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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 | 5 5 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 | 5 5 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 | 4 4 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 | 22 22 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 | 28 28 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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Clinton, at Saban Forum, endorses Obama’s Middle East policy
by Ron Kampeas, JTA
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 169 169 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — From the drive for Israeli-Palestinian peace to nuclear talks with Iran, Hillary Rodham Clinton is endorsing President Barack Obama’s Israel-related positions. Clinton, who was Obama’s...
Organization representing Israeli settlements reaches out to world Jewry, politicians
by Marc Shapiro
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 164 164 recommendations | email to a friend
Israelis living in the West Bank have a new message to politicians and world Jewry: The two-state solution is no solution. Members of the Yesha Council, an umbrella organization that represents the...
Globe Briefs December 4
by JTA Reports
Dec 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 83 83 recommendations | email to a friend
Australia’s capital gets first official rabbi to lead Jewish community The Jewish community in Australia’s capital inaugurated its first official full-time rabbi. Rabbi Alon Meltzer, 26, of New Zea...
Netanyahu fires Lapid, Livni, moving Israel closer to early elections
by Ben Sales, JTA
Dec 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 80 80 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV — For the second time in about two years, Israel appears to be headed toward elections. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a news conference Tuesday that he will support a b...
In Montreal, Jews from France see a future for themselves
by Josh Tapper, JTA
Dec 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 80 80 recommendations | email to a friend
TORONTO — When Dan Charbit and his wife, Gaelle Hazan, moved to Montreal from Paris two summers ago, it was meant to be a temporary fix — a yearlong attempt for Charbit to reboot his stalled career...
Globe Briefs November 27
by JTA Reports
Nov 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 85 85 recommendations | email to a friend
Controversial Jewish nation-state bill passes Israeli Cabinet Israel’s Cabinet passed a bill that would identify Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. The measure, which has engendered c...
Terror attacks killing Druze police spotlight united front with Israeli Jews
by Alina Dain Sharon, JNS.org
Nov 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
The Nov. 18 killing of Israeli Druze police officer Zidan Saif, who was the first officer to enter the scene of a Palestinian terror attack on worshippers at a Jerusalem synagogue, has led to an ou...
Kosherfest, a mad dash to sample the ‘facon’
by Uriel Heilman, JTA
Nov 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
SECAUCUS, N.J. – Gefilte fish? Check. Pastrami? Check. Kosher-for-Passover anti-constipation pills? Edible spoons for bar mitzvah appetizers? A cholov Yisroel-certified alternative to the nutrition...
For the Dutch, hiding Jews was an almost popular way to ‘fight back’
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 177 177 recommendations | email to a friend
While there is nothing funny about the Holocaust, the title of Hans Keilson’s long-lost novella, “Comedy in a Minor Key,” seems appropriate, although as comedies go, this is certainly a dark one. “...
Is she Jewish? Rabbinate says yes, Israel says no
by Ben Sales, JTA
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 87 87 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV — In 2012, Anna Varsanyi was married in an Orthodox Jewish ceremony conducted through Israel’s Chief Rabbinate. Two years later, the Hungarian immigrant has made a life in Israel, settling...