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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...
Apr 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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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...
Apr 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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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...
Apr 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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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...
Apr 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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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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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...
Apr 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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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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Jury selection in Iowa kosher slaughterhouse trial begins
Oct 15, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 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 | 59 59 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
JTA
Oct 14, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 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
JTA
Oct 14, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 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...
Jewish security network to be national model
by Eric Fingerhut
JTA
Oct 14, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON -- A Jewish security network will be used as a national model by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The Secure Community Network, established 4 1/2 years ago by the Conference of ...
Does anger over Gaza threaten Turkey-Israel ties?
by Yigal Schleifer
JTA
Oct 14, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
ISTANBUL, Turkey -- Turkey’s decision to indefinitely postpone a military exercise apparently due to Israel’s planned involvement is raising concerns that Turkish-Israeli ties have not recovered fr...
Jews of color come together to explore identity
by Sue Fishkoff
JTA
Oct 14, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
PETALUMA, Calif. -- Dafna Wu, a 48-year-old San Francisco nurse, resembles her Chinese father more than her Jewish mother. She’s been Jewish her whole life, but she’s used to walking into synagogue...
J street parley attracting big names, but will Israel's ambassador attend?
by Ron Kampeas
JTA
Oct 14, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON – J Street has lined up plenty of high-profile speakers for its first major conference. But the new and controversial self-described "pro-Israel, pro-peace" lobby is looking to add one m...
Dan Glickman: Hollywood's man in D.C.
by Eric Fingerhut
JTA
Oct 14, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON -- After six years as agriculture secretary and five years as chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Dan Glickman knows something that might surprise some people:...
Religious communities: Fight poverty with green jobs
by Eric Fingerhut
JTA
Oct 14, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON -- Fighting poverty is an important goal of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs; so is protecting the environment. The umbrella group, which brings together the major synagogue movemen...