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Soul food: Aspiring haredi cooks train for restaurant jobs
JERUSALEM — Five haredi Orthodox men are standing around a large wooden table crowded with bowls of chopped tomato, garlic, carrots and greens, their ritual fringes poking out from under their apro...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Money, influence at stake in U.S. Zionist elections
WASHINGTON — One day last week, Alyssa Gabay opened her laptop on her kitchen table, and with a few clicks cast her vote in an international Jewish election that could influence how millions of dol...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rising star: Schiff surges to key congressional post
Although Democrats no longer hold the majority in the House of Representatives, one Jewish lawmaker’s clout is rising. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is now the ranking member — the top Democrat — of ...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Oil spill heightens sense of urgency at Israeli conference on green energy
The worst oil spill in Israel’s history was the unplanned backdrop for a recent international conference on green energy held in Eilat, the country’s southernmost city. A busy port and popular reso...
Jan 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amid $6M deficit, Detroit-area JCC may close
Amid persistent budget deficits, the Jewish community center building in the Detroit suburb of Oak Park may close this spring. The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit announced Monday that a ...
Jan 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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After attack, spike in emigration could deplete France’s Jewish community
PARIS – Taken alone, the attack on the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket near Paris is nothing that French Jews haven’t seen before. Arguably, the 2012 attack that caught the Toulouse community unpre...
Jan 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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A perfect pitch: For Jewish baseball purists, Cuba beckons
To the dismay of baseball fan Kit Krieger, future travels to Cuba will no longer include get-togethers with ex-Washington Senators pitcher Connie Marrero. Marrero, who played for Washington from 19...
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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With French ultimatum, European votes on Palestine recognition gain traction
When Britain’s Parliament voted in favor of recognizing Palestine in October, Elie Barnavi, a former Israeli ambassador to France, dismissed the motion as mere symbolism. Reflecting many Israelis’ ...
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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For poker champ Ari Engel, kipah works to his advantage
NEW YORK — Ari Engel is homeless. It’s been a decade since he last held a regular job and two years since he gave up his apartment. But don’t shed any tears for him. Over the last 10 years or so, E...
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Will Russia’s economic woes burst bubble for Jews?
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — In the basement of one of Europe’s largest synagogues, 100 Jews are waiting to meet local film star Boris Smolkin. The crowd applauds enthusiastically as the 66-year-old fu...
Dec 31, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Estonia’s kosher food problem yields smartphone solution 
When Haim Grinfeld from Tallinn began keeping kosher, he would go to the supermarket and phone up his good friend Moshe Beshkin, a software developer who is one of a handful of observant Jews livin...
Dec 31, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘A rabbi of rabbis’: Harold Schulweis, path-breaking thinker and activist, dies at 89
LOS ANGELES — As a path-breaking thinker, innovator and activist, Rabbi Harold Schulweis’ role extended far beyond his base as the spiritual leader of his Los Angeles-area congregation. “Harold Sch...
Dec 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs December 25
Gal Mekel released by NBA’s Pelicans Gal Mekel, the second Israeli to play in the NBA, was released by the New Orleans Pelicans after two weeks. Mekel, a point guard, had been acquired by the Pelic...
Dec 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hoopster leaving high school to go pro in Israel
by JTA
Aug 14, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK -- An American high schooler signed a contract to play professionally for an Israeli basketball team next season. Jeremy Tyler on Wednesday became the first basketball player to turn pro b...
Technology transforming genealogy research
by Hillel Kuttler
JTA
Aug 13, 2009 | 2 2 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
PHILADELPHIA — In genealogy research, crumbling documents and high-speed Internet connections often go hand in hand. So it goes for Schelly Talalay Dardashti. At a workshop she ran a few years ago ...
Israel’s consul general in Boston called on to resign
by JTA
Aug 13, 2009 | 1 1 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman called on Israel’s consul general in Boston to resign after he criticized the government’s handling of relations with the United States. “Any official who is unco...
Former Nazi lieutenant sentenced to life in prison
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Aug 13, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
A former Nazi lieutenant was sentenced to life in prison for ordering the murder of Italian civilians in June 1944. Josef Scheungraber was found guilty Tuesday by a Munich court of 10 of the 14 mur...
13-year-old donates $40,000 to build park in Israel
by JTA
Aug 13, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
A 13-year-old from New York donated $40,000 to build a park in southern Israel. Benjamin Sternklar Davis decided to give the money he received for his bar mitzvah to the town of Sderot, which has b...
Rabbinic group endorses human rights for Israel’s Arab minority
by JTA
Aug 13, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
A rabbinic group endorsed an organization promoting human rights for Israel’s Arab minority. The Central Conference of American Rabbis, which represents 2,000 Reform rabbis, adopted a resolution Tu...
New Postville book blames feds, globalization for town’s collapse
by Sue Fishkoff
JTA
Aug 06, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
SAN FRANCISCO -- Postville, Iowa, home of the now-defunct Agriprocessors slaughterhouse, is a rural town struggling with diversity, brought down by political indifference and a failed immigration p...
Land reform to privatize parts of Jewish state
by Daniella Cheslow
Aug 06, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV -- Efrat Avigzer, 37, lives in a three-bedroom house with no bomb shelter in Ofakim, a town of 25,000 people in the Negev. When she and her husband signed up for a housing lot more than tw...
Saudi king urges Palestinians to unite
by JTA
Aug 06, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON -- Saudi King Abdullah urged Palestinians to unite, saying their internal divisions have done more harm to their cause than Israel has. "I frankly tell you that all that the arrogant and...
Jews on Ukraine influential list
by JTA
Aug 06, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
KIEV, Ukraine -- Two rabbis join mayors and billionaires on a Kiev weekly's list of most influential people in two Ukrainian regions. Eduard Gurvitz, the mayor of Odessa, was named the most influen...