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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 ...
Apr 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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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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In Indiana, an uncomfortable turn in the spotlight
The talk at Rabbi Michael Friedland’s seder table in South Bend, Ind., was about Memories Pizza in the small Indiana town of Walkerton. Not that the celebrants already had tired of unleavened food ...
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Is ‘Mein Kampf’ a learning tool or too offensive and dangerous to reissue?
Given the current climate of rising anti-Semitism in Europe and elsewhere, is it too offensive and dangerous to reissue Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” autobiographical manifesto? Critics of the book’s...
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Natural gas lights a brighter future for northern Israelis
Jobs are coming to northern Israel in the country’s fledgling natural gas industry, and Erez College is opening the door to those new careers. People have long joked that after 40 years in the dese...
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Pew study: In North America, Muslims to overtake Jews by 2035
NEW YORK — In 20 years, there will be more Muslims in North America than Jews, according to a new Pew Research Center report. The report, which was released April 2, also found that more American J...
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No longer newcomers, Israelis in Europe get organized
Whenever he would fly from his native Israel back home to the Netherlands, Serge Lypcyz would bring a heavy load of Hebrew-language books with him. Lypcyz and his Israeli friends in Amsterdam depen...
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Jewish refugees safe from war, but facing economic crisis in Kiev
KIEV — In a crowded room of the Tolkachov family’s tiny apartment here, a couch and twin bed sit kitty-corner from each other, sandwiching a small crib. In another corner, a wooden table is clutter...
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Meet Omer Mei-Dan: Israeli BASE jumper, stuntman and orthopedic surgeon
BOULDER, Colo. — Omer Mei-Dan has jumped off more cliffs than he can count — not to mention helicopters, skyscrapers and bridges. Just don’t call him a skydiver. An orthopedic surgeon and extreme s...
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When Jews found refuge in underground warren at Warsaw Zoo
WARSAW — In a carriage bound for the Warsaw Zoo, Moshe Tirosh could sense his parents’ fear and the strong odor of alcohol wafting from the direction of the driver and his horse. The trepidation th...
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Philly day school bathroom seen as symbol of transgender inclusion
At most Jewish day schools, naming honors tend to be attached to grand spaces — auditoriums, prayer spaces, gymnasiums and the like. But at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, a pluralistic day sch...
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Meet Ruth Porat, Google’s new CFO
To the business media, the symbolism of Ruth Porat’s move from her position as chief financial officer of Morgan Stanley to her newly announced perch as Google’s CFO of the future couldn’t be more ...
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Aliyah debate exposes French Jewry’s internal fault lines
PARIS — A burst of applause greeted Holocaust survivor Marek Halter and his close friend, Imam Hassen Chalghoumi, as they entered the Synagogue de la Victoire together in January. Halter, a celebra...
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Wikipedia striving for balance on divisive issues
by Dina Kraft
Oct 29, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM — From January’s war in Gaza to Holocaust denial, the world’s largest collaborative encyclopedia has become a battlefield over history. Yet Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales says the onlin...
Smokers use Earth as ashtray
Oct 29, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
Dear EarthTalk: Has anyone ever studied the environmental impact of discarded cigarettes? I’m constantly appalled at the number of drivers I see pitching their butts out their car windows. — Ned Jo...
Orthodox Union slams comments made by Orthodox anti-Israel group
by JTA
Oct 22, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
Remarks made by an Orthodox anti-Israel group about captured soldier Gilad Shalit are unacceptable, the Orthodox Union said. The OU on Tuesday slammed comments made by members of the Neturei Karta ...
Attacks on J Street mount as national parley approaches
by Eric Fingerhut
Oct 22, 2009 | 1 1 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Days before the inaugural conference of the left-wing pro-Israel group J Street, critics’ attacks on the organization are having an effect. At least 10 members of Congress in recent da...
Pentagon contractor faces attempted spying charges
by JTA
Oct 22, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
A former Pentagon contractor facing charges of attempting to spy for Israel allegedly sought Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return. Stewart David Nozette, 52, of Maryland, allegedly told an F...
Human Rights Watch founder rebuked
by JTA
Oct 22, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
The founder of Human Rights Watch rebuked the organization for being overly critical of Israel. In an opinion piece published Tuesday in The New York Times, Robert Bernstein wrote that Human Rights...
Jury selection in Iowa kosher slaughterhouse trial begins
Oct 15, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
Jury selection was set to begin Tuesday in the trial of the former manager of an Iowa kosher slaughterhouse. Sholom Rubashkin is facing a range of charges related to his stewardship of the Agriproc...
Russia says sanctions are counterproductive
by JTA
Oct 15, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
Russia believes it is “counterproductive” to threaten Iran with more sanctions, its foreign minister said. Sergey Lavrov made the statement following a meeting Tuesday with U.S. Secretary of State ...
Italian Jews launch new Jewish newspaper -- for non-Jews
by Ruth Ellen Gruber
Oct 14, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
ROME -- When Italy’s first national Jewish newspaper launches this month, Italy will get what few Jewish communities around the world offer: a Jewish newspaper geared toward non-Jews. Sponsored by ...
'Lebanon' latest film to explore Israel's Vietnam
by Dina Kraft
Oct 14, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV -- From the depths of an Israeli soldier turned middle-aged filmmaker's haunted memories, the new award-winning movie "Lebanon" consists mainly of scenes shot from inside a sweat- and anxi...