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This Sephardi Jew sees preserving Ladino as ‘act of resistance’ against Trump
One-year-old Vidal doesn’t know the significance behind the lullaby his father sings him at bedtime. He knows it helps him fall asleep, but not that the Ladino song is part of an effort to teach hi...
Mar 23, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Not just prayers: Synagogues are organizing to fight Trump’s agenda
NEW YORK — The day after the presidential election, as congregants gathered in her Brooklyn synagogue to air their feelings, Rabbi Rachel Timoner was already starting to organize against the incomi...
Mar 23, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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If at first you don’t succeed, add it to the Wall of Rejection
Admitting defeat is the first step to accepting rejection. But what if you get rejected again — and again? On college campuses, the competitive nature to strive to be the best outweighs the reality...
Mar 23, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Meet the Jewish artist behind the haunting Purim puppets of Paris
Though he may be one of France’s best-known puppet makers, Michel Nedjar insists he does not really create the acclaimed and haunting figures that he calls his “Purim puppets.” A former tailor’s ap...
Mar 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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A Cuban pitcher gets a firm grip on life in Israel
TEL AVIV — Unlike the dangerous maritime escapes attempted by some of his fellow Cuban baseball players, the worst Alejandro Eskenazi endured to leave the island nation was a mountain of paperwork....
Mar 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Celebrating 10 years, egalitarian yeshiva wants to expand learning among Jews in the pews
NEW YORK — In the upstairs sanctuary of a Manhattan synagogue, a group of rabbis is studying Jewish texts on pluralism and community. One floor below, 22 students are sitting in pairs poring over t...
Mar 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Why former US envoy Dan Shapiro keeps staying in Israel
RAANANA, Israel — Dan Shapiro can’t seem to leave Israel. Before stepping down as the U.S. ambassador to the country in January, he said he would stay long enough for his daughters to finish the sc...
Mar 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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J Street in the age of Trump
WASHINGTON — The reality of Donald Trump’s presidency loomed over J Street’s policy conference this week, but J Street leadership and participants at the conference stuck to the dovish, pro-Israel ...
Mar 02, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Middle East big topic at JCPA gathering
WASHINGTON — There were two Steve Bannons at the Jewish Council for Public Affairs gathering this week. At one session, the presidential adviser was the man seeking the “deconstruction of the admin...
Mar 02, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tel Aviv and Jerusalem marathons revel in a ‘healthy competition’
TEL AVIV — Noah Roth likes to recall two moments from Israeli marathons in which he’s raced: a competitor in Jerusalem breezing by him in 2010 wearing all-black, haredi Orthodox garb but for a whit...
Mar 02, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs February 24
Chilean official: ‘Israelite’ tourists cannot be barred, can be expelled from hostels A senior official of an entity tied to the Chilean government threatened Israeli tourists after a group was rem...
Feb 23, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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French Jewish scholar’s hate speech trial leaves anti-racism activists bitter, divided
The hate speech trial of a prominent French historian charged with calling Arabs innately anti-Semitic is dividing French Jews and sowing dissent within the local equivalent of the Anti-Defamation ...
Feb 23, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Holocaust tourism’ is probed in a compelling documentary
NEW YORK — How do people behave when they visit a concentration camp or a Holocaust memorial? Do they act as if they are in a place of reverence or mourning? Or do they behave as crowds do at any t...
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In France’s elections, dramatic upsets turn surprise front-runner into top choice for many Jews
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Feb 16, 2017 | 3 3 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Jews gather at rallies across US urging support for refugees
by Josefin Dolsten, JTA
Feb 16, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Dutch Jewish wedding film from 1939 shines light on doomed community
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Feb 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
JCC bomb threat probe hindered by tech disguises
by Ben Sales, JTA
Feb 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
‘Remember the 11 million’? Why an inflated victims tally irks Holocaust historians
by Ron Kampeas, JTA
Feb 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Facing synagogue ban, Orthodox women clergy say they’ll keep working
by Ben Sales, JTA
Feb 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Ellison or Perez? Jewish Dems name their candidate
by Daniel Schere, Special to The Chronicle
Feb 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
This new kosher deli may be Miami’s hippest restaurant
by Lucy Cohen Blatter, JTA
Feb 02, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Globe Briefs February 3
by JTA reports
Feb 02, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
Netanyahu and Trump to meet Feb. 15 President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 15. Trump “looks forward to discussing strategic tech...
Jared Kushner’s college rabbi recalls a snow-shoveling student mega-donor
by Ben Sales, JTA
Feb 02, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
Jared Kushner was already a regular at the Harvard Chabad when he walked in one day, took a crumpled piece of paper out of his jacket pocket, put it down on the table and walked away. It was a pers...