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In intimate chat, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin lays out vision, concerns
You could call it Israel’s version of former U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “fireside chat.” President Reuven Rivlin, 75, sat down with English-speaking reporters in advance of his first Is...
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Will Russia’s missile deal with Iran end Israel’s silence on Ukraine?
After Russia invaded Ukraine in March 2014, Israel resisted pressure to join the United States and its European allies in condemning the move — citing in particular its concern not to antagonize Ru...
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Anti-Semitism, Palestinian statehood factor into Jewish calculus in U.K. election
Rising anti-Semitism and the issue of Palestinian statehood will be among the factors in the equation for Jewish voters when the United Kingdom heads to the polls on May 7 to determine the country’...
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Pro-Israel effort to combat BDS on U.S. state level gains steam
Resolutions condemning the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel in the Tennessee and Indiana state legislatures mark what a group of pro-Israel organizations and grassroo...
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Despite anti-Semitism’s nationwide increase, proactive Pittsburgh stays calm
Only eight instances of anti-Semitism in Pittsburgh were reported to monitoring agencies in 2014, which is relatively good news for the local Jewish community in light of last month’s Anti-Defamati...
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In aftermath of Nepal quake, Israelis sending help, looking for their own
TEL AVIV — Rabbi Chezki Lifshitz was in the middle of the Torah reading on Saturday when he felt the ground shake. It was “as if a small windmill was underground and was moving the entire area,” th...
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Met Museum’s new president likens role to managing Yanks
Visiting the Memorial de Caen museum in Normandy, France, in 1996, Daniel Weiss was captivated by eight photographs showing the public hanging of three partisans in Minsk, Belarus, on Oct. 26, 1941...
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Is Kosher Switch really kosher for Shabbat?
It promises a revolutionary innovation that could transform Jewish Sabbath observance. By changing the way a light switch works, the patented Kosher Switch offers a novel — and, its backers say, ko...
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In L.A.’s Koreatown, Wilshire Boulevard Temple bets big on the past for its future
The time has long since passed when the Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s address on its namesake boulevard was considered glamorous. Now the surrounding blocks are the clamorous heart of Koreatown, with...
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Le Pen picks fight with father amid party’s surging Jewish support
At 27, David Rachline is the youngest senator in the history of France’s Fifth Republic and a rising force within the country’s third largest party. A university dropout and the son of a Jewish Soc...
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In one room in Jerusalem, 2,700 years of history
JERUSALEM — When Amit Re’em embarked on a 1999 excavation of an abandoned Ottoman prison in the Old City of Jerusalem, he didn’t expect anything revolutionary. The dig was primarily aimed at inspec...
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First in line for Portuguese citizenship: Jewish dreamers and fortune seekers
Hunched over a monument for thousands of Jews killed in a 1506 massacre in Lisbon, Danielle Karo (not her real name) felt a swelling in her eyes. To Karo, an American poet and business analyst who ...
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Portraits of Irish Holocaust survivors present nation with a teachable moment
When Irish artist Diana Muller first presented her works in progress — paintings of some of her country’s few remaining Holocaust survivors — to the Irish Jewish Museum in Dublin City, museum vice ...
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Jewish Agency blames Russian gov't for cancellation
by JTA
Feb 04, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK -- The Jewish Agency for Israel has canceled plans to hold its upcoming board meetings in St. Petersburg over concerns that the Russian government would not allow the gathering to take pla...
Israel’s reply to Goldstone suggests a more civil approach
by Ron Kampeas
JTA
Feb 04, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — The Goldstone wars continue, but beneath the shouting a diplomatic track has emerged. The Israeli government last week published a reply to the U.N. Human Rights Council’s report on th...
Berlusconi feels pain of Shoah victims, Gaza Palestinians
by JTA
Feb 04, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM – Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi expressed his empathy for Israel and the Palestinians during the final day of a three-day visit to Israel. "Today, the safeguarding of Israel's ...
Jewish-themed and Israeli films are in running for Academy Awards
by JTA
Feb 04, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Three Jewish-themed films and an Israeli film are in the running for Academy Awards. “Inglourious Basterds,” a Jewish revenge fantasy in which a squad of Jewish GIs wipes out the Nazi leadership, w...
Israel hits Gaza tunnels in response to barrel bombs
by JTA
Feb 04, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM -- Israel destroyed two Gaza smuggling tunnels in response to Hamas' attempt to attack Israeli targets in the Mediterranean Sea. Israel's Air Force on Tuesday night struck the tunnels use...
J.D. Salinger, reclusive author and grandson of rabbi, dies
by JTA
Jan 29, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK -- J.D. Salinger, author of "Catcher in the Rye," recluse and grandson of a rabbi, has died at 91. Salinger, whose signature novel became an American classic and remains required reading a...
Hezbollah gains a toehold inside U.N. Security Council
by Kenneth Bandler
Jan 28, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK -- Sheik Hassan Nasrallah is not likely to take a seat at the U.N. Security Council’s horseshoe table, but the Hezbollah terrorist organization he has led since 1992 now has a toehold insi...
Facebook awards Chabad initiative $100,000
by JTA
Jan 28, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
A Chabad-initiated project won a $100,000 grant in a community project on Facebook. A Chabad-initiated project won a $100,000 grant last week when it was named a runner up in the Chase, a highly pu...
JUSCANZ accepts Israel for membership
by JTA
Jan 28, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
Israel was granted membership in a United Nations regional group in Geneva. Israel’s membership in JUSCANZ — an acronym for Japan, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand — was approve...
Involvement in arson attack leads to Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira's arrest
by JTA
Jan 28, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
The head of a West Bank yeshiva was arrested for his alleged involvement in an arson attack on a nearby mosque. Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira, one of the leaders of the Od Yosef Chai yeshiva in the norther...