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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 ...
Jun 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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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...
Jun 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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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...
Jun 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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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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Supreme Court strikes down Israel passport law
Stressing the supremacy of presidential over congressional power to set foreign policy, the Supreme Court struck down a federal statute that would allow American citizens born in Jerusalem to list ...
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Ex-CFO of San Diego JCC pleads guilty to embezzling $400k
Two former staff members at San Diego’s Jewish community center pleaded guilty to embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the institution in two separate schemes. Nancy Johnson, chief fina...
Jun 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jewish comedian goes big in China — but the humor doesn’t always translate
How do you tell a joke in China about Jews when the only things most Chinese think they know about the Chosen People is that they’re smart and good with money? That was Jesse Appell’s quandary when...
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Young couples now getting Birthright-style ‘honeymoons’ in Israel
JERUSALEM  — Jay and Mikelle sat next to each other on the bus as it ascended the road to Jerusalem. Later the same day they accompanied each other on an emotional trip to Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holo...
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Orange pullout seen as sign of BDS influence on French policy
To Israel’s supporters, the decision by the French telecommunications giant Orange to dump its Israeli affiliate is not only a politically motivated divestment by a major multinational corporation,...
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Book on Israeli start-ups bolsters Israel's image
by Uriel Heilman
JTA
Mar 18, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK -- When Intel’s Israeli division proposed a new strategy to vastly improve the processing speed of the company's laptop computer chips, Intel's U.S. management had no interest. The idea re...
German town of Herford dedicates a new synagogue
by JTA
Mar 18, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
More than 70 years after its synagogue was destroyed by Nazi rioters, the German town of Herford dedicated a new Jewish house of worship. In a ceremony Sunday, local and national Jewish leaders and...
Terror alert at synagogue in India is a hoax
by JTA
Mar 18, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Indian security took up positions around an ancient synagogue in Kochi following a terror alert that turned out to be a hoax. The Paradesi Synagogue and other sensitive areas in the city were guard...
Germany challenges journalist’s request to declassify files pertaining to Eichmann
by JTA
Mar 18, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Germany is challenging a journalist’s request to declassify files pertaining to the 15 years Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann spent as a fugitive. German journalist Gabriele Weber filed a claim wit...
The U.S.-Israel crisis: This time, it’s serious
by Ron Kampeas
JTA
Mar 18, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Last summer, when the relationship between the Obama and Netanyahu administrations was getting off to what appeared to be a rocky start, Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren was at pains — ...
What about incitement by Palestinians?
by Ami Eden
JTA
Mar 18, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — In response to the Obama administration’s stepped-up criticism of Israeli building plans in Jerusalem, Jewish groups are slamming the White House for failing to speak out more against Pa...
Electric, hybrid cars could spur more coal usage
by Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine
Mar 18, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
Dear EarthTalk: Isn’t the interest in electric cars and plug-in hybrids going to spur increased reliance on coal as a power source? And is that really any better than gasoline/oil in terms of envir...
Israeli defense company wins $300 million contract for the Australian Defense Force
by JTA
Mar 18, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
An Israeli defense company won a $300 million contract to develop a cutting-edge command and communications system for the Australian Defense Force. The Haifa-based Elbit Systems, one of the world’...
At JOFA conference, passion shifts to women’s leadership
by Ben Harris
JTA
Mar 18, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — The last time the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance organized a conference at Columbia University, in 2007, Israeli activist Tova Hartman electrified a crowd of several hundred with her ...
Israel allows United Nations into Gaza Strip
by JTA
Mar 11, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Israel will allow the United Nation's secretary-general and a top European Union official to enter the Gaza Strip from Israel. Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations and Catherine Ashton, the EU's high ...