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Rabbi’s expulsion rattles Russian Jews fearful of Kremlin crackdown
Three years ago, Rabbi Ari Edelkopf and his wife, Chana, worked around the clock for weeks to show off their community and city to the many foreigners in town for the Winter Olympics in Sochi. The ...
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With full Talmud translation, online library hopes to make sages accessible
NEW YORK — For centuries, studying a page of the Talmud has come with a bevy of barriers to entry. Written mostly in Aramaic, the Talmud in its most commonly printed form also lacks punctuation or ...
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Reform movement’s challenge: protesting Trump and remaining inclusive
NEW YORK — Reform Jewish leaders largely oppose President Donald Trump’s policies — and they haven’t been shy about saying so since his election. They’ve marched in the streets by the thousands. Th...
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How Israel’s travel bans are — and aren’t — like Trump’s
TEL AVIV — Defending his executive order directing the construction of a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, President Donald Trump pointed to Israel as a model, saying “a wall protects.” With ...
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Outside the synagogue, intermarried are forming community with each other
NEW YORK — Leading up to their wedding in 2012, Julianne and Jason Kanter hadn’t really discussed how they would incorporate their respective religions into their home. Julianne was raised by Catho...
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In France’s elections, dramatic upsets turn surprise front-runner into top choice for many Jews
With old favorites knocked out of France’s presidential race and the far-right National Front party making worrisome gains, many Jews are joining fellow voters in supporting Emmanuel Macron, the 39...
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Jews gather at rallies across US urging support for refugees
NEW YORK — More than 100 years ago, Barnett Levine was greeted by the New York skyline and the Statue of Liberty as he arrived in the United States, having fled anti-Semitism and pogroms in his nat...
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Dutch Jewish wedding film from 1939 shines light on doomed community
AMSTERDAM — The Jews of Friesland, a region in the northern Netherlands, are not known for stories with happy endings. During the Holocaust, Friesland’s vibrant Jewish community was forever obliter...
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JCC bomb threat probe hindered by tech disguises
NEW YORK — A person calls a Jewish institution, makes a bomb threat and hangs up. The call lasts no more than a minute, the caller’s voice is disguised and the call is made to look as if it came fr...
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‘Remember the 11 million’? Why an inflated victims tally irks Holocaust historians
WASHINGTON — “Five million non-Jews died in the Holocaust.” It’s a statement that shows up regularly in declarations about the Nazi era. It was implied in a Facebook post by the Israel Defense Forc...
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Facing synagogue ban, Orthodox women clergy say they’ll keep working
NEW YORK — Rabba Ramie Smith of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, an Orthodox congregation, says she doesn’t have time to protest the Orthodox Union decision banning its synagogues from hiring wom...
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Ellison or Perez? Jewish Dems name their candidate
With the vote for the next chair of the Democratic National Committee scheduled for Feb. 23-26, Jewish activists agree that Democrats need a leader who can rebuild a party that has lost both houses...
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This new kosher deli may be Miami’s hippest restaurant
MIAMI — The first few weeks in January were meant to be a soft opening for Zak Stern’s new traditional deli. But given the massive following that Stern — better known as Zak the Baker — has garnere...
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With Emanuel, Axelrod gone, will Jews have access to Obama?
by Ron Kampeas
JTA
Oct 07, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — They were two Jewish aides who had offices within shouting distance of the Oval Office. But the resignation last week of Rahm Emanuel as White House chief of staff and the imminent dep...
For first time, Supreme Court opens with 3 Jews
by Ron Kampeas
JTA
Oct 07, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- For the first time in history, a U.S. Supreme Court convened this week with three Jewish justices. And Jewish defense organizations had their eyes on … Arizona. Two of the three...
Failures of 'don't ask, don't tell,' DREAM initiative a blow to groups
by Adam Kredo
Washington Jewish Week
Oct 05, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON -- Congressional partisanship claimed the legislative lives of two popular minority rights initiatives last week, dealing a major blow to Jewish groups that had long championed them, acc...
All-sports talk radio debuts in Israel
by JTA
Oct 05, 2010 | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM -- Israel's first all-sports talk radio went on the air. Israel Sports Radio, which launched Monday afternoon, will feature predominately English-language broadcasts with eight hours of c...
Liberals' D.C. rally features rabbi, diplomat, shofar
by JTA
Oct 05, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON -- A Washington rally of liberal groups included a rabbi, a top Jewish diplomat and a shofar blower in its religious portion. The One Nation rally organized by unions, environmental grou...
Palestinian mosque torched, allegedly by Jews
by JTA
Oct 05, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM -- A Palestinian mosque in a Hebron-area village was vandalized and set on fire, allegedly by Jews. In addition to graffiti spray-painted on the building, several volumes of the Koran and...
Bibi pushing quiet diplomacy in bid to restart talks
by JTA
Oct 05, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he is "in the midst of sensitive diplomatic contacts with the U.S. administration" in the effort to continue peace talks with the Palesti...
Vatican paper slams Berlusconi over 'Jewish joke'
by JTA
Oct 05, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
ROME -- The official Vatican newspaper slammed Italy's prime minister for a joke that played on Jewish stereotypes and made fun of the Holocaust. Silvio Berlusconi told "offensive" and "deplorable"...
Seinfeld, Midler to headline Philly museum's opening bash
by Jacob Berkman
JTA
Oct 04, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK -- Two of the country’s most famous Jewish performers will highlight the opening of one of the most ambitious Jewish museum projects in years. Jerry Seinfeld will emcee and Bette Midler wi...
Pink Floyd's Roger Waters slammed for anti-Semitic imagery
by JTA
Oct 01, 2010 | 2 2 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
The Anti-Defamation League slammed Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters for using what the organization says is anti-Semitic imagery. Waters during performances of “Goodbye Blue Sky” on his 2010-11 “The Wall ...