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Is Kosher Switch really kosher for Shabbat?
It promises a revolutionary innovation that could transform Jewish Sabbath observance. By changing the way a light switch works, the patented Kosher Switch offers a novel — and, its backers say, ko...
Apr 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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In L.A.’s Koreatown, Wilshire Boulevard Temple bets big on the past for its future
The time has long since passed when the Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s address on its namesake boulevard was considered glamorous. Now the surrounding blocks are the clamorous heart of Koreatown, with...
Apr 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Le Pen picks fight with father amid party’s surging Jewish support
At 27, David Rachline is the youngest senator in the history of France’s Fifth Republic and a rising force within the country’s third largest party. A university dropout and the son of a Jewish Soc...
Apr 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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In one room in Jerusalem, 2,700 years of history
JERUSALEM — When Amit Re’em embarked on a 1999 excavation of an abandoned Ottoman prison in the Old City of Jerusalem, he didn’t expect anything revolutionary. The dig was primarily aimed at inspec...
Apr 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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First in line for Portuguese citizenship: Jewish dreamers and fortune seekers
Hunched over a monument for thousands of Jews killed in a 1506 massacre in Lisbon, Danielle Karo (not her real name) felt a swelling in her eyes. To Karo, an American poet and business analyst who ...
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Portraits of Irish Holocaust survivors present nation with a teachable moment
When Irish artist Diana Muller first presented her works in progress — paintings of some of her country’s few remaining Holocaust survivors — to the Irish Jewish Museum in Dublin City, museum vice ...
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In Indiana, an uncomfortable turn in the spotlight
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 ...
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Is ‘Mein Kampf’ a learning tool or too offensive and dangerous to reissue?
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...
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Natural gas lights a brighter future for northern Israelis
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...
Apr 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pew study: In North America, Muslims to overtake Jews by 2035
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...
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No longer newcomers, Israelis in Europe get organized
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...
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Jewish refugees safe from war, but facing economic crisis in Kiev
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...
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Meet Omer Mei-Dan: Israeli BASE jumper, stuntman and orthopedic surgeon
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...
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‘A rabbi of rabbis’: Harold Schulweis, path-breaking thinker and activist, dies at 89
by Tom Tugend, JTA
Dec 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 157 157 recommendations | email to a friend
LOS ANGELES — As a path-breaking thinker, innovator and activist, Rabbi Harold Schulweis’ role extended far beyond his base as the spiritual leader of his Los Angeles-area congregation. “Harold Sch...
Globe Briefs December 25
by JTA Reports
Dec 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 163 163 recommendations | email to a friend
Gal Mekel released by NBA’s Pelicans Gal Mekel, the second Israeli to play in the NBA, was released by the New Orleans Pelicans after two weeks. Mekel, a point guard, had been acquired by the Pelic...
Near major oil spill, a solar field grows in Israel
by Ben Sales, JTA
Dec 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 164 164 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV – In the sun-parched fields near where the largest oil spill in Israeli history poured millions of liters of crude oil into the desert on Dec. 4, an ambitious effort is underway to help re...
Highlighting campus sexual assault, Jewish groups have taken a lead
by Ron Kampeas, JTA
Dec 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 157 157 recommendations | email to a friend
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Jewish campus groups were ready for the painful national dialogue that took place in the wake of murky rape allegations at the University of Virginia. That’s because organiza...
Israeli youth movement: Group aims to help Arabs — and contain them
by Ben Sales, JTA
Dec 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 169 169 recommendations | email to a friend
LOD, Israel — He says he’s a leader of a “Zionist settlement” movement, but Raz Sofer’s home is no West Bank outpost. Sofer, 25, is the manager of a 100-member student village in this mixed Jewish-...
With ‘team’ portrait, Jewish ballplayers hit a home run for charities
by Hillel Kuttler, JTA
Dec 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 161 161 recommendations | email to a friend
At the first Detroit Tigers game he attended, in 1940, Bob Matthews saw slugging first baseman Hank Greenberg play. Now a retired orthodontist living in Farmington Hills, Mich., Matthews can gaze e...
Globe Briefs December 18
by JTA Reports
Dec 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 161 161 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Saperstein wins Senate nod for religious freedom post The U.S. Senate confirmed Rabbi David Saperstein, a Reform movement leader, for a State Department post. Last Friday, Saperstein, in a 61...
Sephardic vogue, Argentine immigrants fuel rapid Jewish revival in Spain
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Dec 18, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 169 169 recommendations | email to a friend
ROTA, Spain — While setting up a synagogue at the American naval base where she works, Ahuvah (Amanda) Gipson made something of a bitter-sweet discovery. Rifling through a storage area at the spraw...
Cuba releases Jewish-American contractor amid spy swap
by Melissa Apter, David Holzel, Dmitriy Shapiro and Geoffrey W. Melada
Dec 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 169 169 recommendations | email to a friend
U.S. contractor Alan Gross, who was imprisoned by the Cuban government for five years, returned home to Maryland Wednesday in what is being dubbed by many as a Chanukah miracle. Sen. Barbara Mikuls...
In new Israeli elections, security issues returning to fore
by Ben Sales, JTA
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 167 167 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV — This government was supposed to be different. During the last election campaign in 2012, Israelis seemed to tire of the existential issues that have plagued the country for decades. Bare...