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Obamacare repeal effort sends jitters through Jewish service groups
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...
Jan 19, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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After bomb threats, FBI to coordinate with JCCs in ‘new reality’
NEW YORK — The FBI and Department of Homeland Security is assisting local Jewish community centers in bolstering security after 16 JCCs received bomb threats on the same day. On Wednesday last week...
Jan 19, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Is Europe’s jihadist problem generating empathy toward Israel?
Is terrorism softening European attitudes toward Israel? When a Palestinian terrorist used a car to ram and kill an Israeli soldier in eastern Jerusalem in 2014, the European Union urged “restraint...
Jan 19, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs January 13
House overwhelmingly approves resolution slamming UN and Obama The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly agreed to condemn a U.N. Security Council anti-settlements resolution and the Obama a...
Jan 12, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Left-hander Jeremy Bleich hoping to lead Israel to WBC success
If you’ve never heard of Jeremy Bleich, you’re not alone. After all, it’s been a while since the New Orleans product — who was an All-American left-hander at Stanford University — became a first-ro...
Jan 12, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Orthodox rabbis join opposition to ‘death with dignity’
The District of Columbia is one step away from becoming the seventh jurisdiction in the country to pass a medically assisted suicide measure. Despite growing acceptance of medically assisted suicid...
Jan 12, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Israel’s economy expected to slow in 2017
Israel’s economy hummed along in 2016 with an impressive estimated economic growth rate of 3.5 percent. That’s the good news. Unfortunately, “this year has been an outlier,” said Avi Weiss, executi...
Jan 12, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs January 6
Argentine court rules ex-president may have covered up Iranian bombing of Jewish center The appeals court in Buenos Aires has cleared the path to a criminal probe into former Argentine President Cr...
Jan 05, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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After Obama, what Netanyahu and his rivals expect from a ‘new era’
JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expects a “new era” when U.S. President-elect Donald Trump takes office this month. He said as much at a Chanukah candle-lighting ceremony Saturday, wh...
Jan 05, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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How the Israeli army wages war on waistlines
NETANYA, Israel — One fit young soldier scales a rope. Two others practice hand-to-hand combat. A large group marches across the sand. But those were just the inspirational photographs on the walls...
Dec 29, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Secret Hitler, a game of intrigue and deception, but not for everyone
Just in time for Chanukah comes Secret Hitler, a new social deduction game where players are assigned to be either “liberals” fighting the good fight, or “fascists” who will do whatever it takes to...
Dec 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs December 23
Trump nominates David Friedman as ambassador to Israel President-elect Donald Trump is nominating a top Jewish surrogate, David Friedman, to be ambassador to Israel, with a statement saying Friedma...
Dec 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Why I won’t celebrate Christmas in England even though everyone else does
I just had a strange, brief moment of wondering whether my Jewish, atheist family ought to celebrate Christmas. And it all started with one sentence: “Santa Claus brings magic to childhood.” Recent...
Dec 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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A tale of two Chanukah parties: Obama’s last and Trump (International’s) first
by Ron Kampeas, JTA
Dec 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Weird paradoxes have been packed into Chanukah observance forever. It’s the holiday about killing infidels that is now celebrated as a victory of religious pluralism. It’s the unoffici...
This Jewish woman’s research may save millions of lives
by Victor Wishna, JTA
Dec 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Joanna Slusky places a test tube into an incubating shaker, flips the switch, and it begins to quiver. So does she. “I’m excited,” she said, showing off another gadget in her lab, ...
Globe Briefs December 16
by JTA reports
Dec 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
Cut out traditional Chanukah doughnuts, health minister tells Israelis Israel’s health minister called on the public to refrain from eating the traditional Chanukah treat sufganiyot. “I call on the...
In Manuel Valls, French Jews get a presidential candidate they can trust
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Dec 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
PARIS — Although his country is entering one of the most dramatic election campaigns in recent memory, Isy Morgensztern had no intention of exercising his right to vote. A left-wing Ashkenazi Jewis...
John Kerry: There are ‘things we can do’ to preserve two-state solution
by Ron Kampeas, JTA
Dec 14, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Outgoing Secretary of State John Kerry signaled in a speech that the Obama administration was still considering action on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in its final days, although i...
Breitbart’s Jerusalem chief explains site’s ‘nationalist’ appeal
by Andrew Tobin, JTA
Dec 14, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV — Stephen Bannon recently called Breitbart News “the most pro-Israel site in the United States of America.” That will not change with Bannon leaving the far-right news website for the Whit...
Betsy DeVos, Trump pick for education, pleases Orthodox, spooks church-state separationists
by Ron Kampeas, JTA
Dec 14, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Add sweeping school reforms — and with them, funding for private schools that Orthodox groups embrace and secular Jewish groups fear — to the campaign promises that Donald Trump plans ...
Keith Ellison’s ascent signals the Democrats’ willingness to redefine ‘pro-Israel’
by Ron Kampeas, JTA
Nov 30, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — The most shocking thing about talk of Keith Ellison’s Israel record as he rises within the Democratic Party is how few think it’s shocking. Rep. Ellison (D-Minn.) is a leading contende...
Globe Briefs December 2
by JTA reports
Nov 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
France returns painting to family of Jewish couple who fled Nazis France returned a 16th-century painting to the grandchildren of a German-Jewish couple who were forced to sell the work in Paris as...
Jewish Trump voters are ready for their party to get started
by Ben Sales, JTA
Nov 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — Everyone said their guy was going to lose. Three quarters of their fellow American Jews voted for the other candidate. But now, Jewish Trump voters are triumphant. “I was elated,” said J...