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First in line for Portuguese citizenship: Jewish dreamers and fortune seekers
Hunched over a monument for thousands of Jews killed in a 1506 massacre in Lisbon, Danielle Karo (not her real name) felt a swelling in her eyes. To Karo, an American poet and business analyst who ...
Apr 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Portraits of Irish Holocaust survivors present nation with a teachable moment
When Irish artist Diana Muller first presented her works in progress — paintings of some of her country’s few remaining Holocaust survivors — to the Irish Jewish Museum in Dublin City, museum vice ...
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In Indiana, an uncomfortable turn in the spotlight
The talk at Rabbi Michael Friedland’s seder table in South Bend, Ind., was about Memories Pizza in the small Indiana town of Walkerton. Not that the celebrants already had tired of unleavened food ...
Apr 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Is ‘Mein Kampf’ a learning tool or too offensive and dangerous to reissue?
Given the current climate of rising anti-Semitism in Europe and elsewhere, is it too offensive and dangerous to reissue Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” autobiographical manifesto? Critics of the book’s...
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Natural gas lights a brighter future for northern Israelis
Jobs are coming to northern Israel in the country’s fledgling natural gas industry, and Erez College is opening the door to those new careers. People have long joked that after 40 years in the dese...
Apr 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pew study: In North America, Muslims to overtake Jews by 2035
NEW YORK — In 20 years, there will be more Muslims in North America than Jews, according to a new Pew Research Center report. The report, which was released April 2, also found that more American J...
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No longer newcomers, Israelis in Europe get organized
Whenever he would fly from his native Israel back home to the Netherlands, Serge Lypcyz would bring a heavy load of Hebrew-language books with him. Lypcyz and his Israeli friends in Amsterdam depen...
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Jewish refugees safe from war, but facing economic crisis in Kiev
KIEV — In a crowded room of the Tolkachov family’s tiny apartment here, a couch and twin bed sit kitty-corner from each other, sandwiching a small crib. In another corner, a wooden table is clutter...
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Meet Omer Mei-Dan: Israeli BASE jumper, stuntman and orthopedic surgeon
BOULDER, Colo. — Omer Mei-Dan has jumped off more cliffs than he can count — not to mention helicopters, skyscrapers and bridges. Just don’t call him a skydiver. An orthopedic surgeon and extreme s...
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When Jews found refuge in underground warren at Warsaw Zoo
WARSAW — In a carriage bound for the Warsaw Zoo, Moshe Tirosh could sense his parents’ fear and the strong odor of alcohol wafting from the direction of the driver and his horse. The trepidation th...
Apr 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Philly day school bathroom seen as symbol of transgender inclusion
At most Jewish day schools, naming honors tend to be attached to grand spaces — auditoriums, prayer spaces, gymnasiums and the like. But at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, a pluralistic day sch...
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Meet Ruth Porat, Google’s new CFO
To the business media, the symbolism of Ruth Porat’s move from her position as chief financial officer of Morgan Stanley to her newly announced perch as Google’s CFO of the future couldn’t be more ...
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Aliyah debate exposes French Jewry’s internal fault lines
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...
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JCorps founder wins first Jewish Community Heroes award
by Jacob Berkman
JTA
Nov 12, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — After weeks of deliberation and the tally of more than 600,000 online votes, the Jewish Federations of North America has named its first Jewish Community Hero — Ari Teman, the founder of...
For the disabled, Birthright trips are extra special
by Gil Shefler
JTA
Nov 12, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — Pamela Saeks thought her daughter Karly, who has Asperger’s syndrome, would never be able to go on Birthright Israel, the program that offers Diaspora Jews free trips to Israel. “For yea...
Specter introduces resolution to televise Supreme Court proceedings
by Kate Kelly
Press Secretary U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter
Nov 06, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), along with seven colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced a Sense of the Senate Resolution urging the Supreme Court to permi...
Leipzig becoming Orthodox Jewish hub in Germany
by Ben Harris
JTA
Nov 06, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
LEIPZIG, Germany -- At age 12, Pasha Segal arrived in Braunschweig, Germany from Ukraine knowing he was Jewish but lacking any further understanding of what that meant. At 19, he underwent ritual c...
Can Jewish tenets be a model for a more eco-friendly world?
by By Gil Shefler
JTA
Nov 06, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK -- Have Jews been "green" for millennia without knowing it? A Jewish delegation made the case this week to a climate-change conference in Britain, arguing for eco-friendly measures based o...
Despite progress, Obama hesitant about Netanyahu meeting
by Ron Kampeas
JTA
Nov 05, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON -- With President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu set to appear at the same convention of Jewish activists, and their governments nearing a deal on the thorny settlem...
Clinton said Israel’s concessions on settlement building fall short of Washington’s expectations
by JTA
Nov 05, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Israel’s concessions on settlement building fall short of Washington’s expectations. Two days after she praised Israel for offering what she call...
Time right for budget-minded shoppers to buy a green car
by The Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine
Nov 05, 2009 | 1 1 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
Dear EarthTalk: Celebrities and billionaires are shelling out big bucks for cutting edge green-friendly cars such as the Tesla Roadster. But what are the rest of us, who live in the budget-constrai...
Reform biennial in Toronto to focus on Israeli Arabs, interfaith dialogue
by Sue Fishkoff
JTA
Oct 29, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
SAN FRANCISCO — A newly restructured and slimmed down Union for Reform Judaism will focus on interfaith relations and the rights of Israeli Arabs at its biennial convention Nov. 4-8 in Toronto. Add...
Project documents stories of Jewish refugees from Arab countries
by Sue Fishkoff
JTA
Oct 29, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
SAN FRANCISCO — Joseph Samuels, born Yosef Sasson in Baghdad, was 18 when he fled Iraq for the new state of Israel. It was 1949, and life was becoming increasingly difficult for Jews in Iraq, as it...