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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 | 7 7 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 | 7 7 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 | 4 4 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 | 7 7 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 | 7 7 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 | 7 7 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 | 7 7 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 | 7 7 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 | 7 7 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 | 13 13 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 | 13 13 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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Back in power, haredi parties aim to roll back religious reforms
by Ben Sales, JTA
May 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV — Israel’s last governing coalition — divided on war, peace and economics — did agree on one thing: Israel’s religious policies needed to change. Now it appears that the incoming coalition...
Relief for Britain’s Jews as Cameron elected to second term
by Rachel Stafler
May 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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 ...
Jewish organizations in position to help make change in policing debate
by Ron Kampeas and Melissa Apter
May 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — From roundtable discussions to protests and prayers to candid talk with law enforcement officials, American Jewish communities are joining in the debate about community policing in the...
Young pot entrepreneurs hope for potent business mixing Jewish and cannabis connections
by Uriel Heilman, JTA
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
DENVER — Seth Wong’s place of work is heavily cluttered, with shelves loaded with moldy bagels, stale cake and fermenting carrots. There’s a not-so-faint smell of urine in the air. But if all goes ...
Religious Action Center welcomes new leader
by Melissa Apter
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
Though the Reform movement’s social action arm has a new leader, the goals of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism remain the same. Close to 400 clergy and Reform movement activists packed...
‘Tikkun Olam Makers’ turn technology into solutions for people with disabilities
by Maayan Jaffe, JNS.org
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
From cyber-security to medicine to agriculture, Israeli innovators are coming up with ideas that make life safer, easier, and more efficient. These creations, in turn, simultaneously fund the Jewis...
Orthodox rabbis join the conversation on LGBTQ inclusion
by Gabe Friedman, JTA
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — A group of modern Orthodox rabbis have done what advocates for Orthodox gays and lesbians say would have been unthinkable as recently as five years ago: They spoke at a conference on the...
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev encourages women to excel in the sciences
by Melissa Gerr
Apr 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
BEERSHEVA, Israel — In sync with a worldwide momentum to attract more women to STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math — for their study and career choices, Israel’s Council for Hig...
In intimate chat, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin lays out vision, concerns
by Judy Lash Balint, JNS.org
Apr 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
You could call it Israel’s version of former U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “fireside chat.” President Reuven Rivlin, 75, sat down with English-speaking reporters in advance of his first Is...
Will Russia’s missile deal with Iran end Israel’s silence on Ukraine?
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Apr 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
After Russia invaded Ukraine in March 2014, Israel resisted pressure to join the United States and its European allies in condemning the move — citing in particular its concern not to antagonize Ru...