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Will Netanyahu’s campaign rhetoric cause further estrangement with Washington?
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration’s first response to news that Benjamin Netanyahu had been reelected as prime minister of Israel appeared to be avoidance. White House spokesman Josh Earnest to...
Mar 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Swarthmore Hillel votes to disaffiliate with Hillel Int’l
NEW YORK — Swarthmore Hillel’s student board voted to drop its affiliation with Hillel International and change its name, citing Hillel International’s restrictions on Israel issues. Following an e...
Mar 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Right or left, surprise a common reaction to Bibi victory
Dafna Shimshi was surprised with last week’s Israeli election results, which catapulted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to an expected fourth term. “I think a lot of people were surprised...
Mar 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Reform rabbis install first openly gay president, Denise Eger The Central Conference of American Rabbis, the rabbinical arm of the Reform movement, has installed its first openly gay president, Rab...
Mar 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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NBC Universal’s ‘Dig’ travels far, but not as deep
LOS ANGELES — Last summer, in the midst of the Gaza conflict, the threat of rocket fire forced NBC Universal’s “Dig” to stop production in Jerusalem and move out of the country. If only the show it...
Mar 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Oregon couple to brew kosher kegs for community
PORTLAND, Ore. — For Tim and Sonia Marie Leikam, the dream is nearly complete. Behind the couple’s tidy Victorian house on a tree-lined street in southeast Portland is a pitched-roof building that ...
Mar 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Feeling panicked? It could be in the genes
In designing and testing theories on how the body programs its 19,000 genes, Moshe Szyf, a geneticist and molecular biologist at McGill University in Montreal, has expanded the notion of Jewish gui...
Mar 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Japanese culinary curiosity gives hummus its moment in the Rising Sun
TOKYO — At the end of his 13-hour workday, Hidehiko Egata takes a seat at the bar at his regular eatery in this city’s upscale Shibuya neighborhood. A senior adviser at a local financial firm, Egat...
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Ramaz taps an outsider, Eric Grossman, to lead elite modern Orthodox school
NEW YORK — For the first time in its history, the Ramaz School, an elite modern Orthodox preparatory-style school in Manhattan, is tapping someone from outside its ranks to be its permanent head of...
Mar 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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For Russia’s Jews, Nemtsov murder is reminder of their vulnerability
During the past two years, Dima Zicer has skipped several political rallies opposing the chauvinistic policies of Russian President Vladimir Putin. A Jewish scholar of education from St. Petersburg...
Mar 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Isaac Herzog promises unity in his bid for prime minister
TEL AVIV — Isaac Herzog paces slowly up and down the stage, one hand in his suit pocket, a slight smile forming through his slender lips. Quietly, his heavy breath audible through the microphone, t...
Mar 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Deal or no deal? More questions than answers surround nuclear Iran
The debate over whether the Obama administration’s nuclear negotiations with Iran were on track toward a good deal, bad deal or no deal took center stage earlier this week. A three-legged checks-an...
Mar 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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In Lithuania, Yiddish teacher becomes unlikely bulwark against far right
KAUNAS, Lithuania — Dovid Katz isn’t typically a hard man to miss. With his bushy charcoal beard, heavy physique and trademark all-black outfits, Katz, a New York-born scholar of Yiddish, resembles...
Mar 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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Israelis rescuers respond to Haiti earthquake zone
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Jan 20, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
A team of Israeli specialists, with expertise in rescue and trauma, was one of the first international help units on the scene in Port-au-Prince following the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that hit Hait...
U.S. Army doubles military equipment in Israel
by JTA
Jan 14, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
The U.S. Army will double the amount of emergency military equipment it stockpiles in Israel. Jerusalem and Washington agreed that Israel will keep $800 million worth of U.S. equipment, according t...
Leading pro-Israel congressman hosts controversial meeting
by JTA
Jan 14, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
A leading pro-Israel congressman hosted a business meeting in his offices between Israeli officials and a defense contractor in which he profitably invested. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.), the chairm...
Anti-Semitic caller rocks C-SPAN
by JTA
Jan 14, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
C-SPAN said a call-in host should have upbraided an anti-Semitic caller. “Program hosts, whose role is to facilitate the dialogue between callers and guests, are certainly permitted to step in when...
Gush Katif evacuees still waiting for permanent homes
Jan 14, 2010 | 1 1 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
By Ben Harris JTA NITZAN, Israel — More than four years after her family was ejected from their home in the Gaza Strip, Karen Sarfaty lives with her husband and four of their children in a small pr...
Iran halts nuclear enrichment program
by JTA
Jan 14, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
Iran reportedly has suspended its nuclear enrichment program for two months. Iranian media reported Monday that the suspension is a goodwill gesture toward Western powers that are working on cuttin...
Clinton, lawmakers pushing for peace talks without conditions
by Ron Kampeas
JTA
Jan 14, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Calls are mounting in Washington for the launch of new Israeli-Palestinian talks. After meeting Jan. 8 with Jordanian and Egyptian officials in Washington, U.S. Secretary of State Hill...
Once-failing kibbutz pins hopes for revival on Conservative Judaism
by By Ben Harris
JTA
Jan 14, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
KIBBUTZ HANNATON, Israel — Over the din of children playing, some 20 people crowded into the home of Aylon and Ravit Samson here on Saturday night for Kibbutz Hannaton’s biweekly communal Havdalah ...
Questioning of Women of the Wall leader sparks protests
by Ben Harris
JTA
Jan 12, 2010 | 3 3 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM -- The Conservative synagogue movement is launching a campaign to protest the recent questioning and possible prosecution of a leader of the group Women of the Wall. For more than two dec...
No serious health issues linked to television, but watching can have other side effects
by Earth Talk
Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine
Jan 07, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
Dear EarthTalk: Years ago I read that children should be kept at least 2 feet from the television because of harmful electronic emissions. Is this still relevant? Is there a difference regarding th...