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With White House set to approve Iran deal, options to shape outcome remote
WASHINGTON — The Iran deal may not be done, but bids by its opponents to shape it are all but buried. Skeptics of the nuclear negotiations have all but given up on a congressional role before the J...
May 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jewish midshipman, Amtrak victim remembered as strong student
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...
May 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Back in power, haredi parties aim to roll back religious reforms
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...
May 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Relief for Britain’s Jews as Cameron elected to second term
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 ...
May 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jewish organizations in position to help make change in policing debate
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...
May 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Young pot entrepreneurs hope for potent business mixing Jewish and cannabis connections
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 ...
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Religious Action Center welcomes new leader
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...
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Tikkun Olam Makers’ turn technology into solutions for people with disabilities
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...
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Orthodox rabbis join the conversation on LGBTQ inclusion
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...
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ben-Gurion University of the Negev encourages women to excel in the sciences
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...
Apr 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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In intimate chat, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin lays out vision, concerns
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...
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Will Russia’s missile deal with Iran end Israel’s silence on Ukraine?
After Russia invaded Ukraine in March 2014, Israel resisted pressure to join the United States and its European allies in condemning the move — citing in particular its concern not to antagonize Ru...
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Anti-Semitism, Palestinian statehood factor into Jewish calculus in U.K. election
Rising anti-Semitism and the issue of Palestinian statehood will be among the factors in the equation for Jewish voters when the United Kingdom heads to the polls on May 7 to determine the country’...
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Amid $6M deficit, Detroit-area JCC may close
by Uriel Heilman, JTA
Jan 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 190 190 recommendations | email to a friend
Amid persistent budget deficits, the Jewish community center building in the Detroit suburb of Oak Park may close this spring. The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit announced Monday that a ...
After attack, spike in emigration could deplete France’s Jewish community
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Jan 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 186 186 recommendations | email to a friend
PARIS – Taken alone, the attack on the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket near Paris is nothing that French Jews haven’t seen before. Arguably, the 2012 attack that caught the Toulouse community unpre...
A perfect pitch: For Jewish baseball purists, Cuba beckons
by Hillel Kuttler, JTA
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 194 194 recommendations | email to a friend
To the dismay of baseball fan Kit Krieger, future travels to Cuba will no longer include get-togethers with ex-Washington Senators pitcher Connie Marrero. Marrero, who played for Washington from 19...
With French ultimatum, European votes on Palestine recognition gain traction
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 200 200 recommendations | email to a friend
When Britain’s Parliament voted in favor of recognizing Palestine in October, Elie Barnavi, a former Israeli ambassador to France, dismissed the motion as mere symbolism. Reflecting many Israelis’ ...
For poker champ Ari Engel, kipah works to his advantage
by Uriel Heilman, JTA
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 189 189 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — Ari Engel is homeless. It’s been a decade since he last held a regular job and two years since he gave up his apartment. But don’t shed any tears for him. Over the last 10 years or so, E...
Will Russia’s economic woes burst bubble for Jews?
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Dec 31, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 196 196 recommendations | email to a friend
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — In the basement of one of Europe’s largest synagogues, 100 Jews are waiting to meet local film star Boris Smolkin. The crowd applauds enthusiastically as the 66-year-old fu...
Estonia’s kosher food problem yields smartphone solution 
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Dec 31, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 185 185 recommendations | email to a friend
When Haim Grinfeld from Tallinn began keeping kosher, he would go to the supermarket and phone up his good friend Moshe Beshkin, a software developer who is one of a handful of observant Jews livin...
‘A rabbi of rabbis’: Harold Schulweis, path-breaking thinker and activist, dies at 89
by Tom Tugend, JTA
Dec 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 180 180 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 | 186 186 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 | 187 187 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...