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Israeli rabbinate ‘blacklisting’ American rabbis
Some 160 rabbis, including several prominent American Orthodox leaders, appear on a list of rabbis whom Israel’s haredi Orthodox-dominated Chief Rabbinate does not trust to confirm the Jewish ident...
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Fed-up Reform leaders are thinking twice about their donations to Israel
NEW YORK — Daryl Messinger knows she’s going to visit Israel again. But the next time she flies there, it won’t be on El Al. Messinger, the chair of the Union for Reform Judaism, will be boycotting...
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How Gaza’s electricity crisis could spell trouble for Israel
JERUSALEM — An internal Palestinian dispute has left Gaza’s nearly 2 million Palestinian residents dangerously vulnerable to a heat wave, but Israel could get burned, too. The West Bank Palestinian...
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Here’s why Israel and India’s leaders couldn’t get enough of each other
WASHINGTON — Barefoot walks on the beach, warm hugs, lots of mutual admiration, hesitant attempts to speak each other’s language. And giggles. The bromance between Prime Ministers Narendra Modi of ...
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Athletes come for love and glory at the 2017 Maccabiah Games
RAMAT GAN, Israel — Danny Janel first noticed Allison Silfen’s smile in July 2013. They were hanging out with other athletes in a hotel room a few evenings after arriving in Israel. He was smitten....
Jul 12, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs July 7
Jewish couple marries on Temple Mount despite ban An Israeli couple married on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem despite rules prohibiting Jews from carrying out religious rituals at Judaism’s holiest ...
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PJ Library’s free books for kids spur Jewish connections, study finds
NEW YORK — Families that receive free Jewish children’s books from the Massachusetts-based PJ Library say the program has helped them feel more connected to their Jewish communities, with interfait...
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The West Bank’s world-class wines have Israelis toasting the settlements
PSAGOT, West Bank — Psagot Winery calls its Sinai wine an “unassuming but distinctive blend” of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Like all its wines, the bottle is stamped with the image of a coin dat...
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Netanyahu defends suspending the Western Wall agreement
American Jewish leaders are calling it a betrayal. They say that 17 months after achieving a historic agreement to provide a non-Orthodox space at Judaism’s holiest prayer site, Israeli Prime Minis...
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This 400-year-old Jewish library survived Hitler and the Inquisition
AMSTERDAM — Livraria Ets Haim is the world’s oldest functioning Jewish library. As such, it is no stranger to the prospect of imminent destruction. Founded in 1616 by Jews who fled Catholic persecu...
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How these teachers learned to teach the Holocaust
NEW YORK — When Megan Corbin was in school, she learned about the Holocaust as an optimistic story. Her grade school, she said, “highlighted Anne Frank as the voice of hope, and that really wasn’t ...
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After Jerusalem attack, US experts warn Islamic State may be coming to Israel
JERUSALEM — When the Islamic State claimed credit for an attack on Israeli soil for the first time and vowed to strike again, the response here was not fear but incredulity. Israeli officials gener...
Jun 29, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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British Jewry feels left behind amid the election turmoil
Nearly 50 years after she left her native South Africa for Britain to escape apartheid, Sharon Klaff again is finding herself unable to imagine a future for her family in her country and society be...
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Israeli population in U.S. surges, but exact figures hard to determine
by Sue Fishkoff
JTA
Dec 24, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
SAN FRANCISCO -- The number of Israelis living in the United States grew by about 30 percent over the past decade, according to newly released U.S. Census Bureau figures. Some 140,323 people living...
Siddur going digital, but not for Shabbat
by Sue Fishkoff
JTA
Dec 23, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
SAN FRANCISCO -- A major publisher of Jewish books is moving into the digital age while trying to strike a balance between technology and Jewish observance. ArtScroll/Mesorah Publications, which ca...
Palestinians gain ground in PR, diplomatic war
by Uriel Heilman
JTA
Dec 22, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK -- In the long-running Palestinian-Israeli conflict, score some recent victories for the Palestinians. It’s not that Israel has given an inch in the territorial dispute over the West Bank,...
Brouhaha in Texas House a Jewish test case for Tea Party
by Ron Kampeas
JTA
Dec 21, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON -- In Texas, the Tea Party passed its first Jewish test even before its legislators had been sworn in. Deeply conservative forces in the Lone Star State firmly repudiated the effort by e...
Seattle buses to carry 'Israeli war crimes' ads
by JTA
Dec 21, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Buses in downtown Seattle will carry advertisements about "Israeli war crimes" to mark the second year since the Gaza war. The Seattle Midwest Awareness Campaign has paid $1,794 to place the advert...
A cutting-issue rabbi sues the Army: Let me keep my beard
by Adam Kredo
Washington Jewish Week
Dec 20, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON -- Menachem Stern's bushy black beard is at the center of a federal court case. Stern, 29, a Chabad-Lubavitch rabbi from Brooklyn, N.Y., filed suit recently against the U.S. Army saying ...
Challenging orthodoxies, Shas maverick seeks to put Israeli haredim to work
by Leslie Susser
JTA
Dec 17, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM -- Not so long ago, few Israelis had heard of Rabbi Chaim Amsellem, a soft-spoken Shas backbencher in the Knesset. Over the past few weeks, however, Amsellem has emerged as a maverick in ...
Kissinger tells JTA: Take remark on gas chambers in context
by Ron Kampeas
JTA
Dec 15, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON -- It should have been ancient, if unsavory, news: A cavalier reference to gassing Jews, an aside in a conversation nearly 40 years old. But the aside was pronounced by Henry Kissinger, ...
Barriers broken, female rabbis look to broader influence
by Penny Schwartz
JTA
Dec 14, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
NEWTON, Mass. -- Lynne Kern knew at 13 that she wanted to be a rabbi, even though in 1970 there were no female rabbis to act as role models. So Kern became a writer, eventually winning a Pulitzer P...
Brazil and Argentina recognize Palestine -- why now?
by Ron Kampeas
JTA
Dec 13, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Many in Latin America and around the world were asking one question following the news that Brazil and Argentina had recognized the state of Palestine in the West Bank: Why now? Among the answers, ...