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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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Algerian aid ship departs for Gaza
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Aug 20, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
An aid ship sponsored by the Algerian government departed for Gaza. The ship, which left an Algerian port Thursday, had religious and political leaders on board. It also carried food, medicine, and...
U.N. wants to clarify Israel-Lebanon border
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Aug 20, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
The U.N peacekeeping force in Lebanon wants to clearly mark the border between Israel and Lebanon after a deadly clash. Maj. Gen. Alberto Asarta Cuevas of UNIFIL, the United Nations Interim Force i...
Hillel students and professionals gear up to face anti-Israel campus activism
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Aug 19, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
Hillel students and professionals gear up to face anti-Israel campus activism ST. LOUIS -- Amanda Boris is nervous about what she’ll face when classes resume at the University of Wisconsin later th...
Barclays to pay $298 million in sanctions settlement
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Aug 19, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON -- Barclays Bank will pay $298 million to settle charges that it violated U.S. sanctions by conducting transactions with clients in Iran, Cuba, Libya, Sudan and Myanmar. According to cou...
Harvard says it's not divesting from Israel
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Aug 19, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON -- Harvard University said the sale of some of its investments in Israel was not politically motivated and it is not divesting from Israel. Harvard spokesman John Longbrake told Foreign ...
Israel will reject preconditions for talks
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Aug 19, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
Israel said it will reject any preconditions set forth by the Quartet of Middle East peace negotiators on resuming direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyah...
Israeli economy surprises with pace of growth
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Aug 19, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK -- Israeli economic growth unexpectedly accelerated to its fastest pace in more than two years. Exports and consumer spending increased, helping to sending up growth in the second quarter ...
El Al, JetBlue ink deal
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Aug 19, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK -- El Al and JetBlue will now offer connecting options for customers traveling between the United States and Israel. The deal, which was announced Aug. 12 after four months of negotiations...
Pakistan relief mailbox opened
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Aug 19, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and The Jewish Federations of North America are responding to a call from the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) to assist in collecting ...
Ground Zero mosque developer open to move
by JTA
Aug 16, 2010 | 2 2 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
The developer of a proposed mosque near Ground Zero said it would consider building elsewhere a day before President Obama defended its right to build there. New York Gov. David Paterson last week ...