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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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Jews gather at rallies across US urging support for refugees
NEW YORK — More than 100 years ago, Barnett Levine was greeted by the New York skyline and the Statue of Liberty as he arrived in the United States, having fled anti-Semitism and pogroms in his nat...
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Dutch Jewish wedding film from 1939 shines light on doomed community
AMSTERDAM — The Jews of Friesland, a region in the northern Netherlands, are not known for stories with happy endings. During the Holocaust, Friesland’s vibrant Jewish community was forever obliter...
Feb 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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JCC bomb threat probe hindered by tech disguises
NEW YORK — A person calls a Jewish institution, makes a bomb threat and hangs up. The call lasts no more than a minute, the caller’s voice is disguised and the call is made to look as if it came fr...
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‘Remember the 11 million’? Why an inflated victims tally irks Holocaust historians
WASHINGTON — “Five million non-Jews died in the Holocaust.” It’s a statement that shows up regularly in declarations about the Nazi era. It was implied in a Facebook post by the Israel Defense Forc...
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Facing synagogue ban, Orthodox women clergy say they’ll keep working
NEW YORK — Rabba Ramie Smith of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, an Orthodox congregation, says she doesn’t have time to protest the Orthodox Union decision banning its synagogues from hiring wom...
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Ellison or Perez? Jewish Dems name their candidate
With the vote for the next chair of the Democratic National Committee scheduled for Feb. 23-26, Jewish activists agree that Democrats need a leader who can rebuild a party that has lost both houses...
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This new kosher deli may be Miami’s hippest restaurant
MIAMI — The first few weeks in January were meant to be a soft opening for Zak Stern’s new traditional deli. But given the massive following that Stern — better known as Zak the Baker — has garnere...
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In the land of Ben & Jerry: Finding Vermont’s Jewish life
by Liz Spikol
Oct 19, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 133 133 recommendations | email to a friend
“No one comes to Vermont to be Jewish.” Susan Leff, executive director of Jewish Communities of Vermont (JCVT), isn’t trying to be glib. She’s acknowledging a reality about her adopted state: When ...
In debate over soldier accused of manslaughter, Netanyahu is straddler in chief
by Andrew Tobin, JTA
Oct 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 144 144 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM — The trial of Elor Azaria has pitted the Israeli army against one of its soldiers and divided Israelis’ loyalties. Charged with manslaughter in the shooting of an already subdued Palesti...
On Yom Kippur, atoning for our online sins
by Edmon J. Rodman, JTA
Oct 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 146 146 recommendations | email to a friend
If you’re like me, you blog, read and share a lot of political stuff. But who really reads these posts and articles all the way through? Especially with the longer stories, who has time to look up ...
Globe Briefs October 7
by JTA reports
Oct 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 147 147 recommendations | email to a friend
Ehud Olmert loses Supreme Court appeal in Talansky affair Israel’s Supreme Court rejected an appeal by former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of his conviction for accepting cash-filled envelope...
Shimon Peres, Israeli founding father and ‘Soul of Israel,’ dies at 93
by George Altshuler, Special to the Chronicle
Oct 05, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 145 145 recommendations | email to a friend
Shimon Peres, one the most important leaders in the history of Israel and a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, passed away on Sept. 28 after a career in public service that spanned seven decades. Per...
Globe Briefs September 30
Sep 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 150 150 recommendations | email to a friend
U.S., Jewish security officials urge business as usual for the High Holidays In a pre-Rosh Hashanah briefing, Jewish community and U.S. security officials urged Jewish institutions to be resilient ...
After bombings, New Yorkers cop an Israeli attitude: ‘Stuff’ happens
by Andrew Tobin, JTA
Sep 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 160 160 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV — “I heard the explosion, then I went to the deli.” In the hours after the bombings two weekends ago in New York and on the Jersey Shore, the phrase became an instant slogan for New Yorker...
Bibi and Barack part amiably as chilly U.S.-Israel relations thaw
by Ron Kampeas, JTA
Sep 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 153 153 recommendations | email to a friend
When President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met for what was likely to be the last time as leaders of their countries, the most important thing they said was “see you soon.” N...
ADL’s Greenblatt embraces controversy, bemoans rancor in community
by Joshua Runyan, Editor-in-Chief
Sep 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 130 130 recommendations | email to a friend
ADL national director Jonathan Greenblatt, coming off an inaugural year after the retirement of longtime leader Abraham Foxman, is not afraid to call the prime minister of Israel out in an internat...
An ‘extreme pragmatist’ and ‘the most beloved man in Israel’
by George Altshuler, Special to the Chronicle
Sep 27, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 154 154 recommendations | email to a friend
Shimon Peres, the last of the founding generation of Israel’s leaders and a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, died Wednesday morning (Israel time) after a career in public service that spanned seven...