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Human Rights Reports slams Iran
Torture and violence without impunity are among the abuses the Iranian regime has conducted against its own people, according to the State Department’s Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for...
Jul 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Is a nuclear deal with Iran in sight?
Iran’s foreign minister returned to nuclear negotiations Tuesday morning, insisting he had a mandate to finalize a deal with world powers. But as the clock wound down on the self-imposed June 30 de...
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Green Party’s Stein: ‘Let’s fight like our lives depend on it’
By Josh Marks Calling for an end to corporate capitalism and the two-party political system, Dr. Jill Stein kicked off her campaign for president on the Green Party ticket with a speech June 23 at ...
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Throughout Hillary Clinton’s life and career, U.S. Jews have been close at hand
WASHINGTON – From the man who married her grandmother to the man who married her daughter, from working a room full of bar mitzvah guests on behalf of her husband’s political career to headlining m...
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J Street U ‘disappointed’ after Hillel meeting
WASHINGTON — Members of J Street U’s National Student Board walked away “disappointed” after a lengthy on-the-record meeting with representatives from Hillel International. Four student board membe...
Jun 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 ...
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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 | 8 8 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 ...
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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 | 8 8 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 | 8 8 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...
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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...
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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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‘Tikkun Olam Makers’ turn technology into solutions for people with disabilities
by Maayan Jaffe, JNS.org
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
From cyber-security to medicine to agriculture, Israeli innovators are coming up with ideas that make life safer, easier, and more efficient. These creations, in turn, simultaneously fund the Jewis...
Orthodox rabbis join the conversation on LGBTQ inclusion
by Gabe Friedman, JTA
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — A group of modern Orthodox rabbis have done what advocates for Orthodox gays and lesbians say would have been unthinkable as recently as five years ago: They spoke at a conference on the...
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev encourages women to excel in the sciences
by Melissa Gerr
Apr 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
BEERSHEVA, Israel — In sync with a worldwide momentum to attract more women to STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math — for their study and career choices, Israel’s Council for Hig...
In intimate chat, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin lays out vision, concerns
by Judy Lash Balint, JNS.org
Apr 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
You could call it Israel’s version of former U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “fireside chat.” President Reuven Rivlin, 75, sat down with English-speaking reporters in advance of his first Is...
Will Russia’s missile deal with Iran end Israel’s silence on Ukraine?
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Apr 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
After Russia invaded Ukraine in March 2014, Israel resisted pressure to join the United States and its European allies in condemning the move — citing in particular its concern not to antagonize Ru...
Anti-Semitism, Palestinian statehood factor into Jewish calculus in U.K. election
by Alina Dain Sharon, JNS.org
Apr 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
Rising anti-Semitism and the issue of Palestinian statehood will be among the factors in the equation for Jewish voters when the United Kingdom heads to the polls on May 7 to determine the country’...
Pro-Israel effort to combat BDS on U.S. state level gains steam
by Sean Savage, JNS.org
Apr 30, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
Resolutions condemning the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel in the Tennessee and Indiana state legislatures mark what a group of pro-Israel organizations and grassroo...
Despite anti-Semitism’s nationwide increase, proactive Pittsburgh stays calm
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
Only eight instances of anti-Semitism in Pittsburgh were reported to monitoring agencies in 2014, which is relatively good news for the local Jewish community in light of last month’s Anti-Defamati...
In aftermath of Nepal quake, Israelis sending help, looking for their own
by Ben Sales, JTA
Apr 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV — Rabbi Chezki Lifshitz was in the middle of the Torah reading on Saturday when he felt the ground shake. It was “as if a small windmill was underground and was moving the entire area,” th...
Met Museum’s new president likens role to managing Yanks
by Hillel Kuttler, JTA
Apr 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
Visiting the Memorial de Caen museum in Normandy, France, in 1996, Daniel Weiss was captivated by eight photographs showing the public hanging of three partisans in Minsk, Belarus, on Oct. 26, 1941...