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Passover seders the new norm at PA Governor’s Residence
HARRISBURG — The freshly painted state dining room in the governor’s mansion was full of lively conversation and political discussion, plenty of wine (four cups, Rabbi Jeffrey Astrachan continuousl...
Apr 21, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs April 21
Tufts student senate passes Israel divestment resolution The Tufts University student senate passed a resolution calling on the university to divest from four companies that do business with Israel...
Apr 21, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hank Azaria opens up about speaking Ladino and his latest TV role
Actor Hank Azaria is known for his portrayal of an array of characters — most notably voicing Moe, Chief Wiggum and Apu on “The Simpsons.” While he may be best known for his work on the long-runnin...
Apr 21, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Toppled graves near Paris inspire conspiracy theories among Jews
Five days after a municipal truck plowed through a Jewish cemetery near Paris in what authorities said was a freak accident, Isabelle Zenou arrived at the scene of the incident with a camera — and ...
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A futuristic Israeli peace plan — minus the peace
TEL AVIV — Gaza is rebuilt. The West Bank is flourishing. And the trains run from Tel Aviv to Riyadh, the Saudi Arabian capital. This is the peaceful future being pitched by Israeli Intelligence Mi...
Apr 21, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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The Israeli response to the Syrian chemical attack? A wave of donations
TEL AVIV — In response to the alleged chemical attack in Syria earlier this month, Israelis have donated hundreds of thousands of shekels to help children and others caught in the conflict raging o...
Apr 21, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs April 14
Ohio buys record $61 million in Israel Bonds The state of Ohio bought a one-day record of $61 million in Israel Bonds. The largest single government purchase of Israel Bonds, which took place April...
Apr 19, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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A state legislator called J Street anti-Semitic; Right to left, Jewish groups disagree
NEW YORK — Is J Street anti-Semitic? A South Carolina state legislator insists it is. But few — if any — Jewish leaders seem to agree. Alan Clemmons, a Republican lawmaker from Myrtle Beach, is a d...
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Krav Maga, an Israeli martial art, is trending in Paris
PARIS — In a dark alley in a poor suburb of this city, five men with violence on their minds closed in fast on 17-year-old Netanel Azoulay and his older brother, Yaakov. “Dirty Jews, you’re going t...
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Here’s how Israeli women are fighting for equal pay in high-tech
TEL AVIV — High-tech workers know there’s no problem that can’t be solved with a spreadsheet. So a group of Israeli women seeking to combat the gender wage gap in the industry created one last mont...
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HIAS looks to rally in red states
WASHINGTON — Rallies in solidarity with refugees and immigrants should start happening in front of less-than-friendly faces, said Mark Hetfield. “What we need to do is move this call to action from...
Apr 19, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs April 7
White House: US understands construction of new Israeli settlement White House officials appeared to show understanding of the Israeli government’s decision to build a new settlement in the West Ba...
Apr 06, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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This Canadian model is a comedy sensation in Israel
TEL AVIV — Renny Grinshpan is a Canadian Israeli with shaky Hebrew. Yet in the past several months, she has become famous in this country for her comedic commentary on Israeli culture. Millions wat...
Apr 06, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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In reviewing ‘Hobby Lobby’ opinion, Jews see reasons to diverge over Neil Gorsuch
by Ron Kampeas, JTA
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — On June 27, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, based in Denver, handed down a decision that would make history a year later when it was upheld by the Supreme Court: ...
Jerusalem art school fosters design talent among students with disabilities
by Andrew Tobin, JTA
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM — The shrapnel that exploded into Asaf Ventura took a lot away from him: His body and brain were shredded, his right hand was mangled. He was unable to fire his gun, swing his tennis racq...
Left-wing groups ramp up protests of Trump’s Israel policies
by George Altshuler, Special to The Chronicle
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Left-wing Jewish groups have launched a string of protests in response to confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump’s nominee for ambassador to Israel and Trump’s meeting with I...
Globe Briefs February 17
by JTA reports
Feb 16, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
Marine Le Pen: No more dual nationalities for Israelis Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right National Front party, said she favored making it illegal to be a dual citizen of France and ot...
Rabbi’s expulsion rattles Russian Jews fearful of Kremlin crackdown
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Feb 16, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend
Three years ago, Rabbi Ari Edelkopf and his wife, Chana, worked around the clock for weeks to show off their community and city to the many foreigners in town for the Winter Olympics in Sochi. The ...
With full Talmud translation, online library hopes to make sages accessible
by Ben Sales, JTA
Feb 16, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — For centuries, studying a page of the Talmud has come with a bevy of barriers to entry. Written mostly in Aramaic, the Talmud in its most commonly printed form also lacks punctuation or ...
Reform movement’s challenge: protesting Trump and remaining inclusive
by Ben Sales, JTA
Feb 16, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — Reform Jewish leaders largely oppose President Donald Trump’s policies — and they haven’t been shy about saying so since his election. They’ve marched in the streets by the thousands. Th...
How Israel’s travel bans are — and aren’t — like Trump’s
by Andrew Tobin, JTA
Feb 16, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV — Defending his executive order directing the construction of a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, President Donald Trump pointed to Israel as a model, saying “a wall protects.” With ...
Outside the synagogue, intermarried are forming community with each other
by Ben Sales, JTA
Feb 16, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — Leading up to their wedding in 2012, Julianne and Jason Kanter hadn’t really discussed how they would incorporate their respective religions into their home. Julianne was raised by Catho...
In France’s elections, dramatic upsets turn surprise front-runner into top choice for many Jews
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Feb 16, 2017 | 3 3 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend
With old favorites knocked out of France’s presidential race and the far-right National Front party making worrisome gains, many Jews are joining fellow voters in supporting Emmanuel Macron, the 39...