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With White House set to approve Iran deal, options to shape outcome remote
WASHINGTON — The Iran deal may not be done, but bids by its opponents to shape it are all but buried. Skeptics of the nuclear negotiations have all but given up on a congressional role before the J...
May 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jewish midshipman, Amtrak victim remembered as strong student
Richard Zemser, the uncle of United States Naval Academy midshipman Justin Zemser, couldn’t say enough good things about his nephew. “He did more things in his young 20 years than anybody can imagi...
May 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Back in power, haredi parties aim to roll back religious reforms
TEL AVIV — Israel’s last governing coalition — divided on war, peace and economics — did agree on one thing: Israel’s religious policies needed to change. Now it appears that the incoming coalition...
May 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 ...
May 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jewish organizations in position to help make change in policing debate
WASHINGTON — From roundtable discussions to protests and prayers to candid talk with law enforcement officials, American Jewish communities are joining in the debate about community policing in the...
May 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Young pot entrepreneurs hope for potent business mixing Jewish and cannabis connections
DENVER — Seth Wong’s place of work is heavily cluttered, with shelves loaded with moldy bagels, stale cake and fermenting carrots. There’s a not-so-faint smell of urine in the air. But if all goes ...
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Religious Action Center welcomes new leader
Though the Reform movement’s social action arm has a new leader, the goals of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism remain the same. Close to 400 clergy and Reform movement activists packed...
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Tikkun Olam Makers’ turn technology into solutions for people with disabilities
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...
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Orthodox rabbis join the conversation on LGBTQ inclusion
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...
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ben-Gurion University of the Negev encourages women to excel in the sciences
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...
Apr 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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In intimate chat, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin lays out vision, concerns
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...
Apr 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Will Russia’s missile deal with Iran end Israel’s silence on Ukraine?
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...
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Anti-Semitism, Palestinian statehood factor into Jewish calculus in U.K. election
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’...
Apr 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Aliyah debate exposes French Jewry’s internal fault lines
by By Cnaan LiphshizJTA
Mar 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
PARIS — A burst of applause greeted Holocaust survivor Marek Halter and his close friend, Imam Hassen Chalghoumi, as they entered the Synagogue de la Victoire together in January. Halter, a celebra...
Will Netanyahu’s campaign rhetoric cause further estrangement with Washington?
by By Ron Kampeas JTA
Mar 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration’s first response to news that Benjamin Netanyahu had been reelected as prime minister of Israel appeared to be avoidance. White House spokesman Josh Earnest to...
Swarthmore Hillel votes to disaffiliate with Hillel Int’l
by By Uriel Heilman JTA
Mar 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — Swarthmore Hillel’s student board voted to drop its affiliation with Hillel International and change its name, citing Hillel International’s restrictions on Israel issues. Following an e...
Right or left, surprise a common reaction to Bibi victory
by By Toby Tabachnick Senior Staff Writer
Mar 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
Dafna Shimshi was surprised with last week’s Israeli election results, which catapulted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to an expected fourth term. “I think a lot of people were surprised...
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Mar 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
Reform rabbis install first openly gay president, Denise Eger The Central Conference of American Rabbis, the rabbinical arm of the Reform movement, has installed its first openly gay president, Rab...
NBC Universal’s ‘Dig’ travels far, but not as deep
by By Anthony Weiss JTA
Mar 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
LOS ANGELES — Last summer, in the midst of the Gaza conflict, the threat of rocket fire forced NBC Universal’s “Dig” to stop production in Jerusalem and move out of the country. If only the show it...
Oregon couple to brew kosher kegs for community
by By Anthony Weiss JTA
Mar 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
PORTLAND, Ore. — For Tim and Sonia Marie Leikam, the dream is nearly complete. Behind the couple’s tidy Victorian house on a tree-lined street in southeast Portland is a pitched-roof building that ...
Feeling panicked? It could be in the genes
by By Deborah Kotz
Mar 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
In designing and testing theories on how the body programs its 19,000 genes, Moshe Szyf, a geneticist and molecular biologist at McGill University in Montreal, has expanded the notion of Jewish gui...
Japanese culinary curiosity gives hummus its moment in the Rising Sun
by By Cnaan Liphshiz JTA
Mar 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
TOKYO — At the end of his 13-hour workday, Hidehiko Egata takes a seat at the bar at his regular eatery in this city’s upscale Shibuya neighborhood. A senior adviser at a local financial firm, Egat...
Ramaz taps an outsider, Eric Grossman, to lead elite modern Orthodox school
by By Uriel Heilman JTA
Mar 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — For the first time in its history, the Ramaz School, an elite modern Orthodox preparatory-style school in Manhattan, is tapping someone from outside its ranks to be its permanent head of...