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, based in Denver, handed down a decision that would make history a year later when it was upheld by the Supreme Court: ...
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Jerusalem art school fosters design talent among students with disabilities
JERUSALEM — The shrapnel that exploded into Asaf Ventura took a lot away from him: His body and brain were shredded, his right hand was mangled. He was unable to fire his gun, swing his tennis racq...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Left-wing groups ramp up protests of Trump’s Israel policies
WASHINGTON — Left-wing Jewish groups have launched a string of protests in response to confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump’s nominee for ambassador to Israel and Trump’s meeting with I...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs February 17
Marine Le Pen: No more dual nationalities for Israelis Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right National Front party, said she favored making it illegal to be a dual citizen of France and ot...
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Rabbi’s expulsion rattles Russian Jews fearful of Kremlin crackdown
Three years ago, Rabbi Ari Edelkopf and his wife, Chana, worked around the clock for weeks to show off their community and city to the many foreigners in town for the Winter Olympics in Sochi. The ...
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With full Talmud translation, online library hopes to make sages accessible
NEW YORK — For centuries, studying a page of the Talmud has come with a bevy of barriers to entry. Written mostly in Aramaic, the Talmud in its most commonly printed form also lacks punctuation or ...
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Reform movement’s challenge: protesting Trump and remaining inclusive
NEW YORK — Reform Jewish leaders largely oppose President Donald Trump’s policies — and they haven’t been shy about saying so since his election. They’ve marched in the streets by the thousands. Th...
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How Israel’s travel bans are — and aren’t — like Trump’s
TEL AVIV — Defending his executive order directing the construction of a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, President Donald Trump pointed to Israel as a model, saying “a wall protects.” With ...
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Outside the synagogue, intermarried are forming community with each other
NEW YORK — Leading up to their wedding in 2012, Julianne and Jason Kanter hadn’t really discussed how they would incorporate their respective religions into their home. Julianne was raised by Catho...
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In France’s elections, dramatic upsets turn surprise front-runner into top choice for many Jews
With old favorites knocked out of France’s presidential race and the far-right National Front party making worrisome gains, many Jews are joining fellow voters in supporting Emmanuel Macron, the 39...
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At first Jewish Comic Con, artists and geeks revel in tradition
by Ben Sales, JTA
Nov 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 105 105 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — After Brett Parker’s great-grandfather fled the pogroms in Europe and came to the United States, he opened a drug store where he sold comic books. Each week he would give his grandson, P...
Parve Nutella and other must-try new kosher foods
by Josefin Dolsten, JTA
Nov 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 98 98 recommendations | email to a friend
SECAUCUS, N.J. — At Kosherfest, the world’s largest kosher trade show, Yiddish and Hebrew is heard alongside English. Some 6,000 kosher food insiders packed the massive hall, chatting, networking a...
In post-coup Turkey, Jews plan their future abroad
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Nov 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 101 101 recommendations | email to a friend
ISTANBUL — At a chic café overlooking the Bosphorus, two Turkish Jewish women are discussing their plans to emigrate when the call to Friday prayers blasts from the loudspeakers of a nearby mosque....
Israelis still lining up to visit Trump’s America
by Andrew Tobin, JTA
Nov 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 98 98 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV — Donald Trump’s surprising win may have spurred increased chatter among some Americans — Jews among them — about moving to Canada. But for Israelis, at least, the U.S. hasn’t lost its lus...
Bannon appointment a dilemma for Jewish groups seeking access to Trump
by Ron Kampeas, JTA
Nov 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 107 107 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Offer an open hand or a closed fist — or maybe both. Name names. Don’t name names, hint. Quietly adjust wording. Welcome to the second week of the World of Trump, Jewish organizational...
Globe Briefs November 18
by JTA reports
Nov 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 102 102 recommendations | email to a friend
Ruth Bader Ginsburg makes her opera debut Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg appeared on stage in an opera performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Ginsbur...
After Trump’s win, Jews in red states feel emboldened, or embattled
by Ben Sales, JTA
Nov 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 101 101 recommendations | email to a friend
At 6:30 Wednesday morning, Oklahoma City Rabbi Abby Jacobson received a text from one of her teenage congregants expressing sadness at the presidential election results — and fear. “She said, ‘I’m ...
Dutch mark Kristallnacht as Europe, US confront a wave of right-wing populism
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Nov 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 104 104 recommendations | email to a friend
AMSTERDAM — His name was never mentioned during the Netherlands’ main commemoration event for Kristallnacht, but Donald Trump was likely on everyone’s mind at the ceremony at the Dutch capital’s ma...
Meet Eric Greitens, the first Jewish governor of Missouri and a former Navy SEAL
by Gabe Friedman, JTA
Nov 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 107 107 recommendations | email to a friend
Eric Greitens, a former Navy SEAL whose seven military awards include the Bronze Star, has become the first Jewish governor of Missouri. Greitens, 42, a Republican, also is a former Rhodes Scholar ...
J Street, Republican Jewish Coalition both claim victory in battle of the ballot box
by Ron Kampeas, JTA
Nov 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 107 107 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — In dueling election recaps the day after the presidential election, J Street and the Republican Jewish Coalition claimed they beat the other when it came to supporting like-minded cand...