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Human Rights Reports slams Iran
Torture and violence without impunity are among the abuses the Iranian regime has conducted against its own people, according to the State Department’s Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for...
Jul 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Is a nuclear deal with Iran in sight?
Iran’s foreign minister returned to nuclear negotiations Tuesday morning, insisting he had a mandate to finalize a deal with world powers. But as the clock wound down on the self-imposed June 30 de...
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Green Party’s Stein: ‘Let’s fight like our lives depend on it’
By Josh Marks Calling for an end to corporate capitalism and the two-party political system, Dr. Jill Stein kicked off her campaign for president on the Green Party ticket with a speech June 23 at ...
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Throughout Hillary Clinton’s life and career, U.S. Jews have been close at hand
WASHINGTON – From the man who married her grandmother to the man who married her daughter, from working a room full of bar mitzvah guests on behalf of her husband’s political career to headlining m...
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J Street U ‘disappointed’ after Hillel meeting
WASHINGTON — Members of J Street U’s National Student Board walked away “disappointed” after a lengthy on-the-record meeting with representatives from Hillel International. Four student board membe...
Jun 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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The obvious choice: 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 ...
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Jews in a box: Can Germany afford to let its Jewish community disappear?
BERLIN — An exhibit at the Jewish Museum in Berlin raised eyebrows two years ago for its examination of the discomfort of Germans with the Jews in their midst. In the exhibit, a Jew sat in a three-...
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A long train trip: But a ride across Siberia uncovers thriving Jewish communties
In May 1891, the Grand Duke Nicholas II, who later became the last czar, picked up a ceremonial shovel and emptied a wheelbarrow full of soil onto an embankment in the port city of Vladivostok. It ...
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Burma: one synagogue and much beauty
[Editor’s note: The military government of Burma changed the country name to "Myanmar" in 1989. According to the State Department, it remains U.S. policy to refer to the country as Burma in most co...
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A tech exec with a soft spot for Israel
NEW YORK – When Stephen Kaufer, the CEO of TripAdvisor, an $11 billion company that runs America’s leading user-generated hotel review website, thinks back to all the places he has visited, one sta...
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Will Sephardic Jews join Ashkenazi embrace of premarriage genetic testing?
“There is no person in the world without issues,” says Rabbi Yosef Ekstein, the founder of the organization Dor Yeshorim (“Upright Generation” in Hebrew), a confidential genetic screening system us...
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OU delegation warns of rise in threats
Attendees of the Orthodox Union Leadership Mission to Washington made clear to the politicians their concerns over ongoing Iran nuclear negotiations and domestic security funding for Jewish institu...
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Chief Rabbi Lau: No intention to remove Rabbi Riskin from his job
JERUSALEM— The Chief Rabbinate has no intention of removing Efrat Chief Rabbi Shlomo Riskin from his position, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau said. “There has never been any intention to push out ...
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Anti-Semitic incidents reach record high for Jews in Britain
by Rachel Stafler, Special to The Chronicle
Feb 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 115 115 recommendations | email to a friend
LONDON — Nat and her husband have always talked about moving to Israel, but the time never seemed right. The London residents had good jobs, were surrounded by friends and family and their three ki...
Negotiating the Negev: The coexistence of development, preservation and growth
by Melissa Gerr
Feb 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 113 113 recommendations | email to a friend
David Ben-Gurion’s vision was to make the Negev desert bloom, but Israel’s efforts to develop the arid lands of its southern interior often pit environmentalists against government land officials, ...
Congressional Democrats facing tough choice
by Dmitriy Shapiro
Feb 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 115 115 recommendations | email to a friend
If Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned address to a joint session of Congress has put pro-Israel Democrats, forced to choose between a disapproving White House and supporters of the...
Islamic radicalism poses dilemma for Jews in interfaith dialogue
by Ron Kampeas, JTA
Feb 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 126 126 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — After the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris last month, Kari Alterman heard from every one of her Detroit-area Muslim dialogue partners, all of them calling to express their sadness an...
What does new citizenship law mean for Portuguese and world Jewry?
by Alina Dain Sharon, JNS.org
Feb 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 124 124 recommendations | email to a friend
Five hundred years after thousands of Jews were burned at the stake or forcefully converted, and many others expelled due to the Inquisition, the Portuguese Cabinet has decided to grant citizenship...
Jewish groups divided on Obama budget plan
by Dmitriy Shapiro
Feb 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 129 129 recommendations | email to a friend
By Dmitriy Shapiro WASHINGTON — Jewish groups are split in their responses to President Barack Obama’s much-anticipated 2015 budget, specifically on the subject of how the White House plans to offs...
Global Briefs February 12
by JTA Reports
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Slain journalists Foley, Sotloff honored in memory of Daniel Pearl James Foley and Steven Sotloff, American journalists who were killed by ISIS, were honored with an award in memory of the murdered...
Defense is one bright spot in tense Israel relationship
by Dmitriy Shapiro
Feb 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 118 118 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Although much attention in recent weeks has been focused on the strained political relationship between Israel and the United States, cooperation between the defense establishment of t...
Lackluster fundraising eyed as Frederick Lawrence leaves Brandeis
by Uriel Heilman, JTA
Feb 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 123 123 recommendations | email to a friend
For all the controversies Brandeis University President Frederick Lawrence endured over the past few months, the failures that ultimately doomed his tenure were more fundamental, insiders say: His ...
Abrupt demise of major Jewish social service organization stuns community
by Julie Wiener, JTA
Feb 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 124 124 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — It was one of the largest Jewish nonprofit agencies in the country. And until December, when FEGS unexpectedly announced that it had lost $19.4 million in the last fiscal year, it was co...