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This Sephardi Jew sees preserving Ladino as ‘act of resistance’ against Trump
One-year-old Vidal doesn’t know the significance behind the lullaby his father sings him at bedtime. He knows it helps him fall asleep, but not that the Ladino song is part of an effort to teach hi...
Mar 23, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Not just prayers: Synagogues are organizing to fight Trump’s agenda
NEW YORK — The day after the presidential election, as congregants gathered in her Brooklyn synagogue to air their feelings, Rabbi Rachel Timoner was already starting to organize against the incomi...
Mar 23, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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If at first you don’t succeed, add it to the Wall of Rejection
Admitting defeat is the first step to accepting rejection. But what if you get rejected again — and again? On college campuses, the competitive nature to strive to be the best outweighs the reality...
Mar 23, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Meet the Jewish artist behind the haunting Purim puppets of Paris
Though he may be one of France’s best-known puppet makers, Michel Nedjar insists he does not really create the acclaimed and haunting figures that he calls his “Purim puppets.” A former tailor’s ap...
Mar 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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A Cuban pitcher gets a firm grip on life in Israel
TEL AVIV — Unlike the dangerous maritime escapes attempted by some of his fellow Cuban baseball players, the worst Alejandro Eskenazi endured to leave the island nation was a mountain of paperwork....
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Celebrating 10 years, egalitarian yeshiva wants to expand learning among Jews in the pews
NEW YORK — In the upstairs sanctuary of a Manhattan synagogue, a group of rabbis is studying Jewish texts on pluralism and community. One floor below, 22 students are sitting in pairs poring over t...
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Why former US envoy Dan Shapiro keeps staying in Israel
RAANANA, Israel — Dan Shapiro can’t seem to leave Israel. Before stepping down as the U.S. ambassador to the country in January, he said he would stay long enough for his daughters to finish the sc...
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J Street in the age of Trump
WASHINGTON — The reality of Donald Trump’s presidency loomed over J Street’s policy conference this week, but J Street leadership and participants at the conference stuck to the dovish, pro-Israel ...
Mar 02, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Middle East big topic at JCPA gathering
WASHINGTON — There were two Steve Bannons at the Jewish Council for Public Affairs gathering this week. At one session, the presidential adviser was the man seeking the “deconstruction of the admin...
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Tel Aviv and Jerusalem marathons revel in a ‘healthy competition’
TEL AVIV — Noah Roth likes to recall two moments from Israeli marathons in which he’s raced: a competitor in Jerusalem breezing by him in 2010 wearing all-black, haredi Orthodox garb but for a whit...
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Globe Briefs February 24
Chilean official: ‘Israelite’ tourists cannot be barred, can be expelled from hostels A senior official of an entity tied to the Chilean government threatened Israeli tourists after a group was rem...
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French Jewish scholar’s hate speech trial leaves anti-racism activists bitter, divided
The hate speech trial of a prominent French historian charged with calling Arabs innately anti-Semitic is dividing French Jews and sowing dissent within the local equivalent of the Anti-Defamation ...
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‘Holocaust tourism’ is probed in a compelling documentary
NEW YORK — How do people behave when they visit a concentration camp or a Holocaust memorial? Do they act as if they are in a place of reverence or mourning? Or do they behave as crowds do at any t...
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Citing intermarriage threat, Israeli rabbis ‘blacklist’ families deemed not Jewish
by Andrew Tobin, JTA
Feb 02, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV — Yael knew she would have to prove she was Jewish. But she never expected trying to get married would turn into a nearly yearlong investigation of her family. In the end Yael, who asked t...
Refugee ban puts Jewish asylum seekers in limbo
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Feb 02, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
A year after they submitted their application for asylum in the United States, Shahi and his mother expected to be let in. As Iranian Jews who applied for asylum through a federally recognized agen...
New vegan birthright trip takes flight in August
by Mathew Klickstein, Special to The Chronicle
Feb 02, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
For the first time in its nearly two-decade long history of sending young Jewish adults to Israel for a free 10-day immersive cultural experience, Birthright Israel: Mayanot will be offering a trip...
Globe Briefs January 27
by JTA reports
Jan 25, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
Obama administration gave $221M to Palestinians hours before Trump inauguration The Obama administration reportedly sent $221 million to the Palestinian Authority on the morning of Donald Trump’s i...
With Betsy DeVos pushing school choice, Ohio Jewish schools sing its praises
by Ben Sales, JTA
Jan 25, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
When Kathy Mioni took over as the principal of Akiva Academy in the post-industrial city of Youngstown, Ohio, the school had 52 students and was in danger of closing within a year. Seven years late...
Obama was, for better or worse, the face of liberal Zionism
by Andrew Silow-Carroll, JTA
Jan 25, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
Analysis During his campaign for president in 2008, I wrote a column suggesting that Barack Obama was struggling to connect with Jews because they weren’t sure that he supported Israel’s cause in h...
Austrian official: Being Palestinian doesn’t make me anti-Israel
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Jan 25, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
VIENNA — Most pro-Palestinian activists don’t begin interviews about Israel by calling it “a startup miracle.” But then Muna Duzdar, president of the Austrian Palestinian Association, isn’t like mo...
Britain again breaks rank with Europe — this time over Israel
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Jan 25, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
Two days after delegates from more than 70 nations attended the Paris summit on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it is clear that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was wrong to label the m...
Tehran Holocaust refugees generating new interest amid global migrant crisis
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Jan 25, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
SAMARKAND, Uzbekistan — After starving for months in Siberia, 5-year-old Natan Rom thought he was in paradise when he arrived in this colorful trading hub in Central Asia. It was 1940, and Rom, alo...
Jerusalem schools, synagogues would be shut if UN resolution is implemented
by Rafael Medoff, JNS.org
Jan 25, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — The human consequences of implementing the recent United Nations resolution about Israel would be devastating, say American representatives of Israeli schools, synagogues and other ins...