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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Jews gather at rallies across US urging support for refugees
by Josefin Dolsten, JTA
Feb 16, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — More than 100 years ago, Barnett Levine was greeted by the New York skyline and the Statue of Liberty as he arrived in the United States, having fled anti-Semitism and pogroms in his nat...
Dutch Jewish wedding film from 1939 shines light on doomed community
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Feb 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 81 81 recommendations | email to a friend
AMSTERDAM — The Jews of Friesland, a region in the northern Netherlands, are not known for stories with happy endings. During the Holocaust, Friesland’s vibrant Jewish community was forever obliter...
JCC bomb threat probe hindered by tech disguises
by Ben Sales, JTA
Feb 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 85 85 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — A person calls a Jewish institution, makes a bomb threat and hangs up. The call lasts no more than a minute, the caller’s voice is disguised and the call is made to look as if it came fr...
‘Remember the 11 million’? Why an inflated victims tally irks Holocaust historians
by Ron Kampeas, JTA
Feb 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 77 77 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — “Five million non-Jews died in the Holocaust.” It’s a statement that shows up regularly in declarations about the Nazi era. It was implied in a Facebook post by the Israel Defense Forc...
Facing synagogue ban, Orthodox women clergy say they’ll keep working
by Ben Sales, JTA
Feb 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — Rabba Ramie Smith of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, an Orthodox congregation, says she doesn’t have time to protest the Orthodox Union decision banning its synagogues from hiring wom...
Ellison or Perez? Jewish Dems name their candidate
by Daniel Schere, Special to The Chronicle
Feb 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
With the vote for the next chair of the Democratic National Committee scheduled for Feb. 23-26, Jewish activists agree that Democrats need a leader who can rebuild a party that has lost both houses...
This new kosher deli may be Miami’s hippest restaurant
by Lucy Cohen Blatter, JTA
Feb 02, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
MIAMI — The first few weeks in January were meant to be a soft opening for Zak Stern’s new traditional deli. But given the massive following that Stern — better known as Zak the Baker — has garnere...
Globe Briefs February 3
by JTA reports
Feb 02, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
Netanyahu and Trump to meet Feb. 15 President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 15. Trump “looks forward to discussing strategic tech...
Jared Kushner’s college rabbi recalls a snow-shoveling student mega-donor
by Ben Sales, JTA
Feb 02, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 83 83 recommendations | email to a friend
Jared Kushner was already a regular at the Harvard Chabad when he walked in one day, took a crumpled piece of paper out of his jacket pocket, put it down on the table and walked away. It was a pers...
Citing intermarriage threat, Israeli rabbis ‘blacklist’ families deemed not Jewish
by Andrew Tobin, JTA
Feb 02, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 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...