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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 | 26 26 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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‘Remember the 11 million’? Why an inflated victims tally irks Holocaust historians
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...
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Facing synagogue ban, Orthodox women clergy say they’ll keep working
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...
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Ellison or Perez? Jewish Dems name their candidate
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...
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This new kosher deli may be Miami’s hippest restaurant
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...
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Globe Briefs February 3
by JTA reports
Feb 02, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 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 | 32 32 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...
Citing intermarriage threat, Israeli rabbis ‘blacklist’ families deemed not Jewish
by Andrew Tobin, JTA
Feb 02, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV — Yael knew she would have to prove she was Jewish. But she never expected trying to get married would turn into a nearly yearlong investigation of her family. In the end Yael, who asked t...
Refugee ban puts Jewish asylum seekers in limbo
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Feb 02, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
A year after they submitted their application for asylum in the United States, Shahi and his mother expected to be let in. As Iranian Jews who applied for asylum through a federally recognized agen...
New vegan birthright trip takes flight in August
by Mathew Klickstein, Special to The Chronicle
Feb 02, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
For the first time in its nearly two-decade long history of sending young Jewish adults to Israel for a free 10-day immersive cultural experience, Birthright Israel: Mayanot will be offering a trip...
Globe Briefs January 27
by JTA reports
Jan 25, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
Obama administration gave $221M to Palestinians hours before Trump inauguration The Obama administration reportedly sent $221 million to the Palestinian Authority on the morning of Donald Trump’s i...
With Betsy DeVos pushing school choice, Ohio Jewish schools sing its praises
by Ben Sales, JTA
Jan 25, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 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 | 38 38 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 | 38 38 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 | 35 35 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...