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The obvious choice: Relief for Britain’s Jews as Cameron elected to second term
LONDON — A large chunk of Britain’s Jewish community breathed a sigh of relief on May 8, when David Cameron secured a second five-year term as prime minister. The Conservative’s win of an outright ...
Jun 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jews in a box: Can Germany afford to let its Jewish community disappear?
BERLIN — An exhibit at the Jewish Museum in Berlin raised eyebrows two years ago for its examination of the discomfort of Germans with the Jews in their midst. In the exhibit, a Jew sat in a three-...
Jun 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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A long train trip: But a ride across Siberia uncovers thriving Jewish communties
In May 1891, the Grand Duke Nicholas II, who later became the last czar, picked up a ceremonial shovel and emptied a wheelbarrow full of soil onto an embankment in the port city of Vladivostok. It ...
Jun 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Burma: one synagogue and much beauty
[Editor’s note: The military government of Burma changed the country name to "Myanmar" in 1989. According to the State Department, it remains U.S. policy to refer to the country as Burma in most co...
Jun 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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A tech exec with a soft spot for Israel
NEW YORK – When Stephen Kaufer, the CEO of TripAdvisor, an $11 billion company that runs America’s leading user-generated hotel review website, thinks back to all the places he has visited, one sta...
Jun 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Will Sephardic Jews join Ashkenazi embrace of premarriage genetic testing?
“There is no person in the world without issues,” says Rabbi Yosef Ekstein, the founder of the organization Dor Yeshorim (“Upright Generation” in Hebrew), a confidential genetic screening system us...
Jun 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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OU delegation warns of rise in threats
Attendees of the Orthodox Union Leadership Mission to Washington made clear to the politicians their concerns over ongoing Iran nuclear negotiations and domestic security funding for Jewish institu...
Jun 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Chief Rabbi Lau: No intention to remove Rabbi Riskin from his job
JERUSALEM— The Chief Rabbinate has no intention of removing Efrat Chief Rabbi Shlomo Riskin from his position, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau said. “There has never been any intention to push out ...
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Supreme Court strikes down Israel passport law
Stressing the supremacy of presidential over congressional power to set foreign policy, the Supreme Court struck down a federal statute that would allow American citizens born in Jerusalem to list ...
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Ex-CFO of San Diego JCC pleads guilty to embezzling $400k
Two former staff members at San Diego’s Jewish community center pleaded guilty to embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the institution in two separate schemes. Nancy Johnson, chief fina...
Jun 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jewish comedian goes big in China — but the humor doesn’t always translate
How do you tell a joke in China about Jews when the only things most Chinese think they know about the Chosen People is that they’re smart and good with money? That was Jesse Appell’s quandary when...
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Young couples now getting Birthright-style ‘honeymoons’ in Israel
JERUSALEM  — Jay and Mikelle sat next to each other on the bus as it ascended the road to Jerusalem. Later the same day they accompanied each other on an emotional trip to Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holo...
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Orange pullout seen as sign of BDS influence on French policy
To Israel’s supporters, the decision by the French telecommunications giant Orange to dump its Israeli affiliate is not only a politically motivated divestment by a major multinational corporation,...
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Demjanjuk trial postponed
by JTA
Dec 03, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
The trial of accused Nazi camp guard John Demjanjuk was postponed because the defendant was too sick to come to court. Prison doctors determined that Demjanjuk, 89, and said to be ill with several ...
Trial opens for alleged war criminal Demjanjuk; prosecutors confident
by Toby Dershowitz
JTA
Dec 03, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 106 106 recommendations | email to a friend
MUNICH — The long-awaited Nazi war crimes trial of John Demjanjuk opened here with his attorney claiming that his client is a scapegoat for German guilt over the Holocaust. Demjanjuk, 89, is charge...
U.S., Israel closing gaps on Iran and peacemaking
by Leslie Susser
JTA
Dec 03, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM — Israel and the United States seem closer than they have been for months on two key issues: peacemaking with the Palestinians and Iranian nuclear ambitions. The point was hammered home w...
Census shows rise in Jewish school enrollment
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Dec 02, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 97 97 recommendations | email to a friend
Enrollment at Jewish elementary and secondary schools in the United States is on the rise, according to the findings of a new AVI CHAI Foundation census. But the news isn’t all good. There are 228,...
Israeli army to fight Facebook enemies
by JTA
Dec 02, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM -- The Israel Defense Forces will draft recruits to fight the enemy on Facebook and Twitter. The IDF is set to begin drafting computer experts in order to start a new media department uni...
Jewish Labor Committee calls for Hyatt boycott
by JTA
Dec 02, 2009 | 1 1 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON -- The Jewish Labor Committee is calling on Jews to boycott Hyatt Hotels. The call comes following the news earlier this fall that the hotel chain had laid off approximately 100 members ...
White House to kindle rare Czech menorah
by JTA
Dec 02, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM -- A rare menorah on loan from the Jewish Museum in Prague will be lit during a special White House ceremony. The museum handed over the rare menorah on Tuesday to Mary Thompson-Jones, ch...
Talking Israel, Jews and anti-Semitism at Amsterdam film festival
by Ben Harris
JTA
Dec 01, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend
AMSTERDAM -- A hushed crowd filed into a standing-room-only space above the Escape Club in Amsterdam last week to hear the Iranian-Canadian filmmaker Maziar Bahari describe the four months he spent...
As Demjanjuk trial nears, prosecutors confident they can convict
by Toby Axelrod
JTA
Nov 23, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
BERLIN -- Whether in a wheelchair or on his own two feet, John Demjanjuk will enter Munich District Court on Nov. 30 to stand trial for World War II-era crimes against humanity. He is charged as an...
Israeli soldiers spark fears, shift debate with threats of not carrying out order
by Leslie Susser
JTA
Nov 23, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM -- Top Israeli political and military leaders are increasingly worried about several recent incidents involving soldiers publicly declaring their refusal to evacuate Jewish settlers from ...