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The obvious choice: 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 ...
Jun 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jews in a box: Can Germany afford to let its Jewish community disappear?
BERLIN — An exhibit at the Jewish Museum in Berlin raised eyebrows two years ago for its examination of the discomfort of Germans with the Jews in their midst. In the exhibit, a Jew sat in a three-...
Jun 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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A long train trip: But a ride across Siberia uncovers thriving Jewish communties
In May 1891, the Grand Duke Nicholas II, who later became the last czar, picked up a ceremonial shovel and emptied a wheelbarrow full of soil onto an embankment in the port city of Vladivostok. It ...
Jun 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Burma: one synagogue and much beauty
[Editor’s note: The military government of Burma changed the country name to "Myanmar" in 1989. According to the State Department, it remains U.S. policy to refer to the country as Burma in most co...
Jun 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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A tech exec with a soft spot for Israel
NEW YORK – When Stephen Kaufer, the CEO of TripAdvisor, an $11 billion company that runs America’s leading user-generated hotel review website, thinks back to all the places he has visited, one sta...
Jun 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Will Sephardic Jews join Ashkenazi embrace of premarriage genetic testing?
“There is no person in the world without issues,” says Rabbi Yosef Ekstein, the founder of the organization Dor Yeshorim (“Upright Generation” in Hebrew), a confidential genetic screening system us...
Jun 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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OU delegation warns of rise in threats
Attendees of the Orthodox Union Leadership Mission to Washington made clear to the politicians their concerns over ongoing Iran nuclear negotiations and domestic security funding for Jewish institu...
Jun 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Chief Rabbi Lau: No intention to remove Rabbi Riskin from his job
JERUSALEM— The Chief Rabbinate has no intention of removing Efrat Chief Rabbi Shlomo Riskin from his position, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau said. “There has never been any intention to push out ...
Jun 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Supreme Court strikes down Israel passport law
Stressing the supremacy of presidential over congressional power to set foreign policy, the Supreme Court struck down a federal statute that would allow American citizens born in Jerusalem to list ...
Jun 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ex-CFO of San Diego JCC pleads guilty to embezzling $400k
Two former staff members at San Diego’s Jewish community center pleaded guilty to embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the institution in two separate schemes. Nancy Johnson, chief fina...
Jun 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jewish comedian goes big in China — but the humor doesn’t always translate
How do you tell a joke in China about Jews when the only things most Chinese think they know about the Chosen People is that they’re smart and good with money? That was Jesse Appell’s quandary when...
Jun 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Young couples now getting Birthright-style ‘honeymoons’ in Israel
JERUSALEM  — Jay and Mikelle sat next to each other on the bus as it ascended the road to Jerusalem. Later the same day they accompanied each other on an emotional trip to Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holo...
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Orange pullout seen as sign of BDS influence on French policy
To Israel’s supporters, the decision by the French telecommunications giant Orange to dump its Israeli affiliate is not only a politically motivated divestment by a major multinational corporation,...
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Egypt preventing protesters from entering Gaza Strip
by JTA
Dec 31, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Egypt is preventing some 1,300 protesters from around the world from entering the Gaza Strip through the Rafah border crossing. The protesters, from more than 40 countries, are part of the Gaza Fre...
Muslims post messages against anti-Semitism on Facebook
by JTA
Dec 31, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
Muslims placed personal messages against anti-Semitism on the Facebook page of a Muslim reformist and author. The hundreds of personal messages on Irshad Manji’s Facebook fan page were a thank you ...
Chlorinated water has a dark side, but what is there to do about it?
by Earth Talk
Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine
Dec 31, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
Dear EarthTalk: I am very concerned about the amount of chlorine in my tap water. I called my water company and they said it is safe just let the tap run for a while to rid the smell of the chlorin...
Israeli women fight relegation to back of bus
by Gil Shefler
JTA
Dec 31, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM — Three years ago, a 57-year-old grandmother got on a bus in Israel departing Rechovot for Givat Shmuel and sat in a vacant seat in the front. Shortly after taking her seat, the woman was...
Orthodox demonstrators in Jerusalem protested against Intel
by JTA
Dec 28, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 96 96 recommendations | email to a friend
Thousands of Orthodox demonstrators in Jerusalem protested against Intel, which operates a plant in the city on Saturdays. During Sunday evening’s protest, demonstrators threw rocks, injuring two p...
Kadima party lawmakers unanimously reject Netanyahu’s offer to join his government
by JTA
Dec 28, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Kadima party lawmakers unanimously rejected Benjamin Netanyahu’s offer to join his government. The party’s Knesset members met Monday to discuss the prime minister’s offer to join the government, u...
Carter: Grandson’s race not reason enough to apologize
by Ron Kampeas
JTA
Dec 23, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 92 92 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Jimmy Carter is asking the Jewish community for forgiveness — and insists it’s not simply because his grandson has decided to launch a political career with a run for the Georgia state...
Results from Copenhagen disappoint many Jews
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Dec 23, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 119 119 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Warren Stone knew just what he would do when he saw the long chain of windmills jutting out from the Baltic Sea. Shofar in hand, he raised the ram’s horn to his lips and blew — an “awakening”...
From ‘holiday’ to ‘Chanuka,’ a busy week in D.C.
by Ron Kampeas
JTA
Dec 23, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — The incumbent president called it a “holiday,” until he called it “Chanuka,” and a few Jews wondered if their fellows weren’t being oversensitive about it. Who said Chanuka isn’t touch...
State cuts funding for Shoa education
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Dec 17, 2009 | 1 1 comments | 132 132 recommendations | email to a friend
About $60,000 in funding for Holocaust education in Pennsylvania has been cut from the 2009-2010 state budget by the office of Gov. Edward Rendell. That leaves no state funds currently appropriated...