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Israeli rabbinate ‘blacklisting’ American rabbis
Some 160 rabbis, including several prominent American Orthodox leaders, appear on a list of rabbis whom Israel’s haredi Orthodox-dominated Chief Rabbinate does not trust to confirm the Jewish ident...
Jul 13, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fed-up Reform leaders are thinking twice about their donations to Israel
NEW YORK — Daryl Messinger knows she’s going to visit Israel again. But the next time she flies there, it won’t be on El Al. Messinger, the chair of the Union for Reform Judaism, will be boycotting...
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How Gaza’s electricity crisis could spell trouble for Israel
JERUSALEM — An internal Palestinian dispute has left Gaza’s nearly 2 million Palestinian residents dangerously vulnerable to a heat wave, but Israel could get burned, too. The West Bank Palestinian...
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Here’s why Israel and India’s leaders couldn’t get enough of each other
WASHINGTON — Barefoot walks on the beach, warm hugs, lots of mutual admiration, hesitant attempts to speak each other’s language. And giggles. The bromance between Prime Ministers Narendra Modi of ...
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Athletes come for love and glory at the 2017 Maccabiah Games
RAMAT GAN, Israel — Danny Janel first noticed Allison Silfen’s smile in July 2013. They were hanging out with other athletes in a hotel room a few evenings after arriving in Israel. He was smitten....
Jul 12, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs July 7
Jewish couple marries on Temple Mount despite ban An Israeli couple married on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem despite rules prohibiting Jews from carrying out religious rituals at Judaism’s holiest ...
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PJ Library’s free books for kids spur Jewish connections, study finds
NEW YORK — Families that receive free Jewish children’s books from the Massachusetts-based PJ Library say the program has helped them feel more connected to their Jewish communities, with interfait...
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The West Bank’s world-class wines have Israelis toasting the settlements
PSAGOT, West Bank — Psagot Winery calls its Sinai wine an “unassuming but distinctive blend” of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Like all its wines, the bottle is stamped with the image of a coin dat...
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Netanyahu defends suspending the Western Wall agreement
American Jewish leaders are calling it a betrayal. They say that 17 months after achieving a historic agreement to provide a non-Orthodox space at Judaism’s holiest prayer site, Israeli Prime Minis...
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This 400-year-old Jewish library survived Hitler and the Inquisition
AMSTERDAM — Livraria Ets Haim is the world’s oldest functioning Jewish library. As such, it is no stranger to the prospect of imminent destruction. Founded in 1616 by Jews who fled Catholic persecu...
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How these teachers learned to teach the Holocaust
NEW YORK — When Megan Corbin was in school, she learned about the Holocaust as an optimistic story. Her grade school, she said, “highlighted Anne Frank as the voice of hope, and that really wasn’t ...
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After Jerusalem attack, US experts warn Islamic State may be coming to Israel
JERUSALEM — When the Islamic State claimed credit for an attack on Israeli soil for the first time and vowed to strike again, the response here was not fear but incredulity. Israeli officials gener...
Jun 29, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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British Jewry feels left behind amid the election turmoil
Nearly 50 years after she left her native South Africa for Britain to escape apartheid, Sharon Klaff again is finding herself unable to imagine a future for her family in her country and society be...
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Israeli Jews back non-Orthodox conversions, poll finds
by JTA
Sep 29, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK -- Nearly two-thirds of Israeli Jews believe that non-Orthodox converts to Judaism should be considered Jewish, a new Israeli government survey reveals. The survey released Monday, which w...
87 senators urge continuation of peace talks
by JTA
Sep 29, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON -- Eighty-seven U.S. senators signed a letter urging President Obama to keep the Israelis and Palestinians at the negotiating table. The letter, initiated by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif...
Effort helping nonprofit Jewish camps become more professional
by Jacob Berkman
JTA
Sep 28, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK -- When Frank Silberlicht became the executive director of Camp Young Judaea in Wimberley, Texas, in 1998, he had no idea that his job eventually would change from getting a camp up and ru...
S. Africa university to vote on Ben-Gurion boycott
by JTA
Sep 28, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
The faculty Senate of a major South African university is set to vote on whether to sever ties and a joint research project with Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. The University of Johan...
Building begins in West Bank as freeze ends
by JTA
Sep 28, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM -- Building began in West Bank communities just hours after the expiration of a 10-month settlement construction freeze. Work on 50 apartments for Gush Katif residents removed five years ...
Freeze over, U.S. trying to push talks
by JTA
Sep 28, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration says it is seeking ways to advance the Israeli-Palestinian talks in light of the end of Israel's partial moratorium on settlement building. "We recognize that...
J Street owns up to Soros funding
by Ron Kampeass
JTA
Sep 27, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON -- George Soros has been a top funder in recent years of liberal political advocacy groups, and Jews have still been voting for Democrats at a 75 to 80 percent clip. J Street, meanwhile,...
Op-Ed: Israel, a fall guy unto the nations?
by Shai Franklin
JTA
Sep 24, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK -- Let’s not be fooled. The opening weeks of the United Nations General Assembly feature numerous side meetings between Jewish organizations and dozens of visiting dignitaries. Many of the...
Meeting again with Jewish leaders, Abbas broaches substance
by Ron Kampeas
JTA
Sep 24, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON -- For Mahmoud Abbas and U.S. Jewish leaders, their second date featured a little more substance and a little less flirtation. And this time the Palestinian Authority president brought a...
Plastic bags pose eco-threat long after they’re thrown away
by Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine
Sep 24, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard conflicting reports regarding how long it really takes for a plastic grocery bag to decompose. Can you set the record straight? — Martha Blount, San Diego Researchers fea...