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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 | 4 4 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 | 2 2 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 | 19 19 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 | 26 26 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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Isaac Herzog promises unity in his bid for prime minister
by Ben Sales, JTA
Mar 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV — Isaac Herzog paces slowly up and down the stage, one hand in his suit pocket, a slight smile forming through his slender lips. Quietly, his heavy breath audible through the microphone, t...
Deal or no deal? More questions than answers surround nuclear Iran
by Dmitriy Shapiro
Mar 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
The debate over whether the Obama administration’s nuclear negotiations with Iran were on track toward a good deal, bad deal or no deal took center stage earlier this week. A three-legged checks-an...
In Lithuania, Yiddish teacher becomes unlikely bulwark against far right
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Mar 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
KAUNAS, Lithuania — Dovid Katz isn’t typically a hard man to miss. With his bushy charcoal beard, heavy physique and trademark all-black outfits, Katz, a New York-born scholar of Yiddish, resembles...
Why there is no Chabad house in Havana
by Josh Tapper, JTA
Mar 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
HAVANA — On the freshly painted, salmon-colored walls of Alberto and Rebeca Meshulam’s apartment, two portraits of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, frame the entranceway le...
Globe Briefs March 5
by JTA Reports
Mar 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
Argentine judge dismisses Nisman accusations against Kirchner A federal judge in Argentina dismissed the complaint against President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner that she covered up Iran’s role i...
On foreign policy, Bush navigates between brother, father
by Ron Kampeas, JTA
Mar 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — As clearly as Jeb Bush has stated that he does not want his foreign policy chops assessed against that of his brother — or his father — his choice in advisers has only made things murk...
Addressing Congress, Netanyahu slams ‘bad deal’ with Iran
by Ron Kampeas, JTA
Mar 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech, in the end, was about reminding Americans that the enemy of your enemy may still be your enemy. He may have lost some friends in the...
Where does war authorization aimed at ISIS leave Iran?
by Dmitriy Shapiro
Feb 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Don’t make the enemy of your enemy your friend. That's the message some lawmakers hope to convey to the Obama administration as they consider its request for a war authorization to com...
As David Cohen becomes CIA’s No. 2, Jews appear to have smoother sailing at security agencies
by Ron Kampeas, JTA
Feb 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — David Cohen’s path to second in command at the Central Intelligence Agency is, in many respects, a typical one in Washington. A seasoned Ivy League lawyer who began his career defendin...
BDS with a twist: California campus divestment measures target more than Israel
by Alina Dain Sharon, JNS.org
Feb 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
While two recent student resolutions initiated by boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement advocates in California ultimately had different fates, the episodes share a common twist: lumping...