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In reviewing ‘Hobby Lobby’ opinion, Jews see reasons to diverge over Neil Gorsuch
WASHINGTON — On June 27, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, based in Denver, handed down a decision that would make history a year later when it was upheld by the Supreme Court: ...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jerusalem art school fosters design talent among students with disabilities
JERUSALEM — The shrapnel that exploded into Asaf Ventura took a lot away from him: His body and brain were shredded, his right hand was mangled. He was unable to fire his gun, swing his tennis racq...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Left-wing groups ramp up protests of Trump’s Israel policies
WASHINGTON — Left-wing Jewish groups have launched a string of protests in response to confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump’s nominee for ambassador to Israel and Trump’s meeting with I...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs February 17
Marine Le Pen: No more dual nationalities for Israelis Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right National Front party, said she favored making it illegal to be a dual citizen of France and ot...
Feb 16, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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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...
Feb 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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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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With Betsy DeVos pushing school choice, Ohio Jewish schools sing its praises
by Ben Sales, JTA
Jan 25, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
When Kathy Mioni took over as the principal of Akiva Academy in the post-industrial city of Youngstown, Ohio, the school had 52 students and was in danger of closing within a year. Seven years late...
Obama was, for better or worse, the face of liberal Zionism
by Andrew Silow-Carroll, JTA
Jan 25, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
Analysis During his campaign for president in 2008, I wrote a column suggesting that Barack Obama was struggling to connect with Jews because they weren’t sure that he supported Israel’s cause in h...
Austrian official: Being Palestinian doesn’t make me anti-Israel
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Jan 25, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
VIENNA — Most pro-Palestinian activists don’t begin interviews about Israel by calling it “a startup miracle.” But then Muna Duzdar, president of the Austrian Palestinian Association, isn’t like mo...
Britain again breaks rank with Europe — this time over Israel
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Jan 25, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
Two days after delegates from more than 70 nations attended the Paris summit on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it is clear that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was wrong to label the m...
Tehran Holocaust refugees generating new interest amid global migrant crisis
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Jan 25, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
SAMARKAND, Uzbekistan — After starving for months in Siberia, 5-year-old Natan Rom thought he was in paradise when he arrived in this colorful trading hub in Central Asia. It was 1940, and Rom, alo...
Jerusalem schools, synagogues would be shut if UN resolution is implemented
by Rafael Medoff, JNS.org
Jan 25, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — The human consequences of implementing the recent United Nations resolution about Israel would be devastating, say American representatives of Israeli schools, synagogues and other ins...
Israel’s Argentinian Jews honor Alberto Nisman and demand justice
by Hillel Kuttler, JTA
Jan 25, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
NAHARIYA, Israel — On the morning of July 18, 1994, Hana Cohen headed from her apartment to the nearby AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires to run an errand. Edith Szerman Kogos walked to a bank a fe...
Trump and his inaugural signal major shifts
by George Altshuler, Special to The Chronicle
Jan 25, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Kenneth Manny, a veteran of the Vietnam War, flew up from Florida the day of President Donald Trump’s inauguration because he’d grown exasperated with business as usual in Washington. ...
In Israel, religious single moms gain greater acceptance
by Jennifer Richler, JTA
Jan 19, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM — When Alexandra Benjamin was pregnant recently with her son, she went shopping for appliances for her new apartment in Jerusalem. At the store, the religious salesman asked about her hus...
Obamacare repeal effort sends jitters through Jewish service groups
by Ben Sales, JTA
Jan 19, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — Before the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, Jewish Family Service of Metro Detroit organized local doctors to provide free care to Jews who lacked health insurance. The Detroit ag...